WATCH: Serena Williams' press conference after bowing out of Wimbledon in the first round


Serena Williams is a 23-time Grand Slam champion, a mom, and, for almost a decade, a founding partner in a venture capital firm and an angel investor to countless Black- and women-founded tech startups, too. Now she’s ready to share her investment wisdom with the masses, after being announced as the keynote speaker for the upcoming Black Tech Week Conference.

The event is set to take place July 18-22 in Cincinnati Ohio, and features Black tech founders, investors, innovators and more covering session topics like, “Getting Acquired by a Tech Giant,” “Removing Bias from Fundraising” and “Mergers and Acquisitions.”

“Black Tech Week is a movement in support of the success of ecosystems being built by Black founders,” Serena said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to joining this strong community of talent, connecting and impacting the future of technology.”

Serena has been active in the tech and venture capital spaces for nearly a decade, and she will headline Black Tech Week representing her own firm, Serena Ventures. After learning that less than 2% of investment-capital funds go to women and not even 1% to people of color, the former world No. 1 launched Serena Ventures in 2014 to level the playing field.

“The only way that people can get funding is if people like me, women and people of color, are actually writing the checks,” Serena told Insider in an interview. “Otherwise it's going to be the same boys’ club, except not for a lot of Black people.”

In March, her early-stage tech investment firm made headlines when it was announced that Serena Ventures had raised an inaugural fund of $111 million to invest in founders with “diverse points of view”. And she’s more than put her money where her mouth is: according to Insider, 53% of the founders that SV has invested in are women and 47% are Black.

“Whether it's venture people saying that I shouldn't be doing it, or it's tennis when people said I'll never be good at it, I do think there's a part of me that always will enjoy proving people wrong.”