Adventures in Venture Capital:
Over the next two weeks my entire life will center around two words. Venture Capital. First off a group of fellow students and me are ditching the fertile plains of Ohio for the sunlit shores of California. Every spring the Fisher Entrepreneurship Society, in cooperation with the Center for Entrepreneurship, sponsors a trip to Silicon Valley. Once there we will meet with 7 different Venture Capital firms over a 4 day period. It’s my first chance to move from the classroom to the board room and learn more about the Venture Capital world. This opportunity represents an amazing chance to gain exposure to a world that has captured the mind, and pocket books, of people the world over.
The following Wednesday I join a team of top MBA students participating in the 15th Annual Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) north east regional.
“At the core of the event is a creative turn of the tables. Unlike business plan competitions in which students pitch their own ideas to investors, at VCIC the students are the investors, and real entrepreneurs pitch to them. It is a very powerful learning experience for both parties. Add to the mix a dozen VC judges, and you have what the VCIC website describes as a “win-win-win.” Students learn (and win cash), entrepreneurs connect with investors and VCs get an early peek at some viable deals.”
This competition is invite only, and is the first time that Fisher has been invited to participate. Our team has spent the last two weeks in deep preparation for the event. After the win in the fall at Maryland’s Mergers and Acquisitions tournament, our team is hungry for more success.