The Venture Fellow Program

The Best On-Ramp to VC

What Is the Venture
Fellow Program?

Venture capital is one of the most challenging industries to break into. Unfortunately, it is a small, exclusive industry.

The Venture Fellow Program is an on-ramp to VC. The program offers access to the skills, network, and experience necessary to help get into the industry—an opportunity to learn VC by doing VC. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience to apprentice under seasoned venture capitalists.

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“The Venture Fellow Program provided me with an incredibly rare opportunity to turn what was a nascent interest in venture capital into a meaningful career transition into the industry. Thanks to the flexibility of the program, I was able to take on meaningful projects that often proved to be more helpful during my VC interview process than the work I was doing at my full-time position. Everyone on the team has been a phenomenal mentor and reference and, more than any other organization at Dartmouth, Green D has allowed me to remain connected to the College and fellow alumni.”

Chris Parker (Dartmouth '11)Venture Fellow, Green D Ventures

It is an understatement to say that the Venture Fellow Program has been an incredible experience. As a lifelong, passionate learner, I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity during this phenomenal phase in technology. I get the opportunity to not only observe innovation so closely but also contribute to the progress of our society.”

Esha Sahai (MIT Sloan '15)Venture Fellow, Castor Ventures

“The Venture Fellow Program played an important role in my career transition to venture capital. It is very a unique opportunity to gain relevant experience, demonstrate interest, and build a network in the VC industry. The flexible hours and work schedule make it possible to be a part of the program even with a strenuous full-time job. The expertise of the team, in combination with their willingness to help, plays a large part in the value of the program.”

Ryan Isono (Harvard '15)Venture Fellow, Yard Ventures

“The Venture Fellow Program was key in expanding my professional network and forming connections for future job opportunities. Through the program, I have been able to establish relationships that benefit Blue Ivy Ventures and build our Yale alumni community base, but also I have received resources from the program that have served me well in building my career in the renewable energy industry.”

Sarah Guzick (Yale '13)Venture Fellow, Blue Ivy Ventures

“The Venture Fellow Program was a critical stepping-stone for my career in the financial sector. It gave me the opportunity to crystallize my understanding of the private investment sphere and learn the mechanics of capital raising. My experience was not only fulfilling from a personal growth standpoint, it was the leverage that I needed to land a subsequent role in the private equity industry.”

Tyler Varga (Yale '15)Venture Fellow, Blue Ivy Ventures

Mission of the Program


Accelerate Fellow career trajectories


Provide an unprecedented opportunity to learn venture capital


Open to all qualified candidates

How Is the Program

  • Raise capital. Source deals. Perform due diligence.
  • Network with alumni entrepreneurs, investors, and LPs
  • Learn the ropes from seasoned investment professionals
  • A one-year educational experience
  • 100% remote and 100% on your own schedule
  • First 6 months: learn the skills. Second 6 months: sharpen your skills.
  • Regular 1:1 check-ins
  • Structured access to fund deal teams and AVG executives
  • Experience live deals and how we make investment decisions
  • Access the Venture Fellow Academy, an exclusive education on venture capital
  • Read, watch, listen, and practice your skills each week
  • Develop skills through 1:1 calls with fund Managing Partners and Principals

“The Venture Fellow Program has provided me with an opportunity to explore the knowledge behind a career path that is high-impact and fast-paced, in a field which exposure is generally rare. The program is flexible, allowing me to ramp up or down my efforts as my full-time job permits, and I have had the opportunity to build a strong network, perform research and due diligence to inform the decisions of our team, and meet an overwhelmingly positive group of people.”

Akash Agarwal (MIT '16)Venture Fellow, Castor Ventures

Through the Venture Fellows Program, I have had the incredible opportunity to work directly with the Principal and Managing Partner of the fund. I have learned a great deal in a very short time by supporting key initiatives, interfacing with the Investment Committee, and contributing to due diligence reports. The opportunities to grow and connect are endless. At all levels, the AVG team is very accessible, and has shown a genuine interest in my success in the program and beyond.”

Kimmy Paluch (Dartmouth '04)Venture Fellow, Green D Ventures

“After a decade of working in the federal government, I knew I wanted to transition to the world of finance. The Blue Ivy Ventures Fellow Program gave me an entry into private equity and venture capital that I would absolutely never have had otherwise. A classroom M.B.A. is one thing, but the program has given me the practical, on-the-ground experience necessary to compete in today’s business climate. Best of all, I am connecting with Yalies across the globe with similar interests and rapidly expanding my professional network.”

Casey Street (Yale '06)Venture Fellow, Blue Ivy Ventures

“One of the biggest reasons people go to business school is to build professional networks, and students pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for access to that kind of network. AVG’s Venture Fellow Program provides me and the other Fellows with the same focused, high-powered network. The program even goes a step further and provides a custom curriculum on VC. In this sense, the AVG fellow program is better than going to an individual business school. I very much look forward to the journey ahead with both the funds and the Venture Fellow Program.”

Yang Zhang (Yale MPH '17)Venture Fellow, Blue Ivy Ventures

Why Join the Program?

The program accelerates the careers of our Venture Fellows.

  • Build your knowledge base with the Venture Fellow Academy
  • Practice the skills on live deals
  • Access our team of veteran entrepreneurs/investors
  • Extremely scarce opportunities in this field
  • Prove you are interested in VC
  • Get a leg up in your career development and a foot in the door
  • High-value references to support your career next steps
  • Custom on-ramp plan to help facilitate your transition
  • Real work experience and skill building
  • Meaningful, impactful stories to tell in your next job interview
  • Unprecedented access to VC evaluations, decision making, and Investment Committee calls
  • Monthly group Fellow diligence reviews led by the investment teams
  • National peer network of rising stars of entrepreneurship
  • Build your own alumni network while helping the fund
  • Know who we know

The Ideal Candidate

Fellows come from all walks of life and all different stages of careers. We look for Fellows with these characteristics:

  • Curious. You research venture capital, startups, and innovation on your own.
  • Proactive. You reach out first. Follow up until the opportunity arises. Make your own way.
  • Leader. You take initiative to drive improvement. Hold yourself to the highest standards.
  • Communicative. You’re clear and succinct. Prompt on email. Excellent time management.
  • Self-reliant. You set and hit deadlines. Go above and beyond. Know how to learn new skills.
  • Loyal. You have deep ties to your university. Want to give back.

The Venture Fellow Program provides a unique opportunity to explore venture capital and grow your network through in-depth engagement with alumni. As a result, it is not only an on-ramp into a career in venture capital, but also an opportunity to gain access to and learn from high-profile individuals across sectors.”

Alex Klein (Stanford '12)Venture Fellow, Spike Ventures

Being part of the Venture Fellow Program has been an incredible journey. Previously, as the co-founder of a startup, the VC realm seemed like a mysterious black box. Through the program, I have had the unique opportunity of working directly with the Principal, Managing Partner, and AVG executives. Thanks to the level of transparency that the program fosters within our community and the quality of education that the organization provides for each fellow, I am better prepared to continue my journey in either the VC space or startup world. I would highly recommend this to anyone that wants to get their foot in the door and learn more about the VC space.”

Rubi Sanchez (Cal Berkeley '10)Venture Fellow, Strawberry Creek Ventures

The Venture Fellow Program is a true gem of an opportunity.  The entire Alumni Ventures Group rolodex is open to you to use as a resource and put you in position to transition your career into Venture Capital.  Through the mentoring and apprenticeship opportunities to work with the deal team you truly get involved in all phases of the work – fundraising, deal sourcing and diligence.”

Peter MacEwan (Wharton '17)Venture Fellow, Chestnut Street Ventures

“My experiences in the AVG Fellow Program have been immensely rewarding, and have not only imparted a deeper understanding of how innovation takes root but also enabled participation in the processes that drive those ideas forward. As someone with a scientific background, I have benefited from the opportunity to raise my eye level to view market needs and landscapes, and have honed my ability to integrate technical considerations with strategic analysis. Importantly, through this program, I have been exposed to novel technologies across diverse industries, encountered new trends in high-growth sectors, and directly contributed to investment decisions in the Castor Ventures portfolio.”

Sharanya Srinivasan (MIT '14)Venture Fellow, Castor Ventures

The Venture Fellow Prorgram has played an important role in my professional growth. The last 5 years of my professional career have been heavily entrenched in the startup world. As an entrepreneur and operator, learning the inner-workings of (and actually contributing to) all things Venture Capital, including raising capital, generating deal flow, and conducting due diligence, has been highly valuable and has allowed me to separate myself from my colleagues, who often lean on me to learn about the capital raising process, how term sheets are structured, what the various terms mean, how equity options are granted & exercised, how startups are valuated, etc. I highly recommend the AVG fellowship program to anybody who has an interest in involving themselves in the tech startup ecosystem.”

CJ BacherVenture Fellow, Purple Arch Ventures

Meet the Venture Fellows

Fewer than 5% of applicants are accepted. These are the rising stars in VC and entrepreneurship.

James Wong


James is currently a software engineer at Airbnb working on furthering the company’s growth engine. Previously, he worked at Facebook and Expedia where he developed expertise in building large-scale software and machine learning systems. He is also an active angel investor with a particular interest in the areas of big data, machine learning, and life sciences. James holds Bachelor’s degrees in Bioengineering and Computer Science from the University of Washington and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.

Alex Klein


Alex (’12) is Head of Audience Growth for, a profitable, mobile-focused automotive search and buyer intelligence startup. Previously, he worked for Mercer Talent consulting, specializing in leadership development, organization design and performance, and sales effectiveness. At Stanford, he was Chair of the Program of Writing and Rhetoric undergraduate advisory board and worked with professors to found Virtual Admit Weekend for international students.

Lydia Wei


Lydia is a Product Manager in the New York City startup scene, managing full stack IoT technology solutions and specializing in product strategies. Previously, she was a Technical Program Manager at Cisco, managing new cloud-based tech product development. She has a diverse technical background in IoT, renewable energy, and themobile consumer electronics sector. Lydia holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Rubi Sanchez


Rubi Sanchez is passionate about creating amazing end user experiences for machine learning-related tech products. She now works at Atipica, an HR talent discovery engine for businesses. Previously, she was Co-founder of Cocoon Cam, a computer vision company that went from concept to presenting to President Obama to selling hardware product in a year. She is a UC Berkeley graduate with a background in product, strategy, and operations.

Mitch Posada


Mitch is a product leader with deep entrepreneurial experience helping founders execute go-to-market strategies for emerging technology and early-stage digital businesses. Mitch holds a BA from Michigan State University and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Janice Nam


Janice is on the Global Operations team at Flexport, a startup automating the international supply chain, where she focuses on strategic sales development. Previously, she worked at Deutsche Bank as an Institutional Global Equity Sales covering hedge fund clients. She holds a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She is currently the Executive Producer of FashTech 2018.

Guilherme (Gui) Annunciacao


Gui (Haas MBA ’18) comes with years of startup, sales, and product management experience. He is currently enrolled in the Berkeley Haas Full-Time MBA Program, where he is pursuing opportunities in pre-IPO companies and VC, which has included working in the Business Development team at Slack. Earlier, Gui spearheaded the development and go-to-market strategy of a money transfer app to target underbanked immigrants.

Sharanya Srinivasan


Sharanya works at Biogen, developing the translational capabilities of genome editing platforms to treat rare neuromuscular diseases. Previously, she was a researcher at Harvard Medical School & MIT CSAIL, working on technologies for applications in genomics and transcriptomics. She built drug delivery systems in the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering and interned at startups through MIT‘s VentureShips & Externship Programs. She holds a Master’s degree in Biotechnology through Harvard Extension School, and a BS in Biology from MIT.

Esha Sahai


Esha has over 10 years of experience in the high-tech industry. She works in Corp. Development, Strategy, and Business Development at. Her previous experience includes stints at Oracle Corp., edX, big data & IoT startups, and startup accelerators. Esha holds a graduate degree in Management from MIT and graduate and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Austin Hays


Austin works for the Strategic Innovation Group at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he helps streamline internal operations and improve infrastructure security in commercial and government sectors. Previously, he worked for a mobile payment startup in an accelerator at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and was involved in research at MIT, helping build machine learning software in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Sciences. Austin holds a BS in Mathematics with Computer Science from MIT.

Rowland Graus


Rowland currently works as a lead product manager for Madaket Health, a healthcare tech startup. He was previously an Associate at Dean & Company Strategy Consultants, leading business due diligence teams for private equity clients, and a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton focused on DoD IT projects. Rowland holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Alexandra Suprise


Alex (UW’12) serves as in-house legal counsel at Markable, an AI company identifying fashion products in photos and videos via computer vision. Previously, she worked at a Midwest law firm, helping clients identify strategic opportunities to grow their business. She was also a campaign finance attorney for a political consultant, assisting with one presidential and three successful Congressional campaigns. Alex has a BA from Wisconsin and JD from Marquette.

Prakash Rao


Prakash (UW’06) is a Senior Global Product Manager in Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions at Philips, driving product strategy and global commercialization of clinical analytics and decision support solutions for critical care. Earlier, he held marketing and R&D positions at Neuronetics, Boston Scientific, GE Healthcare, and St. Jude Medical. He received an MBA from Michigan’s Ross School of Business and BS in Biomedical Engineering from Wisconsin.

Keaton Nankivil


Keaton (UW ‘17) recently returned to Wisconsin after a five-year career playing professional basketball around Europe. He has international experience after spending years living in Germany, Spain, Latvia, and Italy. He originally attended Wisconsin from 2007-11 and returned in 2017 to complete his degree in Kinesiology.

Christopher Aluce


Christopher (UW’12) works as an Investment Analyst for family office Briar Hall, performing due diligence on PE and VC deals. Previously, he was a Research Analyst with DiMeo Schneider & Associates focused on due diligence in the emerging and international debt & equity spaces and private markets. He holds an MBA from the Marquette Graduate School of Management and undergraduate degrees in economics, and political science from Wisconsin.

Emily Sun


Emily is Venture Engagement Manager for Enverest, an investment/M&A advisory firm focusing on the US, China, and APAC. She has extensive global experience in the semiconductor sector with AMD, Spansion, and Cypress, specializing in corporate finance and operations, business process improvement, M&A integration, and systems implementation. She holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Wharton and is a CFA Level II Candidate.

Peter MacEwan


Peter is a social impact leader and entrepreneur. With deep experience in education and non-profit program management, he serves as Associate Director for the Making Waves Foundation. His work focuses both on executing long-term strategic growth and implementing day-to-day operational efficiencies. Peter holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Wharton, completing majors in both finance and management.

Antina Lee


Antina is currently a business development professional at Procter and Gamble. She loves being involved with startups and is passionate about bringing innovations to market. Antina is pursuing MBA/MPA joint degrees at Wharton School and the Harvard Kennedy School.

Zayan Faiyad


At Harvard, Zayan works on translating social enterprise models to education as a Social Enterprise Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. She is also the Co-founder and CEO of ThinkersWeb Foundation, a Bangladesh-based incubator program serving young aspiring entrepreneurs from underserved communities. Zayan is concentrating in Economics at Harvard and headed for graduation in 2018.

Suniti Sundaram


Most recently, Simiti worked as a product manager at Abbott Diabetes Care. Previously, she was a data analyst at Practice Fusion (a cloud-based electronic medical record system) and analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Leveraged Finance group (covering healthcare and financial institutions). Suniti earned her BS in Applied Mathematics and Economics from MIT and is pursuing her MBA at Harvard Business School.

Paul Odefey


Paul gained experience in growth equity investing at General Atlantic. There he worked on the investment in FlixBus, Europe’s leading tech-enabled bus company, and spent most of his time in the internet and tech sector. He joined General Atlantic from McKinsey & Company. Paul holds a BA in Economics and BA in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Alonso Lucero


Alonso is a first-year MBA student at Harvard Business School. Previously, he worked as an associate for Kapor Capital, a VC firm focusing on seed and early stage startups aiming to make a social impact. Alonso has over five years of strategy consulting experience working for Monitor Deloitte and Opera Solutions. Alonso holds a Master’s of Engineering in Operations Research & Information Engineering and a BA in Mathematics from Cornell.

Ashleigh Hinde


Ashleigh is currently completing a Master’s degree at Harvard. Prior to Harvard, Ashleigh was leading the integration of a multinational acquisition in the UK. She has more than six years of FMCG and retail strategy experience gained in South Africa, Switzerland, and the UK, as well as consulting experience for UK tech startups. Ashleigh also acts as a volunteer for Grow Movement, a nonprofit helping African entrepreneurs.

Haley Daiber


Haley co-founded an app startup, Forget-me-not, while working full-time at Ernst & Young. As a Senior Associate there, she led the financial statement audits of public tech companies. At HBS, Haley is Vice Chair of the Impact Investing Interest Group, a participant in the MBA Impact Investing Network and Training Program, and a member of the Entrepreneurship and VCPE Clubs. She holds an MPA and BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.

Zach Chandis


Zach is the CEO and Founder of GetBeen, a mobile iOS application focused on friends’ recommendations for places locally and worldwide. Prior to that, he spent 11 years in the financial industry, where he was actively engaged in private equity, credit investing, M&A, restructuring, and valuation. He also worked in the underwriting and asset management groups of Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending. Zach holds a BA from Harvard University.

Matt Weil


Matt is a Business Development Manager for Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power), developing modular infrastructure solutions for rapid deployment and scalable growth. He received his BS in Engineering from Northwestern and an MBA from Kellogg. In between, he completed an MS in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sara Howland


Sara works for Northwestern Medicine, where she is in an internal consulting role. Previously, she worked for Huron Consulting Group in their healthcare practice. She is now pursuing an MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She has both an MA and BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois.

CJ Bacher


CJ is the Founder/CEO of a digital sports media company and was previously a Business Development Manager for a Chicago-based IT consulting firm. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Northwestern, where he was a captain on the Northwestern football team.

Sarah Guzick (Fellow Emeritus)


Sarah (YC’13) works in Business Operations at Tesla Energy. Previously, she was a Project Development Associate at SolarCity and head researcher for the CEO of Eurasia Group, where she built energy market investment risk models for Fortune 100 companies. Prior to that, she analyzed energy legislation for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives. Sarah holds a BA with Distinction in Political Science from Yale.

Yang Zhang


Yang (YSPH’17) is an MPH candidate at Yale School of Public Health and investment manager at AngelsGlobal, a funding platform and venture fund. At Yale, he serves as a regulatory analyst at the Institutional Review Board reviewing biomedical research applications. Previously, Yang worked at Zhen Fund, an early-stage investment firm in China. Yang received a bachelor degree in Biology and Asian Studies from Macalester College.

Casey Street


Casey (YC’06) works as Chief of Staff to a Mississippi congressman on the House Appropriations Committee and Majority Whip team. Previously, he was a staff member for the House Veterans Affairs Committee and legislative aide to a senior member of the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees. He holds an MBA from Mississippi State, an MA from the US Naval War College, and is also a graduate of the US Air Force Air Command and Staff College.

Sherry Li


Sherry (YC’17) is a senior at Yale College, pursuing a BA in Economics and a certificate in Energy Studies. She interned in the finance department at Sungevity, a solar company, experiencing their announcement to go public through a reverse merger. At Yale, Sherry worked at the Office of Sustainability.

Javaughn Lawrence

Venture Fellow Emeritus


Javaughn (YC’14) works in Sales Strategy and Operations at Linkedin, providing data-driven insights and process improvements to senior sales leaders. Previously, he was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Co., where he worked on strategic projects for Fortune 500 clients and a venture fellow at Rokk3r Labs where he performed due diligence and provided support to portfolio companies. He also co-founded an e-commerce website called

Karam Sandhu


Karam (D’19) is pursuing his BA in Economics at Dartmouth. He spent the summer of 2015as an intern for Green D, conducting market research for potential startups. Previously, he completed the Winter 2016 Tuck Business Bridge Program. Karam is a member of the Dartmouth Ski Patrol, the Dartmouth Investment and Philanthropy Program, and the Minorities in Business Club.

Chris Parker


Chris has been involved with Green D Ventures since 2015. Currently, he is an Investment Analyst at Trusted Insight—a fund-of-funds investing in next generation VC structures and models. Previously he worked in Corporate Development and Operational roles at Endgame, a cybersecurity startup in Washington, DC. He is a D ’11 and now serves as his class representative on the Alumni Council.

Kimmy Paluch


Kimmy (D’04) is founding principal of an innovation firm in Oakland, where she serves as a senior consultant for companies from technology to financial services to toys. She has over 13 years of experience in the tech sector, with a focus on product management and user experience design. Kimmy holds degrees in computer science and Spanish from Dartmouth College and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Charlie Mosey


Charlie (D ’15) began working for Green D during his senior spring at Dartmouth and has been a utility player working remotely for Alumni Ventures Group since early 2017. He currently plays professional hockey in the U.K. for the Fife Flyers in the Elite Ice Hockey League and resides in Minneapolis during the summer. Charlie holds a BA in Economics from Dartmouth.

Abdul-Ghalib Agboola


Abdul (D ’19) is currently studying Applied Mathematics at Dartmouth. In the past, Abdul has worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in their Information Systems division and has also worked at Deloitte in their Innovation Lab. Recently, Abdul interned at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division.