tools resources and capital for non-traditional entrepreneurs

invest in human potential


Advocating for creative communities, start-ups, and entrepreneurs since 2004

Headquartered in South Dallas Vertex Equity Partners, LLC provides tools, resources, and capital to stimulate entrepreneurship and strengthen entrepreneurship education. We have a full-service business resource center located at our South Dallas campus. We host workshops and conferences designed for both start-up founders and seasoned business owners.

What we believe - Entrepreneurship is a great first career option, an excellent career pivot, and the best platform to guarantee generational wealth

How we support - prepare start-up founders, infuse seed capital, provide scholarship funds to student entrepreneurs, existing business operators, and niche market local businesses

Where we invest- enterprises founded by women of color, aspiring first-time entrepreneurs, small business owners, teen entrepreneurs, and college students considering entrepreneurship as a viable career option.

Our firm specializes in developing startups from idea (hypothesis) to business model generation with the goal of seeding an organization positioned to scale.

Whether you’re a musician, designer, engineer, or small business owner, we will not only develop your idea or small business into a viable, scaleable, and repeatable business model, but we’ll also help build or expand your customer pipeline.

Get in touch with us to set up a consultation, or use the contact form at the bottom of this page to enquire whether our services are right for you.




5787 S Hampton Road, Ste. 115 Dallas, TX 75232

(424) 274-1906


Areas of Focus

Investment capital | equity capital

Vertex Investment Capital for Entrepreneurs (V.I.C.E) capital and equity investment for inventory, business model restructuring, expansion, and acquisitions to support niche businesses with non-traditional founders or enterprises operating within cottage industries

Vertex Mergers & Acquisitions structured and strategic consolidations and acquisitions for well positioned enterprises poised for greater market presence, competitive advantage, and industry domination

Vertex VC leveraged equity investment for tech-based startup ventures

Vertex Private Business & Investment Bank private lending and equity investments for targeted small businesses

fundraising & scholarships for entrepreneurs

“How can a college student borrow more than $200,000 to fund an education for a prospective job or career opportunity but can’t borrow even $20,000 to fund a great business idea?”

NorthStar Scholarship Fund events, projects, and ongoing activities to seed scholarships for N.I.C.E. startup founders and enterprises

Start-up | business development support

NorthStar International Center for Entrepreneurs (N.I.C.E.)  full-service resource and training facility for start-ups and small businesses. Complete with classrooms, conference center, media lab, and A/V studio. On-site staff include; tax, accounting, marketing, copy and legal professionals

NorthStar NqB8 10-week launch pad designed for non-traditional founding teams of 5 to pursue an idea, build a testable hypothesis, prepare a pitch, compete for seed capital, and launch a scalable start-up

Vertex U training tools, resources, and networking for small business owners and their leadership teams. 

current projects

Green Soul Food innovative food growing technologies and healthy food sourcing for communities classified as "food deserts"

Garvey Travel & Tourism international travel and tourism experiences tailored for the Global Majority

NorthStar Trading Post international import/export dealer

Vertex FinTech investments in financial focused tech apps and enterprises

Carver GreenTech investments in green technologies and enterprises delivering household cost-saving solutions

Drive-Time University 3-dimensional audio books recordings of classic writings from black authors with supporting sounds effects, music, and characters. We introduce the text to new audiences and to keep the listener fully engaged during the readings

Everyday Beautiful licensed lifestyle dry-goods and brands designed by our community of fine artists to celebrate the unapologetic self-expression of the global majority  

asset portfolio

HOTLUNCH Design Agency full-service end-to-end lifestyle design agency that merchandises and licenses original artist designs into luxury and museum quality dry goods

Vertex Real Estate Holdings residential and multi-family real estate investments focused on undervalued and under-performing assets in targeted communities and neighborhoods

Third Plane [3P] investment in cannabis technologies, enterprises, industry supplies, and medical innovation

Medina Park retail, mixed-use, residence, hotel, family outdoor activities, sports, and entertainment centers with majority A-A anchored businesses, interests, and control “Welcome to Wakanda” 10-25 centers around the US

NorthStar Digital Library online repository and platform hosting on-demand audio performances of classic written books, plays, speeches, lectures, interviews, and rare audio recordings.

Maroon Media in-house digital media services and content creation lab and studio

ongoing campaigns

School Daze monthly weekend college workshop for black college bound students and their families

Brown Bag Power Lunch semi-monthly subscription supported career building conference call

Money & Marriage semi-monthly weekend finance boot-camp for couples

Vertex Money University monthly 12-hour weekend workshop designed to maximize wages, eliminate consumer debt, and position working folks for active and passive investments

NorthStar Side Hustle University 2-day workshop to create multiple streams of income to supplement your day job.


As far as we can tell, you have one opportunity to be who you were created to be, speak in your native tongue, about that which tickles your soul and keeps us talking about you...
Do art, live life, and love without conditions
— Hashim Malik-Bey


Let's Chat.

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