Female VC Lab
E025: Bahiyah Robinson: VC Include
April 29, 2021
VC Include is an exclusive ecosystem and marketplace designed for GPs and LPs to expand investment opportunities that improve investment outcomes through the power of diversity. This ecosystem drives alpha to investors while also moving the needle on shaping a more equitable and empowered world. VC Include has built the infrastructure for an inclusive economy and is a forerunner in connecting diverse founders with ESG and impact investing. Learn more about VC Include at [www.vcinclude.com](http://www.vcinclude.com/).
E025: Bahiyah Robinson: VC Include

Chapters:
00:00 Introduction
00:30 What inspired you to become a VC?
12:30 What is your investment thesis? What is the motivation for your thesis?
14:54 What are you currently reading or learning or listening to these days?
17:30 In 2 years, how do you see venture capital evolved or changed?
20:13 How do people contact you?
20:58 Thank you

Featured Guest Bio

Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson is a recognized innovator of new avenues for VC and Impact investment. Her expertise in leading technology, investment and social impact initiatives since the early 2000s culminated in creating VC Include in 2018 to build platforms and programs for diverse emerging managers globally.

Born in Palo Alto, California and raised between New York City and California’s Central Valley, Robinson’s expertise is enriched by real-life and professional practice, and demonstrates an aptitude for building and managing a matrix of high-level partnerships. She expanded the first online technology competitions and conferences in Africa as the Executive Director of Appfrica, partnering with the U.S. Department of State, World Bank, Microsoft, Mozilla and Nokia. She also managed the Appfrica Fund to provide early-stage capital to the first wave of technology entrepreneurs throughout the continent, and built a robust tech ecosystem to support startups in East and West Africa. At Ashoka, she established partnerships and a pipeline of thousands of social entrepreneurs for clients including ExxonMobil, G20, Amgen, eBay Foundation, Omidyar Network and Google. With a passion for the arts, she launched Young Art Collector in 2012 to connect art collectors and visual artists within the African Diaspora.

Robinson is a Bloomberg News New Voices Fellow, a member of The Ceres President’s Council and Private Equity Women in Investments Network (PEWIN) and is a graduate of University of California, Davis. Her work has been recognized by The Stanford University Social Innovation Review, Responsible Investor Magazine, Crunchbase, Impact Alpha, Entrepreneur Magazine, Opal Group, Nation Swell, Social Venture Circle, SOCAP, Toniic, CNN and Forbes.

Fund Information:

VC Include is an exclusive ecosystem and marketplace designed for GPs and LPs to expand investment opportunities that improve investment outcomes through the power of diversity. This ecosystem drives alpha to investors while also moving the needle on shaping a more equitable and empowered world. VC Include has built the infrastructure for an inclusive economy and is a forerunner in connecting diverse founders with ESG and impact investing. Learn more about VC Include at www.vcinclude.com.

Fund Site:

Website: https://www.vcinclude.com/

Fund Contact:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/includevc
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vc-include/
Website: https://www.vcinclude.com/

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