Following two years of laying the groundwork for better inclusion in the VC landscape, Diversity VC is introducing its Future VC internship programme; a development programme to support diverse talent into the industry through paid internships and training.
The Future VC programme will run from June 24th to July 26th 2019.
Partners, sponsors and supporters include Accel, Notion, Balderton, InMotion, Forward Partners, Huckletree, Rooks Nest Ventures, Downing Ventures, OMERS, Wayra, Kindred, Paddle, Octopus, Sky, Santander, Bethnal Green Ventures and Whitestar VC, with more joining.
What will I do?
The Future VC internship programme aims to create to a peer-support group through developing a network amongst participants with weekly catch-ups to share learning and challenges. Each individual will be placed in an internship with one of our partner funds, and in addition will have access to training to support them develop the skills needed to succeed in the space.
Masterclasses will be delivered on a weekly basis by highly successful veterans of the European Venture Capital industry, with topics such as:
Future VC associates will also be part of a project which will see them assigned to start-ups who they will work with before presenting to an investment panel at the end of the programme. To expose them to the industry across the country they will be making visits to startup hubs outside of London.
Will I be paid?
Yes, the internships will be fully paid.
The amounts being paid will vary from fund to fund, but all funds have committed to paying the London living salary as a minimum.
Should I apply to the Future VC internship programme?
Welcoming its first cohort in June 2019, the 5-week scheme will take on 20 talented participants from groups that are underrepresented in VC according to our research. To enable inclusion of those located outside of London, 10 more participants will be invited to take part remotely using online tools and opportunities to engage with mentors.
If you are interested in a career in Venture capital and believe some of these traits describe you then we hope you will apply:
Focused, driven and passionate
Initiative and self-discipline: ability to operate without needing to be micro-managed
Able to develop and maintain authentic relationships
Emotional intelligence, empathy and good at assessing motivations, desires, needs and intangibles
Skilled at selling ideas, concepts or vision
Emotional resilience and conviction: ability to maintain excitement in the face of opposition and skepticism
Who can apply?
We welcome applications from anyone with a minimum of 1 year work experience and a genuine interest in developing a career in VC, as an entrepreneur or in a startup.
The closing date for applications is 17th May 2019
By 24th May 2019 you will hear back from us with a decision about your application, whether you have been successful or not.
Interviews will be held between 25th May and 9th June 2019 (face to face, video or call)
You will be notified whether you have been offered a position in the programme by 11th June 2019
*Please note the application form will take between 20-30 minutes to complete.