Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enroll in the program?

There are two ways to enroll in VC Unlocked: participants can either be nominated by a peer or colleague, or can request an interview with our admissions team. Preference is given to candidates who are nominated, ideally by someone in the 500 network. Following that first step, top candidates are invited to fill out an application and interview with our team. Once accepted, candidates can enroll in our upcoming cohort.

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Who can nominate a candidate for VC Unlocked?

Interested candidates can be nominated by a peer or colleague. More weight is given to nominations from individuals who can speak to the nominee’s experience in venture capital. Ideal nominators include VC Unlocked alumni, 500 Startups’ employees or portfolio companies, and peers from VC firms, family offices, fund managers, and other financial fields.

What if I do not have someone to nominate me for the program?

Interested candidates can request an interview on our website. Please note that we ask for a professional reference. Our selection committee will invite top candidates to apply if they demonstrate that they will be a good fit for the program.

We also accept interview requests from exceptional candidates. 

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What are you looking for in an applicant?

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least 1 year of investment experience;
  • Be able to commit to two weeks (10 full days) of coursework;
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English;
  • Be focused on identifying and empowering great entrepreneurs in their ecosystems.


We look for candidates with experience in the investment space and who are interesting in building and growing their local tech ecosystems. Prior attendees have come from VC firms, government-led funds, family offices, angel syndicates, accelerator programs, or are high-net worth individuals looking to diversify their investment portfolio.

What are the application and enrollment deadlines for the program?

We will be announcing new dates shortly. Please subscribe to our mailing list to be the first to know.

Are there any scholarship opportunities for the accepted applicants?

We will be announcing scholarship opportunities in the near future.

Does the course require a full-time commitment?

The program is designed as a full day program running from 8:30am to 6pm every day. As such, it’s expected that participants devote 100% of this time to the program.

What is the cost of the program?

The program fee is $24,000. Payment can be made by wire transfer, check, or credit card through Plastiq.