WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 12, 2020) – Black Girl Ventures (BGV) and Experian North America today announced their new partnership to increase awareness and support of Black and Brown woman-identifying founders with businesses related to credit, financial wellness and wealth building.
The partnership with BGV is part of Experian’s United for Financial Health initiative, which aims to empower and protect vulnerable consumers to improve their financial health through education and action. Experian North America will provide education, training and sponsored content to the BGV Community to assist them with knowledge and best practices related to financial literacy and wealth management for their businesses.
“We’re excited to launch this partnership with Experian North America to address the systemic inequities in access to credit, financial literacy and wealth building in Black and Brown communities,” said Shelly Bell, Founder & CEO of Black Girl Ventures. “Black and Brown women founders will play a key role in the economic recovery and Experian’s support will help position our community for financial empowerment and success.”
“At Experian, we are committed to helping Black and Brown women entrepreneurs and their small businesses with their financial health,” said Wil Lewis, chief diversity, inclusion and belonging officer for Experian North America. “Small businesses are pivotal to the success of our communities and ultimately our economy as a whole. We want to do our part to ensure that small businesses and their founders have the education, tools and services they need to thrive.”
The BGV and Experian North America partnership will deliver content dedicated to providing credit, financial wellness, and wealth building tips for entrepreneurs. Key topics will include how credit works, how to recover after problem debt, and how to use credit to boost incomes and build businesses. BGV will also launch a weekly podcast “From Hustling to Handling, How to Stay in Business” hosted by Shelly Bell and sponsored by Experian North America. The podcast will feature stories from successful entrepreneurs to give insights on how to sustain one’s energy and grow business acumen.
The partnership will contribute to BGV’s ongoing work to identify, disrupt, and direct flows of financial and social capital into the hands of Black and Brown women founders. As Black and Brown communities continue to reel from the impacts of COVID-19, providing access to entrepreneurial training and financial education is more important now than ever.
Investing in communities is a key pillar of Experian North America’s Corporate Responsibility program. Initiatives like United for Financial Health is one example of how the company is committed to investing time, resources and partnerships to create a better tomorrow by helping millions gain access to essential everyday services, facilitating inclusion and diversity, and managing Experian North America’s environmental footprint responsibly.
About Black Girl Ventures
Black Girl Ventures is a nonprofit organization that creates access to community, capital, and capacity building for Black and Brown Woman-Identifying founders in order for them to meet business milestones that lead to economic advancement through entrepreneurship. BGV has funded over 100 Black and Brown women founders across eight cities through its crowdfunded pitch competition program and training efforts. For more information, visit www.blackgirlventures.org.
Experian is the world’s leading global information services company. During life’s big moments – from buying a home or a car, to sending a child to college, to growing a business by connecting with new customers – we empower consumers and our clients to manage their data with confidence. We help individuals to take financial control and access financial services, businesses to make smarter decisions and thrive, lenders to lend more responsibly, and organizations to prevent identity fraud and crime.
We have 17,800 people operating across 45 countries and every day we’re investing in new technologies, talented people and innovation to help all our clients maximize every opportunity. We are listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and are a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.