*FUTURE VC 2020 COVID 19 UPDATE*
We regret to say that, due to the COVID 19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown we have sadly made the decision to cancel this year’s Future VC 2020 programme. This means we will not be placing any interns in any work experience positions in Summer 2020. We hope to be able to deliver the programme in 2021 so if you are interested in taking part then do keep an eye out for any updates in the future!
However, we don’t want to let 2020 go by without offering any support to those who applied to this year’s programme, or any other potential Future VCs out there. So we’re developing a series of public masterclasses run by some of the UK’s top VCs to be delivered virtually from June-July 2020. These sessions are open to anyone who’d like to attend – check out the curriculum below to sign up!
FOR FUNDS: If you are still interested in hiring interns this year we have a great pool of candidates who applied to our original programme and are still looking for work experience. Email us to learn more.
Funds that were involved last year
Industry talks and training
Two-month paid internship
Be part of supportive peer group
Coaching for recruitment processes
Present to an investment panel
Visit start-up hubs across the UK
Personal development opportunities and support
Build your network within VC and the start-up ecosystem
Impact in 2019To measure our impact in year one we surveyed our participants skills and knowledge at the start and end of the 5 weeks and ask them to rate their current understanding and skill level out of 10. Scores improved accross 24 areas of development but highlights include:
Confidence to work in VC
Understanding VC as a career
Masterclasses from 2019As well as paid internships and our investment panel project Future VC delivered learning and development opportunities through our masterclasses:
- History of VC – Michael Tefula @michaeltefula
- Assessing Founders – Harry Briggs @H4ryB
- Fund Mechanics – Suranga Chandratillake @surangac
- Transaction Economics – Itxaso Del Palacio @ItxasoLondon
- Financial Modelling – Tara Reeves @tarareeves
- Due Diligence – Lillian Li @lillianmli
- Deep Dives Into New Sectors – Zoe Chambers @ZoeACastro
- My Journey Into Vc – Andy Ayim @AndysHVC & Leila Zegna @lrastegar
- How We Pick Teams – Akriti Dokania @akritidokania
- What’s Next – Aaron Archer @aaron_f_archer
- Building A Great Board – Fred Destin @fdestin
What attracted you to Future VC?
“Before I joined Seraphim Capital, I was told that “it is impossible to break into VC, especially for someone with your background”. This is a common misconception that hundreds of ambitious young professionals hold, especially if they come from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. For this reason, Diversity VC was launched. The interns take part in a side project where they work with an early stage company to mirror the reality of the investor-founder relationships. Furthermore, the interns get to participate in 8 masterclasses offered by partners at London’s leading venture capital firms. As you can imagine, I was ecstatic to hear that I was selected to participate in the first cohort of the Future VC programme.”
– Hassan Sukkar, Seraphim Capital
What’s the most interesting thing you have learnt so far?
– Rumbi Makanga, Episode 1
What advice would you give to anyone looking to participate in the program next year?
– Rumbi Makanga, Episode 1
– Akash Bajwa
Eamonn Carey, TechStars
– Leah Martin, Episode 1
– Megumi Ikeda, Connect Ventures
– Rebecca Nordstrom-Manna, Highland Europe
– Eva Rez, Sky Startup Investments & Partnerships