About the BTEI Certificate Program

The Black Technology Ecosystem Investors (BTEI) Certificate Program is a nine-week, comprehensive training on the tactics, nuances and strategies required to become a knowledgeable investor in high-growth technology startups and venture funds. It is uniquely designed for current or aspiring investors as well as high net worth individuals, who want to look through the lens of racial equity and support Black founders and Black-founded companies with their investment dollars. 

There’s a disconnect of diverse capital reaching diverse opportunities, leading to a striking lack of investment in Black-founded companies and of Black decision-makers in venture capital. In 2018, less than one percent of venture capital dollars went to Black startup founders.*

With the 2020 SEC modernization and a new definition of what it takes to qualify as an accredited investor, a new class of angel and venture fund investors has been unlocked.

Created by 100 Black Angels & Allies and hosted by UNC Entrepreneurship Center, this certificate program is supported by affiliated-faculty at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) and the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (Duke I&E).

In this nine-week course, you will learn from nationally known experts such as Opportunity Hub founder Rodney Sampson, Martha Miller of the SEC, former vice chairman of the NASDAQ David Weild, Brad Feld of Foundry Group and Techstars, and other investors and fund managers who are steeped in this work.

You will leave this program with a specific understanding of how to invest in this asset class we are calling the Black Tech Ecosystem. You will also understand how investing in this asset class will help create a more equitable ecosystem and narrow the wealth gap. You’ll gain first-hand experience to confidently invest in this asset class in a way that advances racial equity and new wealth creation.

At the program’s conclusion, you will receive a Black Technology Ecosystem Investors Certificate, will have grown your knowledge and confidence as an investor, have built relationships you can draw on and will have access to the BTEI content as a reference and guide for future use. 

Getting excited? Here’s a list of actions and useful resources to get you started on your journey to becoming an investor in the Black technology ecosystem today. 

You can also check out the full Black Technology Ecosystem Investment Certificate curriculum here.

* Sources include: PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor, Silicon Valley Bank, The Washington Post

Enrollment Deadline October 4, 2021

Do you have questions?

Our program advisors are here to help.

Vickie Gibbs

Kieran Blanks