VC University LIVE – SMU (Nov. 12 – 14)

Registration is now open for VC University LIVE – SMU.

VC University LIVE is a three-day certificate program on venture finance, which will be held virtually, Nov. 12-14, in partnership with SMU in Dallas, TX. (Learn more.)

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What We’re Working On

Venture Forward is driving the human capital, culture, values, and narrative of venture capital to promote a strong and inclusive community that will fuel the economy of tomorrow.  Venture Forward’s work revolves around four key areas of focus:

  • DE&I: Advancing a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive ecosystem
  • Education: Educating a new generation of VC investors to equip them with the tools to succeed, and informing the general public about the role of VC on the US economy
  • Research & Data: Conducting and sharing meaningful research on VC trends and impact
  • History: Capturing the rich history of VC and distilling insights to shape the future

Venture Forward is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and supporting organization to the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).

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8,400+

high-growth startups—across all 50 states and DC—raised venture funding in 2018 to build and growth their businesses.

42%

of all U.S. IPOs from 1974 to 2015 were venture-backed companies, representing 63% of the market capitalization and 85% of R&D.

2.9 million

is the average net jobs created annually between 1980 and 2010 by high-growth startups, which account for ~50% of gross jobs created in the U.S.

1,300+

U.S. venture firms are active today, managing an aggregate of $444 billion in assets.

10,000+

high-growth startups—across all 50 states and DC—raised venture funding in 2019 to build and grow their businesses.

42%

of all U.S. IPOs from 1974 to 2015 were venture-backed companies, representing 63% of the market capitalization and 85% of R&D.

2.9 million

is the average net jobs created annually between 1980 and 2010 by high-growth startups, which account for ~50% of gross jobs created in the U.S.

1,300+

U.S. venture firms are active today, managing an aggregate of $444 billion in assets.

10,000+

high-growth startups—across all 50 states and DC—raised venture funding in 2019 to build and grow their businesses.

42%

of all U.S. IPOs from 1974 to 2015 were venture-backed companies, representing 63% of the market capitalization and 85% of R&D.

2.9 million

is the average net jobs created annually between 1980 and 2010 by high-growth startups, which account for ~50% of gross jobs created in the U.S.

1,300+

U.S. venture firms are active today, managing an aggregate of $444 billion in assets.