Become a Kauffman Fellow 

Applications for Class 27 Now Open

2 Years

7 Modules

2 International Summits

Monthly Forums

What We Offer

We help solve the world’s greatest challenges by selecting and accelerating the most talented and driven investors.

For the last 26 years, Kauffman Fellows has accelerated the development and success of venture capital investors around the world, supporting Fellows in navigating every aspect of innovation investing, from deal flow to public markets.

 

Each year, we intentionally recruit, build, and design the incoming cohort with diversity as our north star and proudly our network is 9x more diverse than the industry average. 

Our two-year program provides Fellows a structured curriculum, peer learning, forums, and networking — all with a focus on becoming the best version of themselves and giving back as their responsibility as a leader in venture capital.

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Our Aim

To Empower Meaningful Change

We empower Fellows to influence more meaningful change at a personal level and industry-wide. Fellows become thought leaders on topics like how to form a more equitable VC industry, how to become stewards for founders, how to build opportunity funds, or boost their personal brand.

To Offer Career Progression

To offer career progression. We facilitate global knowledge-sharing, decrease learning curves, connect individuals to more diverse networks, and accelerate the careers of senior leaders in venture capital. In the past years, more than 20% of our cohort have been promoted in their roles.

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Class Design

Each cohort is composed of senior leaders in the capital formation ecosystem from varying areas of expertise. Venture capital investors form the bulk of the class, but we purposefully design a class with investors in a variety of fields such as private equity, family offices, accelerator funds, sovereign wealth funds, corporate venture, and angel networks. 

In our recent cohort:

85%

are direct VC investors

73%

hold decision-making positions

64%

hold board seats

~5 years

investing experience, on average

 

Let's Get Acquainted

It’s important to have conviction as to why you want to join this program and what you hope to contribute to our network. We strongly suggest you get familiar with Kauffman Fellows by exploring the following resources:

Hear From Our Fellows

“I am so excited to join this group of folks who are building intentional relationships with each other in a way that is less transactional. I'm looking forward to using this space, as a Kauffman Fellow, to be a learner.”

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Sydney Thomas (Class 26 Fellow)

Principal, Precursor Ventures

Ultimately my reasoning came down to:

  1. Reinforcing and extending my existing network

  2. Aided in building Dynamo into a best-of-breed seed investor

  3. Allowing me to become the best partner to the founders we invest in

  4. Staying focused on the founder from who everything emanates in this ecosystem

  5. Venture can be lonely and it's great to have close confidants in the journey

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Santosh Sankar (Class 26 Fellow)

Founding Partner, Dynamo Ventures

 

FAQ

Where is programming held?


Throughout the 2 year program, you will meet quarterly (9 times) as a class in a mix of virtual and in-person experiences. Each experience, anticipating committing 3-4 days to participate. We hold in-person experiences across the globe (they vary each time, but we give a calendar at least 1 year in advance), so anticipate travel times as well.




I'm unable to travel due to COVID-19. Am I still able to participate?


We understand that for the foreseeable future, travel to/from the US might be challenging. For anyone not able to join us in-person, we will be providing options to patch in virtually. Aside from our 9 module experiences, we provide a host of virtual content in-between gathering that will promote connection with you class and the broader network.




Can I hold a full-time role while participating?


Yes! Our program is set up to support individuals while they are working full-time roles and does not require moving or quitting jobs to participate.