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, provide culturally-affirming investor curriculum, and connect 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 giving the opportunity to identify startups from their own community to fund and support.

Applications for the Fellowship are now closed.

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.

Past Speakers

Brandon Bryant
Venture Partner, Harlem Capital

Noramay Cardena
Managing Partner, MiLA Capital

Austin Clement
Partner, OPV

Arlan Hamilton
Managing Partner, Backstage Capital

Megan Holston-Alexander
Cultural Leadership Fund, Andreessen Horowitz

Nathan Jones
Co-Founder, Village Microfund

Marlon Nichols
Managing General Partner, MaC Venture Capital

Angelica Nwandu
Founder, The Shade Room

Amira Ouji
Director of Portfolio Engagement, Revolution

Lo Toney
Founding Managing Partner, Plexo Capital

Ulili Onovakpuri
Partner, Kapor Capital

Monique Villa
Investor, Mucker Capital

The Curriculum

New to venture capital? We've got you covered. Our 1-year 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 Brand as a Investor

  • 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

  • Interview Prep and Mock Interviews

  • Afro-Futurism: Reimagining and Investing In Global Tech Ecosystems

  • VC Lab: Identify and Fund Startups In Your Community (HBCUvc provides the money to invest)

Testimonials

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.

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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.

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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.

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Program Dates

Fall 2020 Semester:

  • Welcome Retreat: October 11-17th (Daily lunch time commitment during retreats)

  • Module 1 with Guest Speaker: October 31

  • Module 2 with Guest Speaker: November 14

  • Module 3 with Guest Speaker: December 12

Spring 2021 Semester:

  • Spring Semester Kick-off Retreat II: January 19-23rd (Daily lunch time commitment during retreats)

  • VC Lab Fund Meetings - Evening Team Meetings to Review Startup Applications

    • February 2

    • February 16

    • March 2

    • March 16

    • March 30

  • Tech Conference and Program Graduation: April 17