Black Technology Ecosystem Investors (BTEI) Certificate Program

Earners of this certificate discover how to invest in the Black technology, venture, and startup ecosystem, and examine investments through the lens of racial equity to close gaps in capitalization for historically underrepresented founders. Created by 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund, Opportunity Hub [OHUB], The Links, Incorporated, and the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School with support from Duke University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center and the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.


Lesson 1: The Case for Black Tech

Length: 107 minutesComplexity: Standard

In this first session, we will explore the far-reaching impact of investing in the Black technology ecosystem, (an asset class that’s creating 66% of new startups) – how investing in the ecosystem gets more capital to Black founders and fund managers, which leads to impact beyond your personal ROI.

Lesson 2: History of Black Ecosystems and Venture Capital Recording

Length: 137 minutesComplexity: Standard

In this session, we will explore the history of Black Ecosystems and Venture Capital. You will be introduced to the asset class, a history of the asset class itself, and its potential to impact the Black American entrepreneurial ecosystem. Speakers Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson, Founder & CEO, Project Include David Weild IV, Former Vice Chairman of […]

Lesson 3: Navigating Black Tech

Length: 120 minutesComplexity: Standard

In this class, we will show you how to navigate the Black tech startup ecosystem, and tell you who the players (including ecosystem developers, venture capitalists, fund managers, etc.) are so you know where to find the deal flow.

Lesson 4: Risk, Legalities & the SEC

Length: 125 minutesComplexity: Standard

You will leave this class with an understanding of the SEC regulations for the asset class, potential risks, and how they will impact you

Lesson 5: Early Stage Investments

Length: 118 minutesComplexity: Standard

In this session, we will talk about how to do due diligence, and how to make investment decisions. We will learn what it’s like to make a direct investment vs venture fund investment.

Lesson 7: Questionnaires and Terms Sheets

Length: 108 minutesComplexity: Standard

In this class, you will learn how to complete the necessary investment documents, like the investment questionnaire, deal memo, and term sheets. We will walk you through the process of showing you are accredited before you invest in this asset class.

Lesson 8: Accounting, Taxes and Exits

Length: 106 minutesComplexity: Standard

In this session, you will learn more about the tax implications of your investment, and required forms and filings such as the 83b election form and K1 tax forms.

Lesson 9: Creating Black Wealth

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Length: 129 minutesComplexity: Standard

This session serves as a broad case for the Black wealthy class to invest in the ecosystem. We will explore affinity-based investing and the role of DEIS in investing.