Program

Program2020-09-13T13:30:46-04:00
GoingVC was purposefully built to help you blow through the first round and get past the final round of your VC job search
41% of people who completed GoingVC had a job in venture within a year of going through the program.
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Why Join GoingVC?

Decades of collective experience in the VC and startup world drove how we’ve built the GoingVC Program – around four central pillars that we know are collectively the most important for you to focus on as you grow your venture capital career:

Learn how to talk with any VC through weekly live video chats and events with prominent investors

Whether you’re in a coffee meeting or you’re negotiating an offer, you always want to be prepared to speak confidently with VCs and take advantage of the opportunities you have to make a good impression.

Our guided interactive group sessions will give you a chance to ask investors direct questions about their investments, the VC job search, their investment theses, how they source and diligence deals, how they think about terms, and really anything else you can think of.

Additionally:
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You’ll get the openings you need to build relationships with some of the top investors in the world

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You’ll have a chance to directly network with prominent VCs at our in-person networking events around the country

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Your network will grow as our network grows. GoingVC membership is for life and you can continue attending our lectures and events for as long as you like

Access to one of the most experientially differentiated and geographically diverse venture communities in the world

Breaking into venture capital isn’t easy. It’s hard. Yet historically, 40% of GoingVC members have attained a position in venture capital within a year of completing the program – so just by joining the program, you’ll gain access to a community of professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences who GoingVC also helped break into the business – and they’ll want to help you too! 

We love our community because it’s collaborative. Everyday someone from GoingVC reaches out for career advice, feedback on a resume or investment, interview support, or the like, and every day someone else from our community offers to help out.

Moreover, our community will give you access to:
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A private Slack group and email list

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Lifelong support from our ever-growing alumni network – (many of whom now work in VC)

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A sounding board of different industry experts who can help you diligence your next investment

Build your investor skillset through coursework and opportunities to participate in active investment deals

One of the most challenging aspects of trying to break into venture capital is that much of the experience required in entry-level roles is the experience you can only get in a venture role, to begin with. 

We solve this chicken-and-the-egg problem at GoingVC by giving you access to a robust educational curriculum that covers many of the key topics you’ll need to master in order to work in the world of VC, as well as a variety of other exercises designed to help you further build an understanding of the VC industry.

Specifically, the GoingVC Program will give you a chance to:
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Carry out the key job functions of a VC such as sourcing, due diligence, deal pitching, and investment memo creation in a real-world setting

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Create, develop, and present your own investment thesis

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Participate in industry expert-led courses on a variety of relevant topics

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Access a library of additional educational content on a range of different topics in VC, as well as detailed, peer-reviewed industry analyses from past GoingVC members

Leverage our extensive insider network to get more shots on goal and capitalize on opportunities to be hired in venture capital

At the end of the day, venture capital is still largely about who you know. If you feel like you’re struggling to get your foot in the door with VC interviews, or alternatively, if you feel like you’re getting a lot of chances but still coming up short, we’re here to help.

As a member of GoingVC, you’ll receive under-the-radar job opportunities taken directly from the GoingVC alumni & staff’s extensive network. Then, if you’re interested in a role, we’ll work to connect you with someone in our network who can make a warm introduction to the fund that’s hiring, giving you a big leg-up in the application process right out of the gate.

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You’ll have access to our in-house talent manager, who will help guide you through the initial application process and refine your initial pitch to the fund that’s hiring

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You’ll be able to lean on both our Career Services team and the GoingVC community for feedback on your resume

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You’ll receive help from your GoingVC peers while you’re preparing for VC interviews, and have access to a library of resources about VC interviews to help you gain a better understanding of what to expect in your own

How to Apply?

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Testimonials

From the people in your cohort to those who have come before you, everyone is more than willing to help each other achieve the same result - gain an edge in wanting to become a great VC.
Sohail Jooma, Cohort 5
This program has lit a fire in me and given me access / exposure to much of the VC world that I would not have been able to see otherwise
Bryce Dabbs, Cohort 6

GoingVC is an incredible, well-rounded platform to help individuals break into venture capital. Not only did it provide a proprietary method to learning about new job opportunities, but it was instrumental in the work of strengthening my skillsets and widening my network with talented individuals, which ultimately led to successful placement at a prominent venture capital firm.

Jake Simon, Fontinalis Partners; Cohort 1
I was a member of Going VC’s inaugural class and got more out of it than I anticipated. I originally wanted to grow my network of VCs so that I could get advice and techniques on how to increase my chances of being hired by a VC. After each session, I reached out to the speaker and asked to connect over the phone or coffee. The follow-up conversations gave me the opportunity to share my focus and to give the VCs an idea of what types of roles I was looking for. Many of the GoingVC speakers are still in my network and have helped me decide on job offers and provided me with deal flow.
Earnest Sweat, Prologis Ventures; Cohort 1
I got exactly what I wanted from GoingVC
Laura Zaim, New Crop Capital; Cohort 2
I had been trying for a year to break in and have interviewed over 15 places and got rejected at the first round in all. Post GoingVC, was 3-3 in securing final rounds, and I don't even think I absorbed all that the community had to offer.
Akshay Bhushan, Tola Capital; Cohort 2
The weekly VC talks were a great way to get some insider perspective and build an initial network that you can work with.
Kartikeya Gupta, Corporate VC; Cohort 2

FAQ

Who are you looking for?2020-05-20T13:19:44-04:00

We’re seeking people who have a demonstrated passion for and persistence in pursuing a career in venture capital. If you’re admitted, we are expecting you to give first, show up, work hard, contribute, and ultimately make the group better.

People who have been admitted to the first 5 cohorts of GoingVC have come from a variety of academic backgrounds and career paths, including from tech companies like Zynga, Uber, Amazon, and Google.

We’ve also had GoingVC members that are finishing up their college degrees, and we’ve had other members that are further along in their career. We’ve had former engineers, entrepreneurs, angel investors, bankers, and everyone in between.

Last but certainly not least, we’ve had more than a few existing VCs join themselves.

What percentage of your alums have ended up in VC, and where did they land jobs?2020-05-20T13:20:43-04:00

40% of people who completed GoingVC had a job in venture within a year of going through the program – a rate that is many times higher than what you’d see at a top business school.

Alums have landed at various venture capital firms, both financial and corporate, including:

  • Tola Capital
  • 500 Startups
  • Fontinalis Partners
  • New Crop Capital
  • Dorm Room Fund
  • Plug and Play Ventures
  • GC Innovation America
  • Digital Finance Group
  • Shasta Ventures
  • …and more

We also have had existing VCs and investors join the program. Though – since they already have VC positions – their primary goals are often different than many of our other members, they are nevertheless a critical part of the GoingVC experience as they can add unique perspectives, a deeper understanding of the industry, and existing networks to our ecosystem – all while building up their own.

Can I participate in the program while I’m working or going to school?2020-05-20T13:21:56-04:00

Yes! It’s a part-time program and the majority of participants are working full-time, interning with a VC firm, or going to school while they participate in the program.

Is the program valuable for someone who is interested in VC in a specific region or city?2020-05-20T13:36:45-04:00

You’re going to find the most VC activity and job opportunities on the coasts. That being said, we’ve have members who were not on the coasts join the program and subsequently break into the VC business.

When are the weekly live video classes or networking chats with VCs?2020-05-20T13:37:44-04:00

The live video chats will be on the same day/time each week (typically Wednesday nights). We also record every chat so you can listen/watch them on your computer or on your phone whenever you want.

I’m interested in healthcare vc. Should I apply?2020-06-25T19:11:59-04:00
We may launch a healthcare-focused cohort in the future, but it’s not a focus for GoingVC at the moment.
Is GoingVC US focused?2020-06-25T19:11:22-04:00
While most GoingVC participants are based in the US, the program is open to anyone. Keep in mind, however, that our weekly calls with VCs, as well as other program calls and events happen late in US time zones (usually EST) – so it is difficult for someone based in Europe, Asia, or elsewhere to join live.
How much does the program cost?2020-06-29T14:36:40-04:00

Tuition for the GoingVC Program is $6999. Note, that once the 4-month long cohort is complete, you will become a GoingVC Alumni and retain access to all of the program’s resources, and still be invited to attend exclusive GVC live networking events. In this sense, you are paying for a lifetime membership.

We also offer a full money-back guarantee if you’re for any reason not happy or satisfied within the first 30 days of starting the program.

What if I can’t afford the program? Is there any kind of financial aid available??2020-06-25T19:10:25-04:00

Yes!

We strive to make GoingVC accessible to all, regardless of their current financial situation. With this in mind, we’ve created the GVC Scholarship fund, which, using 100% of the proceeds from your application fees, we distribute among GoingVC members most in need of financial support.

You can apply for the scholarship during the application process.

Who runs the program?2020-06-25T19:10:37-04:00

GoingVC was founded by Arno Niazi and John Gannon.

Arno is a serial entrepreneur who has built profitable companies, worked at Origin Ventures in Chicago as well as in a family office, and has 4 degrees – including an MBA from Chicago Booth.

John has mentored thousands of current and aspiring VCs through his VC Careers blog and newsletter over the last 10 years. He has been an advisor to a number of venture-backed startups including Concord (acquired by Akamai), Quantopian (backed by a16z, Bessemer, and Spark), and Wallaroo Labs (backed by Greycroft and others). He was Employee #1 at Turbonomic, which is now at the pre-IPO stage, and he has held product management and service leadership roles at leading tech companies like VMware, Amazon, and DigitalOcean.

In our ranks we also have a program manager and website and content developer for GVC, and are looking to hire more!

How old should I be to participate in the GoingVC Program?2020-07-17T11:17:18-04:00

The majority of GoingVC members are in their late 20’s / early 30’s, typically 3-5 years into their careers and/or completing an MBA or related graduate degree. That said, we have had a number of members come through our program who recently exited undergrad, as well as a number who were much later into their careers and looking to make a transition into the VC field or simply grow their knowledge and networks within the space.

In short, there is no “perfect” age to participate in the GoingVC program. It is more a question of what you want to get out of it, and if you think we will be able to provide that for you. (We hope we can!)

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