9 Of The Top Black Tech Founders In 2019 With $2 Billion In Combined Aggregate Valuations

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Delane Parnell – Founder & CEO @ PlayVS | Image: Anita Sanikop

Delane Parnell, PlayVS

Delane Parnell‘s tech company PlayVS is a Los Angeles-based startup that’s building the online and offline infrastructure for high school esports. The company has raised $46 million, including a $30.5-million Series-B funding round with investors Sean “Diddy” Combs, Adidas and Samsung. The series B came five months after PlayVS’s $15.5 million Series A funding.
The venture-backed startup has signed an exclusive contract with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) that will allow students to play esports on behalf of their school all the way to the state championship level.


Listen to GHOGH with Jamarlin Martin | Episode 24: Delane Parnell Jamarlin talks to prodigy Delane Parnell, founder and CEO of high-school esports company PlayVS, which just raised a $15M series A round.