Meet VC University ONLINE’s Cohort 9 Scholarship Recipients!

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We’re thrilled to introduce Cohort 9 of VC University ONLINE scholarship recipients – 42 talented, aspiring VCs from historically underrepresented backgrounds.


Thanks to the generous financial support of Foresite Capital, Longitude Capital, Johnson & Johnson Innovation | JJDC, Omega Funds, Salesforce Ventures, and Sofinnova Investments, we were proud to award full scholarships to support the professional development of 42 new and aspiring VCs from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

Scholarship recipients receive full course tuition, supplemental office hours, and access to a dedicated 3-month mentorship program. The scholarship program also features a Life Science Scholarship (LSS) track that offers additional sector-specific content, resources, and support for those pursuing careers as life science investors.


The Cohort 9 scholarship recipients were competitively selected from hundreds of applicants, through an application process that considers career goals, commitment to furthering a healthy, inclusive industry, demographic factors, and more.

The VC University ONLINE Cohort 9 scholarship recipients at-a-glance:

  • 81% people of color
  • 69% female or non-binary
  • 57% based outside CA, MA, NY
  • 26% LGBT
  • 7% active military or veterans
  • 23 individuals participating in the Life Science Scholarship track


VC University ONLINE is a highly-reviewed certificate course on the fundamentals of venture capital, created by NVCA, Venture Forward, and Startup@BerkeleyLaw. The course democratizes access to quality VC education. Participants learn the nuts and bolts of venture finance through self-paced lectures, interactive assessments, virtual office hours, webinars with faculty and industry experts, and interviews with leading venture capitalists.

To date, the program has:

  • held 9 sold-out cohorts
  • served 1,640+ participants
  • awarded 264 full scholarships

Starting on February 1, Cohort 9 will serve 240+ participants and 42 scholarship recipients.

Please join us in welcoming this talented group of new and aspiring investors to VC University ONLINE:

Click through the deck above to meet our Cohort 9 scholarship recipients.

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


Serve as a VC Mentor: Learn more about the VC University Mentorship program and sign up to be a VC mentor by Friday, March 4.

Apply to the next cohort: Cohort 10 of VC University ONLINE will start on June 1, 2022. Get notified when the scholarship application window and general registration open.

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

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