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Accenture Black Founders Development Program

Bridging the Black founders venture capital gap

3 actions enterprises can take to achieve parity.

Accenture's commitment to elevate Black founders

The Black founder funding journey: Get the fast facts


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"Leadership, resources, technology and investment expertise are all areas where Accenture can deliver significant support to Black entrepreneurs, helping them to accelerate innovation and further grow their businesses."

— Kathryn Ross, Global Open Innovation – Lead and the Black Founders Development Program – Lead for Accenture Ventures

Stories from our founders

"Black entrepreneurs continue to innovate but face bias and lack access to capital and opportunity in the venture capital community, receiving a disproportionately small amount of funding. Big change is clearly needed, and Accenture Ventures will help lead that change."

— Paul Daugherty, Group Chief Executive – Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Accenture

Accenture Ventures model for change

Strategic investment

Investing in emerging technology startups to fill strategic innovation gaps for the Global 2000. Our focus has expanded across North America, the African diaspora, Europe & Growth Markets.

Community engagement

Building localized networks of meaningful relationships with Black founders, VCs, and influencers plus access to “Best of Accenture” resources and people.

Thought leadership

Consistently challenging orthodoxies in VC by conducting and publishing data-driven research, accelerating change in the technology industry.

Our advisory council

Robert E. Knowling, Jr.

Chairman at Eagles Leading Partners. LinkedIn

Kay Koplovitz

Co-founder & Chairman, Springboard Enterprises. LinkedIn

Dr. Charlton McIlwain

Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement & Development at New York University. LinkedIn

Corey Thomas

CEO, Rapid7. LinkedIn

Meet our lead

Dujon Smith

Global Lead – Black Founders Development Program

Want to get connected? We want to hear from you!

Are you working on an enterprise software technology solution? Do you have ideas for collaboration? Reach out via the submission form below. For the latest program info follow our program lead, Kathy Ross, on LinkedIn and Twitter!