Opportunity to connect with specific demographic group

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.

 

VCs and VC Firms who invest/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. Investors and firms 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.

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.

 

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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.

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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UPWARD

With over 6,000 members globally and 16 chapters, UPWARD is the only global network supporting the career advancement of executive women. The organization provides an encouraging environment to build trusted relationships, share ideas, and learn new skills. For women in VC specifically, UPWARD provides a specialized track of programming that fosters the skills, knowledge, and connections necessary for success in this industry. UPWARD’s mission is to accelerate career advancement for executive women by:

  • Creating collaborative meet UP gatherings to learn from leaders and to increase networking
  • Cultivating events that build UP members through focused conversations about their professional development
  • Nurturing relationships that help members move UP into the executive ranks during their careers

Opportunities for Engagement

Women in VC
As a membership-based organization, UPWARD develops programming to support its members to Meet UP, Build UP, and Move UP in their professional careers. These programs include: Executive Leadership Training, Mentoring Clinics, Career Development Workshops, Topical Discussions, Table of 10 C-Suite Dinners, Small Group Forums, and our annual Gala Dinners.

Members have access to industry-specific special interest groups (SIG), including one focused on venture capital (VC). As part of the VC SIG, UPWARD brings prominent VCs to keynote events, provides programming to educate and connect entrepreneurs with investors, and to train women seeking VC careers how to thrive in that industry. Women in VC who are interested in participating in these opportunities should apply for UPWARD membership. Membership is free!

Firms & Companies
UPWARD is building community within our member companies with customized diversity and inclusion programming. We work with organizations to understand their objectives, core values, and pain points to create customized programming, leveraging our resources, and track record of delivering high quality events and training to our members. Through these corporate programs, we are helping to shape corporate culture and to create an environment where executive women can thrive. If your firm is interested in participating in these programs, please email us at info@upwardwomen.org.

Men in VC (SF Bay Area)
If women are to make significant progress in the advancement of their careers, securing the engagement and support of men is vital. In 2019, UPWARD launched its first UPWARD Men Chapter in the San Francisco Bay Area. UPWARD Men participate in programming, and encourage and support UPWARD Women. UPWARD Men engage by:

  • Speaking UP and being vocal advocates for women’s career advancement
  • Building UP women through mentorship, sponsorship, and partnership
  • Standing UP for the advancement of women in leadership roles and with gender inclusion programs

Male allies who want to support the advancement of their female colleagues are encouraged to become members of an UPWARD Men chapter. Membership is free.

With over 6,000 members globally and 16 chapters, UPWARD is the only global network supporting the career advancement of executive women. The organization provides an encouraging environment to build trusted relationships, share ideas, learn new skills, and grow your career while navigating today’s challenging business world. UPWARD’s mission is to accelerate career advancement for executive women by:

  • Creating collaborative meet UP gatherings to learn from leaders and to increase networking
  • Cultivating events that build UP members through focused conversations about their professional development
  • Nurturing relationships that help members move UP into the executive ranks during their careers

In our venture capital SIG, we’ve created programming to educate and connect entrepreneurs with VC investors and to train women seeking VC careers on how to thrive in that industry. Our founder is a very successful venture capitalist and a member of the NVCA board of directors, who has invested in entrepreneurs for over 20-years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that she frequently shares with our members. UPWARD has also had several prominent VC firms featured in our events, including in 2019 having Jim Geotz, General Partner at Sequoia Capital, give a keynote address at our annual Gala Dinner in Los Gatos. We’ve also had Andreessen Horowitz host a VC panel featuring top tier women investors Ann Winblad (Hummer Winblad), Theresa Gouw (formerly Accel, and currently Aspect Ventures), and Aileen Lee (formerly KPCB, currently Cowboy Ventures). Sequoia Capital’s newest general partner, Jess Lee, also keynoted at an UPWARD event hosted at our founder’s residence, where she shared her journey from entrepreneurship to venture capital. We’ve also had firms such as Norwest Venture Partners and Ignition Partners, sponsor our events and numerous panels featuring women start-up founders and CEOs. The engagement across the VC and entrepreneur community with UPWARD is extensive and very compelling.

With men holding over 80% of the executive level positions in most companies, women will be assured success with them as our allies. Bringing men along will create the disruption needed to make significant progress for women in leadership. By bridging the professional gap between women and men in a supportive and intentional way, we will achieve success. This is even more imperative in the venture capital industry, because VC is the seed capital for funding the next generation of leaders and new businesses.

Contact Information

If you’d like to learn more about UPWARD, please see us at www.upwardwomen.org and www.upwardmen.org.

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UPWARD Men

Toigo

The Toigo Foundation’s goal is to encourage diversity and social responsibility amongst the top echelons of leadership across all industries. Toigo is highly regarded for its innovative programming and services that meet the needs of both the supply and demand side of the diversity problem in finance.

Opportunities for Engagement

Underrepresented MBA Students
Toigo has a 30-year history supporting minority MBA students to foster their career advancement and increased leadership in the financial services industry across asset classes. Toigo’s fellowship program offers a merit-based recognition award, leadership development training, and extensive career support. Most importantly, Toigo Fellows become part of one of the nation’s most highly regarded and dynamic network of minority professionals. Become a Toigo Fellow to access training, career development, and the Toigo alumni network.

VC Firms & Employers
Toigo creates a tailored engagement package designed to maximize the firm’s exposure and access to Toigo MBA Fellows seeking a career in venture capital and Toigo Alumni who are seasoned investment professionals – some with more than 15 years of post-MBA finance expertise. Firms also have the opportunity to post job openings on the Toigo job bank.

Individuals
There are many important ways individuals can become engaged with Toigo, from participation in our educational programming (including speaking at our events and webinars) to providing financial support for our Fellows during the academic careers, or serving in a mentoring capacity. With respect to mentoring, professionals from the financial industry are recruited as needed to coach, counsel and support Fellows throughout their MBA careers and beyond. Mentors provide professional and personal support and guidance to their assigned Fellow or group of Fellows. Mentors serve formally during the students’ graduate studies, but in many cases become lifelong friends and colleagues. There is also informal mentoring for post graduate professionals who seek more experienced advice and counsel.

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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.