Launch Your Dream VC
VC Lab has a vision to transform venture capital into a force for good in the world and is on a mission to launch and grow 1,000 enduring venture capital firms worldwide by 2025.
Read about the launch of VC Lab Cohort 8,
running from August to December of 2022.
The VC Accelerator
VC Lab is the leading venture capital accelerator for emerging managers worldwide.
The Accelerator is an intensive online program that helps talented and motivated venture capitalists to launch Venture Studios, Pre-Seed, Seed and Series A funds worldwide.
The goal of the 16-week program is for participants to complete a close with Limited Partners in 6 months or less.
VC Lab provides fund-building structure, proven advice, mentorship and peer support to reduce the barriers of entry to the low-transparency and high-cost world of venture capital.
VC Lab is the get-it-done program for committed next generation venture capitalists. The curriculum is rooted in experience launching 14 funds at Founder Institute, and is updated constantly with new insights from the community and ecosystem. Since VC Lab started in March 2020, the Accelerator has launched over 200 VC Firms.
Benefits to next generation managers include:
Complete your next closing 6 months or less by following a proven methodology and avoiding common and costly mistakes.
Follow weekly activities to plan and build your fund with instructions, guides and documents to ensure your success.
Build strong relationships with cohort members and win competitive deals while accelerating your fundraising process.
Warehouse attractive investments to make your fund compelling to limited partners with the help of Founder Institute’s global network.
Save invaluable time by accessing best-of-breed templates for everything from your pitch deck to legal agreements.
VC Lab has partnered with vetted service providers to offer discounts and promotions that help grow your fund.
I love getting to be a part of a community of GPs from all over the world
Mike and Adeo and their team provides amazing support and I love getting to be a part of a community of GPs from all over the world. It’s been truly a rising tide that lifts all ships. I feel more confident with VC Lab, FI, Mike Suprovici, Adeo Ressi and the VC lab community backing me and supporting me and my team I feel like what we are trying to accomplish is possible.
A conducive environment to learn and practice
VC Lab reminds me of the TV show called “Forged In Fire” where bladesmiths recreate historical edged weapons in a cutthroat competition. The show gives aspiring bladesmiths a chance to be the best they can be, a conducive environment to learn and practice in, all the necessary tools and equipment to forge a masterpiece, caring world class experts to guide, mentor, and give brutally honest and constructive feedback, a testing arena to validate their creation, and a competitive atmosphere to push everyone to attain their best. This is what VC Lab is all about but even better. I also get to collaborate, share, and learn with my workgroup and entire cohort of a new breed of future fund managers and ethical change makers. Thank you VC Lab!
VC Lab increased my confidence
The curriculum, fellow cohort participants, and Adeo Ressi and Mike Suprovici‘s coaching and leadership (including the high quality and direct feedback) have increased my confidence and competence by at least 10x.
Transparent, ethical, and aspires to the highest standards in governance
The VC Lab program is a transformative experience if you are truly interested in starting a venture capital fund that is focused on the ideals you cherish, and for which you believe the time has arrived. It is a tight 16-week program that is focused on getting to the first-close – full of vignettes, best practices, and lessons in fund formation and outreach techniques. It is transparent, ethical, and aspires to the highest standards in governance. I would like to thank the VC Lab leadership – Adeo Ressi, Mike Suprovici, Sonia Piórek, and Christina Vernali – for their deep commitment to the program and for democratizing the principles and practices in venture fund formation. Their work is making an impact on a truly global scale.
VC Lab runs for 16 weeks, and it is completely free for participants. The program is conducted online, and the fund-building work requires 25 hours per week to complete effectively.
There are weekly webinars with experienced venture capitalists and related fund experts. There is a weekly session to discuss any fund-building questions, and there is an active community of peers to share best practices.
The program is results-oriented and is not educational. The curriculum covers everything needed to secure investment from Limited Partners.
Following is a snapshot of the program structure, and here is the full schedule.
- Weeks 1 – 4: Thesis Refinement & Validation
- Weeks 5 – 8: Fund Deck & Positioning
- Weeks 9 – 12: Fund Financials & Overview
- Weeks 13 – 16: Fund Formation & Funnel
- Graduation: VC Lab LP Venture Forum & More
Participants pitch Limited Partners at strategic points during the program.
VC Lab is a rigorous program with a selective admissions process. We are looking for professionals with any of the following: differentiated vision for a market, exceptional professional network or history of industry leadership.
Ideal backgrounds for the accelerator program include:
You worked at a venture capital fund and have managed money for limited partners, and now you are planning to launch your own fund.
You are a leading founder in your ecosystem, have a grasp on a breadth of industries and founders regularly seek you out for advice.
You run a large professional network or have an active network of startups and investors, and you want to help leverage your network for funding.
You have invested in several leading startups and have developed a portfolio that has generated a positive return.
You are an accomplished executive that has held high-profile roles for notable organizations and founders regularly seek you out for help.
You are a Founder Institute Local Leader or Mentor with a track record of helping startups to raise capital and knowledge of local VCs.
Here are helpful resources to launch your venture capital firm.
Use our Investment Thesis template and pre-curriculum to refine your fund focus.
Read about the different domiciles where to set up your fund.
A lightweight Limited Partner Agreement to start forming your fund.
Gender Equality in Venture
VC Lab sets benchmarks to encourage equal participation in venture by women.