Weekly on Thursdays for 9 Weeks

Delivered October 7 – December 16, 2021

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDTOnline via Zoom

Participants of the Black Technology Ecosystem Investors Certificate Program will meet virtually via Zoom for nine weekly sessions. Here is a detailed overview of meeting dates, times and topics that will be covered in each session.


Session 1: The Case for Black Tech

Thursday, October 7: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

In this first session, we will explore the far-reaching impact of investing in the Black technology ecosystem, (an asset class that’s creating 66% of new startups) – how investing in the ecosystem gets more capital to Black founders and fund managers, which leads to impact beyond your personal ROI.


  • Rodney Sampson, General Partner, 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund; Executive Chairman & CEO, OHUB; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University
  • Brad Feld, Cofounder, Foundry Group; Techstars & Author; The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (Wiley)

Session 2: History of Black Ecosystems and Venture Capital

Thursday, October 14: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

In this session, we will explore the history of Black Ecosystems and Venture Capital. You will be introduced to the asset class, a history of the asset class itself, and its potential to impact the Black American entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Session 3: Navigating Black Tech

Thursday, October 21: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

In this class, we will show you how to navigate the Black tech startup ecosystem, and tell you who the players (including ecosystem developers, venture capitalists, fund managers, etc.) are so you know where to find the deal flow.


Session 4: Risk, Legalities & the SEC

Thursday, October 28: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

You will leave this class with an understanding of the SEC regulations for the asset class, potential risks, and how they will impact you


Session 5: Early Stage Investments

Thursday, November 4: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

In this session, we will talk about how to do due diligence, and how to make investment decisions. We will learn what it’s like to make a direct investment vs venture fund investment. 


Session 6: Venture Stage Investing

Thursday, November 11: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

In this class, you will learn more about how to invest in venture funds, including how venture funds develop their investment thesis and conduct diligence.


Session 7: Questionnaires and Terms Sheets

Thursday, November 18: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

In this class, you will learn how to complete the necessary investment documents, like the investment questionnaire, deal memo, and term sheets. We will walk you through the process of showing you are accredited before you invest in this asset class.


  • Scott Maucere, CEO, PUSHTOSTART; Managing Member, Maucere Law Group

(No session Thanksgiving week)

Session 8: Accounting, Taxes and Exits

Thursday, December 2: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

In this session, you will learn more about the tax implications of your investment, and required forms and filings such as the 83b election form and K1 tax forms.


Session 9: Creating Black Wealth

Thursday, December 9: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

This session serves as a broad case for the Black wealthy class to invest in the ecosystem. We will explore affinity-based investing and the role of DEIS in investing.


Textbooks & Reading

Enrollment Deadline October 4, 2021

Do you have questions?

Our program advisors are here to help.

Vickie Gibbs

Kieran Blanks