Unusual Ventures Launches Academy for Seed-Stage Entrepreneurs

unusual vcUnusual Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm, launched the Unusual Academy, a 7-week experiential learning bootcamp for seed-stage entrepreneurs.

The program innovates on the current accelerator model, coaching new founders through the biggest obstacles to starting a company and providing accepted companies with $250k to $1m in capital.

Between October, 3, and November, 21, Unusual Ventures will host seven, three-hour, in-person Academy sessions in Redwood City, during which founders will learn practical solutions to major challenges from marquee talent, packing a year of learning into 21 hours.

Leading the program is a roster of executives, including:
– Andy Rachleff (Wealthfront, Benchmark Capital),
– Adam Grant (author, Wharton management professor) and
– Maggie Hensle (Facebook & Pinterest executive coach).

Applications are due Tuesday, August 28, and Unusual founders – former Lightspeed partner John Vrionis (Mulesoft, Docker, Nimble Storage) and Jyoti Bansal (sold his company AppDynamics to Cisco for $3.7B in 2017) – will be interviewing finalists in September.

Between now and September, they’re looking forward to meeting founders from all backgrounds and hearing more about what their working on.



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