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Barry Givens

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Managing Director

Barry Givens is a techie, an entrepreneur, and a lover of everything helping to add color to the tech Industry. He founded a cutting edge hardware company named Monsieur in 2012 in Atlanta, GA and officially launched on stage at Techcrunch Disrupt Battlefield in 2013. He successfully raised nearly $5M in seed and Series A funding. In 2018 Monsieur received 4 acquisition/IP licensing offers and chose to license the IP to one of the leading adult beverage dispenser manufacturers in the US. Through this experience, Barry was featured in notable publications such as CNN, CNN Money, Wired, TechCrunch, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Fast Company and many more.

Currently Barry serves as a Managing Partner at Collab Capital, an investment firm that focuses on providing Black entrepreneurs the social, human and financial capital they need to build sustainable (profitable) businesses.  He also serves as the Managing Director for the Techstars Social Impact Accelerator where he leads a team of 5 and invests in 10 companies per year striving to make a positive impact on underserved communities, underrepresented people, or the sustainability of the planet. All of this work coincides to allow Barry to fulfill his purpose of bringing racial parity to the economics, education, and workforce of the tech industry.

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