Kathryn Finney is the founder and Managing Director of Digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that helps Black and Latina women own work, using innovation and technology as a tool
She is 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.
Named by Inc Magazine as one of the most influential women in tech, Kathryn is also a General Partner in the Harriet Fund, the first impact 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. She led the pioneering research, “#ProjectDiane”, which 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 Incubator 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 second cohort of the BIG Incubator starts in Spring 2017. The BIG Innovation Center also hosts numerous events, classes and programs for women in business and tech.
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.” In 2017, Kathryn received an Honorary Doctorate from Mount Holyoke College.
On February 26, 2015, Kathryn was honored by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer with the “Kathryn Finney Appreciation Day”.