Meet the scholarship recipients of VC University Cohort 15

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VC University is the industry-leading certificate course on the fundamentals of venture capital.

Produced by Venture Forward, Berkeley Law Executive Education, and NVCA, this program caters to professionals who are new to the venture ecosystem, and current practitioners seeking to reinforce their VC knowledge and skill set.

To date, the program has:

  • held 15 sold-out cohorts
  • served 3,700+ participants
  • awarded 500+ full scholarships

Starting on February 5, 2024, Cohort 15 will welcome approximately 300 participants, including 40 full scholarship recipients.

Today, we’re proud to recognize the 40 aspiring VCs from underrepresented backgrounds who have been awarded full scholarships to Cohort 15 of VC University.

The scholarship program consists of two tracks: a sector-agnostic General Track and a Life Science Scholarship (LSS) track for those pursuing careers as life science investors.

All scholarship recipients receive full course tuition, access to dedicated office hours, and the opportunity to participate in a curated three-month mentorship program.

This program is made possible thanks to the generous financial support of Foresite Capital, GV, Johnson & Johnson Innovation | JJDC, Longitude Capital, Mission BioCapital, Omega Funds, Salesforce Ventures, Sofinnova Investments, and WilmerHale



About the Cohort 15 scholarship recipients:

The 40 scholarship recipients of Cohort 15 were competitively selected from hundreds of candidates through an application process that considers career goals, demographic factors, commitment to furthering an inclusive industry, and more.

Cohort 15 is incredibly diverse across geography, gender, ethnicity, and age:

  • 78% identify as people of color

  • 68% identify as women or as nonbinary
  • 15% identify as LGBTQ+
  • 70% live outside CA, MA, and NY (the three states with the majority of venture capital activity)

Please join us in welcoming this talented group to VC University!

Click through the deck above to meet our Cohort 15 scholarship recipients.

Many thanks to our scholarship sponsors for their generous financial support and leadership!

Get Involved:

Volunteer as a VC mentor:
Learn about volunteering as a VC mentor in the VC University mentorship program, and sign up starting Wednesday, February 7.

Apply to the next cohort:
Cohort 16 of VC University will begin in June 2024. The scholarship application will open from March 11 – 22. Learn more and sign up to receive notifications about important program dates.

Sponsor scholarships:
Contact Maryam Haque to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

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