Venture University (VU), an investor accelerator for venture capital (VC), private equity (PE), and angel investing, and a multi-stage investment fund, has announced the launch of its New York City office and NYC-based investor accelerator programs.
Each quarter, VU will be accepting up to 25 individuals to join the NYC investment team of VU Venture Partners as part of its VC Investment Apprenticeship Program.
VU’s NYC office is located at the Northwest corner of Madison Square Park at 245 5th Avenue (28th and 5th).
Led by J. Skyler (Sky) Fernandes, General Partner, Venture University offers both academic executive education and hands-on apprenticeship training programs to support individuals entering into the VC and PE industry.
After VU, individuals go on to become analysts, associates, principals, and partners at VC/PE funds and accelerators. Many of the individuals that complete VU’s programs are also angel investors and family offices looking to improve their direct investment strategies and emerging fund managers looking to raise and launch their own funds.
Venture University’s investor accelerator offers a broad range of programs, including academic Executive Education Programs, such as The VC/PE Masterclass, The Angel Immersion Program, Advanced Industry Modules, Global VC Modules and a VC Asia Trip, as well as its premiere VC Investment Apprenticeship Program. The VC Investment Apprenticeship Program is a training program where individuals join the investment team of VU Venture Partners to focus on sourcing startups across Consumer, Enterprise, Fintech, Healthcare, and Frontier Tech, conducting due diligence and investment evaluations, presenting at partners meetings and investment committees, while also sharing in the profits from the investments made.
Venture University launched in January 2018 by J. Skyler (Sky) Fernandes (General Partner) and Jenna Fernandes (Head of Admissions & HR) in San Francisco and has had over 100 individuals complete the VC Investment Apprenticeship Program.
General Partners are Fernandes and Andrew Zalasin.
The senior management team also includes Aakash Jain (Principal), who joined VU after participating in VU’s Cohort 2, and is the co-founder of Booth Bay Area Angel Network.
As part of launching the NYC office, VU also announced its newest member to the team, Joel Palathinkal, Ph.D (Associate Partner), who has over four years of venture capital experience and has invested in over 30 companies as a VC and angel investor.