VC Include Announces 2022 Cohort for Fellowship of BIPOC First-Time Fund Managers
The Fellowship helps educate the next generation of diverse institutional grade asset managers in Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Impact Investing.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --VC Include (VCI), an organization committed to evolving the traditional investment industry by creating an inclusive ecosystem of LPs and GPs from diverse backgrounds, today announced this year's BIPOC First-Time Fund Manager fellows.
Twelve venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) funds were selected for VCI's 2022 fellowship cohort. These funds represent a total of fifteen emerging fund managers that joined the two-month education and mentoring program. The fellowship was designed for women and BIPOC fund managers based in the United States who are building their first fund. The VCI Fellowship is made possible with the generous support of Visa Foundation, Skoll Foundation, Blue Haven Initiative, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Nasdaq Foundation.
The 2022 VCI fellows are as follows:
Eunice Ajim, Ajim Capital
Carlos Torres, AMG Block Ventures
Renata Merino, Blazin' Babes
Himalaya Rao, The BFM Fund
Tessa Flippin, Capitalize VC
Aisha T. Weeks, Dearfield Fund for Black Wealth
Azin Radsan van Alebeek, La Keisha Landrum Pierre & Naseem Sayani, Emmeline Ventures
Madeline Darcy, Kaya Ventures
Daniel Balzora, Macellum Private Capital
Kent Lucas and Sid Smith, Non Sibi Ventures
Toussaint Bailey, Uplifting Capital
Hernando Bunuan, Z2Sixtly Ventures
"I'm thrilled to welcome this year's cohort of New Majority, next generation fund managers and wealth creators, coming on the heels of a massively successful first cohort of fund managers that have closed their first VC and PE funds" said VCI's founder, Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson.
"Visa Foundation is proud to support VC Include and the women and BIPOC fund managers selected for their 2022 fellowship cohort," said Robert Meloche, Head of Programs, Visa Foundation. "The work that VC Include does to accelerate investment into historically underrepresented founders and fund managers aligns closely with Visa Foundation's long-term focus of uplifting everyone, everywhere through the power of economic inclusion and advancement."
"Investment firms led by or owned by women and people of color have faced challenges in attracting investment capital due to discrimination, implicit bias, lack of mentorship, and closed networks. We are excited to support VC Include as it works to build a more equitable future by tackling these issues through its fellowship program," said John Balbach, Director, Impact Investments at the MacArthur Foundation.
To get the latest news on VCI and its dynamic programs, fund managers with diverse teams as well as investment professionals interested in diversity and inclusion are encouraged to visit the VCI website and join the mailing list here.
About VC Include
The VC Include platform launched in 2018 to accelerate investment into historically underrepresented emerging managers – women, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and LGBTQ – to drive economic growth through the power of diversity. The organization has built the infrastructure for an inclusive economy and is a forerunner in connecting diverse fund managers and founders with environmental, social and governance (ESG) and impact investing.
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