Announcing Breaking into Venture Cohort 3!

2 min readDec 15, 2021

BLCK VC is excited to graduate our next of our Breaking into Venture (BiV) program with 12 incredible new Fellows!

This cohort is composed of 12 early career professionals with backgrounds in investment banking, management consulting, and tech. Our 12 fellows participated in a curriculum that included market mapping, due diligence, venture finance, thesis building, and techniques on sourcing deals and supporting entrepreneurs. In addition, our fellows were mentored by investors and founders from firms such as NEA, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Wellington Management, GM Ventures, and Okta Ventures. These mentors provided our fellows with career advice for transitioning into venture capital and insight into the venture space. This cohort continued to be actively engaged and built a community to continue supporting one another as they advanced in their careers. We are excited to see our fellows use the knowledge they have gained to project themselves into their venture capital careers!

Check out our Breaking into Venture Fall 2021 Lookbook to learn more about our Fellows.

To learn more about the program, head over to our Breaking into Venture.

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*Applications for Breaking into Venture Cohort 4 open in early 2022*

Program Overview

Our 9-week program is designed to prepare participants for a successful transition into venture capital at the Analyst, Associate, and Senior Associate levels.

  • Curriculum/Programming: Tailored content and bi-weekly lessons serve as the foundation for scaling the venture capital learning curve. Seasoned investors and industry experts will provide nuanced guidance and insights.
  • Individualized Mentorship: Weekly mentor check-ins enable BiV Fellows to collaboratively design their personal roadmap into venture capital, receive project feedback, and build their network.
  • Project-Based Learning: Thesis building and experiential learning help to refine industry perspectives and to apply weekly learnings.

Participant Profile

  • Early career professionals who graduated Class of 2015–2019.
  • Ideal candidates have 1–5 years of full-time work experience and are actively looking to make the transition into VC.
  • Individuals who identify as Black or African American.

Curriculum Overview

  • Creating your ‘VC Process’ + Thesis Workshop
  • Venture Finance 101
  • Frameworks: Evaluating Founders and Business Models
  • Market Mapping and Due Diligence
  • Sourcing Deals and Supporting Entrepreneurs
  • Thesis Workshop
  • Career Coaching

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