This course offers students an experiential learning opportunity in the venture capital industry with a focus on all aspects of the venture space, including venture capital funds, corporate venture, seed, incubators, and social venture. A separate program within Venture Lab provides opportunities for students to intern at Venture Capital portfolio companies, where the work focus is on operational functions and product management. Following an interviewing process with host firms, if accepted, most students will be placed as an intern with a venture-related firm or portfolio company in the Chicago area, where they will work for two days each week for 10 weeks. Some students will be placed at a remote firm in another state, with limited on-site work. All students commit to complete at least 150 hours of work during the quarter, which is not compensated (but out-of-pocket expense reimbursements may be requested). A project report based on work for the firm is due at the end of the quarter. Students will meet in class only twice: during the first and last Wednesday mornings of the quarter. Course registration is by application only, which must be submitted directly to the application site approximately eight weeks before the quarter starts. Students do not need to bid for this course, but admittance to Venture Lab is determined based on interviews with host firms and acceptance by the Professor.
The course is open to 2Y, 1Y, MMM, MBAi, and EW students.
For other recommended courses consult the Venture Capital Pathway
More information can be found on the Heizer Center webpage Registration for this course is by application only.
Note: This course may not be dropped once the student has been matched with a host firm.
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