From Brandywine to Bronze Valley, this VC Found his Passion in Helping Founders

Growing up, Darren Stephenson’s childhood dream was to become an attorney.

“I was fascinated by the idea of practicing law, advocating for justice and navigating the complexities of legal challenges,” he told “However, life has a unique way of unveiling paths we never anticipated stepping onto.”

Today, Stephenson, 29, of Wilmington, Delaware, is immersed in the world of venture capitalism and far removed from the legal career he once envisioned. He is the director of the Bronze Valley VentureLab, the accelerator from the Black-owned, minority-focused VC firm and CDFI  out of Birmingham, Alabama that launched its first cohort in Delaware last spring.