Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enroll in the program?

Applications are currently closed for our program.

What are you looking for in an applicant?

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. Candidates should be:

  • Available to commit full-time to two weeks of online coursework
  • Proficient in written and spoken English
  • Focused on identifying and empowering great founders
What are the application and enrollment deadlines for the program?

Please sign up for email updates and we will let you know when the application period for the 2021 program begins.

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Are there any scholarship opportunities for the accepted applicants?

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

Please note: the 2021 scholarship deadline will be announced once applications open for our program.

Does the course require a full-time commitment?

The program will be a mix of live and pre-recorded content. We expect you to dedicate roughly three hours of work per day for the two-week program. Live classes will be held at 8 am PST (subject to change). 

What is the cost of the program?

The general admissions program tuition is $9,999.

What is your cancellation policy?
To be announced.
Where will the program take place?

VC Unlocked: Silicon Valley Online is a remote program and will be conducted on the Stanford Center for Professional Development’s online learning portal to offer an immersive experience.

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