Where Purpose Gathers
We believe better humans make better investors. Through our program components and network offerings, we help Fellows become the best investors in the world and deliver superior returns to LPs.
The co-investment venture capital fund continuing the legacy of the Kauffman Fellows. Our Fellows make up the unique sourcing engine behind the fund, and our portfolio is built alongside firms investing in immensely sought-after founders.
“Kauffman Fellows embraces diversity from many angles and deliberately brings different and important perspectives to the group. Having GPs, LPs, and ecosystem shapers in my class brought incredible value to the discussions.”
“Kauffman Fellows challenged me to think about how to build my firm and I appreciate structured lessons from the best in the business. I’ve had support raising a fund and have met plenty of LPs through the network.”
“Being part of a diverse group (a true outlier compared to the industry), we’re privileged to go beyond sharing deals. We exchange successes and failures, look at the world from outside our own perspective, and abandon our comfort zones.”
“Kauffman Fellows is hands down the most impactful global network in venture capital. We’ve decided to be the change we want to see in the industry. Each cohort has significantly outperformed the industry in terms of POC representation.”
Our Network in Numbers
Since 1995, we've accelerated the growth of the leading minds in our industry.
We support Fellows through every aspect of innovation investing, from thesis development to human dynamics, deal flow, navigating public markets, and more.
We believe in a willingness to bet on yourself and your convictions. The best investment opportunities are often non-intuitive ideas and non-consensus deals. The first step toward achieving radical self-belief is understanding your ‘zone of genius’ as an investor, or your one-of-a-kind superpower
at the intersection of your innate talents and passions.
Unique Investment Thesis
An investment thesis is more than defining a sector or market based on experience or interest. The best investors map their passions and convictions to an investment thesis. This connection ensures that the thesis will be unique, enhancing its attractiveness to LPs, entrepreneurs, and co-investors. Though elements of your investment thesis will change as technology rapidly evolves and product life cycles get shorter, the basics will remain the same.
Your convictions, expertise, and investment thesis start to take form as your identity — the outward-facing version of yourself to the ecosystem. While personal brand has become mangled in false quantifications like Twitter or blog followers, it’s much more than that. We define personal brand as the “promise of the experience” when interacting with you as an investor. How do you treat people? How do you show up to every interaction? What are you known for? What can founders learn from you?
Ours is a relationship-driven business, and success depends upon building deep trust. We believe in developing the way we communicate and cultivating the skill of active listening. The best investors are acutely aware of how their style impacts others, and are successful in optimizing relationships with colleagues, partners, founders, board members, LPs, and syndicate members, as well as others in the ecosystem.
Building a VC industry that's reflective of society as a whole
Diversity and inclusion are about increasing the number of diverse voices in influential positions that will shape our future. Since our inception, we’ve gathered perspectives from every corner of the globe and are meticulously building a pipeline of investors who represent the fabric of our society.