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Batten Institute - Venture Capital Bootcamp

Venture Capital Bootcamp

WHAT IS VENTURE CAPITAL BOOTCAMP? The Venture Capital Bootcamp is a two 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.

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)

    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. 

    WHO'S IT FOR? MBA and EMBA Darden students (preference given to First Year students), and School of Law students.

    WHEN IS IT? It's typically held in January before Q3: 2021 Dates are TBD. Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m., Friday is full day of instruction, Saturday case competition ending at 3:00 p.m., lunchtime and evening networking sessions.

    WHERE IS IT? Reston, Virginia.

    HOW DO I SIGN UP? Contact EVC Club for full details. 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.

    Questions? Contact MJ Toms, Director of Experiential Education