Black History Month Spotlight: Angela Benton

Angela Benton is an American entrepreneur and a leader in the technology industry.
Benton has had a number of accomplishments in her life thus far. In 2007 she founded Black Web 2.0, an online zine highlighting Black game changers in the tech industry while discussing topics regarding Black culture, the tech industry as a whole, and the intersections of the two.

In 2011, Benton founded NewME, the first tech accelerator focused on serving minoritized people to help them fund their projects. NewME was a catalyst for discussions surrounding diversity in the tech industry, especially regarding people of color and women. Since its founding, NewME has raised over 47 million dollars in funding for companies owned by minoritized people. Benton was also a subject in the CNN documentary series Black in America, which focused on various Black leaders and innovators and the issues faced by Black people in the U.S.

Most recently, in 2018, Benton founded Streamlytics, a data ecosystem that democratizes data collection by providing ethical, human-powered data. Streamlytics has become the market leader for its category and focuses on providing data that accurately reflects people of color’s usage of the service while providing financial compensation for users who share their data with Streamlytics. Beyond her accomplishments in the tech industry, Benton is a breast cancer survivor who now advocates for better wellness and healthcare practices for entrepreneurs.

Photo courtesy of Angela Benton – Gallery — Angela Benton

By Avery Caya
Avery Caya Graduate Assistant, CLAS/Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (They/Them/Theirs)