LP Office Hours (LPOH) are half-day workshops that connect emerging managers from historically underrepresented backgrounds with Limited Partners (LPs), experienced General Partners (GPs), and each other. The last LPOH highlighted Fund of Fund LPs, and took place virtually on June 3, 2021.
Each LPOH event begins with an educational component, and then breaks out into several rounds of “office hours” – curated small-group and 1:1 conversations between the emerging managers and the experienced GPs and LPs.
The goal of LPOH is to foster open and collaborative dialogue, and to provide a safe space for historically underrepresented emerging managers to seek guidance and advice from leaders in the field. Through intimate conversations with LPs and experienced GPs, emerging managers get to learn about the nuances of fundraising, GP-LP relationship management, and other guidance for success as a VC from the LP’s perspective.
Please note: this is not a pitching event. To ensure that all participants get the opportunity to meaningfully interact with the experienced GPs and LPs, participation is strictly limited to approximately 25 people. These events are specifically intended for emerging managers (no further than raising a second fund), from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the venture capital industry.
The next LPOH will take place virtually on November 16, 2021 from 10am-1pm PT, with a spotlight on foundation and endowment LPs. The application window has now closed. Sign up for updates for the next one!
If you’re an experienced GP or LP interested in holding office hours, please email Maryam Haque at email@example.com.
Impact to date:
- 4 programs held in 2018 and 2019 (Palo Alto, Boston, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles)
- 1 virtual program (spotlight on funds of funds) held in June 2021. Participant demographics:
- 76% people of color
- 64% female
- 36% based outside CA, MA & NY
- 8% LGBT
- 129 emerging fund manager participants to date
- 59 LP and 27 experienced GP office hour hosts
- 246 one-on-ones and 111 small roundtable discussions facilitated
November 16, 2021
The 6th LPOH will be held virtually, featuring foundation and endowment LPs and experienced GPs who have significant experience raising capital from these types of LPs.
The application window is now open for U.S. emerging VC fund managers from underrepresented backgrounds to apply to participate. Applicants who are raising their 1st or 2nd fund will be prioritized and offered “office hour” meetings with LPs and experienced GPs.
For more details, visit the event page.
If you’re an experienced GP or LP interested in participating, please email Maryam Haque at firstname.lastname@example.org.