Essence Ventures’ first investment is in Mayvenn’s hair-products platform

  • Mayvenn's success highlights both the financial and impact potential of businesses driving efficiency and transparency in what Impact America's Kesha Cash calls “billion-dollar pain points” in overlooked and marginalized communities. 

Hiding in plain sight: More than 100 funds that are investing in the creative economy

  • If you think “arts and culture” when you hear “creative economy,” you’re not thinking big enough.
  • Think creative places, ethical fashion, impact media, sustainable food and other creative businesses. The creative economy is a $768 billion market in the U.S. alone, where it accounts for 10 million jobs.