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VC Lab Launches Cohort X

Cohort X will help make venture capital into a force for good

Applications are officially open for the 10th venture capital accelerator by VC Lab

Final Admissions

January 8th, 2023

Program Start Date

February 28th, 2023

Program Completion

July 12th, 2023

You can start your application below:

A VC renaissance for emerging managers

It has been a monumental year for venture capital. Despite uncertain market conditions, VC remains the top asset class for investors. Emerging managers are especially seeing a venture renaissance with VC Lab helping them along the way.

A snapshot of VC Lab’s impact:

✅ VC Lab will accelerate over 250 VC firms across 81 countries in 2022
✅ Our firms and emerging managers are raising over $50 MM per month
✅ 26% of the firms have women leaders
✅ 22% focus on impact and sustainability
✅ 17% of funds have an Africa/MENA focus
✅ 5,000 investments are being evaluated in the VC Lab platform

We are committed to making venture capital a force for good with our community of passionate fund managers. We believe venture has the power to transform, enable, and empower companies that are making our world better by solving the most pressing challenges facing humanity. Our commitment to the Mensarius Oath continues to provide a sturdy foundation.

Cohort 9 broke all previous records. 2,490 general partners started applications and 300 managers have enrolled. We want to continue to help the ecosystem thrive and will continue to make improvements to our offerings and free accelerator:

Cohort X Upgrades
  • New support for managers on Fund II or Fund III
  • An integrated and free platform to manage a fund, Decile Hub
  • Turnkey fund formation and admin in multiple domiciles, Decile Launch
  • More domain experts to help with pitching, models and strategy
  • Upgraded and free legal templates for the LPA, General Partner and ManCo
  • More online guides for advanced topics, such as Fund Expenses and General Solicitation
  • New tools to discover and share relevant limited partners
  • Improved onboarding to reduce program attrition
  • Enhanced peer working groups by stage, industry, geography and Thesis
  • Expanding systems for peers to share global dealflow
  • Additional partners and discounts to reduce launch and operating costs
  • and more… 🎉

Cohort X is continuing to improve the admissions process by building on the processes of Cohort 9, including:

Cohort X Admissions
  • Faster admissions processing
  • Refined applicant scoring and evaluation
  • Increased application assistance
  • Weekly events to learn about the program and venture capital
  • Continued women into venture capital

Now is the best time to start doing the right thing.

Adeo Ressi, CEO of VC Lab

We are excited about the endless opportunity in global entrepreneurship. Despite the latest headlines, great companies are still being funded by passionate investors and will create the change we need to see in the world. As always, VC Lab is here to help.

Cohort 10 Schedule

Final Admissions

January 8th, 2023

Program Start Date

February 28th, 2023

Program Completion

July 12th, 2023

DateSessionDescription
2023-03-01Thesis Development– Meeting the community of emerging managers and leaders in VC industry
– Drafting the investment thesis
2023-03-08Venture Team– Reflecting on the team and required roles
– Quantifying the network
2023-03-15Deal Warehouse– Examining Track Record
– Identify future portfolio companies
2023-03-29Thesis Review– Validate your VC Investment Thesis with experts
– Preparing initial pitching materials
2023-04-05Fund Positioning– Begin developing your venture capital brand and identity
– Define the fund details
2023-04-12Fund Presentation– Create a world-class Fund Presentation
– Pick the crucial tools and platforms
2023-04-19Initial Pitch Meetings– Start pitching Limited Partners for feedback
– Begin relationships tracking and management
2023-05-03Fund Presentation Review– Validate your Fund Presentation with experts
– Secure initial PACT Limited Partner commitments
2023-05-10 Fund Economics– Refine the economic model for your fund and other entities
– Define the terms of the fund
2023-05-17Fund Overview & Deal Room– Continue pitching Limited Partners
– Optimize your materials for diligence
2023-05-24Pitch Meetings & Funnel– Build your Limited Partner funnel and increase fundraising
– Prepare for diligence on the upcoming investments
2023-06-07Pipeline Review– Validate your fundraising progress with experts
2023-06-14Fund Partnerships– Form industry partnerships for deal flow and credibility
– Identify legal support
2023-06-21Fund Closing Strategy– Formulate a strategy to close the fund
– Draft the Term Sheet
2023-07-12Fund Formation– Finalize Team Agreements
– Begin forming the fund entities
2023-07-12Fund Close & GraduationStart the closing process for your fund

Partners

We are grateful for the support of our partners, who share our vision for a more inclusive and innovative venture capital industry. Special thanks to:

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