What We Do and Who We Do It For

PledgeLA Summer 2022 VC Summer Internship Program Applications Now Open!

Our partners at PledgeLA are looking for undergrads, grad students and recent grads from backgrounds not well-represented in VC, to apply for their 2022 Summer VC Internship program! Applications are now open for this 10-week, full-time, paid experiential internship at some of the top VC firms in LA. Hosted in partnership with HBCUvc, the program provides interns with foundational venture capital training, peer support in a cohort model, and networking opportunities with VC leaders to advance their careers. Applications are open through October 31. Since 2019, just over 50% of the program’s alumni have secured additional roles in tech or VC. To learn more and apply, visit:

Click here to learn about our most recent cohort of PledgeLA graduates and HBCUvc Fellows and watch their virtual graduation ceremony here.

HBCUvc’s mission is to direct how capital is formed and distributed to increase opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and Latinx innovators.

We accomplish this by developing, connecting and mobilizing the next generation of venture capital leaders in communities where entrepreneurs face barriers in accessing capital, and by empowering institutions to employ race-conscious investing practices.

We support our community of emerging investors and founders by providing:

Training Programs in Venture Capital

Access to Paid Internships in Venture Capital

Equity Funding for Entrepreneurs

Culturally-affirming Professional Community

We are mobilizing a new brand of investors and founders from communities that are traditionally overlooked. The HBCUvc Investor and Founder is mission-driven, authentic, rooted in community, and builds and invests for a bold future.

Rooted In HBCU Excellence

Our origins are rooted in the legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), which forged opportunities for Black Americans in a time when our country would not. We are anchored in this intention, and similar to HBCUs, we purposefully extend our support to all overlooked communities, including but limited to Indigenous, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and undocumented immigrants. We know that innovation lives within us - and has been untapped and ignored for far too long. We are a Black and women-led team that's lived the work we advocate for. Our experiences drive our commitment and urgency, and we believe solutions must be led by the community that is impacted.

We Invest in People, Not Companies. We Believe Culture Adds Value and that the Boldest Innovations Originate in the Margins.


Bryanna BarnettHBCUvc Venture Fellow, Class 2
Cheryl Campos2020 Emerging VC LeaderRepublic
Gabby Cazeau2020 Emerging VC Leader
Harlem Capital Partners

Mario Ruiz2020 Emerging VC Leader
Paypal Ventures
Kymberlee Hill2020 PledgeLA FellowGrid 110
David JeffriesHBCU Venture Fellow, Class 2
Desmond Wiggins2020 Venture Lab + FundFounder, BatteryXchange

Special Thanks to Our Partners