ProFellow would like to thank Christa Westheimer for her assistance in compiling this list.
If you’re an entrepreneur or want to found a startup, these fellowships can help you overcome one of the hardest hurdles-getting funding! These venture capital fellowships are current undergraduates, recent graduates, and professionals, and are designed to provide an introduction into the venture capital world. To learn more about fellowships and venture capital funding, check out this article, 4 Ways That Fellowships Can Help You Find Venture Capital Funding. If one of the fellowships below sounds like a great fit for you, remember to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!
The Student Fellows program is an opportunity for entrepreneurs with at least two years of school left to build upon the academic entrepreneurial experiences with real-world skills and networks. Over two years, each Fellow experiences the venture capital process. The Fellowship jumpstarts Fellows’ entrepreneurial endeavors, provides exposure to the capital community, helps fellows understand the fundraising process, and facilitates entrepreneurial branding. All Fellows are required to have started a company and many are either working on a company when they join the Fellowship or start a company while an active Fellow.
645 Ventures Investment Fellows source new investment opportunities, evaluate new markets, and play a key role in the firm’s investment due diligence process. Fellows review lead sources and prioritize investment prospects for engagement. Fellows complete detailed benchmarking, market sizing, and competitive analyses on specific sectors as well as specific prospect companies and investment verticals. This position will provide exposure to many sectors and business models and the broader venture capital community. The program is remote, 15-hours/week, and provides a quarterly stipend. Fellows are preferably enrolled in an MBA/graduate program.
This 10-week fellowship pairs recent graduates with host companies to learn the various elements of sales and business operations at high-growth software businesses. Fellows are introduced to a mentor through the Bowery Capital network that is specifically chosen based on their ultimate career goals and interests. Fellows should have a strong interest in the startup ecosystem and how sales, marketing and account management impact a company’s success. Fellows are paid directly through the host company.
GGV NextGen Fellows gain exposure to some of the world’s fastest-growing, globally-minded technology companies. Fellows work at a GGV-funded company for 8-12 weeks over the summer and will have access to the GGV network, connect with your cohort of NextGen peers, and develop the skills necessary for a career in technology. A GGV NextGen Fellow is a current college student who has demonstrated excellence in their field of study and has a keen interest in entrepreneurship and technology. All rising juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply. Fellows will be compensated by the companies directly. Compensation will be competitive, but may vary slightly based on function and company.
HBCU.vc is an experience-based learning opportunity in venture capital and tech entrepreneurship. The student investor program works with students attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to teach investment fundamentals and entrepreneurship. Fellows will be empowered to act as investors to fund local tech entrepreneurs and build startup communities in and around their campuses. The two-year leadership development and training program is open to students of any major and includes many mentoring opportunities. Full-time sophomores, juniors, and incoming grad students are welcome to apply.
The Kirchner Food Fellowship is an opportunity for student leaders to be engaged in investment decisions on agriculture-oriented businesses with ground-breaking solutions for global food security. Fellows receive mentoring from networks of investors and engage in a series of face-to-face and on-line educational experiences using learning paradigms that expose them to practical, real-world issues of seed-stage and early-stage investment. Fellows received a small scholarship to travel to a region of the world vulnerable to food shortages in search of solutions that might be expanded globally through a commercial enterprise. The program will cover travel and accommodation costs for the face-to-face meetings throughout the year and provide the capital necessary for investment. Candidates must be enrolled in a university in the United States, Canada or Mexico.
The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Fellows Program is a 3-month work-based program that pairs top U.S. students interested in design, engineering and product management with innovative startup companies in Silicon Valley. Over the course of a summer, Fellows are employed at our portfolio companies, where they can develop their technical skills and be mentored by an engineering executive within the company. Fellows are also invited to attend private events held by KPCB and by portfolio companies, where they can meet other talented engineering students, network with technology luminaries and explore the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Venture Fellow Program provides alumni of our universities exposure to venture capital. It is an educational opportunity that makes a meaningful impact on career acceleration and trajectory. Fellows will experience the entire lifecycle of a venture fund: raising capital, investor relations, deal sourcing, diligence, and making investments. No prior experience in venture capital is required. Fellows receive professional training, ongoing and regularly scheduled mentorship, and a completely unique, hands-on venture capital experience. The fellowship is for 1 year and can be done remotely.
Venture for America is a two-year fellowship program for recent college graduates interested in entrepreneurship and working in a fast-paced, innovative startup environment. VFA Fellows interview with vetted company partners across U.S. cities with emerging startup ecosystems. After securing the right full-time, salaried job, Fellows train for a month with world-class business leaders and entrepreneurs to build the skills they’ll need to succeed in a startup environment and as founders. Throughout the fellowship, they learn how to contribute to a high-growth business and gain access to mentorship, ongoing training, and the nationwide VFA community.
Interested in learning more about fellowships and venture capital funding? Check out guest writer Christa Westheimer’s article, 4 Ways That Fellowships Can Help You Find Venture Capital Funding.
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