Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin I t’s hard enough for women to raise venture capital; of the more than $300 billion deployed to startups last year, women received just $6 billion, or 2%. And women of color get an even smaller piece of the pie; last year, according to Crunchbase , Black women received 0.35% of all startup venture funding. Mindright founder Ashley Edwards, 31, knows this reality all too well. But she’s also managing to beat the odds: Today she’s announcing a $1.8 million seed round for her company, which provides mental health services to underserved teens via SMS text messaging. Investors like Melinda French Gates and Lifeforce Capital were attracted to the company in part due to its team of specially trained coaches who check in with youth daily to help them manage the challenges of both crises and everyday stressors. The SMS structure of the service, which helps eliminate technical and financial barriers to traditional mental … [Read more...] about Is This 31-Year-Old The First Black Woman In New Jersey To Raise More Than $1 Million?