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We are thrilled to welcome our 7th cohort of minority and female aspiring venture capital investors. They were selected from a pool of over 170 applications and share our deep passion for technology and startups. The cohort is 50% female and were carefully selected to represent the racial and gender diversity we want to see in venture capital. As they embark on this journey, they will be learning from VC mentors and instructors in the program to gain a better understanding of the venture financing and deal-making process. During the 8 weeks program, they will learn how to scout for startups and get the opportunity to work with some of the top-tie VC firms in our network as analysts and venture scouts.

To learn more about the class and to follow their journey, check out their profiles here!

Since launching the fellowship program in 2019, we have welcomed more than 90 fellows into the program giving them the opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of venture finance, and successfully land internship opportunities at various VC firms including Sequoia Capital, Flourish Ventures, Coyote Ventures, and many more. After completing the program more than 40% of our fellows have landed VC jobs across various firms including; Halem Capital, Kapor Capital, Nextview Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, K50 Ventures, Rebel One Ventures, One Way Ventures, Clear Ventures, SVB, B Capital , and many more.

As a minority-focused VC fellowship program, we are committed to empowering the next generation of Black, Latinx, Asian, LGBTQ, and female Venture Capitalists, and we do so by sourcing, training, and placing qualified minorities and female talents into venture firms to improve their talent pipeline and give fellows an opportunity to get their foot in the door. The program is led by experienced VC mentors and instructors from firms such as NEA, Andreessen Horowitz, .406 Ventures, Index Ventures, Dell Technology Capital, Glasswing Ventures, Capria VC, Underscore VC, Beyond Capital Fund, NVCA, and many more!

Our program partners remain committed to our mission, and the work we do would not be possible without their support. This year we welcomed new partner firms into the program and became an affiliate member of Angel Capital Association (ACA) and look forward to working collaboratively with other mission aligned organizations to improve diverse talent resources and make venture financing more accessible to everyone.

We look forward to another fun and exciting venture experience with the incoming class and can't wait to get started in the coming weeks. Anyone interested in joining the program our early application is now open for the fall 2022 program, Apply here

VC firms interested in sourcing talent through our program can use this form to indicate their firm's interest. We place fellows across participating firms on a rolling basis.

Welcome, Summer Class of 2022!

Female-led Venture Capital Firms you should know about.

Founded by Shelia Gulati & Stacey Giard in 2010 and based in Seattle, WA. They focus on cutting-edge enterprise software and take a hands-on approach to supporting their portfolio companies.

Founded by Susan Lyne in 2014 and based out of NYC, NY. They are focused on e-commerce and mobile startups with at least 1 female founder.

Founded by Jesse Draper in 2016 and based out of LA, CA. They primarily invest in early-stage female founders.

Founded by Kara Weber & Lizzie Francis in 2016, based out of Santa Monica, CA. Investing in diverse founding teams from seed- to late-stage commerce startups.

Founded by Kristen Green in 2007 based in San Francisco, CA. Focused on B2B and B2C industry disrupters.

Founded by Pocket Sun & Elizabeth Galbut in 2016, they have offices worldwide. Focus on diverse founding teams out of US and Asia who are seed- and Pre-series A.

Founded by Anu Duggal in 2014, based in NYC, NY. Focuses on women-led startups in a variety of sectors.

Founded by Stephanie Crowe & Kristina Montague in 2013 based in Chattanooga, TN. They focus on growing female-led ventures in the Southeastern US.

Founded by Jenny Abramson in 2015, based in Whiteplains, NY with a focus on Female leaders and technology.

Founded by Tricia Black in 2018, based in NYC, NY. Focused on startups with at least 1 female founder and based on the East coast.

Thank you Embroker for this great list which can be found in the report; Where Female Founders Are Gaining Ground in Venture Capital. Read the full Embroker report here

About The Program

The Vencapital Fellowship program was created to help minorities and women learn about venture financing and grow their investor network. Fellows accepted into the program get the opportunity to work with top-tie VC firms in our network as analysts and venture scouts. The program is set up as an apprenticeship experience combining venture capital training with contract placement within venture firms. The training and mentorship is led by VC mentors with access to online learning and deals sourcing tools and platforms. Fellows that complete the training get matched with VC firms to perform market analysis, help with deal sourcing and provide portfolio support and work on platform projects. ​​

Required Skills & Experience

  • Academic levels (Seniors, Grads & MBA students)

  • Possess strong critical thinking and analytical skills

  • Able to review and assess investments pitches during meetings.

  • Can perform market research and financial analysis

  • A team player able to work with others to a achieve common goal

  • Diverse Background and experience with compelling story (Black, Latinx, Asian, LGBTG & female students/grad preferred)

  • Deep passion and hunger for entrepreneurship

  • A champion of innovation and venture ecosystem builder

  • Possesses great writing and communication skills.

  • A great project manager with the ability to plan and execute on any project in a timely and efficient manner.

Program Benefits

Vencapital is a growing community of diverse emerging fund mangers with over 70 program alumni, and 50+ active fund managers/GPs that support us and mentor in the program. By joining the program fellows are able to tap into this incredible network to learn, build and successfully launch their venture career.

Application Deadline is February 26th, 2021.

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