Investor Connect: Donna Harris of Builders + Backers

Investor Connect: Donna Harris of Builders + Backers

April 13, 2022 by investor

On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Donna Harris, Founder and CEO at Builders + Backers. 

Founded in 2020 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Builders + Backers invests in exceptional entrepreneurs who are building global-scale ventures to power an entirely different future – one where technology creates value for many instead of capturing it for a few. Builders + Backers invests in and helps create a future of Buildership™, where technologies disrupt to democratize.

With three ways to invest, their goal is to put the power of technology in the hands of more people, build up communities and create things that lead to the kind of society where prosperity is widely shared. 

Donna is the General Partner at 1776 Ventures, and a Venture Partner at Praxis. She was formerly Managing Director of the Startup America Partnership and she is on the Board of the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the Policy Council of the Economic Innovation Group. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, an MBA from The University Michigan, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from American University.

Donna discusses the state of startup investing, her investment thesis, and some of the challenges startups and investors face.

You can visit Builders + Backers at, on LinkedIn at, and on Twitter at

Donna can be contacted at, on LinkedIn at, and on Twitter at

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