VU's Venture Capital Investor Accelerator

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  • The Venture Capital Investor Accelerator

    Program Schedule & Options 

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  • Program Overview 


    Venture Capital Investor Accelerator


    VU's Venture Capital Investor Accelerator is an 11 week live Triple Certificate Program which includes Three Executive Education Programs and a Venture Capital Investment Apprenticeship.


    Executive Education Programs: 9 Weeks


    Venture Capital Masterclass: 1 Week / 250+ Slides.


    Advanced VC Modules: 8 Weeks / 16+ Modules.


    Fireside Chats: Weekly Fireside Chats.


    Content Library & Resources: Access to a library of video course material from the Venture Capital Masterclass, Advanced VC Modules, and over 200+ Fireside Chats, as well as access to multiple resources folders and documents.


    Venture Capital Investment Apprenticeship: 3-12 Months


    Gain High Quality Venture Capital Investment Experience: 

    • Join A Venture Capital Investment Team: Become a Analyst, Associate, Principal, or Venture Partner at VU Venture Partners, a top performing global venture capital fund.
      Develop Expertise: Choose a vertical team - Consumer, Enterprise, Fintech, Frontier, Healthcare, PropTech, & Web3.
    • Gain Skills: Deal sourcing, conducting due diligence, investment evaluation, presenting your top deals at weekly Partners Meetings, making investment recommendations, and participate on the Investment Committee.
    • Build A Track Record: Make ~2-4 new portfolio company investments + ~1-3 follow-on investments each quarter.

    Profit Sharing Agreement: Share in the financial upside on the investments made, each targeting a 10x+ return.


    Career Strategy & Development: Resume updating, career coaching, interview prep, job references, and recommendations.


    Networking: Join calls with venture capital funds and accelerators, attend startup / venture capital networking events, and attend VU alumni events.


    Venture Capital Job Recruiting: Each quarter VU receives exclusive job opportunities from Venture Capital funds hiring and matches them with VU cohort members and VU alumni.


    REVERSE DEMO DAY: The cohort presents the thesis for each portfolio company investment made during the quarter.



    Join VU's Venture Capital Investor Accelerator for 1-4 quarters (~3-12 months) depending on the amount of venture capital investment experience you are looking to gain and the size of track record you are looking to build.


    At VU you can build a track record of investing in ~3-28 companies over 3-12 months.


    VU Runs 4 Cohorts Per Year: Winter, Spring, Summer, & Fall.


    North America, LatAm, & Europe Cohort Dates:

    • Winter 2024: Jan 15 - Mar 29

    • Spring 2024: Apr 1 - Jun 14

    • Summer 2024: Jun 17 - Aug 30

    • Fall 2024: Sep 30 - Dec 13


    Asia-Pacific, Middle East, & Africa Cohort Dates:

    • Summer 2023: Jul 10 - Sept 22

    • Fall 2023: Oct 9th - Dec 22

    • Winter 2024: Jan 22 - Apr 5

    • Spring 2024: Apr 8 - Jun 21

    • Summer 2024: Jun 24 - Sep 6

    • Fall 2024: Oct 7 - Dec 20


    Time Commitment:

    • Full-Time: 11 Weeks, 5 Days per Week, Mon-Fri, ~9 am-5 pm
    • Flexible: 11 Weeks, Minimum of ~20 Hours per Week



    Join VU from its offices in San Francisco and Hong Kong, or join virtually from anywhere.


    San Francisco Office: 1700 Montgomery St, along the embarcadero overlooking the water and near Pier 39.


    Hong Kong Office: The Workst@tion, 43 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong

    Cohort Members


    Individuals Looking To Join A Venture Capital Fund As A Analyst, Associate, Principal, Or Partner


    Individuals Looking To Join Or Launch Accelerators, Startup Studios, Family Offices, Corporate Venture Funds, & Institutional Funds


    Emerging Fund Managers


    Angel Investors & Family Offices


    Experienced Professionals & Industry Experts Looking To Transition Their Career Into The VC/PE Industry


    Entrepreneurs Who Want To Learn To Think Like Investors


    Select Undergraduate & Graduate Students

  • "Excellent program! You gain high quality VC/PE investment work experience, with a very hands-on "learn by doing" approach with the apprenticeship program, as well as benefit from an amazing in-depth academic component provided by a top-notch team with an incredible track record. I had a stellar experience! I'm joining for a second cohort along with a bunch of others from Cohort 7!"

    Jeff Lazcano, Cohort 7 & 8


    "Do it! You won't regret it. I was an Angel investor before VU, but I have an entirely new perspective for how I evaluate deals and feel I'm now performing at the top of my game. Venture Capital and Private Equity is an apprenticeship business and working alongside VU's team gives you a glimpse of what it's like to be working within a top venture capital and private equity fund,"

    David de Jesus, Cohort 7 & 8  

  • "Build Equity In Your Education"


    With a traditional university, college, masters, or MBA program your tuition is a 100% sunk cost, is time consuming (1-4 years), and does not guarantee you will gain any relevant work experience for getting a career in the venture capital or private equity industry (only praying for internships of unknown quality).


    At Venture University individuals in the Investor Accelerator gain high quality VC/PE investment work experience over ~3-12 months and "build equity in their education" by receiving a Profit Sharing Agreement which has the potential to be worth none, some, all, or more than the cost of the program.*


    "Price Is What You Pay. Value Is What You Get."

    Warren Buffett

  • Program Fee

    1st Session: Learn & Gain High Quality Venture Capital Investment Experience Over ~3 Months, Make ~2-4 New Portfolio Company Investments & ~1-3 Follow-On Investments.

    • In-Person: $20,000
    • Virtual: $15,000


    2nd Session: Learn & Gain High Quality Venture Capital Investment Experience Over ~6 Months, Make ~4-8 New Portfolio Company Investments & ~2-6 Follow-On Investments.

    • In-Person: $15,000
    • Virtual: $10,000


    3rd Session: Learn & Gain High Quality Venture Capital Investment Experience Over ~9 Months, Make ~6-12 New Portfolio Company Investments & ~3-9 Follow-On Investments.

    • In-Person: $10,000
    • Virtual: $7,500


    4th Session / Professional Year Program: Learn & Gain High Quality Venture Capital Investment Experience Over ~12 Months, Make ~8-16 New Portfolio Company Investments & ~4-12 Follow-On Investments. Ideal For Undergrads / MBA Students, Individuals Looking For Career Transitions, & Emerging Fund Managers.

    • In-Person: Avg. $10,000 per Session / $40,000 Professional Year Program (Save $15K vs. $55K Total Cost)
    • Virtual: Avg. $7.5K per Session / $30,000 Professional Year Program (Save $10K vs. $40K Total Cost)

  • Financial Upside: Example

    Below is an example provided for explanatory purposes only.

    Actual amounts and results may vary per cohort.

    Investment Fund: A Venture University cohort of 40 individuals invests in 5 companies, investing $1,000,000 across the five companies ($200K per company). Venture University contributes $150K in Apprenticeship Program Capital to the Investor Syndicate and $850K is contributed by VU's LPs (accredited investors) to the Investor Syndicate.


    Five Investments: The Investor Syndicate invests in five companies at $200K each ($30K per company from the Apprenticeship Program Capital and $170K per company from VU's LPs.


    Future Outcome: At some point in the future, the five portfolio companies either die or have liquidity events via acquisitions or IPOs, and return 0x, 1x, 2x, 6x, and 20x capital invested, for a total return of 5.8x capital invested, turning $1M into $5.8M.


    Profit Sharing:

    Apprenticeship Program Capital: Based on this scenario each of the 40 individuals that participated in Venture University's VC/PE Investment Apprenticeship Program would receive $15K, sharing 80% of the profits from the Apprenticeship Program Capital, returning 1x the cost of the Investment Apprenticeship Program.*

    Below Is A Financial Model Of The Above Profit Sharing Examples

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  • Disclaimer: *Foreign nationals participating in Venture University's program in the United States are not able to receive the profit sharing agreement as part of the Investor Accelerator unless they have a J1 Visa or other type of Visa allowing them to work in the United States. Individuals participating in Venture University's Investor Accelerator program outside of the United States are able to receive the profit sharing agreement. Individuals that participate in and complete the Investor Accelerator receive a profit sharing agreement that is tied to the future performance of the investments made during the program. Individuals that participate in Venture University's programs do not receive an equity stake in Venture University's investment funds or an equity stake in any of Venture University's portfolio companies. If an individual that participates in the Investor Accelerator is an accredited investor, then at Venture University's sole discretion, the individual may be allowed to, but is not required to, nor have any obligation to, invest in Venture University's investment fund or a portfolio company through Venture University's investment fund. There is no guarantee of any return of capital or profits from the investments made, as the risks of investing are high, the future outcomes from the investments are unknown, and could result in a 100% loss of invested capital in the portfolio companies, or result in a small or significant amount of profits for individuals in the Investor Accelerator which will be recognized as income and be taxable.