The Kauffman Fellows Program, established in 1995, seeks to develop the next generation of venture capital investors by providing them with the skills, the network, and an enhanced awareness of their life’s mission and legacy in order to accept the mantle of leadership in an uncertain world.
Exceptional candidates will be offered acceptance into the Kauffman Fellows Program based on the strength of their application, interviews, and due diligence we collect throughout the process.
Our current environment is presenting the venture capital industry with an opportunity to adapt and innovate. For 25 years Kauffman Fellows has led the industry in necessary innovation and change, and we won't stop now. We will adapt and innovate on the tools, resources and experiences we provide to our Fellows to help them continue to be leaders in the industry for years to come.
|The first deadline for Class 26 applications is November 27, 2020 by 11:59 pm pacific. All other applications for Class 26 are due on January 15, 2021 by 11:59 pm pacific. There is a $250 application fee.|
|Program Start Date|
|The program will kick off on June 21, 2021. The first experience will be held virtually on June 21st to June 24th from 7am-1pm pacific. There will be required pre-work before this date.|
|In order for you to graduate, you must participate in all nine organized experiences with your cohort. Each experience will be held quarterly at an average of four days. Outside of these experiences, you will be asked to actively participate in monthly forums, and engage with your mentor.|
|$80,000 to be paid prior to the start of the program.|
|See Tuition & Fees|
|Application Deadline||The first deadline for Class 26 applications is November 27, 2020 by 11:59 pm pacific.|
All other applications for Class 26 are due on January 15, 2021 by 11:59 pm pacific. There is a $250 application fee.
|Program Start Date||The program will kick off on June 21, 2021. The first experience will be held virtually on June 21st to June 24th from 7am-1pm pacific. There will be required pre-work before this date.|
|Time Commitment||In order for you to graduate, you must participate in all nine organized experiences with your cohort. Each experience will be held quarterly at an average of four days. Outside of these experiences, you will be asked to actively participate in monthly forums, and engage with your mentor.|
|Tuition Fee||$80,000 to be paid prior to the start of the program.|
|Financial Support||See Tuition & Fees|
All selection decisions are made relative to the pool of applications we receive each year, but we look for candidates that are focused on having an outsized impact on their investing ecosystem and make a meaningful difference in the trajectory of the entrepreneurs they serve.
The best candidates will possess Kauffman Fellows core values such as integrity, resilience, humility, gratitude, and intellectual curiosity. They will also be willing to make not only a significant commitment of their time, but be willing to be vulnerable, authentic, and empathetic.
If you’re in a traditional venture (or investing) role:
Candidates must have a minimum of 1 year full-time investing experience, though 2-5 years is preferable. If applying from a first-time fund, your firm must have a significant first close.
The number of years as a full-time investor isn’t as important as the role you have played and your accomplishments - that number doesn’t tell the whole story. The number of deals you’ve led and the number of board seats you’ve held, however, gives us a general idea of your level of experience and knowledge you can share with the class.
If you’re not in a traditional venture role:
Venture capital investors will form the bulk of the class, but we purposefully design a class to include investors in a variety of fields such as private equity, family offices, accelerator funds, university funds, sovereign wealth funds, corporate venture, and angel networks.
It is important to have conviction as to why you want to join this program. We strongly suggest you reach out to Kauffman Fellows and ask about their experiences. If you have questions about the process or the program, please reach out to us.
How to apply
The application process for Class 26 has been streamlined from previous years - we no longer require formal nominations or recommendations to be submitted on a candidates behalf.
Applying for the program now consists of completing the online application form, and as a part of that form, giving the contact details of 2 individuals that we may use as a reference throughout the process.
There is a $250 non-refundable application fee.
The written application only goes so far in portraying an accurate picture of who you are. There is much more we’d like to know about you—and you about us.
Candidates with strong applications will then be invited to participate in a series of interviews with Fellows - in person, when possible, or via online video. Interviews typically run 30-60 minutes.
Dates and Deadlines
|Applications open for Class 26.|
|January 15, 2021|
|Application deadline for all applications. Due by 11:59 pm pacific.|
|Interview assignments are made, barring any exceptional circumstances.|
|Candidates are notified of admissions decisions.|
|June 21, 2021|
|Module 1 Begins!|
|early-Fall 2020||Applications open for Class 26.|
|January 15, 2021||Application deadline for all applications. Due by 11:59 pm PST.|
|February 2021||Interview assignments are made, barring any exceptional circumstances.|
|March 2021||Candidates are notified of admissions decisions.|
|June 21, 2021||Module 1 Begins!|
Tuition for the 2-year program is $80,000 and due before the first Module. Transportation and lodging are not included. Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferrable. Payment can be made by electronic bank wire transfer or check. Regrettably, we do not accept credit cards. Detailed payment information is included with the invoice Fellows receive upon acceptance to the program. Payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date, or upon receipt of the invoice if admission is within 60 days of the start of the Program. We recognize that the program is a significant financial commitment and Fellows generally meet the financial obligation with a combination of firm support and personal funds.
We offer a limited amount of needs-based scholarships that cover only a portion of the tuition fee. A scholarship application can be accessed after an application is entirely completed.
We expect candidates to make arrangements to fully cover tuition and expenses in case a scholarship is not granted.