Working with and for early-stage founders

We invest early and enthusiastically in Black, Latinx, and Women founders who are rethinking the way we live, work, and play.

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We are an Atlanta-based pre-seed venture capital firm and growth accelerator driven to support underrepresented entrepreneurs reshaping the foundations of our everyday economy.

We are founder focused and have positioned every aspect of our firm toward building strong founders and even stronger companies.

We are committed to being more than just a check writer; we are here to guide and empower those who are ambitiously working to impact the future of work, finance, health, and media.

Our Approach

Venture Fund

Investing in Strong Founders

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Building Strong Companies

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Changing the Face of Tech

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Our Team

Our team of founders, investors and operators work hand-in-hand with those we back to help turn their vision into scalable and sustainable companies.

Antoine Woods Jr

Managing Partner

Antoine is founder and managing partner at Vertical404 where he leads investing in SaaS and tech-enabled startups. He has spent his career working with early-stage startups as an operator, developer, and consultant.

Prior to founding Vertical404, Antoine operated a branding consultancy where he specialized in brand positioning & growth strategy implementation — and previously worked as a software developer and product manager. These experiences molded his perspective and focus on investing in early-stage tech starts that are reshaping the way everyday live, work, and play.

Antoine holds a B.A in Computer Information Systems from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a Nashville-native and currently resides in the Metro Atlanta area with his wife and two children.

Avoilan Bingham

Managing Partner

Availon is managing partner at Vertical404 where he leads investing in media and entertainment startups. He has spent his career leading and growing sales teams across retail and music tech organizations, and is focused on consumer startups rethinking the way we create, engage and consume music, video, and gaming.

Prior to joining Vertical 404, Avoilan worked as Director of Partnerships for music tech company MyMyMusic where he led corporate partnership and growth strategy. He is actively involved in community and social initiatives and is a current member of Saks Off Fifth’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board.

Availon is an Atlanta-native and graduate of the Galloway School and Guilford College (NC). He’s a passionate Atlanta sports fan and resides in the Greater Atlanta Area with his wife and children.

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