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16 Week Remote Foundational Program

Launch into VC

Fundamentals Crash Course for Junior Working Professionals & Graduates Looking to Break into the African Venture Capital Space

A VC Fellowship That Takes You From 0 - 100

program overview

Block-based modules

Packed with Activities, Teaching Fellows over 500h of Material Condensed into Easily Digestable Learning Sessions, Workshops and Panels

Immersive Weekly Sessions

Our Innovative Learning Structure Ensures You are Able to Understand the Ins and Outs of Each Particular Topic, Allowing You to Focus on Learning One Core Concept At a Time

Grow Your network currency

Engage And Learn Through Our Collaborative Peer-To-Peer Support Culture; Foster Ties and Build Relationships That Last a Lifetime All Across Africa and Globally

Beyond theory to direct application

Hone Your Investing Chops By Doing Assignments Simulating Real Day-To-Day Work at a VC Firm,  With Comprehensive Tailored Feedback Provided

grow with your peers

Who is this program for?

We are champions of diversity, and our fellows come from all across the world with a range of different skillsets, professional experiences, and backgrounds. This program is ideal for junior professionals and graduates who wish to build an unparalleled skillset and break into entry-level roles (interns, analysts, associates) in African-Focused VC & Investment Firms. 

Note: Preference is given for individuals who identify as homegrown African or part of the diaspora, but we consider all applications if you demonstrate genuine interest and fit the program.

Junior professionals with 2-5 yrs  experience

Leverage your professional expertise and learn how your individual value-add best plugs into the space. Learn from world-class experts and kickstart your journey into VC and convert those VC role rejections into final offers after developing the investment acumen you need to succeed. 

exceptional graduates & post graduate students

Lean into your flexibility early in your career to explore venture capital as a potential career path. Build your track record and catalyze your professional journey with the right network, resources, and support to gain exclusive access into the most competitive industries. 

founders looking to invest on the side of building

Gain unique insight into how investors assess deals and the end-to-end process of how the other side of the table thinks, from initial intro call to term sheet negotiation. Utilize this knowledge to successfully raise venture financing and potentially write angel checks to your founder network.

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Youcef bennour

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4+ Years as a Software Engineer for companies like Expedia and T-Mobile. Algerian diaspora looking to explore ways to support startups back in his home country.

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Zeina azab

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AUC Business Finance Student. Worked as a program intern for Plug & Play Tech Center in Egypt during the program.

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adetutu oladapo

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Head of Partnerships at Sidebrief (Techstars '22). Expert in digital trade in Africa, keen to plug into the space as an operator investor.

No prior investment experience required

explore the curriculum

Developed with feedback from esteemed African-focused investors and global multidisciplinary experts, our content was crafted after careful analysis of the nuances of venture capital on the continent. Take a deep dive into what our fellows learn over the 16 week period, supported by our 20+ live lectures, masterclasses, and peer-led workshops.

 

Fellows have lifetime access to curriculum content and recordings via an exclusive centralized platform, so you can review material whenever you need to in your own time. All fellows will also benefit from unlimited dedicated office hours to support their learning and receive implementable feedback every step of the way. 

bLOCK 1: laying the foundation

  • VC Crash Course - Origins, Structures, & Jargon

  • Exploring Ecosystem Investment Players

  • Stages of Funding & Support Required for Each Stage

  • Deep Dive into the African VC & Tech Ecosystem

  • Conducting Effective Market Research

  • Crafting an Investment Thesis

  • Guide to Deal Sourcing

  • How to Build a Proprietary Dealflow Pipeline

  • Overview of VC Scouting

Program • Experience

exclusive panels with Top vc investors 

extensive in-house resource database

weekly all hands & networking

lifetime community membership

regular socials & bonding opportunities

inclusive annual fellows retreat 

Build Connections in the Industry From Day One

our African vc network

Through our extensive ecosystem partnerships with 30+ African VC funds, we are committed to building a bridge for our fellows into the industry by catalyzing their social capital. 

 

Each Launch into VC program participant will have the full support of Dream VC's social capital network to help them get their footing in the Startup and VC ecosystem. Every fellow participates in a biweekly networking mixer, which includes an insight-packed roundtable panel followed by intimate breakout rooms for panelists and fellows to have conversations in a safe space. 

All panelists are currently in roles below partner level in African-focused VC firms (analyst, associates, senior associates, junior managers, principals), and also include multiple Dream VC alumni. You can read more about some of our former past panel guests here.

A week in the life of a livc fellow

Block 2 Week 2

Monday

Tuesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Wednesday

Live Lecture: Guide to Investment Memos

5pm - 6:30pm West African Time (GMT+1)

Workshop: How to Successfully Lead an Intro Call with a Founder

5pm - 6:30pm West African Time (GMT+1)

[OPTIONAL] Fellows' Movie Night Screening: October Sky

6pm - 8pm West African Time (GMT+1)

Weekly All Hands with Group Icebreakers & FSS* Session

4pm - 5pm West African Time (GMT+1)

*Fellow Skillshare (FSS) is a fellows-driven skills/knowledge sharing session throughout the program that encourages fellows to teach something in their realm of expertise, whether professional or personal, that could benefit the wider community. 

Review Live Lecture Recording & Begin Weekly Assignment

Meet with Group Members for Block Project due at End of Month

Finish Weekly Assignment and Review Program Curriculum

Mentorship Mixer with Junior VCs in African Investment Firms

5pm - 6pm West African Time (GMT+1)

Diversified Post-Program Trajectories & Opportunities

Launch your career in venture

Our alumni have gone on to become powerful ecosystem builders beyond just careers in venture capital. Be a founder, or angel invest. Work in a VC firm, or join a fast-growing startup as an operator. Maybe you'll be a startup scout, or dive into startup advisory. Others have joined entrepreneurship support organizations (ESOs) or leveraged their legal background to commit to VC & startup law. 

Take a look at what some of our past fellows are up to, and become part of an ever-growing but culture-centric community that supports each other across multiple endeavors and verticals.

Frequently • asked  questions

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