VC Unlocked: Silicon Valley Diversity Scholarship

2022 Scholarship Recipients


Manager, Invest India

Dr. Surabhi Gupta

Dr. Surabhi Gupta serves as Manager at Invest India, a flagship initiative of the Government of India intended to build a strong ecosystem for nurturing innovation and startups in the country, where a significant part of her daily work focuses on removing structural barriers for underrepresented entrepreneurs.

SoGal Ventures Scholarship


Managing Partner, 249Startups

Ahmed Elmurtada

Ahmed Elmurtada is supporting early stage tech-enabled under-represented founders in East Africa, particularly Sudan. Ahmed has been promoting tech and entrepreneurial activities among Sudanese youth since 2013 and is committed to fostering entrepreneurship and building global networks with leading ecosystems.

MaC Venture Capital Scholarship


Founder, 100KM Ventures

Shalanda Armstrong

Shalanda Armstrong recently co-founded 100KM Ventures. 100KM Ventures, is a fund focused on supporting early-stage companies in the deep tech, femtech, future of work, and e-commerce verticals that have management teams that reflect their diverse customer base.

SteelSky Ventures Scholarship


Director of Product Management, SoFi

Todd Johnson

Todd Johnson is an experienced angel investor and FinTech operator with a vision to launch his own fund to bridge the fundraising knowledge gap and to provide access to smart capital to entrepreneurs in overlooked regions and communities within the United States.

RareBreed Ventures Scholarship