At KiwiTech, we take pride in building an ecosystem that removes barriers for all and celebrates innovations of every entrepreneur regardless of their color, race, and orientation. The Black Entrepreneurs Matter (BEM) Demo Day Series is a part of our commitment to encourage and empower underrepresented African-American founders and help them close the funding gap.
Anita C Roberts, Managing Director of Silicon Hills Capital invests in women & minority founders seeking pre-seed to seed-level financing. Anita is a PR/Marketing executive who has been featured in several business publications like Forbes, Fortune and the Business Journals; she was named to Forbes 50 over 50 women in investment list, and founded black business journal.com the top 3 Black business website in the US and continues to help black businesses with marketing strategies.
Anita is a serial entrepreneur with 2 exits and raised a quarter of a million dollars during Covid and provided micro grants to more than 150 Black and women business owners. She is also a retired Lieutenant colonel and combat veteran who is on a mission to help fellow veterans start, grow and/or scale their business.
Iyke Iwotor is currently the junior investor at Level Up Ventures where he focuses on providing his expertise and pooling together resources to invest in and support Black and Latino led startups. He received his BBA in Economics from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business and serves as the COO/Co-Founder for Elevate Thrifts, a thrift retailer focused on sustainable fashion. His knowledge of information technology incorporates experiences in analytics and technology where he holds certifications in AWS Cloud, Microsoft Azure Cloud, Lean Six Sigma, and Project Management.