Angela Benton is considered a pioneer of diversity in Silicon Valley, yet she calls Miami home. She started the first-ever accelerator for minority entrepreneurs and has moved hundreds of entrepreneurs through her online NewMe platform, boot-camp and equity portfolio.NewME has helped minority entrepreneurs raise more than $25 million in funding.Benton’s own story and struggle to overcome adversity have helped make her a media darling, earning her descriptions such as “multihyphenate business maven.” Becoming a mom at age 16, Benton studied graphic design, taught herself to code and became a CEO. Now she helps entrepreneurs identify strengths from their nontraditional backgrounds and leverage those into businesses.Benton is a fan of taking a holistic approach to work and life. Instead of trying to achieve balance, she’s said, “balance doesn’t exist.”
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