Building a Startup Ecosystem For Us, By Us
Our mission is to increase the number of black entrepreneurs starting tech companies. We do this by helping these entrepreneurs gain access to investment dollars and mentors. We're looking for students, both grad and undergrad, who are passionate about entrepreneurship, startups, and technology to join our mission. Our student investor program is a unique opportunity for students at historically black colleges to learn about startup investing and to build a startup community on their campus. Here's what you can expect by becoming an HBCU.vc Student Investor:
Learn the Basics Of Startup Investing
Students selected will undergo a 5-week investor training program. The training program is remote and includes participating in a weekly 3-hour online class. Weekly classes are interactive and are designed to equip you with the basic tools you’ll need to identify investment opportunities, evaluate early-stage companies, and to build a startup community on their campus.
Our student investors are mentored by leading investors (angels and VCs). Program mentors participate in monthly student investment committee meetings in an advisory capacity. HBCU.vc student investors do not receive equity in companies they choose for funding.
During the program, you will review startup funding applications, conduct industry due diligence, and research markets and opportunities for investment consideration. All students graduate with hands-on venture experience and will be connected to a national network of talented entrepreneurs and investors.
Connections to Industry Professionals
Our community consists of entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and partners dedicated to increasing the number of black tech entrepreneurs. Student Investors have the opportunity to work side by side with them, and to build their professional network.
Make A Difference In Your Community
Less than 2% of tech companies that receive investment are founded by African Americans. We believe this is a key component in supporting wealth and job creation within the Black community. As a Student Investor, you'll be a part of the solution, making an impact in the community by facilitating the distribution of investment dollars directly to your community.
Work Hard / Play Hard
The Student Investor program lasts an academic year. So you can expect to spend on average 5 - 10 hrs/week researching and identifying investment opportunities. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in pitch nights and social gatherings to source investment opportunities. It’s a serious commitment, but it's also a ton of fun and an incredible learning opportunity!