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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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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VC OpenDoor

Though VC OpenDoor, investors are working to make the technology industry more inclusive and to help underrepresented groups gain access to venture capital and experienced tech mentors. VC OpenDoor volunteers commit to making 1 to 4 hours per week open for office hours to talk to anyone about technology, whether they’re an African American college student in Virginia or a person of color interested in IT. This group of investors has committed over $2.1m, and more than 170 hours per week for open office hours to date.

Opportunities for Engagement

Investors
Investors willing to volunteer their time are asked to commit 1 to 4 hours per week for office hours to talk to anyone about technology, whether they’re an African American college student in Virginia or a person of color interested in IT.  Interested investors can sign up to volunteer, here.

Underrepresented Founders and Entrepreneurs
Founders and Entrepreneurs of color who are interested in speaking with one of VC OpenDoor’s volunteer investors may request a meeting by filling out this form. VC OpenDoor will then work to match entrepreneurs with an investor based on the details of the request. (However, a match is not always guaranteed.)

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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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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