Halogen Ventures, Jesse Draper’s venture capital fund focused on early stage consumer technology startups with a female in the founding team, is doubling down on their commitment to improve diversity in technology with the launch of The Halogen Fellowship in Venture Capital.
Along with Silicon Valley Bank and Amazon Web Services, the Halogen Fellowship will focus on gender dynamics and address the lack of equity, diversity and funding in Venture Capital.
Draper launched Halogen VC in 2015 after recognizing startups with women founders were a highly undervalued investment opportunity. Since then, the firm has invested in over 60+ female founded companies including The Skimm (with GV), Glamsquad (with SoftBank), Hopskipdrive (with Greycroft), ThisisL. (acquired by P&G), and Eloquii (acquired by Walmart).
With the Halogen Fellowship in Venture Capital, Draper and her team are expanding their mandate to support the next generation of not just entrepreneurs, but investors as well. Like the fund, the Halogen Fellowship in Venture Capital has a focus on gender dynamics.
The program aims to train exceptional undergraduate students in venture capital and to create more opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to become investors. Ten fellows have been selected from across the country for the virtual fellowships, from UCLA, to Harvard, to Notre Dame. It includes introductory coursework on all aspects of venture capital including guest lectures from key figures at Silicon Valley Bank and Amazon Web Services. To participate in future fellowships, applicants are encouraged to apply at HalogenVC.com.