Backstage Catalyst

Applications are are now closed. Stay tuned for info on future Cohorts.

Backstage Catalyst is a revolutionary investor apprenticeship program by Backstage Capital. Our Catalyst program empowers underestimated individuals and allies by providing an immersive, hands-on experience in venture capital. Through mentorship, networking, and tailored educational resources, our apprentices gain valuable skills and insights to become the next generation of influential investors.

Backstage’s impact on the startup ecosystem


Startups led by underestimated founders backed


Startups who have applied for investment


“Crew” (team) members who have influenced the firm since 2015


Investment dollars directly allocated


Enterprise market value of “headliner” portfolio


Apprentices who have graduated from our Catalyst program pilot

Our 2023 Class

The 2023 Backstage Catalyst apprentices will master essential skills, fostering innovation and collaboration, now significantly influencing the tech and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Olyvia Dean
Vivienne Heyhoe
Lisa Hanson
Sophie Purgavie
Temilola Agbede
Stephanie Hekker
Mary Rose Saint-Cyr
Elan Drennon
Danish F. Khan
Christina Luna
Carlin Scrudato
Bec Vaughan
Angelo Francisco
Adam Grant
Shanell Farmer
Soufieh Hakimzadeh
Tiffany Yu
Stephanie von Behr
Samantha Kidjo
Ramel J. Wallace
Prentiss Jamar Haney
Kalish Nesbitt
Jyoti Lamba
Juan Ortega
Jae C. Henderson
Chandana Papudesu
Anne-Michele Harrington
Adrienne Blanks
Sowmya Hariharan
Shannon McCabe
Susan Levison
Monica Baesa
Leo Lu
Lana Schupbach
Giovanni Anthony Bryden
Denise N Bronner, PHD
Brittni Abiolu
Audrey Wu

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