DC Inno reports that Black Girl Ventures (BGV), which supports and drives funding to early stage companies led by Black and brown women, is accepting applications for three efforts targeting female entrepreneurs. They are as follows:
- BGV NextGen. This is a new eight-week accelerator that will select 25 students in the 18- to 24-year old age group who are enrolled in Historically black colleges and universities. Each selected applicant will receive a $5,000 stipend in addition to other resources and mentorship. Seven of the “top” participants will be invited to a pitch competition for a chance at more funding and support. Applications are open until February 4.
- Change Agent Fellowship. This is a nine-month fellowship to help Black and brown women founders and “ecosystem builders” develop leadership skills and foster support for underrepresented early stage entrepreneurs. DC Inno reports that it comes with a $10,000 stipend in addition to in-kind resources, and runs March 25 through December 1. Applications are open until February 15.
- BGV Pitch. This is the organization’s flagship crowdfunding-style pitch competition where start-ups present their businesses and audience members vote for their favorites with their own money via its Raisify tech platform. Applications to pitch in the spring are now open.