Black Technology Ecosystem Investment Certificate

Dates: October 7 - December 9 | 1:00 - 3:00pm EST

Scale School, a program of The Entrepreneurship Center at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, is proud to offer a new, ground breaking program from Rodney’s Sampson’s 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund: the Black Technology Ecosystem Investment Certificate. This program will provide in-depth 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 aspiring Black and ally investors who want to specifically invest in the Black technology, startup and venture fund deal flow.

There is a striking lack of investment in Black-founded companies and of Black decision-makers in venture capital. Experts estimated that in 2019 U.S.-based companies received $136.5 billion of venture investment;* and yet in 2018, less than one percent of venture capital dollars went to Black startup founders.* In addition, the number of Black decision-makers in venture capital dropped to just one percent in 2018.* In consideration of this data and the SEC’s recent modernization of its Accredited Investor Definition in August 2020, this first-in-kind Investment Certificate will unlock a new class of angel and venture fund investors in the Black technology, startup and venture ecosystem.

Covering topics such as modernization of SEC regulations, development of an investment thesis, startup investing, venture fund investment, equity crowdfunding, special purpose acquisition companies (SPAC’s), risk assessment, diligence considerations, legal considerations and tax considerations, this six-month, comprehensive certificate program provides hands-on learning into what it takes to become an investor in early stage companies and venture funds, particularly companies with Black founders and fund managers. Participants will learn from nationally known subject matter experts, including investors and fund managers while gaining first hand experience with what it takes to confidently invest in this asset class in a way that advances racial equity and new wealth creation.

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

This course will be helpful if you … 

  • Are a current or aspiring angel or venture fund investor with plans to invest in the next six to 12 months
  • Interested in investing in startups, venture funds and ecosystem development companies that have Black founders
  • Want to gain the knowledge and skills to invest in venture-backable companies and venture funds
  • Are motivated to apply your skills as an investor to advance racial equity within the entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Want to understand the regulations and risks associated with investing in early stage companies
  • Embrace leveraging your time, talents and treasures in a way that aligns with your values of strengthening the Black startup ecosystem

After this course, you’ll have…

  • Gained a deep understanding of the regulatory and legal landscape for investing in early stage ventures 
  • Knowledge of how to apply what you’ve learned to confidently become an investor in early stage companies and seed stage funds
  • Experience with the essential components of evaluating and making investments such as conducting diligence, negotiating term sheets and tax implications
  • Relationships with the national players in the Black technology, startup and venture ecosystem
  • Access to the Black fund managers that are currently raising and investing in this emerging asset class

Curriculum and Session Overview:

Bonus Kickoff Session: Thursday, August 19 (for enrolled participants)
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET

Session 1: Thursday, October 7
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Angel and Venture Fund Investing In the Black Technology, Startup and Venture Ecosystem

Session 2: Thursday, October 14
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
An Introduction to the History and Modernization of Angel and Venture Capital Investing in America and Its Potential to Impact Black American Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Session 3: Thursday, October 21
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Navigating the Black Technology, Startup and Venture Ecosystem

Session 4: Thursday, October 28
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Understanding SEC Regulations, Legal Terms and Risk Assessment When Investing in Early Stage Companies

Session 5: Thursday, November 4
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Direct Startup Investing and Diligence Considerations

Session 6: Thursday, November 11
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Venture Fund Investing, Fund Construction and Diligence

Session 7: Thursday, November 18
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Deciphering Investment Questionnaires and Negotiating Terms Sheets

(No session Thanksgiving week)

Session 8: Thursday, December 2
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Accounting, Taxes and Exits

Session 9: Thursday, December 9
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Radical Collaboration for Black Wealth Creation

About the Instructor:

Rodney Sampson

Throughout his twenty year entrepreneurial career, Rodney Sampson has co-founded startup companies that have overcome the odds by collectively raising more than $20 million in angel and venture capital, created hundreds of new jobs and generated tens of millions in revenue before acquisition or going public.

Rodney is the Executive Chairman & CEO of OHUB and OHUB Foundation, the General Partner of 100 Black Angels and Allies Fund and works closely with high growth startups and seed stage venture funds as a selective advisor, investor and limited partner. His current investment and advisory portfolio include Cross Culture Ventures, Leadout Capital, TechSquare Capital, Digit, York Exponential,, Patientory and Momentum Learning. 

He co-founded, built and sold multiple companies, has written a best-selling book, Kingonomics, and previously served as the first Head of Diversity at Mark Burnett Productions, executive producers of the hit ABC show, ABC’s Sharktank. Rodney is currently a Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.

Course Fee:

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For the aspiring Black and ally investor who want to specifically invest in the Black technology, startup and venture fund deal flow.