The Venture Capital Bootcamp is a three-day workshop for students who are interested in pursuing opportunities in venture capital and entrepreneurship and focuses on providing students with a basic understanding of early-stage investing. The workshop highlights how venture capitalists respond to entrepreneurs who seek funding and assistance, and focuses on teaching the fundamental elements of due diligence, deal structures and terms, legal requirements, small business strategy and operations, and exit strategies from both the perspective of a venture capitalist and entrepreneur.

    We focus on teaching the fundamental elements of:

    • Due diligence
    • Deal structures and terms
    • Legal requirements
    • Small business strategy and operations
    • Exit strategies (from the perspective of a venture capital firm and entrepreneur)

    During two days of course work, we share the fundamental elements of the venture capital and startup industries. Lectures and case discussions are led by experts in:

    • Venture Capital
    • Law
    • Accounting
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Small Business Operations
    • Human Resources

    Students have an opportunity to apply the concepts they have learned during a half-day case competition. They are paired into teams and evaluate an investment opportunity based on an actual venture deal. Following the competition, students compare their analysis and decisions with those of the actual venture capitalists and/or entrepreneurs the case was based on. There are opportunities throughout for students to network with venture firms, entrepreneurs and local alumni. 

    Date: 14-16 January 2016

    Application Deadline: 9 November 2015

    Location: Reston, Virginia

    Format: Two days of instruction, half day of case competition, lunchtime and evening networking sessions

    How to Apply: UVA has a limited number of spots for this program and will divide available positions among full time MBA, EMBA, and Law students. Preference will be given to FYs, but SYs who were not able to attend last year are welcome to apply.  Applications should be submitted to Meg Vorland ( no later than 5:00pm on Monday, 9 November, 2015.  Applications must include a one-page resume and a one-page cover letter addressing: (a) where you think you will be in five years; (b) a short description of a venture-backed company you find exciting and why; and (c) a paragraph on what you expect to gain from the Boot Camp.

    Accepted students are required to submit a $100 deposit to reserve their place in the program.  Forfeited deposits will be used to supplement the awards for the winners of the case competition.