One of the main roadblocks for African Americans in starting and growing a business is access to capital. This is the story of an African American entrepreneur who found alternatives to traditional venture capital.

Jehiel Oliver knew he wasn’t going to find his pathway to prosperity at the doorsteps of Silicon Valley’s venture capital firms. As a black tech founder, statistically speaking, he was well aware that the odds were against him. Fewer than 1% of tech companies with black founders receive venture capital funding.

Tangentially, a report by the Center for Global Policy Solutions revealed there are an estimated 1.1 million businesses that could be produced by people of color, but are stunted due to socially discriminatory financing practices and a bias toward companies run largely by white men.