Community

 We are a diverse and supportive community that champions black talent in technology.

Mentoring

Black Valley runs a bespoke 8-week immersive mentoring tech programme.

Project Exposure

Mentees will get practical project exposure to enhance their portfolio and CV.

Our Story

Hey! I'm Leke Sholuade, founder of Black Valley.

Like many, the death of George Floyd was a catalyst for me. A moment in history that amplified the struggle and challenges black people face.

I had to stand up and turn words into action. I saw someone that looks like me, that could be my uncle treated in an inhumane way that ultimately led to his death. I then ask myself, how are we still here in 2020? And is this the world I want to raise kids in?

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Thanks to our partners and sponsors

The Black Valley Programme is made possible thanks to our Partners and Sponsors

Our Programme

The programme runs quarterly, with four cohorts delivered each year.

January

37 Graduates!

April

In progress

July

Applications open in May!

October

Applications open in August.

+1600

People in our Community

+250

Mentors & Mentees on slack

+760

Mentoring hours delivered

+140

Active mentors

Be part of the solution

  • Stay on top of your game by teaching someone else.
  • Increase diversity in tech by supporting black talent.
  • Connect to a vibrant inclusive community.
  • Be surrounded by diversity of thought.
  • Network with industry experts.
  • Make a difference, be the solution!
Become a mentor Today!

Learn from the best

  • Join a global Slack community w/ access to our mentors.
  • Break into tech and progress your career.
  • Founders gain direction and support for your business.
  • Access job opportunities on the Community Job board.
  • Get clarity on your career and next steps.
  • Graduates will receive certification.
SIgn up for the july cohort

Gain industry insight from mentors that have worked at some of these great companies

I feel privileged to mentor the next generation of product managers through Black Valley. The community is full of supportive, talented people, and I’m excited to see that the future of tech is bright and diverse!

julia godinho

Product Manager, Moonpig

I have seen first hand the Black Valley community growing from strength to strength. Each cohort has seen many individuals become a better version of themselves with guidance from the mentors in the tech community.

Gavin Kimpson

Full Stack Developer, CrownControlHQ

I've enjoyed watching the Black Valley mentee cohorts grow and gain self confidence to get out there and start a new career. It feels great to pay it forward for the next generation of tech super stars!

Jeremy Miller

Experience Architect, GE Aviation

The greatest thing about being a mentor is not just that you help people grow, but you also learn so much from your mentee.

NEIL PLEASANTS

Product Director, Dixons Carphone

The Black Valley programme provided me with an incredible mentorship experience, where I gained unique insights and practical advice that has been invaluable to me as a first-time founder embarking on the startup journey.

Daniaal Awais-Dean

Mentee, September 2020 Cohort

My time at Black Valley showed me that there is knowledge that can only be gained through experience. Working with my mentor allowed me to learn from the wisdom and experience of someone in my field and the programme has allowed me to network with a wide range of professionals.

CHENIECE Manning

Mentee, September 2020 Cohort