...With the ongoing excitement about the film and as Black History Month draws to a close, I would like to introduce you to a real superhero of sorts who is using her tech and startup experience to help the next generation of innovators who attend historically black colleges or universities (HBCUs). Her name is Hadiyah Mujhid and she is the founder HBCU.vc....
HBCU.vc, the event creators, have lined up speakers from around the tech world like Angelica Nwandu, founder of The Shade Room, Arlan Hamilton, founder and investment partner of Backstage Capital, Joah Spearman, founder and CEO of Localeur, and Preston James II, CEO of DivInc to speak to students and community members. “What we decided to do was create this conference for people who look like us and come from similar backgrounds and bring them to Prairie View so that students can see that they can do that too,” said Jordan King, a junior Electrical Engineering major from Shreveport, La.
Oftentimes, the reason for unsuccessful startups is a lack of capital. Hadiyah Mujhid, former founder of Black Founders created HBCU.VC to solve this very issue. Her new venture is helping to train HBCU students to understand venture capital financing and eventually become a part of the venture capital investment community.
There are very few black and Latinx investors, with only 2 percent of investment team members at VC firms identifying as black and just 1 percent identifying as Latinx, according to the National Venture Capital Association. This is where HBCU.vc comes in