Meet the scholarship recipients of VC University Cohort 16

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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 16 sold-out cohorts
  • served 4,000+ participants
  • awarded 540+ full scholarships

Starting on June 3, 2024, Cohort 16 will welcome approximately 300 participants, including 39 full scholarship recipients.

Today, we’re proud to recognize an amazing group of aspiring and early-career VCs from underrepresented backgrounds who have been awarded full scholarships to Cohort 16 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, and  Sofinnova Investments



About the Cohort 16 scholarship recipients:

The scholarship recipients of Cohort 16 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 16 is incredibly diverse across geography, gender, race, and ethnicity:

  • 95% identify as people of color

  • 56% identify as women or as nonbinary
  • 56% live outside CA, MA, and NY (the three states with the majority of venture capital activity)

  • 33% identify as LGBTQ+

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

Click through the deck above to meet our Cohort 16 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 Monday, June 3.

Apply to the next cohort:
Cohort 17 of VC University will begin in September 2024. The scholarship application will open from June 10 – 14. 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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