Nashville VC fund invests in health startups led by Black entrepreneurs NPR’s Marketplace


VC fund led by Marcus Whitney stands out in Nashville’s huge health care sector as an investor in black led startups. The fund Jumpstart Nova raised $55 million from the likes of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, medical supplier Cardinal Health and the hospital chain that started Nashville’s health care industry, HCA. 


Whitney said he didn’t have to convince those firms that investing in Black founders was a wise move, but he did have to make the case that there were enough promising startups to choose from.


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