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The Venture Mentoring Team is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values.


We appreciate and leverage our backgrounds, experiences, and cultures, and we involve and reflect the communities, universities, startups, and small businesses we support.


We align our policies, practices, and resources so that people of all races, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses have opportunities to thrive.


We create a supportive environment in which everyone feels valued and respected.

Our Commitment

The Venture Mentoring Team is working every day to ensure that we are making a positive impact on equity, diversity and inclusion in the mentoring we pursue and the community partners we engage to work with us

We celebrate and leverage the diversity of our 180 mentors and the richness of the backgrounds, cultures and experiences they bring to strengthen our work. Our belief is that all races, cultures, and socioeconomic groups should have the opportunities they need to thrive, and we have created a diverse and supportive environment in which everyone is valued and respected.

The proof of our commitment and our impact rests in our strong Community Partner relationships.

Our Community Partnerships

Elevate Together

Elevate Together, a nonprofit program initiated by Office Depot in conjunction with the Urban League and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, addresses systemic discrimination and racial disparities in business growth and profitability in Black and Hispanic communities. We are a National Mentoring Partner and work with the Urban League and Hispanic Chamber through Elevate Together to impact underserved business communities in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, South Florida, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Detroit, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston with expert mentoring. The Urban League and Hispanic Chamber nominate new mentors to participate in the Elevate Together program as we continue to expand our impact nationally. Our Community Partners nominate startups and small businesses to receive the VMT’s mentoring along with grants to support their growth.

Target Corporation’s Forward Founders

Through the Target Corporation’s Forward Founders program, we help early-stage minority-owned consumer product companies located all over the U.S. get shelf- ready for mass distribution. We help minority business owners through expert mentorship by building their skills in managing consumer packaged goods, helping them gain access to industry-leading resources and valuable business partnerships.

Black Girl Ventures

Black Girl Ventures refers promising start-ups and small businesses owned by black women in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, Durham, Detroit, Cincinnati, Chicago, Atlanta, Birmingham, Houston and Austin. Our mentoring helps these promising businesses gain access to community, capital, and capacity building that leads to economic advancement.

Black Angels Miami (BAM)

Through our community partner, Black Angels Miami (BAM), we are mentoring black-owned technology start-ups, helping to prepare them for top investment opportunities across the country. With BAM we are working to change the landscape of venture investing, leveraging the value of diversity.