Melissa Bradley

Member Since 2021

Melissa Bradley



Washington D.C. Metro Area

Melissa L. Bradley is a co-founder of venture-backed Ureeka, a community where small businesses gain unprecedented access to the expertise needed to grow their business. The Ureeka mission is to democratize economic opportunity by enabling community and by reducing the cost and risk associated with growing a small to medium business (SMB). She is also Founder of 1863 Ventures, a business development program that accelerates New Majority entrepreneurs from high potential to high growth. In this role she created a community of over 10,000 New Majority entrepreneurs in three years. Melissa serves as General Partner of 1863 Venture Fund, Venture Partner at NextGen Ventures and serves an advisor the New Voices Foundation and New Voices Fund, as well as the Halcyon Fund. She is also a member of the Fast Company Executive Board, Square & Forbes Small Business Advisory Team, as well as the Target Accelerators Entrepreneurs Advisory Council. Melissa is the former Co-Chair, National Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and was recently named one of The Most Entrepreneurial Women Investors in 2018. Melissa is a professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where she teaches impact investing, social entrepreneurship, P2P economies and innovation. She recently received The Ideas Worth Teaching Award which celebrates exceptional courses that are preparing future business leaders to tackle society’s largest challenges and create a more inclusive, just, and sustainable version of capitalism. She is also a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Sidecar Social Finance, a social impact agency that provides impact investing advisory and capital services to individuals, institutions, and social enterprises. Melissa's educational background includes graduation from Georgetown University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the School of Business, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing from American University in 1993.


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Start-Ups
  • Fundraising


September 10th, 2021

Want a better work-life balance? 15 tips for trimming time off the workweek

If you want to ensure you and your team have a healthy work-life balance, try these strategies for shortening the amount of time you’re devoting to your desk.

May 19th, 2021

10 smart recruiting strategies for reaching a truly diverse talent pool

Hiring a truly diverse workforce begins with looking in all the right places for talent.

April 29th, 2021

Ensure a proactive mindset for you and your business with these 15 strategies

Anticipating challenges rather than just reacting to them puts you a step ahead in overcoming them.

April 1st, 2021

Starting your journey to support Black founders

What can investors do to support Black founders? Here are some strategies for consideration when prospecting Black founders.



Ureeka is a single platform where Next Wave entrepreneurs have access to the people, programs and connections they need to grow. Leveraging their experience, access and desire to help, our founders built Ureeka to be available for all, specifically with underserved entrepreneurs in mind. What makes Ureeka unique is the Community we’ve cultivated and the people who show up and bring themselves to the table each and every day. We’re a Community that doesn’t just talk about change – we make it happen.


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