Venture Forward is a 501(c)(3) supporting organization to NVCA, with a mission is to diversify, educate, and empower the VC investor class to advance the industry and maximize impact and returns. We provide education, resources, and connections to drive intersectional diversity within the venture capital community. We enable emerging investors to become VC investors by creating opportunities and opening doors that might otherwise have been closed to them. For VC investors and firms, we represent a “square one” resource to help them implement meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
Our key initiatives include:
- VC University: A certificate course co-led with NVCA and UC Berkeley, that democratizes access to VC education. Venture Forward also provides full scholarships and a dedicated mentorship program.
- LP Office Hours: Highly curated half-day workshops where underrepresented and emerging managers receive guidance from limited partners (LPs) and experienced VCs about fundraising best practices.
- VC Human Capital Survey: Every two years, we conduct a survey of VC firm workforce demographics and talent management strategies to measure the industry’s DEI progress.
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