The Kirchner Fellowship is an opportunity for University Students to be impact venture capitalists for an academic year. One stream includes a Fellowship specifically for graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The program believes that while the amount of impact investment capital increases, access to that capital for entrepreneurs in underserved regions and communities does not. To improve, unique investment approaches that align interests and focus on local ecosystem development for early-stage growth companies are needed. Assembling, training, and empowering young diverse student investment teams for this purpose is the core mission of the fellowship. The program provides a small scholarship, covers travel and accommodation, and provides the capital necessary for investment. Candidates must be enrolled in a United States, Canada, Mexico, or Central American university.