Venture Capital Fellowship is an experience-based learning opportunity in venture capital and tech entrepreneurship. Our student investor program works with students attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to teach investment fundamentals and entrepreneurship. We empower our students to act as investors to fund local tech entrepreneurs and 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 make funding decisions. It gives students the real world experience needed to jumpstart careers in their chosen paths.

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

During the first year students 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

During the second-year, fellows will be invited to apply their knowledge as Student Partners in's teaching venture capital firm. Student Partners make investments under the supervision of an experienced venture capital investor.

Fellows receive mentoring throughout the first and second years. Mentors are practicing venture capital investors and successful entrepreneurs.

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.

Am I investing my own money?

No. Selected second-year Fellows invest money from the teaching venture capital firm. Fellows are involved in the decision-making process of selecting companies to receive investment.

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.

2018 Application Timeline & Resources

Timeline and numbers are representative and are subject to change.


Applications Open - April 1st!

A complete application consists of the following components:

  • Current Resume
  • Academic Transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from university professors
  • Short responses to questions in the categories of career interest, self-awareness, teamwork, and inclusion.


Applications Expected

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Applications Close - May 11th


Finalists Chosen - June 1st

45-minute video interview with HBCUvc admissions team. Finalists will be sent an interview packet to prepare for interview. During the interview finalists will have the opportunity to share more about their passions and career interests.


Finalists Expected

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Finalists Interviews Complete - July 20th

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  • Attend VC Bootcamp in NYC (optional)


Selected Fellows Announced - August 3rd


Fellows Expected

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