Less than 10% of all venture capital deals go to women, People of Color, and LGBT founders. Other VCs see this as a pipeline problem. We see it as the biggest opportunity in investment.


Backstage Capital has invested nearly $2M in over 40 companies led by underrepresented founders.

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"We invest in the very best founders who identify as women, People of Color, or LGBT, in the U.S. I personally identify as all three."
Arlan Hamilton,
Managing Partner

From Our Founders

"We are fortunate to have Backstage Capital in our corner. Their forward-thinking approach to investing and mentoring will help us grow our platform and connect Latinx and employers. Backstage understands how crucial this market opportunity is."

"As a recently-transitioned transgender woman who's also the CEO of a venture-backed startup, I am becoming acutely aware of the difficulty that others face in trying to establish the necessary resources needed for venture startups today. This has to change. Arlan, and the rest of the Backstage Capital team are doing incredibly important work in this area, work that is going to translate to outstanding returns for their LPs. Filament is proud to be in the Backstage Capital portfolio."

"Getting a hardware company off the ground is incredibly hard to do. If not for Backstage Capital, the future we're building with Tinsel would have been snuffed out before having that chance. Arlan didn't just write a check. She has been a partner. It's really refreshing."

"Arlan answers the phone 24 hours a day. She busts her butt to get us meetings, intros in front of the right people. I really feel like she's a partner in the business."