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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.

VCs, Entrepreneurs, and Tech Professionals
Join our volunteer network of mentors and guest faculty. The opportunity to connect with leading venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and technology professionals first hand is one that only enhances a student’s enthusiasm for learning and building their network. Our guest faculty are professionals who are able to share their expertise with our students in an interactive lecture format.

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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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Emerging Venture Capitalists Association (EVCA)

The Emerging Venture Capitalists Association (“EVCA”) is a non-profit professional group for pre-partner venture capitalists (analyst, associate, principal, or vice president) working full-time for SEC-accredited venture firms. The community is managed on Slack and facilitates continuing education and social programing through thirteen industry verticals that organize topic-specific speaker series, panels, workshops, and themed dinners.

Opportunities for Engagement

Pre-Partner VC’s at SEC-Accredited Firms
Investors interested in participating in our educational and social programming can email info@evca.org to receive an application form for membership.

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#MovingForward

#MovingForward is a global social movement using policy to create a more diverse, inclusive, and harassment-free venture capital industry.

Opportunities for Engagement

VC Firms
#MovingForward helps VC firms shape and publish policies related to harassment and discrimination that apply to third-parties like entrepreneurs. We currently partner with 150 venture capital firms in 23 countries. Joining is easy: we help you create the required materials for free. Visit venturemovingforward.org or email us via hello@venturemovingforward.org to learn more.

VC Professionals, Tech Professionals, and MBAs
Project #MovingForward is a social movement working to make policies in venture capital more inclusive and available. We’re run by an all-volunteer team of entrepreneurs, investors, and technologists, and we’re always recruiting new volunteers to join the movement. If you care about taking action on diversity & inclusion and connecting with VCs and entrepreneurs who share these values, you’d be a great fit. Email us via hello@venturemovingforward.org to learn more.

Entrepreneurs
Project #MovingForward is a social movement working to make policies in venture capital more inclusive and available. We built the first open source policy archive in VC, and we want to continue building tools that will be of use to entrepreneurs in their interactions with investors. If you have ideas of tools that would be helpful or want to join our mailing list to receive our updates, email us via hello@venturemovingforward.org.

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#OpenLP

#OpenLP is an effort to help foster greater understanding in the entrepreneur-to-LP tech ecosystem. Supported by Sapphire Partners, #OpenLP serves as a resource for the venture community to hear from a diverse group of investors in venture funds (LPs).

By aggregating articles, podcasts and videos from LPs, #OpenLP aims to help entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, LPs and other stakeholders develop and share greater understanding of the technology startup ecosystem.

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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.