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Portrait of Mnonja by Mickalene Thomas represents the achievement that PAR Fund members have accomplished and the ability members have to mentor and advocate for underrepresented founders.

A membership for those who see unseen founders.

Mickalene Thomas, Portrait of Mnonja, 2010, rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel, 96 x 120 in. (243.8 x 304.8 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2011.16, © 2010, Mickalene Thomas

The Membership

Who we are

Our members, through grit, have overcome. Next, we look to open doors to others born from the same cloth likewise committed to overcome. 

Our commitment

We commit to provide the advisory services, specialized mentoring and investor introductions needed to grow and scale venture-backed businesses.

How to come onboard

Membership applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and membership fees help fund entrepreneurs.

the work

Pitch evaluation 

Listen to founder pitches and provide feedback from an investor’s perspective.  

Venture growth

Learn about the business, identify needs, introduce new business leads, and advise on growth.

The “I See You” Mentorship Program 

Listen, share lived experiences and counsel on business and capital raising strategy.

Private capital introductions

Introduce vetted founders that align with a capital allocator’s investment thesis and due diligence process.



Provide perspective on term sheets, negotiation tactics, and a board composition that empowers the founder. 

The Sugar Shack by Ernie Barnes represents the joy that a PAR Fund brings to its members.

The Benefit

 Join a community of folks that have risen from nothing.

 Share experiences with coachable founders.

+  Gain insight into innovation and market trends.

+  Source investments found beyond traditional networks.

+  Reduce gender and racial wealth inequity by helping others.

+  Meet other unicorns that have likewise overcome.

Ernie Barnes The Sugar Shack 1976. Acrylic on canvas 36 in. x 48 in. Collection of Jim and Jeannine Epstein. © Ernie Barnes Family Trust.

membership dues


Corporate Memberships allow venture capital firms and other interested organizations to appoint up to five associates as individual members for a year. 

Annual dues: $10,000

Tax deductible


Individual members support a community that advocates for and works to increase capital allocations to underrepresented founders for a year.

Annual dues: $1,000

Tax deductible


The student membership provides an entry-level membership into the community and accrues the same benefits as an individual year-long membership at a reduced price.


Annual dues: $100 

Tax deductible

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