These days it seems as if “wantrepreneurs” are everywhere, looking to claim their piece of the proverbial business pie. But if you want to know what it really takes to launch, run and grow a business, just watch Black women work. Despite the fact that over the past five years Black women have received less than 1 percent of all venture funding for their businesses, we still represent America’s fastest-growing entrepreneurial demographic, navigating hurdles with aplomb and paving our own pathways to success.

Ahead you’ll find 50 founders selected and vetted by our advisory board of curators. Some founders are young, others are seasoned. All of their ventures have shown a steady level of growth. You’ll want to keep your eye on each and every one of these women.

This feature originally appeared in the November 2017 Issue of ESSENCE Magazine.



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