About Us

Our Focus

Among entrepreneurs, women and minorities are still under-represented. Although minorities make up over 37% of the population, only 15% of US businesses are minority owned and women-owned businesses represent only 36% of the nation’s overall businesses. The number of minority and female entrepreneurs has grown tremendously over the past several years, however, the lack of access to capital to launch, grow and sustain innovative business ideas is the main challenge for many new entrepreneurs.   From our years of experience with various ventures, the Urban Equity team knows that there are pockets of opportunity in cities across the nation and we are committed to partnering with the most talented entrepreneurs in order to foster continued growth and profits.

One factor impacting the numbers of minority and female entrepreneurs is funding. Black, Indian and Hispanic entrepreneurs are more likely to rely more on the owner’s personal wealth than on outside lenders or investors, yet they are likely to have less wealth on average in comparison to their other groups. Women also experience a greater financing gap than men do when starting a business. According to a recent study by the Kauffman Foundation, nearly 80 percent of women used personal savings as their top funding source.

It’s clear that women and minority firms are more likely to operate with substantially less capital overall – both at startup and in subsequent years. If the level of startup capital is a strong predictor of business success, many female and minority entrepreneurs, black and Hispanic in particular, will find their entrepreneurial efforts further challenged by limited capital and limited access to capital.

Women and minorities are also less likely to have early knowledge of potential areas or industries of growth; therefore, they are more likely to be starting businesses in sectors that are already competitive or over-saturated. In addition to funding, Urban Equity seeks to expose these under-represented entrepreneurs to opportunities in areas that are emerging and are at the beginning stages of the growth curve. Knowledge is power, so we leverage our insight to the up and coming industries for the benefit of the groups that we serve. Any risk associated with investing in developing areas is addressed by the involvement of Urban Equity, and any hesitation to invest is overcome by promise of high profits resulting from being an early mover in these new, high growth areas that our entrepreneur partners are operating in.

Urban Equity offers women and minority entrepreneurs guidance, in addition to sharing real life lessons from successes as well as failures, along with key advice and counsel during critical stages of ventures life cycle.

We understand the unique challenges faced by entrepreneurs, particularly women and minority entrepreneurs. We also recognize the power and possibility and therefore we have made the strategic decision to focus our resources and expertise directly on those entrepreneurs   who are often overlooked, misunderstood, or underestimated.

Urban Equity is deeply committed to working with these architects of the future in order to enhance urban centers nationwide.