the "B" stands for Black and Brown

The Black Girl Ventures Foundation is dedicated to offering comprehensive education and advisory services that outline a road map for the growth and success of minority and/or veteran women entrepreneurs.


We fund and scale tech-enabled, revenue-generating businesses (under $1M) founded by people who identify as Black/Brown and woman. Our signature pitch program provides coaching, crowdfunding, and community for our founders. Black Girl Ventures believes in a world where all ideas have a chance to succeed. 


Founded in 2016 by Serial Entrepreneur and Computer Scientist Shelly Bell, Black Girl Ventures addresses the unique challenges Black and Brown women face in accessing social and financial capital to grow their businesses. We have funded 41 women of color, held 25 BGV Pitch Programs across 8 cities and served 168 participants.



Black Girl Ventures supports Black and Brown women entrepreneurs through our crowdfunded pitch competition program. Modeled after the historical African-American “Rent Party,” the BGV Pitch offers a creative way to raise funds and build community for founders who identify as women, Black and/or Brown. 


During a BGV Pitch, each founder has 3 minutes to pitch and a 3 minute Q&A from our Champions Panel. The audience then votes with their dollars via SheRaise, our tech platform. The winners are the top 3 founders who receive the most votes. All participants become part of the BGV Cohort and have the opportunity to gain access to capital, connections, resources and exclusive updates.

The Team



Shelly Bell
Shaunda Lambert, Digital Marketing Speci

Sr. Digital Marketing Strategist

Shaunda Lambert
Isabella Irausquin, Pitch Program Coordi

Pitch Program Coordinator

Isabella Irausquin
Tiffany Spearman, Expansion Coordinator.

Head of Expansion & Outreach

Tiffany Spearman
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Community Manager

Tiffany Arnold
Frantzces Lys, Content Creator-Storytell

Content Creator/Storyteller


The Board

Kristina Francis

Esteem Logic + Pipeline Angels

Kate Goodall


Penny Lee

1776 + K Street Angels

Alex Neckles

Impact Assets

Cris Turner

Vice President, Dell Technologies

Selvi Clark

Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton


Our Champions

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The Black Girl Ventures Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Black Girl Ventures 
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5028 Wisconsin Ave NW

Washington, DC 2016