What makes us different?

Founders Programme (UK Only)

The UK startup ecosystem is failing Black entrepreneurs with innovative ideas!


The ethnicity of an entrepreneur and of a founding team affects access to venture capital in the UK, with Black founders receiving just a 0.24% and Black female founders receiving 0.02% of the total venture capital invested over the past 10 years {Source: Extended Ventures, diversity beyond gender report}.


Black Valley addresses these issues through our Founders programme. By backing and supporting exceptional Black founders through our 8-week programme, we are delivering on our goal of ensuring the future of tech is an inclusive one for black people.


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Why Join The Programme?

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criteria to apply



We are looking for inspirational UK black founders who want to take their ideas to execution and meet below criteria:

  • Identify as Black or Mixed black heritage
  • At least 50% of the business is owned by someone who identifies as black or mix black heritage .
  • You are pre-seed and have not raised more than £100k in capital
  • You have an idea or product in MVP stage that uses technology
  • You can commit to the programme (3-5 hours a week)
  • You are UK based
  • Age 18 or above

    Applications are now closed but you can join the waiting list for the August 2022 programme below!

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Social capital

Join a strong ecosystem of the top talent in tech who have volunteered their time as Black Valley mentors. We currently have a network of more than 230 mentors who are available to support you at every stage of your startup journey.

Access to funding

We will connect you with pre-seed VC’s, angel groups & syndicates. The programme culminates in our Y combinator-style Demo Day presentation where we introduce you to investors and award grants (up to £10k) to three startups on the programme.

Resources

We equip founders with the best resources - through bespoke mentorship, weekly workshops, fireside chats with industry experts and access to free co-working space with our partners.

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Pay it Forward

Over a decade in the UK, only 38 Black Entrepreneurs received funding via venture capital. We are

looking for start-up founders, experienced

executors who, like us, want to ensure the

UK startup ecosystem is diverse.


Our mentors are startup founders and A+ executors in tech who are as passionate about disrupting the start-up ecosystem and supporting black founders as we are.

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Why partner?

By the end of 2023, Black Valley aims to support 75 Black-led start-ups in realising their start-up ambitions and to have had 15 successful seed round closes.

 

We will support our founders with resources and the social capital that has been scarce and often hinders raising a pre-seed /seed round.

We will work closely with quality accelerators to

ensure our founders are set up for success as

the next Unicorns coming out of the UK.


We are looking for like minded companies, who like

us, want to make sure Black Founders are getting

the support needed to realise their start-up ambition.

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By the end of 2023, Black Valley aims to support 75 Black-led start-ups in realising their start-up ambitions and to have had 15 successful seed round closes.

 

We will support our founders with resources and the social capital that has been scarce and often hinders raising a pre-seed /seed round.

We will work closely with quality accelerators to ensure our founders are set up for success as the next Unicorns coming out of the UK.


We are looking for like minded companies, who like us, want to make sure Black Founders are getting the support needed to realise their start-up ambition.

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What Our Community Say About Us

The programme helped me solidify my pitch, proposition and deck - including my go to market strategy. I've really enjoyed being part of a strong community which is committed to uplifting black people in tech. I feel like this is a community I will be part of for a long time to come.

Dr Dupe Burgess

Founder of Bloomful

I was neutral about what I wanted from the programme. I was looking for continuity as it pertains to the motivation to continue with my start-up, particularly after completing my masters.
However I got more than I had anticipated, through the network, mentors, support and feedback. 10/10

Alberta Asafo-Asamoah

Founder of Vetemonde

We're proud to partner with Black Valley to help the next wave of Black founders get dedicated support, mentorship, and funding in their entrepreneurship journey. We want to see a world where there is much more diversity in tech – especially in who is empowered to start them and build wealth through them.

Vlad Magdalin

Founder of Webflow

At Goldman Sachs, we know that the pipeline of talented diverse entrepreneurs is strong and organizations like Black Valley are doing the work of enabling the next generation of tech entrepreneurs and visionaries. We are proud to support their mission of elevating founders in the early stages of their journey

Suzanne Gauron

Head of LWGS

It’s been my pleasure to work with ambitious and passionate founders on their journey through the Black Valley programme. I like having the opportunity to pass on some experience I’ve gained over the years to this ambitious bunch

Graham hOBSON

Founder of Photobox

The European Start-up ecosystem is crying out for something like Black Valley to help black founders really thrive and connect the dots at the earliest stages. I love supporting founders coming through the programme who are always thoughtful and hungry

pARIN shah

Investor, EMEA at LEGO Ventures