New & Notable: Sevetri Wilson
Founder + Owner, Resilia
Hammond native Sevetri Wilson first made news when, at the age of 22, she formed her first company with zero capital, and it went on to hit the seven-figure mark. That company, Solid Ground Innovations, was a strategic communications and management firm that assisted professional athletes with their philanthropic efforts.
Striking gold for a second time, Wilson launched her next venture, Resilia, in 2016, which in May announced $8 million in series A funding — one of the largest series A rounds for an enterprise software company headed by a black female founder, and the highest venture capital raise by a female-founded tech company in Louisiana.
Resilia uses technology to provide philanthropic guidance and solutions — such as trainings, webinars and board building — for nonprofits, and offers donors like cities, private foundations and corporations simplified ways to manage their giving. Resilia currently serves over 3,000 nonprofits on its platform, along with 12 enterprise-level customers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield of America.
Wilson plans to use the series A funds to expand the company’s current presence from what is currently a staff of 18 in New Orleans and New York.
“We’re looking to expand our sales and R&D and advance our technology and product,” added Wilson. “With COVID-19 more money has gone to philanthropic giving than with any natural disaster we’ve had. We can use technology to help scale that impact and reduce the amount of waste in order to really help move social causes forward.”