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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PledgeLA

Convened by an alliance between LA’s venture capital community, Annenberg Foundation, and the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, PledgeLA is a collective call for change in the tech industry and a commitment to better reflect, support, and leverage the creativity and diversity that is Los Angeles.

This coalition of more than 200 tech & VC industry leaders seeks to positively contribute to the prosperity of all Angelenos and lead the industry into a new dawn of equity and inclusion.

Opportunities for Engagement

Los Angeles-Based Venture Capital and Technology Companies
Join PledgeLA as a member! PledgeLA members commit to transforming Los Angeles into the most civically engaged and diverse tech hub in the nation. Member companies receive support in deepening their social impact, finding diverse talent and creative inclusive workplaces where everyone can thrive. Membership also secures access to a top-notch survey providing your company with clear metrics around community engagement and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Nonprofits
We are always looking for partners who can help us advance the mission of PledgeLA. We are most interested in volunteer opportunities for our members and resources to educate our base about issues facing Angelenos. If you’re a non-profit organization interested in partnering with PledgeLA, please reach out to info@pledgela.org.

Underrepresented VCs, Founders, and Entrepreneurs
PledgeLA hosts impact-aligned events which support access to increasing diversity across VC and the tech industry, facilitates connections to nonprofits, shares internship & mentorship opportunities supporting underrepresented groups, and more. Sign up to receive email updates with all the latest PledgeLA news, program updates, and opportunities to get involved.

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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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Startout

Founded in 2009, StartOut, a national non-profit organization, is the largest national organization to support LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs with 17,000 members. Its mission is to increase the number, diversity, and impact of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and amplify their stories to drive the economic empowerment of the community. StartOut helps aspiring LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs start new companies; supports current entrepreneurs as they grow and expand their existing businesses; and engages successful entrepreneurs as role models and mentors.

Opportunities for Engagement

VCs
StartOut teams up with VCs who want access to a diverse deal flow and are interested in working with LGBTQ founders (pre-seed to Series B). StartOut also works with associates, principals and partners who are interested in mentoring high-potential entrepreneurs on an individual basis.

LGBTQ Entrepreneurs
StartOut provides access to expertise (mentorship and office hours), networking opportunities (events, online directory and online forum), and connections to accredited investors to LGBTQ growth entrepreneurs.

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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 our website 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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The Vinetta Project

The Vinetta Project, is a leading entrepreneurial ecosystem and deal flow pipeline that works with early stage female tech founders helping them access growth resources and capital. Vinetta operates Chapters and programming across North America and has one of the largest databases of Seed to Series A female founders. Through strategic event programming Vinetta sees and supports over 1000 companies per year and engages with hundreds of investors, corporate partners and acquirers. They have facilitated the flow of over $225M in early stage venture funding to seed stage technology startups who have participated in Vinetta Programming.

Opportunities for Engagement

Female Entrepreneurs
We host local programming in 7 Chapters across North America to educate, elevate and connect top founders in our network with the resources they need to scale. Vinetta works with a number of leading Venture Firms, Investors, Accelerators and Corporate Innovation arms to source, support and fund tech startups.

In order to be eligible for programming you need to have a Profile on our Community Platform. You can learn more about various programs, partnerships and our investor database HERE and create your Founder Profile HERE.

Investors
Vinetta is compiling one of the largest deal flow pipelines of female founders in North America. If you are interested in accessing vetted, diverse deal flow, we want to be a reliable source to turn to. Please join our database today by signing up here.

We create tailored engagement opportunities to maximize your firm’s exposure to the top deals that align with your thesis. We are looking for investors to attend events, mentor, and invest in our selected female entrepreneurs.

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PitchBook

PitchBook is a financial data and software company that provides transparency into the capital markets to help professionals discover and execute opportunities with confidence and efficiency. PitchBook collects and analyzes detailed data on the entire venture capital, private equity and M&A landscape—including public and private companies, investors, funds, investments, exits and people.

While PitchBook is a commercial platform, they provide a substantial number of free resources on their website, including valuable industry data, reports and analysis, and educational materials:

PitchBook also partners with NVCA to produce the Venture Monitor, a free report (and accompanying data pack) that provides a complete look at venture capital activity, reporting on fundraising, investments, exits and other relevant industry analysis in one comprehensive report each quarter:

Disclosure: PitchBook is the official data provider of NVCA. More details on the partnership can be found here.

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theBoardlist

theBoardlist is a Public Benefit Corporation dedicated to improving corporate governance by increasing gender diversity on boards. To achieve our mission, we have developed a SaaS platform and educational programming that empowers our growing community of over 4,800 CEO, C-level executives and VC’s to recommend and discover outstanding board-ready talent for private and public boards.

Since our public launch in 2016, over 550 companies have used theBoardlist as a resource in their board searches, and over 135 board seats have been filled with theBoardlist’s influence. Our vision is for 100% of companies to view and, most importantly, act on increasing gender diversity on their boards as an opportunity to realize greater performance.

Opportunities for Engagement

CEO’s, Executives, Firms and Investors
theBoardlist operates on a recommendation-based model, wherein board-ready women are identified and vetted. We invite CEOs, leading executives and investors to help identify and recommend female board candidates, to be featured on our platform. Groups interested in financially supporting theBoardlist’s mission are also welcome to join as sponsors and members, by emailing us at Contact@theboardlist.com.

Aspiring Female Board Candidates
Women who are seeking to serve in a board position should apply for membership as a ‘Candidate.’

Firms and Founders Seeking Diverse Board Candidates
Firms, investors, and founders are invited to use our platform to search for female board candidates and advisors, using our private, peer-to-peer platform.

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Women Who Launch (WWL)

Women Who Launch (“WWL”) was founded at the University of Michigan with a mission to foster gender balance in entrepreneurship and investing. WWL addresses the gender gap in the entrepreneurial ecosystem by strengthening the pipeline of women entering the industry as founders, investors, or start-up team members.

Women Who Launch empowers female students to follow their passions in investing and entrepreneurship through its supportive community, relevant educational programs, and professional development opportunities, including conferences, bootcamps, and career treks. 

Opportunities for Engagement

Venture Capital Firms

We are seeking strategic partners to support our efforts to provide educational and professional development opportunities to MBA women interested in venture capital and investing. Through WWL’s community and programs we are cultivating a talent pool of women interested in working in this industry.

As we expand nationally, we are looking to connect students with action-based learning opportunities in venture capital, whether as scouts, interns, or full time employees, and need to connect with those in the industry in order to do so. We additionally are always looking for speakers for our webinars, conferences, and events to share their industry knowledge and personal stories. If you are interested in being involved and helping to cultivate the next generation of female leaders in investing and entrepreneurship please reach out!

Female MBA Students

Women Who Launch empowers women to follow their passions in investing and entrepreneurship through a supportive community, relevant educational programs, and professional opportunities. Through our online platform and in person events you will be able to connect with like-minded students who are in the same position in their career journey as you, whether it be looking to start their own business or pivot into a career in venture capital.

We are developing opportunities for MBA women interested in VC to gain hands on experience. These initiatives will prepare female students for a career in investing and provide VC firms with improved access to qualified female talent. To learn more about our initiatives, visit www.womenwholaunch.org.

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