Black Venture Institute

We built Operator Collective to create room for the very people the venture world needs to help build the next generation of great companies: diverse leaders, with deep, present-day experience. Now we’re proud to launch a new initiative with a similar mission.

Operator Collective, BLCK VC, and Salesforce Ventures have come together to create the Black Venture Institute, a curriculum-based program designed to give Black executives the education, experience, and connections they need to pursue careers in venture capital and investing.

Kudos and thanks to the organizations and leaders below who worked hard to make this happen.

Leyla Seka
Operator Collective
Leyla is a Partner at Operator Collective. Before helping to launch Operator Collective in 2019, she spent 11 years at Salesforce as both an EVP and GM.
Frederik Groce
BLCK VC
Frederik is a Principal at Storm Ventures and a co-founder at BLCK VC. Before that, Frederik spent two years as CEO of Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE).
Jackson Cummings
Salesforce Ventures
Jackson is an Investor on the Salesforce Ventures team. Previously, he was an investor at Top Tier Capital Partners, a global venture-focused Fund of Funds.
Toby Stuart
UC Berkeley – Haas
Toby is the Helzel Chair in Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and Innovation at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Previously, he was a chaired professor at Harvard, Columbia, and University of Chicago.

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