MBAs + Entrepreneurs + Venture Capitalists = VCIC
Do you have what it takes to pick winning investments? Find out by forming or joining a student team and see what it’s like to be a venture capitalist. With the UC Berkeley Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC), you’ll assess real investment opportunities in early stage companies by watching company pitches, conducting due diligence and negotiating investments with real Bay Area entrepreneurs. You’ll learn firsthand how to value companies, construct and negotiate term sheets while spending a full day with high profile Silicon Valley venture capitalist judges.
All UC Berkeley graduate students are eligible to compete, and must compete in teams of five students. Teams will submit an online application. Six teams will be selected to compete in the UC Berkeley Competition on January 30. The winning team will move on to the VCIC Regional Competition and could advance to compete in the VCIC International Competition with 66 universities, spanning 13 countries and 3 continents! Learn more about Global VCIC here.
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- The Purpose of the UC Berkeley VCIC
- VCIC Key Dates, Application Process and Eligibility
- Berkeley VCIC Competition Day
- Involvement opportunities for VCs and Entrepreneurs
- The VCIC Executive Committee
- Outcomes of the 2014 VCIC
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Regional and International VCIC
The Purpose of the UC Berkeley VCIC
The UC Berkeley VCIC is a three-tiered progressive competition. The winning team from our UC Berkeley competition will advance to compete in the VCIC Regional Competition in February. Last year, UC Berkeley won the regional competition and advanced to the final tier, representing the region at the VCIC International Competition in North Carolina in April.
VCIC aims to educate and expose UC Berkeley graduate students to the venture capital process and the investment criteria considered when evaluating a business opportunity. Potential Venture Capitalist candidates have limited opportunities to experience the “day in the life of a VC” because of the selective nature and criteria of VC recruiting. VCIC’s goal is to allow students to apply the art and science of venture investing and try their hand at selecting real business opportunities using strategic investment criteria, valuation, capitalization tables, term sheets, and other tools of the trade.
Details for the 2016 VCIC Competition will be available soon. For reference, information on the 2015 Competition is provided below.
2015 Competition Calendar
|VC-Led Workshops: Pitch Evaluation,
Term Sheet, Negotiation
|Friday, January 23, 2015:
4:00 – 8:30 pm
|UC Berkeley Competition||Friday, January 30, 2015:
8:30 am – 6:00 pm
|Wells Fargo Room: Berkeley-Haas|
|Friday, February 6, 2015:
8:00 am – 5:30 pm
|San Jose, CA|
|International Finals||April 9-11, 2015||Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, NC|
2015 Application Process
Six teams, each comprised of five UC Berkeley graduate students, will be selected to compete in the 2015 UC Berkeley Competition. All team members must attend the VC led preparation workshops on Friday, January 23, 2015 and the full day competition on Friday, January 30, 2015.
Thank you to all of the teams who submitted applications to participate in the 2015 Berkeley Venture Capital Investment Competition. The application submission process is now closed. All team applications are currently being reviewed. The final 6 teams to compete in the 2015 Berkeley VCIC will be announced on Monday, November 24, 2014.
- Each team must be comprised of five members.
- All team members must be current UC Berkeley graduate students.
- No team member can be working with a VC firm from October 27, 2014 until his or her team’s participation in the VCIC ends.
- At least one member must be a paid up member of the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association at the time of application submission.
- If selected to compete in the internal competition, ALL members of each of the six teams must be paid members of the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association.
- Each team must appoint a Team Lead who will serve as the point of contact and voice for the team.
Teams selected to compete in the Competition must also commit to:
- Sign the NDA and the Code of Conduct, and abide by all VCIC rules.
- Attend the pre-competition workshops on January 23, 2015 and to compete through the Regional competition on February 6, 2015 if selected, and to the International competition at UNC taking place April 9-11, 2015.
- Ensure all team members named on the application are present at ALL pre-competition workshops and on the day of the competition- Friday, January 30, 2015. No alternatives and no absences are allowed.
UC Berkeley Competition Day
Members of the six teams selected to compete in the Competition must attend three workshops held on Friday, January 23, 2015 prior to Competition day: “Evaluating Pitches”, “Term Sheets”, and “Negotiation”.
On Competition day, four entrepreneurs currently seeking VC funding will pitch to all six teams. Teams will receive business materials for these companies three days prior to the Competition. Following entrepreneur pitches, teams will then rotate around the entrepreneurs, one (team) on one (entrepreneur), where they will have the opportunity to ask specific questions about the business materials, while being observed by a panel of 4 VC judges. Entrepreneurs and VC judges will represent a diverse range of sectors and backgrounds.
Teams will then break out to make investment decisions and each group will develop a term sheet to pitch to a panel of VC judges, simulating a Monday morning VC partner meeting. Judges deliberate and then announce the top 2 teams that will compete in the final round. In the final round, the top 2 teams will be selected to complete a negotiation session with their selected entrepreneur in front of the VC judging panel. Judges provide feedback to the teams, and also provide feedback to the entrepreneurs.
Judging Opportunities for Venture Capitalists
The participation of our VC judges is vital to the success and quality of the Competition. Involvement also provides our judges with the opportunity to survey the emerging talent from the UC Berkeley student population, and to view pitches from entrepreneurs currently seeking funding. A panel of 4 judges will be established.
If you or your firm are interested in being a competition VC judge, please send an e-mail to email@example.com for more information.
Opportunities for Entrepreneurs
The VCIC Competition provides a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to practice their pitching skills, have their business evaluated by 30 talented students, and receive feedback from seasoned venture capitalists. Up to 4 companies are recruited to pitch at the event each year. Note that companies involved in the Competition must be currently seeking funding at the time of the Competition in January and must be unknown to the competitors.
If you or your company are interested in getting involved in the Competition, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The VCIC Executive Committee
- Melissa Tsang (EWMBA 16), Chair
- Zen Menon (EWMBA 17), Entrepreneurs and Workshops
- Jason Ogden (MBA 16), Judges
- Mubeen Khumawala (MBA 16), Teams and Workshops
Outcomes of the 2014 VCIC
Congratulations to the 2014 VCIC Winning Team – Evolve Ventures!
To read about their Competition win in February, 2014, check out our newsletter archive.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who organizes the event?
The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association (BEA) are responsible for the UC Berkeley VCIC. A committee of first year Berkeley-Haas MBA students are recruited each fall to organize the event.
Why should I participate in the Competition?
The VCIC Competition provides an excellent learning experience for UC Berkeley students interested in venture capital and entrepreneurship, by enhancing their appreciation of the venture capital investment opportunity recognition and process. This occurs through both the Competition itself and through the supporting workshops leading up to it.
Potential venture capitalist candidates have limited opportunities to experience “a day in the life of a VC” because of the selective nature and criteria of VC recruiting. VCIC’s goal is to allow students to try their hand at selecting real business opportunities using strategic investment criteria, valuation, capitalization tables, term sheets, and other tools of the trade.
The Competition also provides opportunities for students to build and extend their relationships with established Bay Area venture capitalists.
The Application Process
Who is eligible to apply for the Berkeley VCIC?
All UC Berkeley graduate students are eligible, as long as they are not a paid employee with a VC firm from October 27, 2014 until his or her team’s participation in the VCIC ends. Students must apply in teams of exactly five members. At least one team member must be a paid member of the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association (BEA) to apply. All of the members of the six teams selected to compete in the internal (UC Berkeley) competition MUST be paid members of the BEA.
How do I become a member of the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association?
All UC Berkeley graduate students are welcome to join the BEA. Membership dues are $25 for one year and $40 for two years. If you would like to join, please do the following:
- Pay online through the BEA website (most preferred)
- Pay through PayPal to email@example.com
For more information about BEA please visit the BEA home page.
If I don’t have a team can I apply as a single person team and / or be teamed with other single persons?
You must apply in a team of exactly five members. If you want to join a team or are in need of additional team mates, please contact the Competition organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be holding one mixer event in November to help in the team formation process.
When is the application due?
The application submission process for the 2015 Berkeley VCIC is now closed.
How many applicant teams get to compete in the UC Berkeley VCIC?
Six teams will be selected to participate in the Competition. Applicant teams will be notified by Monday, November 24, 2014.
Who decides which teams get to compete in the UC Berkeley VCIC?
The VCIC Executive Committee and a professional VC will review applications and select the six teams to compete in the UC Berkeley Competition.
The UC Berkeley VCIC
When is the UC Berkeley VCIC?
The 2015 Competition will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 at Berkeley-Haas.
What kind of time commitment will be required to compete in the UC Berkeley VCIC?
Once your team has been selected to compete, you should expect to participate in three workshops held at Berkeley-Haas on Friday, January 23, 2015 to help you prepare for the Competition. The actual Competition is one day in length, however teams have three days to review company business materials prior to the Competition.
How will the Competition be structured?
On the day of the Competition, competing teams will watch the entrepreneurs pitch. Next, the competing teams will sit down one-on-one with each entrepreneur and hold a Q&A session with a VC judge present assessing the interaction. The teams will choose which team to invest in, create a term sheet, and then negotiate the terms with the selected entrepreneur in front of a panel of VC judges.
How will the winning team be chosen?
The winning team will be chosen by a panel of Bay Area VC judges.
What are the prizes for winning the Competition?
The winning team of the UC Berkeley VCIC will move onto the Regional Competition in San Jose on Friday, February 6, 2015.
Regional and International Venture Capital Investment Competitions
When and where will the Regional and International VCIC take place?
The Regional Competition will take place in San Jose on Friday, February 6, 2015. The International competition will take place at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School April 9-11, 2015.
Who from UC Berkeley gets to participate in the Regional and International VCIC?
The winner of the UC Berkeley VCIC will move onto the Regional Competition. The top team from the Regional Competition will move onto the International Finals.
Will participation cost me any money?
There is no entry fee for the Berkeley-Haas, regional or international finals.
What are the prizes for winning the International Competition?
The International Competition awards $10,000 worth of prizes to the winning teams.
The Berkeley VCIC is hosted by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley and administered by MBA students from Berkeley-Haas. VCIC ® is a trademark of the University of North Carolina.
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