BTV 101 is a virtual experiential learning program for aspiring students interested in: (1) developing innovation and entrepreneurial skills, and 

(2) launching a technology startup.


The program was created to engage Black students who are STEM majors from across the country.


"I feel motivated to share what I learn with other entrepreneurs and have been doing so since starting the class. I really enjoy their facilitation style and attention to the student's needs."

Measha Taylor / Founder / Two Moons Food LLP

"Prior to being exposed to the innovation and entrepreneurship training, I only thought that getting a job or research was my only path."

Kymberlee Hill / Founder / CurlIQ

"The instructors care a tremendous amount about the students and their knowledge on all things business and how to take your business from idea to a physical product.

The structure and timing of each lesson is spot-on, as it provides each student the opportunity to engage in the lecture, pair-up with other student entrepreneurs for participation in class exercises and to ask very hard, but necessary questions."

Priscilla Burch / Founder / Fun Club

"The instructors gave me the tools and resources to bring my startup company to life. Their guidance and mentorship gave me the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of operating a business in an ever changing marketplace."

Aubrey Yeboah / Founder / BatteryXchange



  • DURATION: 2 Months


  • DAILY COMMITMENT: 8 hrs/wk


  • Must Apply through the UNCF Innovation Summit

  • Must be a rising Junior in good standing.

  • GPA: 3.0 minimum

  • STEM major (CS majors will be given preference)


BTV instructors and mentors have over 20 years of teaching experience, and have trained hundreds in innovation and entrepreneurship methodologies.


  • Elements of a Good Team

  • Design Thinking

  • The Business Model Canvas Tool

  • How to Engage in Customer Discovery

  • How to Interview Humans

  • Synthesizing Customer Discovery Data

  • Building your MVP

  • How to Test Humans

  • How to Launch your Venture

  • Metrics that Matter

  • Growth Hacks

  • Developing your Pitch

BTV is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax-deductible for income, gift, and estate taxes.

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