VC Unlocked: Silicon Valley

Stanford University

September 9 - 20, 2024

Biola Alabi

General Partner, Acasia Ventures

Lyubov Guk

Founding Partner, Blue Lake VC

Jamal Trotman

Co-Founder & Principal, Radix Innovation Capital

 Hector Ramos

Investment & Market Dev Manager, ICA Fund

2024 Marks our 11th Cohort!

Are you ready to join?

2024 Marks our 11th Cohort!

Are you ready to join?

A Practical Learning Approach

VC Unlocked: Silicon Valley uses a project-based teaching methodology that emphasizes real-world experience.

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About the Program

VC Unlocked: Silicon Valley, offered in collaboration with the Stanford Center for Professional Development, is an invite-only, educational program for emerging leaders who want to shape the future of the venture capital industry. 

With more than a decade of experience, 500 Global is opening up our playbook to share our experiences and knowledge to give VCs and angels the confidence they need to make better investments. 

The 2-week program is taught by Stanford University faculty  and 500 Global leaders who share their knowledge and expertise in live, interactive sessions. 

The 2024 program will take place on Stanford University campus, September 9 - 20, 2024.

Program Tuition: $25,000

2023 Diversity Scholarship Winners

At 500 we value diversity and we strive to support and propel others who are on a mission to uplift people and economies around the world through entrepreneurship. VC Unlocked: Silicon Valley Diversity Scholarship recipients are already catalysts for change and we are honored to support underserved and underrepresented investors.

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We are excited to announce we have selected our 4 2023 Diversity Scholarships winners. Our goal is to provide opportunity to participants from historically underrepresented groups. We are especially focused on supporting Women & People of Color who are working with underrepresented founders.

Scholarship winners have been chosen by our Scholarship Committee comprised of VC Unlocked Alumni, 500 Global, and SCPD members from diverse backgrounds. This committee was responsible for selecting the VC Unlocked: Silicon Valley scholarship finalists for our 2023 program.

Diversity Scholarship applications are now closed and 2023 winners have been selected. Learn more about the Diversity Scholarship Admissions process for 2024.

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VC Unlocked delivers a powerful mix of world-class academics (Stanford) and insightful, actionable advice (500 and many notable guest speakers)- in a candid, off-the-record environment... I highly recommend VC Unlocked if you are serious about VC.

Arlan Hamilton

Founding Partner, Backstage Capital

In 10 days, I gained more Silicon Valley insider connections than I would have in 6 months or more on my own. 500 has truly found a way to “accelerate” the work of emerging fund managers much as they’ve done for thousands of startups.

Juan Pablo Duque

Founding Partner, Cantera Capital, Mexico

This program brought clarity to how I can most effectively run a Venture Capital firm, more so than any blog, book, mentor, or past experience ever could.

Elizabeth Galbut

Founding Partner, SoGal Ventures

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Clearly define your investment strategy with 1:1 feedback from Stanford University faculty.

Define your Investment Thesis

500's Evaluation Playbook

Bring theory into practice by meeting with startups in 500's portfolio, hear their pitches and develop a strategy to kick-start your deal flow.

Tap into a world-class network of fellow VCs and angel investors with our global community of program alumni.

Grow your network

Learn the Investment Playbook

Candid insights from 500 on investing frameworks and tactics.

Diversity Scholarships

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