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VC Lab runs Genesis, the venture capital accelerator, and created Fund in a Box to support venture capital firms over the long-term.
Genesis is an intensive online program that helps talented and motivated venture capitalists to launch Series A, Seed, Pre-Seed, Venture Studio and Accelerator funds worldwide.
The goal of the 16-week Genesis program is for participants to complete a close with Limited Partners in 6 months or less.
Genesis 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.
The Venture Capital Accelerator
Plan, launch and close your fund with Genesis, the venture capital accelerator. The Final Deadline to submit an application is
November 7th, 2021.
Genesis 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 brought over 40 new firms to a first close.
Genesis benefits to next generation managers include:
Complete your next closing 6 to 9 months faster by following a proven methodology and avoiding common and costly mistakes.
Follow weekly activities to plan and build your fund with instructions, guide 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.
The Genesis program 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 not designed as an educational program. 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.
General Partner Interactive Networking
Meet and interact with fellow General Partners from all around the world.
Jason Calacanis on Funds and Investing
Join Jason Calacanis for an interactive conversation on all things funding.
Genesis 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 Genesis 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 setup your fund.
A lightweight Limited Partner Agreement to start forming your fund.