Our work directs how capital is formed and distributed to increase opportunities for Black and Latinx innovators.
We actively reimagine the innovation economy by developing the next generation of venture capital leaders in communities where entrepreneurs face barriers accessing capital.
Culture is Currency
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.
Nothing matters more than our people.
Hadiyah MujhidFounder & CEO
Chelsea RobertsChief Operating Officer
Cynthia Lopez DixonChief Administrative Officer
Evelyn DisherDirector of Programs
Yolanda StephensDirector of Continuous Improvement
Jameela BaharProgram Manager
Chelsea BurwellCommunications Manager
Angela KingProgram Associate, HBCU VC Fellowship
Kiley WilliamsOperations Analyst
Jorge M. TorresDean, Yale University
Austin ClementsInvestor, Grid110
Megan Holston-AlexanderPartner, A16Z
Terik TidwellInnovation Dir, Johnson C. Smith University
Jonathan JacksonCo-Founder, Blavity