North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Mass Communication student Manuhe Abebe was recently selected for the HBCUvc fellowship.
Abebe is among 62 students selected nationally from 21 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for the seven-week program that provides culturally-affirming curriculum about investment and venture capital. Individuals are also provided mentorship and networking opportunities.
Abebe, a sophomore from Apex, N.C., credits attending a Tech Startup Weekend at NCCU for introducing him to the program.
“This fellowship will offer me an opportunity to assist with increasing the number of investors that are deploying capital to Black, Indigenous, and Latinx entrepreneurs,” said Abebe.
As one of the first NCCU students to participate in the fellowship, he is excited to inform fellow NCCU students about opportunities with the program.
“Introducing more NCCU students to HBCUvc will assist in creating a pipeline for additional students to learn more and pursue venture capital,” Abebe adds.
Abebe has a strong passion for building generational wealth, he sees venture capital as a great influence towards achieving that goal.
“As a first-generation college student, I didn’t know much about venture capital or investing,” said Abebe. “I did a lot of researching, networking and connecting with people to learn more to position myself in the industry to hopefully build more opportunities for future generations of Eagles.”
Abebe is also active in university organizations, including the African American Male Initiative and Aspiring Eagles Academy. He also serves as public relations director for NCCU’s Student Government Association.