GIOF Annual Meeting • May 19–26, 2022
The Largest Annual Meeting of
 the Global DEI Community
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Ben StokesBen Stokes

Founding Partner of Chasing Rainbows

Chasing Rainbows
Ben Stokes is the Founding Partner of Chasing Rainbows, an early-stage investment fund specifically aimed at creating more equality in startup funding by investing in founders who come from underrepresented backgrounds - particularly those from the LGBTQ+ community.

Ben previously founded and ran the virtual networking platform SocialTable, with customers on all 7 continents. Using his own experience as an LGBTQ+ founder of color, he has been an active angel investor in companies led by underrepresented founders and has fostered a number through to their exit or next investment phase.

He was a mentor at the Australian Landing Pad in San Francisco, assisting Australian founders who take their start-ups and scale-ups global. Ben has an Executive MBA, attended UC Berkeley’s Venture Capital Program and was selected to be part of both the StartOut Growth Lab, a start-up incubator located in San Francisco, and RBL1, based in Austin. In 2020 he was asked to address the UN General Assembly for their Leaders on Purpose Summit. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur he worked at Oracle and Salesforce.

Ben Stokes grew up on a farm on the North-West Coast of Tasmania after being adopted from an orphanage in Sri Lanka, by a loving Tasmanian family. Ben's mission is to help create a world that's built on radical inclusivity where diversity of knowledge and experience is celebrated. It is the cornerstone for the vision of his fund, Chasing Rainbows.

Takes part in

May, 19 12:00 PM CET
Stage 2
Startup Pitch Competition

Startup Pitch Competition: Financial Inclusion

Join to hear the Startup Pitch Competition finalists for the Financial Inclusion category

Patrice Perkins Founder of Word Architect, Director at Startup Grind Capital Region NY, Analyst at In Focus Brands
Chisom Udeze Founder of Diversify, DEI Strategist
Ben Stokes Founding Partner of Chasing Rainbows
Deepa Nagarajan Author, Founder of OKR League
Dmytro Chernohod Head Organizer at GIOF
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May, 19 5:30 PM CET
Inclusivity Business Awards

Inclusivity Business Awards Final

Join us to meet the finalists of the GIOF 2022 Inclusivity Business Awards.

Glen Patterson Founder of WorkSchool
Ben Stokes Founding Partner of Chasing Rainbows
Deepa Nagarajan Author, Founder of OKR League
Anthony Zlaket Venture Capital Investor at UnityPoint Health Ventures
Dmytro Chernohod Head Organizer at GIOF
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