Highly sought-after, the Kauffman Fellowship in venture capital and innovation is a two-year program dedicated to educating diverse leaders globally.

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

The Kauffman Fellowship integrates structured and unstructured learning opportunities with daily practice. Emphasis is placed on the following:

  •  A rigorous core curriculum including investment essentials and behavioral fitness (the science);
  • Practical experience working with and learning from top managers while conducting activities that will launch new funds, support emerging growth companies, and build ecosystems (the art); and
  • Opportunities to strengthen personal relationships and build networks through mentoring (giving and receiving), peer coaching, and activities that promote thought leadership (the magic).

During their enrollment, Fellows reflect upon, assess, and develop their personal leadership style, as well as understand the impact of their style on those around them. Developing greater self-awareness and learning to effectively influence outcomes are central to the process of innovation. The ultimate goal is for each Fellow to develop skills and strategies to be an effective and visionary “Top 5%” investor.

There are nine structured learning opportunities during the 2-year Program: 7 modules and 2 international summits. Each constantly evolving module explores an essential theme of innovation investing, with a special emphasis on leadership and self-awareness.

Fellows are required to actively participate in all 7 educational modules and both summits in order to complete the program.

While the final module is known as “graduation,” it is actually just the beginning of the lifelong fellowship. As a member of the global Kauffman Fellows Network, each Fellow continues to learn and grow, participating in industry focus groups, ongoing technical training, and peer-to-peer learning and networking. Read highlights of Fellows’ accomplishments in our KF Network Updates and our journal, the Kauffman Fellows Report.

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