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! Applications open November 15, 2021 and the deadline to apply is January 15, 2022.
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!
+ MORE BENEFITS
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.
These founders will then go on to access culturally-centered entrepreneurial education through the six-week JetPack Accelerator curriculum.
We will be
the next cohort
as of November 15, 2021.
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!