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Black Girl Ventures Program

BGV NextGen

Activating student visionaries at HBCUs.
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What is it?

The BGV NextGen Program was created for the next generation of underrepresented 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.


The top 7 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 underrepresented founders.

Our mission is to develop the entrepreneurial mindset of HBCU students via access to capital, training, mentoring, and new networks. Through our multi-pronged efforts, we will help prepare students for a highly competitive workforce as well as providing experiences design to elevate entrepreneurship as a practical avenue for employing themselves and others. 

Our vision is to democratize entrepreneurship for the NextGeneration of business leaders. This will help change the playing field for underrepresented women-identifying founders while closing the generational wealth gap, strengthening families, and creating a more equitable society.

Applications Open

May 1st

Applications Close

May 31st




During the 8-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 8-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.
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To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must be:

Have a business or
viable business idea.
Must Identify as an underrepresented founder 
Must be enrolled at a HBCU.
Must be 18-24 years old.
Have the ability to commit to approximately 3 hours per week for 8 weeks.
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 Early Entrepreneurs curriculum.
  • Lifetime membership to the BGV Connect platform: BGV Connect is Black Girl Ventures' online incubator for Black/Brown 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 
You’ll then receive an invitation to submit a short video introduction of you and your business/business idea.
You’ll receive an email notification of a decision


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 cohort will be 25 founders. 

Do I have to be a HBCU student to apply?
Currently, this opportunity is only available to full-time students (Women or Men) enrolled in the Spring 2024 and Fall 2024 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
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