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Black Founder Mentorship Program

Helping African American founders by providing free mentorship from highly experienced CFOs.

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Venture Capital
By The Numbers
Racial inequalities Black founders face
98%
VCs that are
white or Asian
80%
VC firms that don't
have a Black investor
90%
VC funding for
white males
1%
VC funding for
Black founders

We Can Help

Raising capital is just one of the challenges that faces African American entrepreneurs.

We acknowledge the systemic racism and underrepresentation faced by black founders in America and know that we can do more to impact meaningful change.

Our experienced CFOs are here to help guide you from funding to exit, and everything in between through our Black Founder Mentorship program.
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Mentorship
Our Black Founder Mentorship program gives African American entrepreneurs access to consult with our experienced CFOs at no charge.

With an average of over 28 years of finance experience, our CFOs can handle anything related to finance & accounting and a lot more. Whether you need help with your fundraising strategy, need guidance on building a financial model, or have a question about taxes... our CFOs can help with anything under the sun (well, just about).

All you have to do is complete the form below and one of our CFOs will be in touch shortly to schedule a time to chat.
$10,000 Award Program
Throughout the course of each year, our CFOs will nominate two companies in our Black Founder Mentorship program for a special award. If selected, you will be granted $10,000 of free monthly accounting & finance services as a full-service client of Early Growth.

There will be no obligations on your part to continue with us after the award period (though I'm sure we'd love it if you did). We'll get you set up and get to work helping you build a great business.

Just join the program below and you're eligible for nomination.

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Black Founder Mentorship Program

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We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

For years we’ve taken actions to put a stop to the racial inequities in our world, but at a time when “enough is enough”, what we were doing wasn’t enough. The following is our updated action plan:

- Community Support: For the last several years Early Growth has supported organizations focused on working with minority founders. Annually, we have sponsored the African American Entrepreneur party at South by Southwest, sponsored Cross Culture Ventures (now MaC Venture Capital) to help Black founders seeking funding, and we have hosted over a dozen events around minority entrepreneurs over the years. In 2020 we will continue to support these organizations, and we will be adding at least one new organization to list, Global Eye Entrepreneurs.

- Hiring Practices: We value diversity. Our goal has always been to have a team that reflects the population in terms of both race and gender, at all levels of our organization. We’ve done well, but we know we can do better. As a result, we’re changing our hiring practices. Actively seeking out African American candidates via colleges that are inclusive of minority candidates, as well as opening up our recruiting efforts in more diverse cities and states, we will expand the reach of our recruiting to be more inclusive of all races, genders and ethnicities.

In addition, we've launched two new programs to assist Black entrepreneurs directly:

- Black Founder Mentorship Program: Our Black Founder Mentorship program gives African American entrepreneurs access to consult with our experienced CFOs at no charge.

- $10,000 Award Program: Throughout the course of each year, our CFOs will nominate two companies in our Black Founder Mentorship program for a special award. If selected, you will be granted $10,000 of free monthly accounting & finance services as a full-service client of Early Growth.

What We Do
Early Growth is the largest national firm in the venture capital space
 Finance & Accounting
Finance & Accounting
An experienced financial team providing monthly accounting for founders who want to get back to focusing on their business.
Taxes
Taxes
Domestic & international tax compliance, including income & sales taxes and R&D credit studies.
Equity Management
Equity Management
409A Valuations and Cap Table Management solutions to manage your equity & stock options.
Fund Accounting
Fund Accounting
Helping GPs address monthly accounting, reporting, deal management, and LP communication.