Opportunity to connect with specific demographic group

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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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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Chicago:Blend

Chicago:Blend is a collaborative effort of venture capitalists in Chicago who know that diverse teams and inclusive environments are critical foundations for both the startups we invest in and our own venture firms.

Opportunities for Engagement

For Venture Capitalists
Sign on as a VC Supporter, see how your firm compares to others, submit candidates for The BlendList, and consult it when you’re helping portfolio companies fill independent board seats.

For Startup Employees
Encourage your VCs to sign on as a VC Supporter, see how your company compares to others, access diverse candidates, submit candidates for The BlendList, and consult it when you’re filling independent board seats.

For Everyone Else
Sign up to receive updates, check out our resource database, review our data, and submit candidates for The BlendList.

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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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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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NextGen Partners

NextGen Partners’ mission is to facilitate professional development, knowledge sharing and network strengthening of emerging Venture Capital investors as they build their careers.

Founded in 2001 as a group of 5 VC associates, NextGen Partners has a membership base of over 500 pre-partner professionals representing over 200 firms in California. With the help of our sponsors, NextGen members are able to create relationships with tomorrow’s leading venture and private equity professionals. By investing time today, members are able to forge the relationships and syndicates of tomorrow.

Opportunities for Engagement

Pre-Partner VCs
NextGen Partners run a newsletter and jobs list, bi-monthly happy hours and more. Along with their sponsors, NextGen Partners organize bi-monthly professional development and social events that are typically located in San Francisco or Silicon Valley. They also hold larger quarterly events and educational breakfasts that center around topics that are of interest to our members. Any individual who works at a Venture Capital or Private Equity fund at the pre-Partner level may join NextGen Partners, and membership is free.

 

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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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BLCK VC

Only 3% of venture capitalists are Black, with even fewer controlling the $80B+ invested annually in the US. In the past few years VC has become more diverse, but slowly and minimally.

BLCK VC was formed early in 2018 to connect, engage, empower, and advance Black venture investors by providing a focused community built for and by Black venture investors. Since itsinception, we’ve worked to develop the community through social and educational events focused on advancing Black investors. The goal of this group is to increase the number of Black investment professionals in venture capital and build a community so that Black investors can help each other succeed. What is our goal? To turn 200 Black investors into 400 Black investors
by 2024.

Opportunities for Engagement

Black VCs
Join our community: In order to better serve the black VC community, we are developing a list of all active black venture capitalists. This information will not only help us keep members of the community informed about events and resources, but also collect accurate statistics on the population of black VCs. By joining our community, you’ll receive access to monthly newsletters, partnerships with other nonprofits, and frequent events on various topics, including: investment + sports, media, consumer, and enterprise. You can also join our Slack Community here for events, community updates, and jobs! Most importantly, our mailing list can be found, here.

VC Firms Seeking Talent
If your firm is currently looking to hire investors, BLCK VC is happy to serve as a resource to help you find and retain top Black investment talent. Please email us at general@blckvc.com.

Firms and Organizations
If your firm or organization would like to partner with BLCK VC or learn more about how to support our community, please email us at general@blckvc.com.

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LatinX VC

LatinxVC is a group of experienced venture investors who came together to connect, engage, and foster the Latinx VC ecosystem with the aim of being the central and definitive resource for Latinx VCs. The organization has 3 goals:

  1. increasing Latinx representation in venture capital,
  2. increasing access to capital for Latinx fund managers, and
  3. building a strong Latinx venture ecosystem and driving a positive narrative for the
    community.

Opportunities for Engagement

Latinx VCs and Aspiring VCs
We hold events that help support, educate, and facilitate networking among Latinx VCs. If you are currently working as a Latinx VC, please join our directory. If you are a Latinx professional interested in a role at a venture capital firm, subscribe to our newsletter of VC job opportunities and follow our private jobs Twitter page: @LatinxVCsJobs.

VC Firms Seeking Talent
If your firm is interested in hiring diverse talent for investment roles, LatinxVC can help you find top Latinx talent to fill the position. Submit your job opening, and we will share the information in our newsletter targeted at Latinx professionals.

LPs interested in investing in Latinx VCs
We are happy to facilitate connections between LPs and Latinx VCs. If you are an LP (institutional, family office, accredited investors) interested in supporting Latinx investors and GPs, shoot us an email – LPs@latinxvcs.com.

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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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