Bridge Venture Fellowship

3-week paid learning opportunity for historically underrepresented students to learn about venture capital via a virtual intensive and culminates in an
in-person reception.



Fellows Identifying


Fellows Identifying as Female or Non-Binary


Student Stipends Given


Students Served


Landed Internships in 4 Months

BVF Overview

The goal of BVF is to encourage historically underserved students across the 10 UT System schools to explore venture capital as a potential career path.

Fellows go through a virtual intensive in partnership with Capital Factory to learn about the business of venture capital. Students also hear from keynote speakers and spend time with diverse mentors in the investment sector. Finally, Fellows are then flown to a culminating event to network with peers, mentors, and venture professionals to advance their careers.

This Fellowship is open to undergraduate and graduate students of any UT System school.
All majors are eligible to apply, no finance or business background necessary.


1. The Business Model of Venture Capital
2. Deal Flow & Investing Thesis
3. Keynote Speaker & Mentor Roundtable
4. Early Stage Investment Structure
5. Keynote Speaker & Mentor Roundtable
6. Due Diligence & Investment Decisions

2022 Keynote Speakers

Benjamin Vann

Founder & CEO, Impact Ventures

Benjamin J. Vann is the Founder and CEO of Impact Ventures, a 501c3 startup accelerator with a mission to empower talented, yet under-resourced women and entrepreneurs of color to build generational wealth through inclusive entrepreneurship and integrated capital.

Since 2017,  Impact Ventures has impacted nearly 3500 people through community networking events, hackathons, workshops, and summits.

Over the past two years, IV’s flagship accelerator program has trained 120 founders and 84 companies to collectively raise $6.5M, create 130 jobs, engage over 150 mentors, and offer over 3300 hours of training and mentorship.

Janice Omadeke

Founder & CEO, The Mentor Method

Janice Omadeke is the CEO and Founder of The Mentor Method, an enterprise platform helping companies keep and develop their diverse talent using the proven power of mentorship. Using a double-blind algorithm, The Mentor Method is closing the opportunity equity gap in the workplace.

Janice is extremely passionate about balancing job equity for women and people of color in the workplace. As a woman of color in tech, despite the certifications and education listed above, she was constantly treated as the token companies could use to check off a box.

Her mission is to create a world where people from diverse backgrounds, pedigrees, and perspectives are seen as idea generators instead of checkboxes.

Cheryl Campos

Head of Venture, Republic

Cheryl is passionate about the intersection of finance, technology, and social impact. She is the Head of Venture Growth and Partnerships at Republic, a one-stop-shop for founders to raise capital from both accredited and non-accredited investors.

She is focused on introducing underrepresented founders to both traditional and alternative funding sources in order to help their startups thrive. In other direct investing roles, she is a scout for Lightspeed and an investment partner at The Community Fund.

Cheryl is also one of the founders of VCFamilia, a community of Latinx VCs supporting current & emerging investors through collaboration.

2022 BVF Reception Recap

Program Details


- Learning from industry experts and mentors

- Access to networking, investors, and potential internship opportunities

- $400 stipend upon program completion

- All-expense paid trip to Dallas, Texas!

Ideal Participants

- Current undergraduate or advanced student of any UT system school

- Any major (no finance or business background needed!)

- Curiosity and openness to learning and contributing to the cohort

- Must be able to attend all virtual sessions and ideally the in-person summit

Our program supports students who have not previously had opportunities to learn about venture capital. We encourage Black, Latinx, women, LGBTQ+ students, and those who support them to apply. We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that facilitate all individuals, including members of the disability community, engaging fully.

Time Commitment

2023 Program: Tuesdays & Thursdays,
12-1:30 PM CST (Virtual)

Virtual Sessions
- Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 12-1:30 PM CT
- Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 12-1:30 PM CT
- Tuesday, March 28, 2023 | 12-1:30 PM CT
- Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 12-1:30 PM CT
- Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | 12-1:30 PM CT
- Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 12-1:30 PM CT

In-Person Summit: April 13 & 14, 2023
- April 13: Arrive in Dallas | by 5 PM CT
April 13: Cohort Dinner | 5:30-7 PM CT
April 14: Professional Prep (Cohort Resume Reviews, Professional Headshots & Linkedin Update) | 10 AM-12 PM CT
April 14: Cohort Lunch | 12-1 PM CT
April 14: Cohort Professional Development Workshops | 1-3 PM CT
April 14: Reception & Networking Mixer | 4-6 PM CT


Opens: Wednesday, January 26, 2023
Closes: Monday, February 28, 2023

Alumni Testimonials

“I’m a senior graduate student, and I’m trying to figure out my transition out of academia. I’ve been really interested in startups and learning about how to get funding if I have a startup. However, through this fellowship, I’ve actually become more interested on the venture side. It’s really cool to see that I can be a founder and possibly even be a venture capitalist in the future.”

Tezin Walji
Class of Fall '22
UT Southwestern 
PhD Candidate, Biomedical Sciences

“Just having this Fellowship on your resume makes for a great talking point and has definitely given me access to a lot of professional opportunities. It also shows potential future employers that I’m motivated and driven, so it gives me a professional edge. I’m also better able to network more effectively and strategically, a skill a learned as a Fellow. I still have plans to immerse myself in the world of VC and startups after I graduate in a few months, but the fellowship is already proving valuable to me in other ways.” 

Duyên Nguyễn
Class of Spring '22
UT Dallas
Accounting & Finance

It's very rare to be presented with an opportunity that intersects with one's skills, passions and interests, and this is what the Bridge Venture Fellowship gave me. It was incredible to receive mentorship from professionals in the venture capital space over the course of the 3-week fellowship. At the in-person mixer at Austin, Cheryl Campus shared an incredible story about her humble beginnings and unconventional path towards starting her company and becoming a VC. I also got to meet people like me who are making professional strides in the industry despite overwhelming odds.

Chukwudi Ukonne
Class of Spring '24
UT Dallas
Master's, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Venture Fellowship

3-week paid learning opportunity for historically underrepresented students to learn about venture capital via a virtual intensive and culminates in an
in-person reception.