As part of our Sci-Tech 100 listing, here are nine investors who have the means and capability to make a difference. Black, lesbian and proud, Arlan Hamilton heads up Backstage Capital and is on a mission to address an anomaly whereby only 0.2pc of venture capital funding in America goes to black women. A guest of Inspirefest for the past two years, her new $36m fund will invest in black women founders for $1m at a time. “They’re calling it a ‘diversity fund’. I’m calling it an IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME fund,” Hamilton tweeted when news of the fund broke.