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VCFamilia

VCFamilia’s mission is to create an open and inclusive environment for current and future Latinx investors to thrive. VCFamilia brings Latinx cultures into the venture community and increase representation in investment roles.

VCFamilia was formed to increase awareness of the venture capital ecosystem within the Latinx community; provide current investors with continued education, community, & mentorship to ensure success and growth in the industry; and to embrace Latinx culture, norms, and the intersectionality of our different heritages in the venture community.

Their efforts are for anyone identifying as Latinx as well as supporters of diversity within the industry. They also aim to increase collaboration amongst other affinity groups and organizations to push the industry forward.

 

Opportunities for Engagement

Current and aspiring investors who identify as Latinx
VCFamilia prioritizes community. If you identify as Latinx and are in the venture community, join VCFamilia at https://www.vcfamilia.com. You can also stay connected to the organization and its members by signing up for the VCFamilia newsletter.

Others in the VC Community
If you do not identify as Latinx, but would like to support the VCFamilia community, you are invited to join the VCFamilia Linkedin group.

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VC Lab

VC Lab is the venture capital accelerator guided by the Mensarius Oath. The program was launched in Q1 of 2020 to change the face of venture capital and help humanity finance solutions to our most pressing problems. VC Lab has grown globally to provide advisory services, formation assistance, back office support and a technology platform to run venture capital firms.

For VCs:

  • Apply to Genesis – a free intensive online program that helps talented and motivated venture capitalists to launch Series A, Seed, Pre-Seed, Venture Studio and Accelerator funds worldwide. The goal of the 16-week Genesis program is for participants to complete a close with Limited Partners in 6 months or less. Genesis provides fund-building structure, proven advice, mentorship and peer support to reduce the barriers of entry to the low-transparency and high-cost world of venture capital.
  • Discover free resources to launch your venture capital firm.

 

Shift: Defense Ventures

Shift is an organization that helps members of the military, past and present, discover careers, acquire new skills, and embark upon new job experiences at the best companies in the world.

Defense Ventures

The future of defense tech is public-private partnerships. Immerse and learn from leading venture capital firms and tech startups in programs designed for the DoD’s emerging innovators. Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, and DoD Civilians are encouraged to apply.

Opportunities for Engagement

AFWERX Ventures Fellowship
Get your seat at the table in the right room. Shift’s Defense Ventures Program is a partnership with AFWERX to create an industry immersion program that selects innovative officers, enlisted, and civilians in the midst of their careers to join venture capital and technology companies across the US for eight weeks to bring the latest commercial tech trends and innovation back to the Department of Defense.

Trusted Capital Innovation Tours
A 12-month Training With Industry tour built in partnership with the Department of Defense Trusted Capital program and leading venture capital and private equity firms.

Participants will gain first-hand knowledge of emerging technology companies developing critical capabilities for defense applications. Placement within these key financial nodes is intended to provide a bridge between the DoD and the venture capital and private equity industries, fostering greater trust and cooperation during early-stage dual-use technology innovation.

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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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Paradigm

Paradigm is a consulting firm that designs data-driven strategies, implements programs with impact, and trains employees and leaders for success.

While Venture Forward does not endorse commercial products, Paradigm produces a great deal of research, resources and events that they make available to the public for free.

 

Paradigm Events: Learn about the latest diversity, equity, and inclusion research, trends, and tactics used by best-in-class companies at one of Paradigm’s events. From full-day, interactive Paradigm DEI Labs to timely webinars, Paradigm’s events are designed to help drive impact.

Inclusion Insights: Paradigm’s magazine contains recent news, articles, press releases, information on upcoming events, and white papers, showcasing the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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All Raise

All Raise is on a mission to accelerate the success of female founders and funders to build a more prosperous, equitable future. Born out of a grassroots movement in 2017, our programs arm women with access, guidance, and support to advance their professional growth. When the architects of tomorrow better reflect the world, our world is better served. Learn more at allraise.org.

Opportunities for Engagement

Female Founders
Female Founder Office Hours: Being a founder can be lonely. It’s even lonelier when you look around and don’t see people who look like you. Our goal is to accelerate the success of female founders by offering access to 1:1 mentoring and a safe space to ask fellow founders & VCs anything about fundraising or company building. We aim to create a safe space for female founders to connect, get expert advice, mentorship, and support.

VCs and Job Seekers
VC Careers: Today VC hiring is done quietly and through personal networks, which can lead to teams lacking in diversity. By creating ways to bring transparency to VC hiring and building a diverse network of candidates interested in venture capital, we are working to expand access to the VC industry. Sign up to receive the jobs newsletter or share your firm’s open role with hundreds of diverse candidates.

VC Cohorts: From Associates to General Partners, All Raise organizes cohorts of women across the country to help you grow as an investor, build your community, and access new opportunities. Our cohorts are tight-knit groups where deep connections trump empty schmoozing and real conversations replace small talk.

Reporters & Event Organizers
Visionary Voices Speakers Bureau: All Raise is seeking to increase diverse representation at events and in media coverage by making speakers and sources readily available to event organizers and reporters, complete with self-identified demographic information to make sure it’s radically inclusive. The bureau features nearly 1,000 extraordinary female or non-binary founders, investors, and operators from across the venture-backed tech ecosystem, with more to come. Media publications and conference organizers who are committed to equitable events and reporting are also invited to become partners on the Visionary Voices initiative.

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HBCU.vc

HBCUvc is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to increase the racial and ethnic diversity in venture capital. By creating more Black and Latinx venture capitalists and fund managers, we will increase the pool of funding available for entrepreneurs of color, and ultimately create job and wealth opportunities for communities of color.

Opportunities for Engagement

Students at HBCUs and HSIs
HBCUvc offers a venture capital fellowship for students attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs). During the program, Fellows participate in skill training workshops, receive specialized mentorship, and network with leading venture capitalists. Fellows obtain venture capital work experience through HBCUvc’s Venture Capital Clinic — a teaching venture capital firm, and are charged with creating projects to fuel high-growth entrepreneurship on their campuses. This first-of-its-kind program allows students to gain experience that jumpstarts their careers.

VC Firms Seeking Talent
Partner with us to increase racial diversity in technology and venture capital. HBCUvc is proud of its partnerships with venture firms and professionals who align with our strategic priorities. Opportunities to partner include corporate underwriting for events and the costs of travel for Fellows. Joining as a corporate partner is a powerful way to demonstrate your organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and attract pre-vetted and qualified talent.

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Girls Who Invest

Girls Who Invest (GWI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing gender diversity and inclusion in investment management, with a focus on growing the pipeline of women entering the industry in frontline investing positions. They accomplish this through education, mentoring, internships, and a supportive community.

The organization’s on-campus program enables college students to explore investment management careers through four weeks of education at top universities followed by a six-week paid internship at one of more than 100 leading investment management firms. Scholars unable to commit 10 weeks to the on-campus program can apply for Girls Who Invest’s four-month, fully subsidized, self-directed Online Intensive Program. In addition, all scholars receive support and career guidance from a community of partners, mentors, and alumni. Girls Who Invest’s vision is for 30% of the world’s investable capital to be managed by women by 2030.

Opportunities for Engagement

College Students
Girls Who Invest offers programming for students who are rising juniors in college and pursuing a career in venture capital and asset management. The programming includes two fully-subsidized foundational programs in investment/asset management: an on-campus Summer Intensive Program (SIP), wherein students partake in four weeks of educational training followed by a six-week paid internship at a top investment management firm, and an Online Intensive Program (OIP), which is a self-guided educational experience provided in partnership with Wharton Online, Wall Street Prep, and the CFA Institute.

VC Firms and Individuals
Girls Who Invest partners with firms interested in helping foster diversity and inclusion in the investment industry. GWI will facilitate direct access to talented candidates to enhance partners’ recruitment efforts. Partner firms will be able to develop long-term relationships with these students who are prepared to succeed in the industry. With Girls Who Invest, investment professionals have the opportunity to mentor students, speak at events, and teach courses during their college summer intensive program.

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Catalyst

Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to help build workplaces that work for women. Founded in 1962, Catalyst drives change with proven, action-oriented research, tools, and solutions to accelerate and advance women into leadership—because progress for women is progress for everyone.

Opportunities for Engagement

VC Firms
Catalyst is supported by more than 800 organizations around the world that collectively employ millions of people. We achieve our mission by partnering with our supporters to make positive change in their organizations. We provide learning programs and platforms to:

  • Diagnose barriers and help build inclusive cultures.
  • Develop and deliver effective programs to reduce workplace barriers for women.
  • Help companies advance women at every stage of their careers into leadership.
  • Advise organizations on building robust and diverse boards.
  • Give companies and CEOs the trusted advice and expertise they need to drive workplace talent transformations in complex, global businesses.

Men in VC
Men Advocating Real Change (MARC) is committed to achieving workplace equality through effective gender partnership. Gender inequality negatively impacts the success of organizations, men’s relationships with colleagues, the time men spend with their families, and even men’s personal health. This is why men must be part of the solution. MARC’s suite of programming brings thought leaders together to create deeper engagement. In everything we do, from our online community, to our premier workshops, to our grassroots teams, we seek to foster effective partnership between genders and create in-person connections to support direct actions and solutions.

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Project Include

Project Include’s mission is to give everyone a fair chance to succeed in tech. They use data and advocacy to accelerate meaningful diversity and inclusion solutions for tech CEO’s and startups. They provide specific, actionable recommendations through their website and industry diversity benchmarks through their blog. Through case studies, research, and networking opportunities, the nonprofit has built a thriving community of grassroots advocates, experts, and practitioners working together to evolve these solutions. They encourage the values of inclusion, comprehensiveness, and accountability.

Opportunities for Engagement

VC Firms
Project Include provides resources and guidelines to help VC firms monitor and measure their own behavior and results. VCs and VC firms can take advantage of Project Include’s concrete recommendations and actionable strategies on D&I work, concrete VC investing metrics, and benchmarks for startup demographics. With #MovingForward, they also have useful guidelines for VC codes of conduct.

Founders & CEOs
Project Include brings together CEOs and leaders who can join a cohort of their peers to gather data on your teams and contribute to aggregated results to set industry standards. Read the Project Include recommendations on topics including: defining and implementing culture, writing a code of conduct, employee lifecycle, providing feedback, training, investing in sponsorships, and resolving conflicts.  And read why startups should set diversity targets for an employee base that is 10% Black, 10% Latinx, and 5% non-binary in addition to 45% female.

Employees & Job-Seekers
Explore various case studies that identify different kinds of workplace discrimination and learn what steps to take to encourage a more inclusive work environment.

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