Jessica who is based in Mobile, Alabama and grew up between politics and entrepreneurship, believes that the entrepreneurial spirit has always been a part of her. As a result of a childhood surrounded by politics, she saw several opportunities where black entrepreneurship could be strengthened, more than what was already being done. Having done some work with some major foundations on food investment in Alabama, Jessica saw how she could get more direct investments to support the entire eco-system surrounding black farmers from the production side to the consumption side.
Thiago is an experienced entrepreneur and investor in both consumer technology and B2B financial solution startups. He was the co-founder and CEO of Stratos, a venture-backed mobile payments platform, where he led the company to acquisition. Thiago has also managed robotics and ground vehicle systems projects and investments for the U.S. Department of Defense and has led research in particle and plasma physics everywhere from Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico, to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Joel Dixon is co-founder of Bootstrap Capital Founding Partner/President of Catalyst Investment Partners, a boutique business development and investment company that aggregates capital for investments in emerging intown Atlanta real estate markets and early stage startup ventures. He is also co-founder of Educate Haiti Now, a nonprofit focused on addressing access and quality of education in Haiti.