Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enroll in the program?

In order to enroll in VC Unlocked: Silicon Valley Online, participants must be nominated by a peer or colleague. 

Following a nomination, top candidates are invited to fill out an application and interview with the 500 admissions team. Once accepted, candidates can enroll in the cohort.

How do I nominate a candidate for VC Unlocked: Silicon Valley Online?

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.

**Please note we will not accept self-nominations.

What are you looking for in an applicant?

We look for candidates with experience in the investment space and who are interested 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. Candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least 1 year of experience in angel investing, venture capital, or a similar financial field (or 5 years of experience as an operator).
  • Be able to commit to four weeks of online coursework
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Be focused on identifying and empowering great founders in their ecosystems
What are the application and enrollment deadlines for the program?

The diversity scholarship and early application deadline is extended to June 30, 2021. If you are invited to interview and are then accepted, the early admissions program tuition is due by July 16, 2021.

The general application deadline is July 30, 2021. If you are invited to interview and are then accepted, the general admissions program tuition is due by August 20, 2021.

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Are there any scholarship opportunities for the accepted applicants?

500 Startups, in collaboration with the Stanford Center for Professional Development, is excited to again be offering two full scholarships ($9,999) for underrepresented early-stage investors, especially women and/or people of color.

The Diversity Scholarship decisions will be announced on July 14, 2021.

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be nominated by a peer or colleague. Nominators do not need to be a part of the venture world, they can be founders you have helped, mentors, and anyone who can speak to the candidate’s interest in early-stage investing and empowering founders. If selected for the next round, candidates must fill out the application form, including the supplemental scholarship questions. It is recommended that applicants submit their responses as early as possible.

Does the course require a full-time commitment?

The program will be a mix of live-virtual and pre-recorded content. We expect you to dedicate roughly 12 hours per week, which includes the live-virtual sessions, pre-recorded content, peer groups, independent work, and final presentations. Live-virtual classes will be held at 8am PT (subject to change).

What is the cost of the program?

The early admissions program tuition is $7,999. The general admissions program tuition is $9,999.

What is your cancellation policy?
Participants can cancel with a full refund until August 31, 2021.
Where will the program take place?

The program will leverage Stanford Center for Professional Development’s Online learning portal to offer an immersive experience

Have any more questions?

Contact us at vcunlocked@500startups.com