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

Newcomers to the venture ecosystem–and even those who aren’t in our industry yet–represent the leaders of tomorrow and will shape the next era of venture capital. Venture Forward offers best practices and tools to help the next generation of VC investors on their journey to success. The venture ecosystem is also increasingly coming under the public eye. Venture Forward paves the way for a more informed general public on what VC is and why it matters.

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VentureNext

VentureNext is a professional peer group of rising venture capital investors who work with, manage, and run venture capital investment funds.Our members are based across the country and united by an interest in investing in Midwestern companies. VentureNext members get access to monthly deal-flow calls, exclusive networking events, educational resources, and mentorship. Learn more at […]

Recruiting for diversity in VC (TechCrunch)

In this TechCrunch article, Dan Miller outlines common pitfalls he sees in talent searches with VC firms in particular, as well as some thoughts on how firms can improve their hiring processes, in order to work toward having more diverse representation within their investing teams.

The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

In their new book The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem,  Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway explore what makes startup communities thrive and how to improve collaboration in these rapidly evolving, complex environments. We are in the midst of a startup revolution. The growth and proliferation of innovation-driven startup activity is profound, unprecedented, and […]

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Venture 101

A brief overview from the NVCA Yearbook on what venture capital is and how it works. Learn more by clicking the button below.

By taking account of our past, the VC industry can better shape its future to fuel  the next 50+ years of innovation. 

History of Venture Capital

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Check out our collection of educational resources, aimed at equipping new and experienced VCs with the tools you need to succeed.

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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.

Approx. 1,000

U.S. venture firms are active today, managing an aggregate of $360 billion to put to work in startups.

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.