• Do unicorns exist?

    Yes! In the Startup and Venture Capital world, unicorns exist. Companies that are valued at $1 Billion or more are called Unicorns.


    Sometimes these mythical creatures are exactly that, mythical, as their future traction never lives up to support their current $1 Billion+ valuations, while others continue to grow and successfully exit at valuations in excess of $1 Billion.


    On paper, these companies are worth $1 Billion+, but these are only private company valuations based on last financings, such as raising $200 Million at a $1 Billion valuation (where a startup gives a 20% equity ownership stake to investors).


    However in the event of an acquisition or IPO the valuation may be different, as the valuation methodology of acquirers or public markets are often weighted more towards comparable company revenue or EBITDA multiples vs. financing valuations that are often more weighted towards an investor's target ownership amount.


    As of May 2017, CB Insights tracked 197 unicorns globally (Private companies valued at $1B+). See Info Graphic.


    Article: $1B+ Market Map: The World’s 197 Unicorn Companies In One Infographic

    If I attend Venture University, will I be able to invest in a "Unicorn" or "The Next Big Thing"? Such as the next Facebook, Amazon, Uber, AirBnb, Google, etc.?

    We hope so! That's the plan! As a team, you'll be sourcing investment opportunities from the seed stage to the growth stage, which range in risk and potential financial returns. You will have to decide whether to pass or make each investment, and see if you believe it has the potential to become or already is a worthy "unicorn" or "The Next Big Thing" in its industry.


    Getting into the best investment opportunities isn't easy and takes hard work. When you make a seed or VC investment you often don't know if it will become a huge success until years later, or you can choose to invest in growth stage companies with more traction that have a lower risk level, but also have a lower financial return potential and a shorter time horizon for an acquisition or IPO to happen.

    I don't have a big network within the startup and investment world, how will I deal source great investment opportunities during the Apprenticeship Program?

    Venture University trains individuals in the Apprenticeship Program on how to network and deal source within the startup and VC world.


    Venture University will also open the doors for you by introducing you to a number of startup accelerators and ecosystems, angels, seed, venture, and private equity investors, where you can review their portfolio companies and share deal flow.


    Beyond the deal flow sourced by individuals in the Apprenticeship Program, Venture University's network of investors, advisors, startup founders, etc. will also share top deal flow to be reviewed by the individuals in the Apprenticeship Program.

    Why was Venture University created?

    Venture University was created to make better investors and entrepreneurs. The founder's of Venture University believe that education has to be disrupted and provide greater value for the cost of tuition. Often students graduate from college and/or graduate school and feel that the value came more from the internships they participated in than the academics taught to them during the semesters.


    Venture University is innovating what a university is and better aligning the goals and incentives of its students with its curriculum by being a trade school that offers both an Academic Program and a Apprenticeship Program with more benefits and potential upside than what a traditional university program offers.


    Venture University was created to offer students and post-graduates the opportunity to both "learn and do" in a new immersive format, to provide a valuable experience with tangible skills, and increase their ability to get or create the job of their dreams.

    Is Venture University an actual university?

    What is an "actual university"? We believe we are re-defining what a university should be in order to better serve its students and alumni.

    I'm not an accredited investor, can I still participate in Venture University's Investment Apprenticeship Program & Receive The Profit Sharing Agreement?

    Yes, of course!*


    A) What Is An Accredited Investor? If you don't know what an accredited investor is, see graphic to the left. In the United States you have to meet one of these three criteria in order to invest directly in a private company or an investment fund that invests in private companies. There is some wiggle room on investing in equity crowdfunding platforms, but there is a cap on how much you can invest.


    B) Profit Sharing Agreement: Individuals in Venture University's Apprenticeship Program receive a Profit Sharing Agreement tied to the future performance of the portfolio companies invested in during their program.* Individuals do not need to be an accredited investor to receive the profit sharing agreement with Venture University. Individuals who participate in Venture University's Apprenticeship Program do not receive an equity stake in Venture University's investment fund or an equity stake in the portfolio companies.


    C) Accredited Investors: Individuals that are accredited investors, whether they participate in Venture University's Apprenticeship Program or not, are welcome to invest in Venture University's investment fund and in a portfolio company through Venture University's investment fund given availability in the investment round. Individuals that are not accredited investors are not able to invest in Venture University's investment fund or in a portfolio company through Venture University's investment fund.

    Can I invest directly in Venture University's investment fund and/or co-invest in the portfolio companies?

    Yes, if you're an accredited investor!


    If you're interested in investing in Venture University's investment fund and/or co-investing in the portfolio companies through Venture University's investment fund, please contact us

    What happens if during the Apprenticeship Program no investments are made or if not all of the capital allocated for investment gets invested in portfolio companies? Can I get my money back?

    No investments are guaranteed or required to be made during the program period. All investment teams source potential investment opportunities, conduct due diligence, and then individuals participate on investment committees to invest in 1-6 companies and discuss how to best invest some or all of the capital allocated during the program period. It's the investment groups job to hustle and make investments.


    If no investments are made or if 100% of the Apprenticeship Program Capital allocated is not invested or committed to be invested by the end of the program, the capital rolls over to the following Apprenticeship Program session to be invested in future portfolio companies, and you and your fellow team members will still share in the same financial upside economics.


    Why do we do this?

    Sometimes going through the investment process and choosing not to invest in a company is also a useful skill, and knowing when to pass is just as important as knowing when to invest.


    While we believe it is unlikely scenario an investment team will not find a single worthwhile investment to make, if it does happen, the capital will be rolled over to the next Apprenticeship Program session to provide additional capital to be invested, and your cohort will still benefit from the future financial upside after that capital is deployed and invested in portfolio companies.

    How much college credit do I get from attending and does my college / university accept college credit from Venture University?

    Students may be able to receive college credit for the Apprenticeship Program if they attend and successfully complete Venture University's program and their college and/or university accepts the college credit for the Apprenticeship Program as internship credit.


    A student's college or university is not obligated to accept the college credit for any program, or accept a specified amount of college credit from any program. It is the responsibility of students to check to see if their college or university will accept the college credit for the Apprenticeship Program and how much credit will be accepted from participating in Venture University's program.


    Apprenticeship Program:

    The Apprenticeship Program is designed to be the equivalent of an internship where the individual participates 5 days per week during a session. Depending on a college and/or university's policy on accepting college credits for internship experiences, this may be equivalent to 4-8 college credits.


    Academic Program:

    Venture University is not an accredited university or college, and can not currently offer college credit for the academic program. We may choose to pursue the ability to offer academic college credit in the future to individuals that participate in the program, however given the low level of demand for academic college credit from individuals applying to the program this is a currently a low priority for Venture University.