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Comms 101

3-session Virtual Workshop
February 23, 2021
February 25, 2021
March 5, 2021

Venture Forward and Sparkpr partnered together to produce a virtual educational programs – Comms 101: Building Your Brand as a VC Investor (Comms 101).

Comms 101 provided training to 20 early-career underrepresented VCs on the fundamentals of brand-building. The program consisted of three 1-hour sessions, hosted virtually (see agenda below.)

Comms 101

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Impact

10
Participating early-career VCs from underrepresented backgrounds
3
1-hour workshops, led by…
11
PR experts + industry leaders
100%
of participants would recommend the program to peer or colleague

Participants

The program was intended for VC investors who:

  • Are early in their careers (e.g. 1-3 years of investing experience; role as emerging VC fund manager, associate or analyst at an established VC firm, etc.).
  • Represent a demographic group that is historically underrepresented in venture capital (e.g. by gender, race/ethnicity, geography, etc.).
  • Are seeking to develop their personal brand and communication skills within a professional context.
    Can commit to attending ALL three sessions of the program.

Demographics

women or nonbinary

75%

75%
women or nonbinary
people of color

65%

65%
people of color
10

10%

10%
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8

states represented

8
states represented

Agenda

Session 1
(April 15, 2024)
Brand Building Training
Session 2
(April 15, 2024)
Brand Building Investor Interview and Q&A
Session 3
(March 5, 2021)
Meet the Press

Session Leaders

Kate Barrett
Marketing Partner, NEA
Kate Barrett
Marketing Partner, NEA
Ann Bordetsky
Partner, NEA
Ann Bordetsky
Partner, NEA
Becky Buckman
VP of Marketing Communications, Battery Ventures
Becky Buckman
VP of Marketing Communications, Battery Ventures
Candy Cheng
Senior Correspondent, Business Insider
Candy Cheng
Senior Correspondent, Business Insider
Tomio Geron
Senior Reporter, Protocol
Tomio Geron
Senior Reporter, Protocol
Kia Kokalitcheva
Technology Reporter, Axios
Kia Kokalitcheva
Technology Reporter, Axios
Sue Kwon
Partner & Head of Marketing and Narrative, Felicis Ventures
Sue Kwon
Partner & Head of Marketing and Narrative, Felicis Ventures
Elliott Robinson
Partner, Bessemer
Elliott Robinson
Partner, Bessemer
Heidi Roizen
Partner, Threshold
Heidi Roizen
Partner, Threshold
Lucinda Shen
Writer, Fortune
Lucinda Shen
Writer, Fortune
Tim Turpin
EVP, Sparkpr
Tim Turpin
EVP, Sparkpr

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