How it works?

We encourage all venture firms and Diverse Check Writers to join the Diversity Rider movement.

By pledging your support, you are committing to using the rider language in every term sheet:

In order to advance diversity efforts in the venture capital industry, the Company and the lead investor, [Fund Name], will make commercial best efforts to offer and make every attempt to include as a co-investor in the financing at least one Black [or other underrepresented group including but not limited to Latinx, women, LGBTQ+] check writer (DCWs), and to allocate a minimum of [X]% or [X] $'s of the total round for such co-investor.

How to become involved

The Diversity Rider is open to anyone who invests or wants to invest in startups, whether that is through a venture fund or as an individual Diverse Check Writer.

Use the links below to visit this Airtable and tell us you’re committing to using the Rider in every deal; your firm’s name will be added to the public website

Use the Rider language as is or tailor to your firm’s needs / processes

Embed the Rider language into your term sheets; be willing to discuss this with founders and be ready for pushback

Be a champion for the Rider and encourage your peers and others who are relevant in your networks to adopt and promote the Rider as well

Venture Firms

Take the first step and pledge to use the Diversity Rider in all of your firm's deals; you are also welcome to sign up as a diverse check writer

Sign Up
Check Writers

If you are a diverse check writer, you can confidentially share your contact information with us and you will be connected with VCs who have pledged to use the rider

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What your pledge means and why it's important

If every firm commits to making this significant change in their deal-making process, the VC playing field will be more inclusive. This will also give diverse check writers (DCWs) exposure to networks they previously did not have access to, and it will benefit firms by bringing diverse thinking to the companies in which they are investing.

Act One is holding itself accountable by including the Diversity Rider in every term sheet.

In addition to Act One Ventures, these venture firms are using the Diversity Rider:

+dozens more firms
Fifth Wall
Precursor Ventures
Homebrew
Primary Venture Partners
Fifth Wall
Plexo Capital
Precursor Ventures
Equal Ventures
Homebrew
Primary Venture Partners
Fifth Wall
Plexo Capital
Precursor Ventures
Precursor Ventures
Equal Ventures
Homebrew
Primary Venture Partners
Fifth Wall
Plexo Capital
Precursor Ventures
Precursor Ventures
Equal Ventures
Homebrew
Primary Venture Partners
Fifth Wall
Plexo Capital
Precursor Ventures
Precursor Ventures
Equal Ventures
Homebrew
Primary Venture Partners
Fifth Wall
Plexo Capital
Precursor Ventures
Precursor Ventures
Equal Ventures
Homebrew
Primary Venture Partners
Fifth Wall
Plexo Capital
Precursor Ventures
Fika Ventures
Muse Capital
Worklife Ventures
IgniteXL Ventures
The Venture Collective
Shrug Capital
Fika Ventures
Muse Capital
Worklife Ventures
IgniteXL Ventures
The Venture Collective
Shrug Capital
Fika Ventures
Muse Capital
Worklife Ventures
IgniteXL Ventures
The Venture Collective
Shrug Capital
Fika Ventures
Muse Capital
Worklife Ventures
IgniteXL Ventures
The Venture Collective
Shrug Capital
Fika Ventures
Muse Capital
Worklife Ventures
IgniteXL Ventures
The Venture Collective
Shrug Capital
Fika Ventures
Muse Capital
Worklife Ventures
IgniteXL Ventures
The Venture Collective
Shrug Capital
Fika Ventures
Muse Capital
Worklife Ventures
IgniteXL Ventures
The Venture Collective
Shrug Capital
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
Fifth Wall
Precursor Ventures
Homebrew
Primary Venture Partners
Fifth Wall
Plexo Capital
Precursor Ventures
Equal Ventures
Homebrew
Primary Venture Partners
Fifth Wall
Plexo Capital
Precursor Ventures
Precursor Ventures
Equal Ventures
Homebrew
Primary Venture Partners
Fifth Wall
Plexo Capital
Precursor Ventures
Precursor Ventures
Equal Ventures
Homebrew
Primary Venture Partners
Fifth Wall
Plexo Capital
Precursor Ventures
Precursor Ventures
Equal Ventures
Homebrew
Primary Venture Partners
Fifth Wall
Plexo Capital
Precursor Ventures
Precursor Ventures
Equal Ventures
Homebrew
Primary Venture Partners
Fifth Wall
Plexo Capital
Precursor Ventures
Fika Ventures
Muse Capital
Worklife Ventures
IgniteXL Ventures
The Venture Collective
Shrug Capital
Fika Ventures
Muse Capital
Worklife Ventures
IgniteXL Ventures
The Venture Collective
Shrug Capital
Fika Ventures
Muse Capital
Worklife Ventures
IgniteXL Ventures
The Venture Collective
Shrug Capital
Fika Ventures
Muse Capital
Worklife Ventures
IgniteXL Ventures
The Venture Collective
Shrug Capital
Fika Ventures
Muse Capital
Worklife Ventures
IgniteXL Ventures
The Venture Collective
Shrug Capital
Fika Ventures
Muse Capital
Worklife Ventures
IgniteXL Ventures
The Venture Collective
Shrug Capital
Fika Ventures
Muse Capital
Worklife Ventures
IgniteXL Ventures
The Venture Collective
Shrug Capital
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
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  1. Act One Ventures
  2. Greycroft
  3. First Round Capital
  4. Lerer Hippeau
  5. Maveron
  6. Harlem Capital
  7. Fifth Wall
  8. Plexo Capital
  9. Precursor Ventures
  10. Equal Ventures
  11. Homebrew
  12. Primary Venture Partners
  13. Fika Ventures
  14. Muse Capital
  15. Worklife Ventures
  16. igniteXL Ventures
  17. The Venture Collective
  18. Shrug Capital
  19. Talis Capital
  20. Uncork Capital
  21. RP Labs
  22. WestRiver Group
  23. OpenView Partners
  24. Manfold Holdings Group
  25. Torch Capital
  26. Fin VC
  27. Bonfire
  28. FAB Ventures
  29. Vamos Ventures
  30. Intel Capital
  31. Product Trust Investments
  32. ArcView
  33. Black Capital
  34. SVB Capital
  35. 122 West Ventures
  36. EisnerAmper
  37. Bicycle Day Ventures
  38. Hannah Grey
  39. Health Gap Ventures
  40. Willow Growth Partners
  41. Revelry
  42. Relevance Ventures
  43. Vine Ventures
  44. Supply Change Capital
  45. Aux21 Capital
  46. Kapor Capital
  47. PowerUp Fund
  48. VMware
  49. First Founders Ventures
  50. Coyote Ventures
  51. Sound Ventures
  52. Female Founders Fund
  53. Hillfarrance
  54. X-Factor Capital
  55. 27V
  56. Bucephalus
  57. Versatile VC
  58. Wildcat Venture Partners
  59. Red Tail Venture Capital
  60. Next Wave Impact
  61. Wiase Capital
  62. Salkantay Ventures
  63. Springboard Growth Capital
  64. TheVentureCity
  65. Reinventure Capital
  66. Good Growth Capital
  67. LAT VC
  68. Sutton Capital
  69. Red Bike Capital
  70. Techstars
  71. Scribble Ventures
  72. How Women Invest
  73. Purple Sage Ventures
  74. Portfolia
  75. Citi Impact Fund
  76. Truffle Capital
  77. Beta Boom
  78. US Capital Global
  79. Third Sphere
  80. Passbook Ventures
  81. For Good Ventures
  82. Redpoint eventures
  83. Builders and Backers Capital
  84. Zeal Capital Partners
  85. Flexible Capital Fund
  86. VMG Partners
  87. TEDCO
  88. Archangel Fund
  89. Manutara Ventures
  90. devlabs
  91. Invicta Growth
  92. Dux Capital
  93. Bloomberg Beta
  94. Next Sequence
  95. Chasing Rainbows
  96. Black Venture Capital Consortium
  97. Neythri Futures Fund
  98. Beyond Capital Ventures
  99. Dipalo Ventures
  100. Tvalley
  101. Acrew Capital
  102. Virtue VC
  103. Peachtree Minority Venture Fund
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Industry partners helping to amplify the Diversity Rider:
Stradling
Gaingels
Aumni
Founders Network
Crunchbase
Stradling
Gaingels
Aumni
Founders Network
Crunchbase
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
Talis Capital
Uncork Capital
RP Labs
WestRiver Group
OpenView Partners
Manfold Holdings Group
*Cooley has included the rider in its Cooley GO standard term sheet documents, which have been accessed more than 250,000 times over the past 7 years