HBCUvc Fellows Program
HBCUvc Fellowship Application is OPEN
We are proud to officially open the HBCUvc Class 4 Fellowship Application. The application deadline is August 28th, 2020. We look forward to reviewing the wonderful applications that we will receive this cycle.
Application timeline and tips are available in our application guide. Click here to view the application guide.
If you are applying or considering to apply to the HBCUvc fellowship, attend an HBCUvc Fellowship Interest Meeting.
Hear experiences from current fellows as well as an overview of the program and interview tips.
We look forward to you joining us.
All Information Sessions will be hosted from 7:00-8:00 PM EST. Register here.
The HBCUvc Fellowship is the only one of its kind providing a direct entry-point to the venture capital industry.
We demystify investment and entrepreneurship fundamentals by integrating them into the Black college experience with a culturally-affirming lens. By assembling the nation's top experts as teachers and mentors, fellows build on-ramps to social capital and learn how to navigate the various roles that investors and entrepreneurs hold. Steeped experiential learning, fellows are equipped to use the tools of venture capital to invest in their own portfolio, as well as in founders and communities that are traditionally underserved.
Learn more about our approach here.
What to Expect
HBCU vc Fellows are full-time students that commit to a minimum of one-year of leadership development and investment training, organized in monthly modules and designed to work in compliment with classes and other responsibilities (average of 3-5 hours per week).
Fellows with superior performance and demonstrated commitment to HBCUvc's mission are invited for a second year, where they source and support the VC Lab + Fund and manage a portfolio of investments.
Fellows directly engage through in-person summits (when possible), webinars, clinics, mentorship and summer internships to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of investing in early-stage technology companies. Fellows and alumni support ecosystem development on-campus and both recruit and interview future cohorts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply?
Rising sophomores, juniors, and incoming grad students attending an HBCU. Students must plan to be at enrolled in their university program for a minimum of two years. In addition, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.2.
Do I have to be a technical or business major?
No. All majors are encouraged to apply.
Is there a cost to participate in the program?
No. The program, including training and associated travel costs, are covered for selected students.
When does the fellowship take place and how much time can I expect to commit?
The fellowship occurs during the academic year. Fellows can expect to spend 3-5 hours per week during the academic year.
How does the fellowship dynamic work?
Students apply as individuals to become Fellows. However, the fellowship is designed to be a collaborative program. Campus teams have a minimum of 3 fellows. We suggest encouraging friends and classmates to apply to increase the chances of your application being selected.
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