Black Girl Ventures Programs

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Our Mission

Provide Black/Brown women-identifying founders with access to community, capital and capacity-building in order to meet business milestones that lead to economic advancement through entrepreneurship.

Changing the World with BGV

Nike: BGV Chicago Fellowship, Pitch Tournament, Murals, Storytelling


Black Girl Ventures is taking it from #FromHomeCourtToHomeOffice and teaming up with Nike to support the empowerment of Black and Brown women-identifying entrepreneurs. Brands like Nike break barriers every day and push the boundaries of empowerment within their industry. This is the kind of disruption that BGV sets out to make in our work towards financial equity. We are activating impact on a deeper level, together BGV and Nike aim to shift the landscape of entrepreneurship and re-envision the businesswoman as an elite athlete. We will launch with a BGV Change Agent Fellowship in Chicago, a nationwide tournament-style pitch competition, and a mural project to celebrate today's Black/Brown women founders and storytelling. Join our mailing list and stay tuned for updates on the partnership.




NBA: Training and Funding Student Visionaries from HBCUs


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. Join our mailing list and stay tuned for applications for the program opening Fall 2021.




Halcyon & Bank of America: Fellowship Intensive


Black Girl Ventures and Halcyon are joining forces for this unique 8-month Intensive Incubator to provide relevant and dynamic professional development opportunities and resources to Black and Brown women social entrepreneurs. With the help of Bank of America this tailored program combines the expertise and curricula of BGV and Halcyon and consists of monthly, virtual convenings led by the Black Girl Ventures team and mentors from Halcyon. The Intensive culminates in a one week residency summit at Halcyon where Fellows participate in a rigorous training, community building, and opportunities for networking. Participants will also be able to meet key investors and corporate partners through a BGV Pitch-style event hosted in partnership with BGV and Halcyon. Applications for the 2022 cohort will open soon.




Jane Walker by Johnny Walker: BGV New York Fellowship


BGV has partnered with Jane by Johnnie Walker to launch a Change Agent Fellowship Program in New York City. The BGV Change Agent Program is designed to support business owners to become business leaders. In order to create a more equitable society we will need to shift who is at the decision-making table. We believe that Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker is positioned and passion-aligned to support BGV as we research, build community, and open this opportunity to our founders. This investment allowed that to happen. The next application window opens March 2022. Apply/Read more.




Kroger: BGV Cincinnati Fellowship


BGV has partnered with Kroger to launch a Change Agent Fellowship Program in Cincinnati, OH. The BGV Change Agent Program is designed to support business owners to become business leaders. In order to create a more equitable society we will need to shift who is at the decision-making table. We believe that Kroger is positioned and passion-aligned to support BGV as we research, build community, and open this opportunity to our founders. This investment allowed that to happen. The next application window opens March 2022. Apply/Read more.




Experian: Storytelling, Leadership Development, Financial Literacy


Black Girl Ventures has partnered with Experian, a longtime supporter of consumer financial literacy through strategic initiatives, to provide branded content focused on financial literacy and empowerment for Black and Brown founders and the next generation of leaders in business. Content includes the A Dose of Disruption Podcast, The Shelly Bell Show and our newest financial literacy project - the Pull Up & Pitch Series which will be formatted for Amazon Prime and Netflix.




Paypal: Corporate Mentoring - Customer Discovery Blitz


Customer Discovery Blitz is a volunteer event alongside our corporate sponsors serving as continuing education in our founders entrepreneurial journey. In order to have a successful business you have to understand your customer problems and how you are uniquely able to solve them. This event will help our founders gain insight into how their products/services are perceived by potential customers, gather customer data, and how to reach the right customer segments. Our partnership with Paypal has provided the opportunity for over 70 corporate employees to connect with over 50 Black/Brown women founders. This engagement is open to BGV Alumni and BGV Connect Members ONLY. Interested in having a Customer Discovery Blitz at your company? Click here. Interested in participating? Join BGV Connect and/or Apply to Pitch.




Visa: Hyperlocal activations in 6 cities, Super Bowl activation, SheNext 2021


Visa and BGV will collaborate to promote Visa’s new locally-focused initiative aimed to
digitally enable Black and women-owned small businesses in the U.S. with a focus on Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C. The Visa program includes “She’s Next 2021,” a series of virtual events celebrating the Black community and women entrepreneurs, $1 million in grants and mentorship, new educational and technology resources, and direct community relationships through BGV.





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