VC Unlocked: Silicon Valley

Stanford University

August 21- September 1, 2023

2023 Marks our 10th Cohort! 

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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 2023 program will take place on Stanford University campus, August 21- September 1, 2023. 

Program Tuition: $25,000

About the Program

Join us for our 10th Cohort at Stanford University in 2023!

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A Practical Learning Approach

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

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

Define Your Investment Thesis

Grow Your Network

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

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.

Learn the Investment Playbook

Candid Insights from 500 on investing frameworks and tactics.

Dr. Surabhi Gupta
Manager, Invest India 

Shalanda Armstrong
Engagement Director, Salesforce

Ahmed Elmurtada
Managing Partner, 249 Startups

Todd Johnson
Dir. Product Management, SoFi

2022 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 2022 Diversity Scholarship recipients are already catalysts for change and we are honored to support underserved and underrepresented investors.

Learn more about our 2022 scholarship recipients.

"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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Join our global network of exceptional alumni.
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In 2023, we are proud to offer 4 Diversity Scholarships 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 will be chosen by our Scholarship Committee comprised of VC Unlocked Alumni, 500 Global, and SCPD members from diverse backgrounds. This committee will be responsible for selecting the VC Unlocked: Silicon Valley scholarship finalists for our 2023 program.

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