HBCU VC Fellowship
Your Direct Entry-Point to the Venture Capital Industry
The HBCU VC Fellowship program is the only one of its kind that supports startups from the HBCU ecosystem, providing culturally-affirming investor curriculum, and connects you to a network of prominent entrepreneurs and investors.
Demystifying Investment and Entrepreneurship through a Culturally-Affirming lens
We assemble the nation's top experts and mentors, many from HBCUs themselves, to teach investment fundamentals and create on-ramps to the venture capital industry. Steeped in experiential learning, fellows are given the opportunity to identify startups from their own community to fund and support.
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Richard is a summer analyst at Intel Capital.
As a summer analyst at Intel Capital, I have been really getting the full spectrum of what it takes to be a thorough investor. For my first summer, I am shadowing Jennifer Ard and Rich Green on sports technology companies. They both have been doing a really thorough job coaching me virtually to think critically about the NBA needs and strategic vision for sports technology companies. While learning about the sports tech ecosystem, I am also crafting a framework for defense technology companies. My framework includes defining the overall market opportunity; identifying key players in the space (both companies and investors); and evaluating the startup ecosystem addressing the opportunities around the space.
I really love how Intel Capital has made a very inclusive culture virtually! They embrace the energy I bring to every zoom meeting and learning session! Everyone in the team is very open to having a one on one session with me, and I can’t be more grateful for the learning platform this provides.
Saleah is an engineer, passionate about African Americans in STEM, building generational wealth, and music. Here's how she got into engineering.
I wasn’t introduced to any engineering until the summer before my senior year of high school. I took an Introduction to Solidworks class my senior year of high school and fell in love with Mechanical Engineering. I have been in love ever since! I had never thought being an engineer was something I could do. My summer research advisor noticed how I was into mechanics, technology, and hardware around the office and saw how much I enjoyed learning and working with hardware and technology. She suggested I take a look into engineering and I did. From there, I was fascinated with the opportunities and variety of engineering and decided to change my career path. I did research on the various types of engineering and Mechanical Engineering was my best fit. To date, I've taken this passion on head-first! Diving into internships with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): Kennedy Space Center, and Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing.
We Build Inclusive Economies Together
At HBCUvc, we honor our fellows, empower them, and connect them to a network for success at scale through our venture capital curriculum.
Our curriculum includes sessions on venture capital fundamentals, as well as how to find entrepreneurs and how to determine which deals are good for investment.
Fellows are introduced to investors and fund managers with varying experiences and expertise in the venture capital space.
Our network of staff, mentors, and advisors are committed to your success.
Learn more about our approach here.
Managing Partner, MiLA Capital
Managing Partner, Backstage Capital
Cultural Leadership Fund, Andreessen Horowitz
Co-Founder, Village Microfund
Managing General Partner, MaC Venture Capital
Founder, The Shade Room
Director of Portfolio Engagement, Revolution
Founding Managing Partner, Plexo Capital
Partner, Kapor Capital
Investor, Mucker Capital
New to venture capital? We've got you covered. Our six-week VC Intensive program will give you the fundamental skills and frameworks you need to jumpstart your venture capital journey.
Here's a sample of what it will look like:
- Venture Capital Fundamentals: How to Invest In Tech Startups
- Venture Capital and the University’s Role and Impact In Building Wealth
- Building a Community of Tech Startups
- Creating a Personal Brand
- Professional Networking and Building Relationships
- A Look at the Day to Day Life of a Venture Capitalist Investor
- How to Land an internship in Venture Capital
- Guest Lectures with Prominent Black Entrepreneurs and Investors
- Summer Internship Interview Prep and Mock Interviews
- Afro-Futurism: Reimagining and Investing In Global Tech Ecosystem
The second half of the program puts what you've learned into action through the month-long VC Lab Fund clinic.
- VC Lab: Identify and Fund Startups In Your Community (HBCUvc provides the money to invest through our $1 million teaching Lab Fund)
Ime is an honors student in Electrical Engineering with a knack for network building. Here's what he's most passionate about and how he advises those interested in startups and VC.
The best way to learn about entrepreneurship is to be an entrepreneur! You have to take the first step and I love helping students get started. Some of the biggest companies were started in people’s dorm rooms! Why can’t that happen at an HBCU? A few years ago I read an article about how the next Mark Zuckerberg will be at an HBCU and it’s definitely true. I meet students all across the country who are working on amazing projects or building out their side hustles to full-blown companies. It’s amazing! I suggest always find a cofounder, convince someone to join your team because entrepreneurship is hard and you shouldn't do it by yourself. Also, don't start with the solution, find problems that people have and then solve them. You'll have always have paying customers that way.
Fall 2021 Semester | VC Foundations Intensive:
Welcome Retreat: September 27-30
Module 1: October 5
Module 2: October 12
Module 3: October 19
Module 4: October 26
Module 5: November 2
Program Completion Module: November 9