Atlanta native Burunda Prince dedicates her career to helping entrepreneurs make their mark on the world. Jumping from areas such as management consulting, engineering, civic engagement, and experience in Fortune 500 companies, Burunda has brought nothing but excellence to the table as the Managing Director of The Farm, Comcast NBCUniversal’s tech accelerator. Continuously striving to make the world a better place, Burunda works to embrace, challenge, and improve ecosystems.
In addition, Burunda was a former speaker for our program, Women of Color in Tech in Atlanta back last year. We appreciate Burunda’s contributions to not only Walker’s Legacy, but all entrepreneurial women. Keep reading to learn more about her story!
First Things First… Literally
As women of color, even in the year 2020, we are often still the firsts of our kind to do something; first woman, first person of color, first woman OF color, etc. Burunda has had the honor of experiencing titles beginning with “first” numerous times! A few of her accomplishments include: First female consultant of color at Bain, one of the very few women engineers at Procter & Gamble, she even attended Georgia Tech as a high school student and later on graduated from BOTH Harvard (MBA) and MIT (chemical engineering) where she joined the first historically black service-based Greek sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. While all of these are extremely notable achievements and we extend our congratulations, this also shows that women of color are still underrepresented in so many fields of business, technology, and more, even in the 21st century. This is why we appreciate Burunda for sharing her success story because it is important that powerful women continue to inspire others.
We asked Burunda to provide us with a brief description of her occupation and what she does for a living. Here’s a little background on what Burunda does currently:
“As the Managing Director of The Farm, Comcast NBCUniversal’s corporate accelerator powered by Boomtown, I lead efforts to support startup founders for success. Since I launched the program, we’ve invested in 30 companies, more than half from underrepresented groups. In addition to our 12 week accelerator program, The Farm is an incubator, co-working space, and houses a hardware lab in our 12,000 sq foot innovation hub. We are Atlanta based and globally focused.”
Wow — Burunda is doing great things for minorities as she continues to ensure that they are represented, prepared, and on the pathway to success! Walker’s Legacy was also curious to know why she does it. What made Burunda start this program and why does she feel her work is important? Here’s what she had to say:
“It is the right thing to do — ensuring that All people have the opportunity to realize their potential and dreams. Additionally, it’s good business to support talent. Finally, I understand the first hand the importance of having others not only believe in you but actively encourage, advocate for and sponsor your career growth.”
Burunda Prince is truly a woman who is fulfilling the legacy of our inspiration, Madam C.J. Walker.
Passion, Accomplishments, and Help Along the Way
Burunda clearly demonstrates that she possesses the more than necessary amount of passion and capability required to successfully complete her mission. It is no mystery that the more that you love what you do, the better you will be at it. We asked Burunda a few questions regarding her passion, achievements, and mentoring:
What are you most passionate about?
“Leveraging my talents and experiences to deliver value and help others achieve their dreams.”
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
“Launching from inception to execution Comcast’s first accelerator by forging community and tech ecosystem connections. Additionally, there is now a Harvard Business School case about my leadership at The Farm being released November, 2019.”
Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in, and what you’re committed to in your work and life?
“Teachers from elementary, middle and high school who cultivated my love of mathematics and science. My parents who were public school teachers who demonstrated the value of critical thinking and dogged determinedness. And various people in my journey, like Sam Chernak and Susan Brereton, who embraced all of who I am as an advantage so that I can bring my entire self to what I do.”
Lastly, we wanted to ask Burunda about the future for working women of color. In the next five years, this is what Burunda predicts and hopes will happen for our community:
“The ongoing discourse about the underinvestment and underexposure of women of color is gaining momentum. Men are now joining the conversation as they begin to understand that lack of investment (women of color receive 0.006% of VC funds) negatively impacts us all and that diversity is a competitive advantage. The conversation now needs to move from discussion to action.”
Burunda Prince is taking part in this action already. We hope that her story inspired you to join the team as well!