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Empowering the Next Generation of Investors

We believe everyone deserves an opportunity to build a career in venture finance and our mission is to help women and minorities gain entry-level experience 


“ There is statistically significant correlation between a more diverse leadership team and financial outperformance as companies with the most ethnically/culturally diverse boards worldwide are 43% more likely to experience higher profits. ” 


—  McKinsey & Company (2018)

Why Venture Finance?

Vencapital was created to help improve the pipeline of diverse emerging fund managers. We drive this mission home through our fellowship program that allow fellows to explore and find new career pathways into VC/PE. 

We remain a strong supporter of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and serve as a strategic partner in building inclusive systems within venture firms in the US. 


Vencapital champion's diversity in venture recruiting

to support organizations looking to improve their talent pipeline. Our fellowship program allows fund managers to drive quality talents across their portfolio as well as internally within their organization.  

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Meet the Team


Henry Ogbuagu

Founding Partner

and Program Manager

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Hee Jin (Irene) Koo

Venture Associate and

Program Lead

Board of Directors

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Christopher Mirabile

Senior Managing Director

at Launchpad Venture Group


Phillip J. Pipkins

Vice President - Technology Banking at Silicon Valley Bank


Sarah Millar

Principal at City Light Capital, Diversity VC, US Chapter


Erik Bullen

Early Stage Investor at Walnut Ventures


Joann Chen

Director at Employment Technology Fund (JFF)

Program Advisors


Juan Carlos

Managing Partner at Surfside Capital Advisors, Board Member, MassDevelopment Board of Advisors


Anita Brearton

Founder and CEO at CabinetM, Board Member, Massventures

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Christopher Riffe

Human Capital Practice Manager at YOH/Starpoint Solutions Inc. 

2019-2020 VC Mentors

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Maria Velissaris

Founding Partner at SteelSky Ventures 

Location: New York

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Payal Agrawal

Partner at .406 Ventures

Location: Boston


Lara Matcalf

Managing Partner at TSEF

Location: New York

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Taylor Chapman

Principal at SEI Ventures

Location: New York

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Erik Bullen

Early Stage Investor at Walnut Ventures.

Location: Boston


Sarah Millar

Principal at City Light Capital

Location: New York