Diversity VC is a non-profit organization that promotes equal representation in investment roles for all minorities in the venture capital industry.
To fulfill this purpose, the community generates relevant research, industry reports, and insights into the state of minority representation in venture capitalist companies. They have created The Diversity VC Standard, which assesses a VC’s compared to DEI best practices. This certificate helps candidates discern whether or not a company promotes diversity.
Moreover, if you are a young professional looking to enter the VC industry, this community will provide you with guidance and support. They offer not only internships but other career development opportunities for underrepresented minorities in VC.
On the other hand, besides gathering relevant research and resources such as articles, blogs, and books, Diversity VC organizes several events. They usually partner with like-minded organizations to organize webinars, conferences, interviews with experts, roundtables, and more. Some events are virtual, while others are in-person.
Additionally, there are local chapters both in the United Kingdom and the United States. By joining these, you will be able to connect with local investors and participate in in-person meetups.
Connect with a diverse network of VC professionals:
Diversity VC allows VC professionals from all over the world to expand their professional network and meet like-minded people working in VC.
Get new career opportunities:
The community offers not only internships but other career development opportunities for underrepresented candidates. If you are looking to enter the VC industry, you will get guidance and support here.
Participate in events:
Diversity VC is constantly partnering with similar organizations to host events. There are both virtual and in-person events that help diverse professionals in VC get visibility and representation in investment roles.
The community organizes several events for members to learn about what is being done in the VC industry to promote diversity. These events usually involve expert speakers and other special guests. While some events are virtual, there are also in-person events. Additionally, Diversity VC offers internships and other career development opportunities for underrepresented candidates.
Diversity VC's members gather in local chapters across the United States and the United Kingdom. Additionally, you can expand your professional network on the community's events, accessing a diverse network of VC professionals.
Diversity VC contributes to a more diverse venture capital industry by generating industry reports, drawing insights from research, and providing guidance to members. Besides their essential research work, they have gathered a resource library with articles, blogs, books, and Quora questions.
The community has created The Diversity VC Standard, which assesses a VC’s recruitment, culture, deal-flow, and portfolio guidance policies compared to DEI best practices. This certification helps candidates discern whether a company culture promotes diversity.
"Before I joined Seraphim Capital, I was told that "it is impossible to break into VC, especially for someone with your background". This is a common misconception that hundreds of ambitious young professionals hold, especially if they come from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. For this reason, Diversity VC was launched." -Hassan Sukkar