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  • VU is the most scalable venture capital fund in the world and leverages our unfair and sustainable competitive advantage to generate consistent superior returns and greater value for our investors and portfolio companies.

     

    VU is able to achieve this scale by combining an innovative venture capital fund model (VU Venture Partners) with an investor accelerator (Venture University).

     

    VU was designed to disrupt the traditional venture fund model and the future of education by redefining the value of a "venture fund" and a "university". VU curates an extraordinary group of individuals to be part of our family of investors, who "learn by doing" on our investment team via a VC/PE Apprenticeship program, and then go on to become the current and future leaders within the venture capital and private equity industry. We've created a powerful proprietary insider investor network of VU alumni investors who are immersed in the VC/PE industry at every level.

     

    An Exceptional Investment Team With Extraordinary Talent

    VU is led by top performing investors with 35+ yrs of VC experience, leading some of the largest and best performing venture capital funds in the world, with over 4x+ net realized returns on $1.8B+ in capital as early investors in Beyond Meat, Facebook, Uber, Twitter, Venmo, etc.

     

    VU's investment team is made up of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including founders, angels, family offices, first time and emerging fund managers, industry experts, experienced professionals, and select recent undergraduate and graduate students. These extraordinary individuals represents the ~0.5% of candidates that applied, making it more competitive to join our investment team than a top Ivy League school or MBA program.

     

    VU's mission is to increase the quality and quantity of diverse investor talent at all levels across angels, venture capital, and private equity, and startup founders, including diversity in gender, ethnicity, age, geography, and academic backgrounds, and is playing a leading role within the ecosystem to achieving this goal.

     

    An Unfair View On Deal Flow

    VU's 35+ full-time investment team is 7x larger than a typical $100M VC fund of 3-7 investors, covering markets broader, deeper, faster, and smarter.

     

    VU sources and reviews 10x more deal flow (16,000+ deals / yr) vs. a traditional $100M VC fund that sources 1,000-2,000 deals / yr.

     

    VU has full coverage of industries, with dedicated investment teams focused on Consumer, Enterprise, FinTech, Frontier, Healthcare, and PropTech.

     

    An Unfair & Sustainable Advantage to Accessing Proprietary Deal Flow

    VU's investment team and an ever increasing network of VU alumni investors creates a powerful tight knit family that has access to proprietary deal flow at an unprecedented scale within founder and angel communities, accelerators, as well as new and established VC/PE funds.

     

    More Selective & Higher Quality

    VU invests in ~0.1% of the investment opportunities it reviews, 5x-10 more selective, and co-invests and leads rounds with top tier investors. The avg. $100M-$1B+ VC fund invests in only 0.5-1% of the deals sourced.

     

    A More Powerful Network To Support Our Portfolio Companies

    VU's investment team (35+) + VU alumni investors (170+) go on to join accelerators, VC/PE funds, professionally invest as angels and family offices, launch their own funds as first time or emerging fund managers, and join innovative startups and large corporations, creating a massive global network to support our portfolio companies.

     

    VU is able to leverage this network of investors, startups, and large strategic corporations to provide key introductions to clients, partners, key potential employees, investors for future rounds of capital, and alignment with future acquirers.

     

    Deeper Pockets For Follow-on Capital

    VU reserves ~75% of its fund for follow-on capital to support companies throughout a company's journey, investing up to $10M in any one company.

     

  • The VU Brand

    What's In A Name?:

    • VU Venture Partners = The venture capital fund of the VU platform.
      • VU = The "VU Platform".  The VU Platform includes both the venture capital fund (VU Venture Partners) and the investor accelerator (Venture University) for venture capital, private equity, and angel investing
      • Venture = We're both a "venture" capital fund and a "venture" by operating an investor accelerator
      • Partners = We treat everyone on our investment team as partners, and our network of VU alumni investors are connected through a tight-knit family bond and partnership

     

    Meaning Behind The Logo:

    • Graphic: The logo is a box that is drawn with a marker, but the box is not complete nor closed, with "VU" written inside the box with a marker
    • Meaning: VU thinks "outside the box", breaking the mold and redefining what a traditional venture capital fund is and what a traditional university is, creating more value for LPs, portfolio companies, and investors, and creates a more scalable and innovative platform
    • Venture capital itself is often seen as a black box, a mystery, and a wild west world within finance.  VU is democratizing venture capital, private equity, and angel investing by opening the box and sharing it with the world
    • Venture capital has been an insulated bubble, lacking diversity in gender, ethnicity, geography, economic backgrounds (mainly the 1%), academic backgrounds (mainly represented from a few select schools), and work experience (mainly top investment banks, consulting firms, and founders).  VU is increasing the quality, quantity, and diversity of investor talent by identifying, curating, and developing top investors for the VC & PE industry
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