RESIST THE URGE
TO BE AVERAGE.
VENTURE CATALYST | TECH ENTREPRENEUR | INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER
NAMED TOP 100 POWER WOMEN BY MAGAZINE
Shelly Bell is a system disruptor and business strategist who moves ideas to profit while empowering people to live more authentically. As a cultural translator, she connects entrepreneurs, investors, and corporations in order to diversify their talent pipeline, increase equity and grow their brands.
Black Girl Ventures | SheRaise
| Cultivating Relationships for Capital
She is what best-selling author Daniel Pink defines as “A Whole New Mind” - a Serial Entrepreneur & Computer Scientist with a background in performance poetry, K-12 Education and IP Strategy. She was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Technically DC and acknowledged as A Rising Brand Star by Adweek. She is among the nation's most sought-after transformational speakers in the Washington, DC Metro area. She has been featured in Forbes, Politico Live, The Washington Business Journal, NewsOne, The Afro, and People of Color in Tech.
Entrepreneur of the Year, Technically DC
Minority Female Professional of the Year,
U.S. Minority Chamber of Commerce
The Spectrum Circle Award for Innovative
Women in Business, Spectrum Circle
Listed: 24 Rising Brand Stars 2018, Adweek DC
Listed: Tech 25, Washington Life Magazine
Listed: Top 40 Power Women in Tech, DCA Live
Listed: Washington's New Guards, Washington Business Journal
Listed: Top 100 Powerful Women in Business by Entrepreneur Magazine
Her organization, Black Girl Ventures (BGV) is a social enterprise that creates access to social and financial capital for Black/Brown women founders. BGV travels the country with a disruptive pitch competition that shifts the power dynamics in funding by combining crowdfunding and pitching. As a Google Guru and Ecosystem Builder, she engages audiences from grassroots to government. Shelly has trained over 5,000 entrepreneurs, held over 300 events for empowering leaders, managed multi-million dollar contracts, and scaled over 100 businesses.