Change Agent Fellowship


a totally unique 9-month leadership skills development program



What is it?

The Change Agent Fellowship by BGV is a totally unique 9-month leadership skills development program created specifically to expand the capacity of early-stage entrepreneurs - and strengthen the ecosystems of Black/Brown women founders! 


BGV incubates Black/Brown woman-identifying founders across multiple local ecosystems as a means to amplify women leaders and to create an “each one, teach one” model for growing the long-term entrepreneurial knowledge and sustainability of underrepresented founders. Black Girl Ventures cultivates local leaders, who in-turn cultivate their community as a service to the greater good of creating equal opportunity to thrive at the intersection of being a Black/Brown woman and an entrepreneur. Together, we will create access to social and financial capital for Black and Brown Woman-Identifying Founders!

March 5,



March 15,







During the 9-month leadership skills development fellowship, Change Agents will:

Be matched with a group of peers in their city
Receive business leadership training through the Jetpack for Leaders curriculum 

a 9 monthly virtual skills development program facilitated by industry leaders

Host a local BGV Pitch competition virtually in their city designed to create low barrier access to non-dilutive capital for other Black and Brown women founders

who will then go on to access culturally-centered entrepreneurial education through the six-week JetPack Accelerator curriculum

The first set of cohorts runs from

March 29 to December 1




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

Be a business founder
Identify as a Black or Brown woman
Be generating revenue
Have been in business for at least one year
Have the ability to commit to approximately 8 hours per month (4 hours through Jetpack for Leaders + 4 hours self-directed)
Have a passion for empowering and building the ecosystems of Black and Brown women founders in your community!

What you'll gain

  • You’ll receive a $10k stipend - plus in-kind resources to grow your business!
  • Leadership 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 a network and visibility as a business leader in your city
  • You will have the opportunity to select 8-10 Black and Brown women founders to receive capital through the BGV Pitch Competition
  • You’ll have access to BGV’s expanding network of partners and capital providers
  • You will have the opportunity to facilitate BGV’s exclusive curriculum training for other women founders in your community
  • Black Girl Ventures co-branded swag from BGV and our sponsors!

How to apply

Complete the application form, meeting the eligibility criteria (Deadline is 11:59 pm on March 5, 2021)
You’ll then receive an invitation to submit a short video introduction of you and your business
You’ll receive an email notification of a decision
no later than March 15, 2021.


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 set of cohorts in 2021 will be 21-27 founders in 5 cities (Miami, Philly, New York, Chicago and Cincinnati)
Do I have to be a resident of a specific city to apply to the fellowship?
Currently, this opportunity is only available to residents of the following cities: Miami, Philly, New York, Chicago and Cincinnati - but we’re growing quickly and hope to offer opportunities in more cities in the new future!

I applied for the program, now what?
Applicants will be notified of a decision no later than March 15, 2021. All decisions will be emailed to the email address indicated on the application. 
The program begins on March 29, 2021!

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