Online banking platform Greenwood, founded by former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, rapper and activist Killer Mike, and music and TV executive Ryan Glover, is looking for podcast guests.

In third quarter of 2020, just 31 startups with black founders received venture capital out of 1,383 deals. This represents a 2% inclusion rate, despite blacks making up 15% of the U.S. population. Greenwood intends to change this.

Greenwood is named after the 35-city block district of Greenwood District near Tulsa, Oklahoma, known commonly as the “Black Wall Street" at the time, which was home to more than 300 black-owned stores and businesses before June 1, 1921, when the entire city was rioted, burned, and destroyed by a white mob in what became known as The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.

The Greenwood Pay it Forward campaign will give $10,000 grants to black and latinx small business owners on a monthly basis and offer free meals to any family that signs up. They currently have more than 200,000 people on its waiting list to open accounts. They will also donate to King Center, UNCF and NAACP through spare change round-up feature in the app.

Most recently, actor and activist Jesse Williams, with a net worth of about $12 million, was the latest celebrity investor in Greenwood. Known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the long-running ABC series Grey’s Anatomy, Williams is a lifelong civil rights activist who serves on the board of directors for Advancement Project, a national racial justice organization.

Greenwood Podcast

Greenwood is launching a new financial literacy podcast and they are looking for guest speakers to have a live zoom audition with Hill Harper, an actor and author known for his roles on CSI, Limitless, and The Good Doctor.

Submit a 2-minute video by March 1 and you could could be selected. Even if you aren't selected to be on the podcast, you might be invited to the exclusive Greenwood Room in Clubhouse to get more involved.

  1. Record a 2-minute video why you should be a guest contributor
  2. Tag @bankgreenwood on Instagram with #VoiceofGreenwood
  3. Tag @bankgreenwood on Twitter with #VoiceofGreenwood (optional)

Greenwood will be reviewing submissions from February 10 until March 1 so you should submit soon. Email marketing@bankgreenwood.com with any questions or DM them in Instagram or Twitter.