Opportunity for VCs and founders to connect

VentureNext

VentureNext is a professional peer group of rising venture capital investors who work with, manage, and run venture capital investment funds. Our members are based across the country and united by an interest in investing in Midwestern companies.

VentureNext members get access to monthly deal-flow calls, exclusive networking events, educational resources, and mentorship. Learn more at https://www.venturenext.vc/

Opportunities for Engagement

 

Experienced VCs
Experienced VCs are invited to volunteer as mentors to support the rising venture talent of the Midwest. (We welcome mentors from anywhere in the US!)

 

Early-Career VCs who are interested in investing in the Midwest
VentureNext’s core focus is to connect and elevate the next generation of VC investors with an interest in investing in Midwest deal flow. Early-career investors are invited to become members of VentureNext, in order to:

  1. Establish a knowledge network through various programming events and networking opportunities.
  2. Provide mentorship and mentoring opportunities, and
  3. Participate in monthly deal flow sharing calls.

Start the process of becoming a member by submitting your information at the bottom of this page.

 

 

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Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) prepares Black, Latinx, and Indigenous rising leaders to land and thrive in high-trajectory jobs and opportunities that deliver immediate and lasting upward socioeconomic mobility. We propel our Fellows on their paths to leadership, which has the added benefit of lifting their workplaces, families, and communities.

 

Opportunities for Engagement

Black, Latinx, Indigenous Students (Undergrad and MBA)

MLT propels current undergraduate, MBA students, and experienced professionals into high-trajectory opportunities that achieve economic mobility. Undergraduate students can complete MLT’s Career Prep program for career exposure and work experience at one of MLT’s Fortune 500 corporate partners. MLT’s MBA Prep and Professional Development Fellows gain guidance, mentorship, and access to a rewarding business school experience and professional opportunities. MLT’s experienced professionals gain ongoing career support and have the opportunity to partake in MLT’s Career Advancement Program, gaining guidance on executive-level career development.

Employers (including VC Firms)
MLT has a growing talent base of ~7,500 Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Fellows and professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills, and guidance to succeed in business school and in corporate workplaces ranging from tech, finance, consulting, venture capital, and more. Employers can recruit pre- and post-MBA talent at the early, mid, and senior level career touch points from our multiple programs and alumni community. Interested employers can visit the MLT Partnerships page.

Individuals/Unique Business Opportunities
MLT’s community offers a multitude of opportunities to individuals seeking to boost their brand, share opportunities, and/or source business opportunities. These include speakerships, donor opportunities, sourcing of investment opportunities within our Black and Brown founder community, volunteering, mentoring, coaching, branding, the sharing of opportunities, and others. Interested individuals can email Nomzana Augustin, Community Engagement, at naugustin@mlt.org.

 

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Startout

Founded in 2009, StartOut, a national non-profit organization, is the largest national organization to support LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs with 17,000 members. Its mission is to increase the number, diversity, and impact of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and amplify their stories to drive the economic empowerment of the community. StartOut helps aspiring LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs start new companies; supports current entrepreneurs as they grow and expand their existing businesses; and engages successful entrepreneurs as role models and mentors.

Opportunities for Engagement

VCs
StartOut teams up with VCs who want access to a diverse deal flow and are interested in working with LGBTQ founders (pre-seed to Series B). StartOut also works with associates, principals and partners who are interested in mentoring high-potential entrepreneurs on an individual basis.

LGBTQ Entrepreneurs
StartOut provides access to expertise (mentorship and office hours), networking opportunities (events, online directory and online forum), and connections to accredited investors to LGBTQ growth entrepreneurs.

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10,000+

high-growth startups—across all 50 states and DC—raised venture funding in 2019 to build and grow their businesses.

42%

of all U.S. IPOs from 1974 to 2015 were venture-backed companies, representing 63% of the market capitalization and 85% of R&D.

2.9 million

is the average net jobs created annually between 1980 and 2010 by high-growth startups, which account for ~50% of gross jobs created in the U.S.

1,300+

U.S. venture firms are active today, managing an aggregate of $444 billion in assets.