Social Capital

We provide a community of successful black founders, industry leaders and technical experts.

Access To Funding

We connect our founders with pre-seed VC’s, angel groups and syndicates, and award grants of up to £10k to our highest potential start-ups.

Workshops & Resources

We equip founders with the best resources through bespoke mentorship, weekly workshops and fireside chats with industry experts .

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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Our Programme Partners

Our Programme

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

January 2022


April 2022

Applications are open!

July 2022

coming soon!

October 2022

coming soon!


Our Tribe


Mentors & Mentees on slack


Mentoring hours delivered


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.
become a mentee today!

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.


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.


Mentee, September 2020 Cohort