What is the time commitment for the 2-year Program?

  • Structured classroom participation
  • Preparation for modules from study guides and articles
  • Monthly 1-2 hour conference call with assigned 6-person peer forum
  • Thought Leadership Project (varies)
  • Travel time (varies)

Although not mandatory, a deeper understanding and a greater sense of trust is fostered during unstructured time spent outside the classroom over a drink at the local pub, over dinner, in peer learning sessions scheduled prior to each module, and in off-site class-initiated trips near module locations before or after modules. Many Fellows feel these activities enhance the value of the overall experience.

What is the agenda of a typical module?

A typical module consists of 8-12 sessions over the course of 3.5 days.

Each module begins with a class debrief, a time of personal and professional updates shared with the group. There are 2 full days of curriculum-based classes, as well as a full day of joint sessions and interaction with the other current class. Fellows should expect to spend full days together with their class, often followed by evening social activities.

Where do the modules take place?

Modules take place in the San Francisco Bay Area and other cities that have built innovative entrepreneurial ecosystems. We have held modules in New York City biennially and have held modules in London and Shanghai.

Who are the faculty members?

Sessions are led by top investors, limited partners, entrepreneurs, university professors, global experts, and the Kauffman Fellows Team. Some speakers are Kauffman Fellows from previous classes and Kauffman Mentors who share their insights and career experiences with currently enrolled Fellows.

Can you describe the onboarding process?

Prior to starting Module 1 in June, new Fellows are assigned the following tasks:

  • Complete several self-assessment instruments
  • Submit a brief biography and photo
  • Select a Mentor
  • Read the session guide to prepare for the first module
  • Complete any assigned pre-work