Named by Inc Magazine as one of the most influential women in tech, Kathryn Finney has made her mark as a tech entrepreneur, social media visionary, “women in” advocate, investor, writer, and television correspondent.
A White House Champion of Change and a past member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Kathryn is the founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that fosters economic growth through the empowerment of Black and Latina women entrepreneurs using innovation as a tool.
She is also a General Partner in the Harriet Fund, the first pre seed venture fund focused on investing in high potential Black and Latina women-led startups and the co- founder of the Harriet Angels Syndicate, an angel investment syndicate focused on providing the “first” investment to exceptional Black and Latina women founders. Over 50% of Harriet Angels are Black women who are new Angel investors.
An Echoing Green Global Fellow and Eisenhower Fellow, Kathryn started digitalundivided after selling her company, The Budget Fashionista, one of the first lifestyle blogs. Since 2013, DID has impacted over 2,000 people and helped raise $25MM in investments. Her pioneering research, “#ProjectDiane”, drew widespread buzz for disrupting the dialogue around women of color and tech entrepreneurship. The 16-page report was widely shared and covered (Forbes, CNN, Fast Company, etc.) for quantifying the often overlooked state of Black women in the tech entrepreneurship space and is impacting policy from state houses to the White House.
The findings from #ProjectDiane put a unique spotlight on the problem of inclusion in the innovation space, leading digitalundivided to develop a “first of its kind” solution. digitalundivided’s BIG Innovation Center and its resident BIG Accelerator is the only space and program dedicated to the growth of high-growth tech businesses founded by Black and Latina women. Located in Atlanta, the first cohort starts in September 2016. The BIG Innovation Center also hosts numerous events, classes and programs for women in business and tech. Never before has tech seen this level of investment in the success of Black women entrepreneurs.
Kathryn has received numerous honors and awards including, Grace Hopper ABIE award, Marie Claire’s 10 Women to Watch in 2016, Entrepreneurs Magazine’s “Woman to Watch in 2016,”, Ebony Power 100, Black Enterprise “40 under 40” list, and was inducted into Spelman College’s “Game Changers Academy.”
On February 26, 2015, Kathryn was honored by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer with the “Kathryn Finney Appreciation Day”.
Kathryn and her family live in New York City and Atlanta.
- Founder of digitalundivided, social enterprise focused on economic empowerment of women and women of color through tech entrepreneurship
- White House Champion of Change
- One of the 100 Most Influential African Americans (EBONY)
- Columnist Inc.com
- “Woman to Watch” Marie Claire Magazine
- “Woman to Watch” Entrepreneur Magazine
- Eisenhower Fellow
- Essence Magazine “Woman of Style”
- Echoing Green Fellowship Finalist
- Social Media Pioneer/Founder of one of the FIRST lifestyle blogs
- Former TODAY show lifestyle correspondent
- Over 1000 press hit and features
Kathryn Finney Bio (243 Words)
Kathryn Finney is the founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID), an organization that invests in the success of Black and Latina women tech founders by providing them with the network, coaching, and funding to build, scale, and exit their high growth companies. DID runs the BIG Innovation Center, home to the BIG accelerator program, a 16 week program for high potential startups led by Black and Latina Founders. She is also a General Partner in the Harriet Fund, the first pre-seed venture fund focused on investing the untapped potential of high potential Black and Latina women led startups.
One of the first social media “stars”, in 2014 Kathryn sold her site, The Budget Fashionista, to a midwest media company and later was the editor at large at BlogHer (sold to Sheknows), a platform representing 40MM+ women influencers.
An honors graduate of Yale University, and Rutgers University, Kathryn received the Champion of Change Award in 2013 from the White House for her work increasing inclusion in the tech industry and is an Eisenhower Fellow. She’s also listed in Marie Claire’s 10 Women to Watch in 2016, Entrepreneurs Magazine’s “Woman to Watch in 2016”, New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award, SXSW Black Innovator Award, The Grio 100, Ebony Power 100, Black Enterprise “40 under 40” list, and inducted into Spelman College’s “Game Changers Academy.”
On February 26, 2015 she was honored by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer with the “Kathryn Finney Appreciation Day.”