Columbia Venture Partners is Columbia’s first and leading venture capital initiative for the undergraduate student body. We focus on bringing opportunities from the broader VC community to campus.

The Program

Columbia Venture Partners (CVP) is a student-run venture capital initiative in the New York City area, founded in the spring of 2016. We educate the Columbia University student body on angel investing, venture capital, and growth equity by providing the most promising students with real-world experience in the venture capital industry.

Every semester, CVP recruits for a cohort of 12 - 15 students ("analysts") who we invite to participate in our program. CVP then provides three core resources for our student analysts throughout the 10-week long program:

  • CVP Academy: CVP runs a comprehensive semester-long program of weekly educational series covering the basics of venture capital. Each lesson includes a lecture and hands-on lab. Analysts leave the program with a working understanding of valuation, term sheets, the current startup ecosystem, and industry trends.

  • Internships: Analysts are connected with internship and scout opportunities at top venture capital firms based in Manhattan. Numerous analysts have interned at funds gaining experience in market research, deal sourcing, due diligence, product feedback, and more. Our accepted analysts are guaranteed VC internship placement upon interest.

  • Competitions and Sourcing: Analysts work to source and screen companies for pitch-networking events in partnership with CVP’s Partner Funds. Additionally, analysts are invited to compete in undergraduate-level pitch, startup, and venture capital competitions representing Columbia University.

  • Mentor Network: CVP provides a wide network of Columbia alumni, professors, and students in the startup/VC space in Manhattan to serve as mentors to our analysts. Each semester, analysts will be paired with one mentor who will serve as a resource throughout the duration of the program.

fall 2019 cvp applications

Columbia Venture Partners is currently recruiting for its 2019-2020 cohort of analysts! We will host multiple on-campus events to make sure all applicants are informed about our organization and the recruitment process. Attached is the application link, which is currently live. Here is a brief overview of the sessions we will be hosting.

  • Monday, September 16th, 6:00-7:00pm in Lerner 569: Informational Session introducing our organization’s purpose and events. Board members, advisors, and alumni will introduce themselves and discuss their role with the group. Following the informational session will be an Application FAQ Session where current board members will answer questions and work with applicants.

  • Wednesday, September 18th, 6:00-7:00pm in Lerner Satow Room: Diversity Recruitment will be small group sessions where our board members will speak to the experience of being a student identifying to an under represented minority in venture capital.

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