ImpactAlpha, April 22 – Tennis mega-star Serena Williams has (not-so-quietly) invested millions over the last five years into dozens of diverse-led and impactful startups. Last week, Williams formally unveiled the full portfolio of Serena Ventures, which “invests in companies that embrace diverse leadership, individual empowerment, creativity and opportunity,” according to its website. There’s Mayvenn, the online marketplace
- The company launched in 2016 and recently passed $100 million in assets under management.
- The company has developed an app called Elvie Trainer, a pelvic muscle toning app, and a silent wearable breast pump called Elvie Pump.
- “Every single month during your period, your body is providing you with a natural biopsy when it sheds your endometrial lining,” the company writes on its website. “What could we learn if we had the tools to listen?”
- CNote launched in 2017 to democratize impact investing through a high-yield savings account that facilitates lending to small businesses and underserved communities
- WE Venture is New York City’s first venture capital consortium to focus on under-represented tech founders
- Grameen America, the U.S. affiliate of Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Bank, has disbursed $1.08 billion since 2008 in short-term loans to 113,000 women in 14 U.S. cities