Racial Equity Video Series | Rani Langer-Croager on Redefining Due Diligence
Rani Langer-Croager, Co-Founder at Uptima Business Bootcamp, speaks to the importance of integrating a friends and family lens into the due diligence process for entrepreneurs of color.
ABOUT RANI LANGER-CROAGER
Rani Langer-Croager founded Uptima Business Bootcamp to address the challenges of traditional entrepreneurship programs and business accelerators in providing accessible education and mentorship to a diverse group of entrepreneurs. Rani has drawn on more than 15 years of experience advising organizations on strategic and financial planning, capital raising and mergers and acquisitions to develop the model for Uptima. Prior to co-founding Uptima, Rani was a member of the founding team and vice president at Altius Education where she raised over $30 million of capital to fund the development of the company’s educational ecosystem.
Rani began her career as a successful investment banker and has led and participated in over 30 financing, merger, acquisition, and joint venture transactions, representing over $15 billion in value, for leading technology companies. She has extensive experience supporting very early-stage entrepreneurs as an organizer, coach, and judge for numerous hackathons and startup challenges.
Rani serves as a Board member of the California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO) and on the advisory boards of the Alliance for Community Development’s Bay Area Entrepreneurship Alliance, Oakland Grown, Project Equity, and numerous small businesses and startups. Rani received her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Mathematics and Economics from Duke University, was a recipient of the university’s prestigious William J. Griffith university service award, and was selected as a semifinalist for Young Trustee on the university’s Board of Trustees.