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One thing Black women did this year: that.

Black women entrepreneurs have made some major gains raising venture capital. According to ProjectDiane, at the start of 2018, just 34 Black women had raised $1 million or more in outside investments for their businesses. Now, that number has more than doubled as we enter into 2022.

During the 2021 ESSENCE + GU Entrepreneur Summit, we celebrated 9 Black women entrepreneurs who have made major strides in business — joining the esteemed $1 million club. Scroll below to meet them and learn more about their businesses.

For more of everything you missed at the ESSENCE + GU Entrepreneur Summit, visit www.essencestudios.com.

The ESSENCE + GU Entrepreneur Summit is presented by Coca-Cola® and sponsored by Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women.

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