Powerful Collaboration and Groundbreaking Certification Programs Aim to Create More Equitable and Inclusive Organizations and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Wednesday February 17, 2021

Eship Center announces Collaboration with Opportunity Hub (OHUB) and 100 Black Angels and Allies Fund; Creation of Two Certification Programs: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Solutions (DEIS) Certificate and Black Technology Ecosystem Investment Certificate for Black and Ally Investors

Chapel Hill, N.C. (February 17, 2021) – UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Entrepreneurship (Eship) Center, an affiliated center of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, today announced a groundbreaking collaboration with Opportunity Hub (OHUB) and 100 Black Angels and Allies. These powerhouse organizations have joined forces to launch two six-month immersive certification programs dedicated to creating more equitable and inclusive workspaces and building a more equitable ecosystem for aspiring Black and ally investors. The programs will be delivered through The Eship Center’s Scale School.  Each program kicks off with an introductory webinar in June, with monthly classes running from August 2021 through January 2022. 

DEIS Practicum Certificate

This unique program is designed to help organizational leaders (including c-suite, founders, and boards) of high-growth companies create and integrate solutions that bring diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) into all facets of a company. It features a framework to help identify and implement the actions that will lead to advancing an organization’s DEI efforts and will develop a leader’s strengths in this area.

Each month, participants will engage with and learn from nationally known experts, as they critically examine key business functions such as board governance, talent acquisition, product development, procurement, and investment through a lens of equity and inclusion. They will be guided through the process of developing their own DEI strategy, including a DEIS canvas and roadmap. Throughout the program, they will implement and gain feedback in real-time from experts and trusted peers. At the conclusion, each participant will receive a DEIS Practicum Certificate, will have completed an implementable strategy document and will have access to the DEIS content as a reference and guide for the future. 

As Rodney Sampson, executive chairman and CEO of OHUB and co-founder and general partner of 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund explained, “This program is for people who are ready to move the needle, measure change and hold people accountable with data and outcomes. Participants will benefit from practitioners who practice this in their business and life who can speak from experience on how they built equity into their organization, and which strategies and solutions actually work.”

“This announcement continues to reaffirm our commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. The Eship center understands that a diverse and inclusive workforce is key to the success of any venture—and to our community at large,” stated Eship Center Executive Director Vickie Gibbs. “Through the DEIS Practicum Certificate program, we want to change how organizations think about building DEI into their foundations, and how we all think about building companies of the future.”

Learn more about the DEIS Practicum Certificate  here

Black Technology Ecosystem Investment Certificate 

This program will provide in-depth training on the tactics, nuances and strategies needed to become a knowledgeable investor in high growth technology startups and venture funds. It is uniquely designed for aspiring Black and ally investors that want to specifically invest in Black technology, startup and venture fund ecosystem deal flow. Covering topics such as SEC regulations, investment thesis, risk assessment, legal considerations and venture fund investing, this comprehensive 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 fast growing founders that have raised millions in venture capital and fund managers that are deploying capital strategically in the ecosystem; and gain first-hand experience with what it takes to confidently invest in a way that advances racial equity and new wealth creation.

“We believe this program is truly groundbreaking,” said Gibbs. “We are excited to work with Rodney to create something that will have long-range impacts, by unlocking capital flow to and from Black investors and founders, which contributes to addressing the wealth gap, and provides more funding for Black and other underfunded founders.” 

“While the first course addresses intersectional racial equity inside of an organization, this course addresses another way to create equity and inclusion in the ecosystem which is through investment,” elaborated Sampson. “With the recent modernization of SEC rules on who can become an accredited angel investor, I see an incredible opportunity to create a new class of investors in the Black community.” 

Learn more about the Black Technology Ecosystem Investment Certificate here

The organizations also announced that they will be working with The Links, Incorporated – an international, not-for-profit corporation with a membership of more than 16,000 professional women of African descent in 292 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom – to offer these certificates to its members as a part of the Links Economic Empowerment Platform (LEEP) toolkit. Links members will be offered a discounted rate for the Black Technology Ecosystem Investment and DEIS Certificate programs, with the goal of helping them contribute to closing the wealth gap by investing in the ecosystem of Black founders and fund managers. 

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About the Entrepreneurship (Eship) Center 

The Entrepreneurship (Eship) Center creates a better world by inspiring, motivating and developing entrepreneurial leaders from diverse backgrounds who can recognize opportunities and solve complex problems that lead to positive social change. We achieve this by connecting our world-class research with our exceptional hands-on teaching and practice. Learn more at eship.unc.edu. The Eship Center is housed at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and is an affiliated center of the Frank H. Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. 

About Opportunity Hub (OHUB)

OHUB is the leading technology, startup entrepreneurship & and venture ecosystem building platform created to ensure that everyone, everywhere has equitable opportunity in the future of work, fourth industrial revolution and beyond as a path to multi-generational wealth creation with no reliance on pre-existing multi-generational wealth. For more information, visit https://opportunityhub.co.

About 100 Black Angels and Allies

The mission of 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund I is to align smart, affluent, innovative and skilled Black and ally capital to build a scalable and sustainable Black technology, startup entrepreneurship and venture ecosystem that powers a global Diasporic engine and platform to ensure that Black people everywhere are equitably represented at all levels in the future of work, startup ecosystem and forthcoming 4th Industrial Revolution as a definitive path to decreasing income inequality and the racial wealth gap. This is the path to shared prosperity and multi-generational wealth creation with no reliance on pre-existing multi-generational wealth. Learn more at https://blackangels.co