Note that throughout this report, the term “Black Women Tech Founders” is used interchangeably with the term “Founder(s)”.

We also take a very global view of the “Black” racial identity and include any founder who society considers as a part of the African diaspora (African, African-American, Euro-African, Afro-Caribbean, etc.). We use the term “Black” rather than African-American as the latter tends be associated with those who have ancestors who were enslaved during American slavery and may exclude those who are first or second generation Americans of African ancestry. There are founders who may not self identify as “Black”, but society identifies as such, and we use the overall society definition when we don’t have a self identification.