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BTG is a premier 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization cultivating a highly curated network of our nation’s most talented, diverse business-minded students. Follow us on LinkedIn @ Bridging the Gap (BTG) & Instagram @the_btgfamily.

2023 was quite the year for BTG. In our Year in Review, we’re excited to look back on all our accomplishments and success. Throughout the past year, our #BTGFamily grew even stronger together. Below is a summary of our 2023 key highlights…

  • Welcomed 2 New Cohorts in Our Most Selective Cycles To-Date: Throughout Spring and Fall 2023, BTG proudly introduced Cohort 5 & Cohort 6, our most selective cycles to-date. Each Cohort has made the #BTGFamily even stronger, now the proud home to 210 members from across 86 schools with 58% being first-generation college students and 52% low-income.
  • Celebrated Our First Graduates & Deferred Admits Now Full-Time Across Top Firms: In May, we officially celebrated BTG’s first graduating class of undergraduate students — 40 members now full-time across top firms from Goldman Sachs to KKR to McKinsey and more, with 5 Deferred MBA and JDP admits set to matriculate at Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and The Wharton School.
  • Achieved 100% Placement Rate for Summer 2023 & Received Esteemed Scholarships: From our 100% placement rate for Summer 2023 to our #BTGFamily being recognized as esteemed scholars, and much more in between, BTG achieved unmatched success across recruiting, scholarship programs, fellowships, and more.
  • Hosted the Inaugural BTG Power Awards Honoring our Nation’s Top Diverse Leaders: Without a doubt, the highlight of Summer 2023 was the culmination of our Inaugural BTG Power Awards, sponsored by Leland and Contrary. This prestigious event celebrated 25 exceptional diverse undergraduate and MBA students in a special in-person NYC celebration.
  • Reunited with our #BTGFamily Across the World: Together, we attended over 70+ top-tier conferences and studied abroad in 15+ countries, with reunions happening monthly worldwide. From Barcelona to Dubai, our #BTGFamily ties have only grown stronger.

Let’s dive deeper on our journey throughout 2023…

Welcomed 2 New Cohorts in Our Most Selective Cycles To-Date

Cohort V joins the BTG Family

  • In February, we proudly introduced Cohort 5, one of our most selective cycles to-date with a <6% acceptance rate. Boasting former government ambassadors, school presidents, and renowned creators, we couldn’t be more energized by Cohort 5 and the impact they’ve made thus far.
  • We welcomed 45 students across 32 schools. 41% low-income, 43% first-generation college students, 1485 median SAT score (98th percentile) .

Cohort VI joins the BTG Family

  • In September, BTG welcomed Cohort 6, our most selective cohort to-date, with < 5% acceptance rate. From startup founders to real estate investors, and so much more in between, we are beyond impressed by our newest additions to the #BTGFamily.
  • We welcomed 37 students across 86 schools. 58% first-generation college students, 52% low-income students, median SAT score of 1490 (98th percentile).

Celebrated Our First Graduates & Deferred Admits Now Full-Time Across Top Firms

Our First Full-Time Class

  • In May, BTG proudly graduated 40 students, now full-time across prestigious firms from Goldman Sachs to KKR to McKinsey and more.
  • But BTG is not just a 4-year student organization; we’re a lifelong network with one promise: take care of the #BTGFamily forever. In BTG, our network is our net worth.

Deferred Admit Acceptances

  • We started off Summer 2023 strong celebrating our Deferred MBA and JDP admits, selected as the most distinguished undergraduate seniors set to matriculate across Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and The Wharton School.
  • Our first few alumni have already gone on to make waves across leading firms —  with one also proudly serving in the U.S. Navy.

Achieved 100% Placement Rate for Summer 2023 & Took Home Esteemed Scholarships

100% Placement Rate for Summer 2023

  • Summer 2023 was our best summer yet. With a 100% placement rate, BTG students secured positions at the most prestigious firms in the business world, with the top 5 highlighted above.
  • From top investment banks to alternative investment firms to consulting firms, our BTG students’ job and internship placement success is remarkable.

BTG Represents 1/3 of PIMCO Scholarship Class

Pictured (left to right): Tensae Yohannes, Benjamin Collins, Eugenia Trakal, Ramiro Davila, Zakariya Ahmed, Sikirat Mustapha, Alex Domond

  • In April, 8 out of 25 undergraduate PIMCO Scholars selected (from 2,000+ applicants!) were from the #BTGFamily (i.e., BTG represented nearly 1/3 of the PIMCO Scholarship class).
  • The PIMCO Future Leaders Scholarship recognizes 25 undergraduate Black and LatinX students who exhibit PIMCO’s core values of collaboration, openness, responsibility, and excellence. Alongside an all-expenses paid trip to PIMCO’s Newport Beach Headquarters, PIMCO Scholars each receive a $20,000 scholarship.

BTG Students Named Schwarzman Scholar & Dorm Room Fund Investment Partners

  • Lance Entsuah (Cohort 2) is BTG’s first Schwarzman Scholar and senior at the University of Cincinnati who, following his graduation in May 2024, will pursue a prestigious one-year fully-funded master’s degree leadership program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
  • Denny Gabriel (Cohort 1) and Eugenia Trakal (Cohort 2) are BTG’s first Dorm Room Fund (DRF) Investment Partners. Out of over 1,000+ applicants, 34 Investment Partners (< 3% acceptance rate) were selected to ultimately manage DRF’s $12.5M Venture Capital Fund, backed by Marc Andreessen, Insight Partners, First Round Capital, and more.

Hosted BTG’s Inaugural Power Awards

Honoring the Achievements of the Diverse Leaders of Tomorrow

  • BTG hosted the Inaugural Power Awards, sponsored by Leland and Contrary in a special in-person ceremony in NYC. This prestigious event celebrated 25 exceptional diverse undergraduate and MBA students across 5 categories.
  • We are immensely grateful for Leland and Contrary’s partnership in bringing recognition to, and honoring the achievements of, our diverse leaders of tomorrow.

In our commitment to further empowering diverse students, BTG created our Slack Community, which has since flourished. We’ve reached 2,000+ diverse undergraduate students, fostering an environment of connectivity and support — and we’re only growing. Join here!

Reunited with Our #BTGFamily Across the World

BTG Reunions At Over 70+ Conferences Across the Country

  • From Blackstone’s Diverse Leaders Program to the Business Today International Conference, BTG students attended a record of over 70+ top-tier conferences together.
  • Our #BTGFamily ties are only growing stronger; at BTG, community and connectivity is everything.

BTG Members Travel The World Together

Pictured (left to right): Austin Corley & Mason Goodwyn in Barcelona, Prince Kalala & Keke Slaughter in Dubai

  • With over 15+ BTG students abroad, from Barcelona to Dubai, our members are traveling the world together.

Cohort 7 Applications Now Open

Interested in Joining The #BTGFamily? Applications Are Open NOW!

Apply here to join BTG’s Cohort 7! Applications close January 21, 2024.

As we reflect on the success of 2023, BTG stands out as more than just a student organization. We are lifelong network dedicated to the success and advancement of individuals of color. Our network’s strength lies in its unwavering commitment to support and empower each member in their pursuit of excellence and impact.

The achievements of the past year only amplify our excitement for the future. We are thrilled to announce that applications for Cohort 7 are now open. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for top diverse talent to join a network that not only nurtures professional growth, but also fosters a deep sense of community and belonging.

To all aspiring business leaders, innovators, and changemakers, we invite you to join the #BTGFamily. This is your chance to be part of a journey that transcends the ordinary and leads to extraordinary paths of success and impact.

From our #BTGFamily to yours, happy holidays! See you next year.

Written by Juliano Perczek and Abby Vieira. More updates on our LinkedIn, website, and Instagram. Feel free to direct any questions or comments to

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