Break Into VC With Venture University: The World’s Leading Investor Accelerator


Join the Managing Directors of Venture University, a multi-stage investment fund, and an education/apprenticeship program for emerging investors and fund managers (often referred to by insiders as an “accelerator for investors”). You will get the inside story on how the apprenticeship program is designed to give you real world experience as you prepare to launch your own fund, break into VC, or improve your personal investment methodology and network.


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Speaker Backgrounds –

J. Skyler Fernandes, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Venture University

– Ranked Top 100 Powerlist VC
– 10+ years of VC/PE Investing
– Former Managing Director of Investments at Cleveland Avenue (VC/PE Fund co-founded by Former CEO & President of McDonalds), focusing on food and beverage brands, food related technologies, and new restaurant concepts
– Founder & Former Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (corporate investments arm of Simon Property Group, S&P 100, largest retail real estate company in the world), grew to top 5 Corporate VC focused on commerce alongside Google Ventures, Intel Capital, and Comcast Ventures
– Adjunct Professor at New York University teaching Venture Capital Intensive
– Creator of Multiple Top Ranked Entrepreneur Resources: #1 Startup Investor Pitch Deck Template (viewed & downloaded 500,000+ times, used by leading business schools and accelerators)
– Co-Founder of the #1 Startup Board Game: The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship, backed by over 25+ of the top accelerators and VC investors

Andrew Zalasin, Managing Director, Venture University

– 25+ years of VC/PE investment and operational experience with entrepreneurial growth companies
– Former General Partner for 17 years at RRE Ventures, a leading technology VC firm with $1.5B across seven funds
– Involved in nearly 200 investments and has served on more than 30 boards in the US, Europe and Asia, and has been instrumental in generating industry-leading returns, providing experience and resources to help companies build teams, attack new market opportunities, identify and secure strategic initiatives/partnerships, and achieve profitable growth in all phases of development

Venture University is the world’s leading investor accelerator for venture capital, private equity, and angel investing.

Venture University’s investor accelerator offers individuals the opportunity to gain high quality investment experience through a VC/PE Apprenticeship Program and also learn the critical skills of an investor through an Executive Education Program.

Venture University (VU) is the combination of an “investment fund” with a “trade school”, where individuals join the investment team of VU Venture Partners, a multi-stage investment fund, investing across Consumer, Enterprise, Fintech, Frontier Tech, Healthcare, and Proptech. Individuals “learn by doing” alongside top performing investment professionals who have invested $1.8B+ over 35+ yrs in 250+ companies. VU accepts <2% of the applications it receives, making it more competitive to get into than the top Ivy League schools and MBA programs.

VU’s mission is to curate and develop the top diverse investor talent for the venture capital, private equity, and angel ecosystem and to generate consistent and superior financial returns by powering VU Venture Partners, the most scalable venture capital fund in the world.

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VU’s VC/PE Apprenticeship Program empowers individuals to “Learn By Doing”, where they focus on:

  • Deal sourcing

  • Due diligence

  • Investment evaluation

  • Making 2-5 investments per quarter

  • Co-investing with top tier investors

  • Sharing in the financial upside on the investments made

  • Building a deep network within the VC/PE industry and joining a powerful family of VU investors

  • The opportunity to work alongside top performing investors with over 35+ yrs of VC experience who have invested $1.8B+ in 250+ companies & achieved over a 4x+ net cash return as early investors in Beyond Meat, Facebook, Uber, Twitter, Venmo, etc.

VU is designed for extraordinary and exceptional individuals who are:

  • Looking to join venture capital and private equity funds as Analysts, Associates, Principals, and Partners

  • First time & emerging fund managers

  • Angel investors and family offices looking to professionalize their direct investment strategies into startups and funds, or launch their own fund

  • Experienced professionals who are experts in their industry and are looking to make a career transition into venture capital or private equity

  • Entrepreneurs who want to learn to think like investors prior to launching or joining a disruptive company

  • Select undergraduate and graduate students

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