The founder of a platform that connects early-stage investors, accelerators and founders with one another to enable access and transparency to venture capital.
Alifya Valiji is one of more than 50 under-represented entrepreneurs who comprise Visible Hands’ first fellowship program. These fellows have either already started their own companies or have idea of companies they’d like to start.
The 14-week program started earlier this month. The next five months will be focused on helping the fellows build their teams, achieve customer validation and secure additional funding. They’re all eligible for up to $200,000 worth of investments.
More than 900 entrepreneurs applied.
The fellowship is made possible by sponsors including Liberty Mutual Insurance, which made a commitment of $750,000 over three years.
JPMorgan Chase & Co announced the same philanthropic commitment in June.
See a list of all 51 founders who’ll be participating in the first cohort here.