Meet the scholarship recipients of VC University Cohort 12


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

Produced by Startup@BerkeleyLaw, NVCA, and Venture Forward, 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 11 sold-out cohorts
  • served 2,350+ participants
  • awarded 345 full scholarships

Starting on February 1, 2023, Cohort 12 will welcome 300+ participants, including 39 full scholarship recipients.


We are proud to award full scholarships to 39 new and aspiring VCs from underrepresented and underestimated backgrounds to participate Cohort 12 of VC University.

The scholarship program consists of two tracks: a sector-agnostic General Track, and a Life Science Scholarship (LSS) track that offers additional sector-specific content, resources, and support for those pursuing careers as life science investors.

All scholarship recipients receive full course tuition, 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, Omega Funds, Salesforce Ventures, and Sofinnova Investments,


The 39 scholarship recipients of Cohort 12 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.

At a glance, this scholarship class:

  • Represents 19 U.S. states + Washington, DC

  • 79% identify as people of color

  • 64% identify as women
  • 41% identify as LGBTQ+

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

Click through the deck above to meet our Cohort 12 scholarship recipients.

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

Volunteer as a VC mentor:
Learn more about volunteering as a VC mentor through the VC University mentorship program, and sign up by Friday, March 3.

Apply to the next cohort:
Registration for Cohort 13 of VC University will begin in March 2023. Get notified when the scholarship application and general registration windows open.

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

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