Phirst Market Ventures uses an unbiased approach to manage incoming deal flow. By supporting our founders and their teams with the resources every startup needs to thrive, PMV empowers, uplifts and catalyzes wealth building for ecosystems typically excluded from economic advancement opportunity.


Companies based in the Mid-Atlantic Region (except New York) New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. Our Primary focus is the Greater Philadelphia Region including Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.


Post-Revenue, Pre-seed to Seed.


 Founders submit an interest form via Airtable


Our team reviews every submission that comes in for thesis fit.

First Meeting

 A 30-minute meeting for us to get to know each other. No pitching required.

Deal assessment & decision by partners

 We’ll make an informed decision using our framework, and input of our advisors and follow up with the next steps.

Founding Team

We are a diverse team making investments in diverse teams

Tanya T. Morris, General Partner

+ President & Founder social impact organization for Black/Brown female founders, serial entrepreneur.
+ Advisor and Investor in startups with Backstage Capital.

Diane Cornman-Levy, Co-Founder/ Partner

+ Chief Disruptor, WOMEN’S WAY, the region’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement of women and girls, and gender equity

+ 30+ years of nonprofit leadership, coalition building, and fundraising experience
+ Raised more than 30 million dollars to address health, education and economic inequities

Advisory Board

Garry Johnson III, Bison Venture Partners

Jason Ray, Founder and CEO Zenith Wealth Partners

Co-Founder Phirst Market Ventures

Lucas Ving, Zenith Wealth Partners