Venture Capital Fellowship

HBCUvc is an experience-based learning opportunity in venture capital and technology entrepreneurship. Our Fellowship is available to students attending select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to teach investment fundamentals and entrepreneurship. We empower our students to act as local venture catalysts to build startup communities in and around their campuses. During the program, students learn from investors and entrepreneurs as they work to identify investment opportunities, perform market research, and support local entrepreneurs. It gives students the real world experience needed to jumpstart careers in their chosen paths.

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HBCUvc Fellows Class 1 At AfroTech17

What happens during the fellowship?

HBCUvc is a leadership development and training program in venture capital that takes place during the academic year on your campus. Fellows participate in monthly online training sessions and meet in-person once per semester for training and to connect with other fellows, investors, and entrepreneurs.

Fellows can expect to learn:

  • What to look for in a startup before investing
  • How to Build A Startup Community and Support Innovation On Campus
  • Steps to take to launch a career in venture capital or tech

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Who can apply?

Rising sophomores, juniors, and incoming grad students attending eligible HBCUs or HSIs on a full-time basis. Students must plan to be at enrolled in their university program for a minimum of two years. In addition, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.2.

Campus Teams

Students apply as individuals to become Fellows. However, the fellowship is designed to be a collaborative program. Campus teams have a minimum of 3 fellows. Therefore, we cannot advance a student's application unless there is a minimum of 3 - 5 applications from his or her university. We suggest encouraging friends and classmates to apply to increase the chances of your application being selected.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a technical or business major?

No. All majors are encouraged to apply.

Is there a cost to participate in the program?

No. The program, including training and associated travel costs, are covered for selected students.

When does the fellowship take place and how much time can I expect to commit?

The fellowship occurs during the academic year. Fellows can expect to spend 5 - 10 hours per week during the academic year.

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