HOSTED AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY
VC Unlocked is an invite-only investor training program for emerging leaders who want to shape the future of the venture capital industry.
What to expect
The program provides answers to key questions for angels and VCs so they can learn to make successful investment decisions.
Learn how to successfully engage the various stakeholders of the venture capital ecosystem
Learn how to assess investment opportunities against a personal or organizational investment philosophy
Learn how to manage your portfolio of investments
Learn the importance of due diligence in the investment process
Network with some of Silicon Valley’s most successful investors alongside angels and VCs from around the world
Meet the faculty
This program is led by Stanford University faculty Michael Lepech, Mike Lyons, and Pedram Mokriam and 500 Startups’ Managing Partners Christine Tsai and Bedy Yang.
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What past participants have said
In 10 days, I learned more and gained more Silicon Valley insider connections than I would have in 6 months or more on my own. 500 Startups has truly found a way to “accelerate” the work of emerging fund managers much like they’ve done for hundreds of startups.
[This] program brought clarity to how I can most effectively run a Venture Capital firm, more so than any blog, book, mentor, or past experience ever could.
VC Unlocked delivers a powerful mix of world-class academics (Stanford) and insightful, actionable advice (500 Startups and many notable guest speakers) – in a candid, off-the-record environment... I highly recommend VC Unlocked if you are serious about VC.
Juan Pablo Duque
The next program will be held in the Summer of 2020. Applications are now closed. Please sign up for email updates to be notified about next summer’s program.
Silicon Valley: Stanford University campus
> WHO SHOULD APPLY
We are looking for promising candidates who want to make a positive impact in our industry. Ideal candidates have experience in angel investing, venture capital, and fund management.
VC Unlocked is currently an invite-only program. Preference is given to direct referrals from the 500 Startups’ network. Candidates can also request an interview with a member of our admissions team.
The program fee is $24,000. Scholarship applications are now closed.
Starting a fund?
After attending VC Unlocked in 2015, Pocket Sun teamed up with fellow participant Elizabeth Galbut to start SoGal Ventures, the first female-led milennial venture capital fund investing in diverse entrepreneurs.
What to expect
As one of the most active seed-stage VCs, we've seen more deals than just about anyone. Our goal is to share that knowledge, empowering the next generation of VCs with the confidence they need to make better investments.
Learn the playbook
Hone your investment strategy, tools and tactics with hard-won insights from the 500 team
Get better deals
Meet with dozens of startups in 500’s portfolio, hear their pitches, and kick start your deal flow
Grow your network
Tap into a world-class network of fellow VCs & angel investors with our global community of alumni
What to expect
Program participants walk away with the skills and strategies for building high-yield portfolios and new connections and context for generating future deal flow. In this program, you will:
Build your deal flow through selection, evaluation, and follow-on analysis using your own data-backed investment thesis
Gain insights and tools to focus investment in your own area of interest
Earn a Certificate of Achievement from the Stanford Center for Professional Development
Create connections to other investor classmates, to the 500 global network of entrepreneurs and investors, and to other relevant investor and tech leaders
Learn from top VCs
We invite Silicon Valley VCs and 500 Startups partners with thematic expertise to teach sessions throughout the program. Past and future guest lecturers include:
Our teaching methodology
The VC Unlocked program uses a project-based learning approach in which participants continually refine their investment theses with the help of 500 partners and Stanford University faculty.
Learn directly from startup founders on what they look for in the fundraising process
Receive feedback from experienced investors on your startup investment areas and interests
Screen pitches at our invite-only Demo Day with hundreds of other angel investors and VCs
Conduct selection, evaluation and follow-on analysis with 40+ real companies currently raising capital