The Kauffman Fellowship is a highly sought-after two-year program dedicated exclusively to the world of innovation investing.

While working full-time at an investment organization (including venture, angel, accelerators, policy, corporate, and impact), Fellows receive a structured curriculum with an individual development plan, executive coaching, facilitated mentoring, and peer learning and networking – all with a focus on giving back and on one’s responsibility as an emerging leader in the industry.


During the 2-year program, Fellows come together with their class seven times for structured learning “modules.”

  • 4-day orientation at the start of the fellowship
  • Five additional 3-day modules spaced over two years
  • 1-day graduation module that includes presentation of the Fellows’ field projects

Four of the seven modules put particular emphasis on venture industry topics. Three modules (while also covering core investment principles and practices) have a special emphasis on leadership development.

Fellows are required to actively participate in all educational modules and complete their independent field research project in order to successfully complete the program.

While the Fellows’ final module is known as “graduation,” it is actually just the beginning of their lifelong fellowship. The graduation ceremony marks the Fellows’ cross-over from a structured learning environment to their membership in the worldwide Kauffman Fellows Society. As a member of the Kauffman Fellows Society, each Fellow continues to learn and grow, participating in industry focus groups, taking part in ongoing technical training, and engaging in peer-to-peer learning.

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