Black Girl Ventures Program

BGV Pitch

Activating student visionaries at HBCUs.
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What is it?

The BGV NextGen Program was created for the next generation of Black and Brown women-identifying entrepreneurs in mind attending HBCUs nationally. This experience will create access to capital, capacity, and community for student visionaries ranging from 18 to 24 years old.


Student Visionaries will work through a curated curriculum in preparation for a demo day to show off their business acumen. Next they will move into a tournament-style BGV Pitch Competition, giving them a chance to win additional capital and rep their HBCUs! Additionally, they will also have access to Supplier Diversity opportunities to increase visibility to their businesses. We are ready to usher in a new age of dynamic black/brown women-identifying founders.









During the 12-week accelerator training, student visionaries will:

Be matched with a group of peers across of the country.
Access culturally-centered entrepreneurial education through BGV's 12-week JetPack Accelerator program.
Develop money management and business development skills.
Gain the opportunity to pitch for access to capital to grow their businesses. 
Gain the opportunity to get mentorship and feedback on your business.

We will be

recruiting for

the next cohort 




To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must be:

Have a business or
viable business idea.
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Must Identify as a Black or Brown woman.
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Must be enrolled at a HBCU.
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Must be 18-24 years old.
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Have the ability to commit to approximately 4 hours per week for 12 weeks (2 hours facilitated + 2 hours self-directed).
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Have interest in growing your 
network and being a part
of a community of student entrepreneurs across the country.
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What you'll gain

  • You’ll receive a $5K stipend - plus in-kind resources to grow your business idea!
  • Entrepreneurship skills development training through the BGV Jetpack for Leaders curriculum
  • Lifetime membership to the BGV Connect platform: BGV Connect is Black Girl Ventures' online incubator for Black/Brown women founders. 
  • You’ll gain access to a network of student visionaries, mentors and expert feedback to solidify and grow your business. 
  • You will have the opportunity to showcase your business to funders.
  • You’ll have access to BGV’s expanding network of partners and capital providers.
  • You will have the opportunity to qualify to participate in a BGV Pitch competition and gain access to more capital to grow your business. 
  • Black Girl Ventures co-branded swag from BGV and our sponsors!

How to apply

Complete the application form, meeting the eligibility criteria 
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You’ll then receive an invitation to submit a short video introduction of you and your business/business idea.
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You’ll receive an email notification of a decision
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If I apply for the program, am I automatically admitted? 
Enrollment is limited. Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Information submitted will not be released for other purposes and cannot be returned to the applicant. 

How many founders will be selected for the program?

The first cohort will be 25 founders from up to 5-7 HBCUs.

Do I have to be a HBCU student to apply?
Currently, this opportunity is only available to full-time students enrolled in the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters at a Historically Black College or University..

 I applied for the program, now what?
Stay tuned for more info. If you have questions email