HBCUvc Lab Fund is what HBCUvc calls our "teaching venture capital firm." The fund is managed current fellows and partners with ambitious founders to grow their companies. Selected Lab Fund Founders receive mentorship, pitch coaching, micro-grants, and introductions to the HBCUvc investor network. The HBCUvc Lab and Fund accepts early-stage technology founders with a working prototype.


Church SpaceHelping churches turn their unused space into opportunity
BatteryXchangeProviding mobile charging solutions
gBookPlatform for students to buy and sell on campus
JoinmiPlatform helping college students connect and complete tasks together

2020 Venture Partners

The VC Lab and Fund is managed by second-year fellows in our HBCU Venture Fellows Program. They support sourcing and matching selected entrepreneurs to available resources and opportunities. Fellows gain on-hands experience in venture capital through deal origination, due diligence, and portfolio support.

The pilot cohort of the Venture Lab and Fund was launched in March 2020 by Whitney Griffith, Ime Essien, Dorian Holmes and Bryanna Barnett and supported four tech companies with HBCU founders (students and alumni).

Whitney GriffithHBCU Venture Fellow,
Howard University '19
Ime EssienHBCU Venture Fellow,Morgan State University '21
Dorian HolmesHBCU Venture Fellow,North Carolina A&T University '21
Bryanna BarnettHBCU Venture Fellow,Prairie View A&M University '20