Meet and Network With Industry Professionals

Take an educational trip to companies in the PE or VC world.

Each year a select set of Kellogg students visit venture capital or private equity firms in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and other cities to get a closer look at the ins and outs of the industry and network with those who are already immersed in it. The treks are all student led and usually last one to two days.

Attending Treks

Each trek will have individual application procedures and eligibility requirements. Once your trek leaders are in place, they will share more details regarding the specific agenda of the company you can expect to visit. After receiving an overview of the trek you’re interested in, you can then decide to attend and submit your commitment and agreement with the trek’s guidelines.

Learn more about treks by visiting the Career Management Center’s Career Treks page.

If you are interested in participating or learning more about career treks, please contact the CMC Career Treks team at Kellogg.

Leading Treks

Students have the unique opportunity to lead a career trek. As a trek leader, you’ll be able to develop and refine your leadership skills while strengthening your relationships with other students, the companies you plan to visit and Kellogg alumni in the private equity or venture capital field.

In order to lead a trek, you’ll need to partner with the Career Management Center (CMC) to fully understand the market trends and recognize the relevant companies. Reach out to the CMC if you’re interested in becoming a trek leader.

Past Treks and Locations

Private Equity Treks
Chicago: Madison Dearborn Partners, Sheridan Capital Partners, Shore Capital, GTCR

Dallas: Kainos, Gauge Capital, Insight Equity, Align Capital Partners

New York: Brightstar, Veritas Capital, American Industrial Partners, Insight Equity Partners, Carlyle, American Securities

Chicago: Madison Dearborn Partners, Pritzker Group, Water Street Healthcare Partners, RiverGlade Capital, Shore Capital Partners

New York: American Industrial Partners, Sagewind Capital, Insight Equity, TZP Group, Carlyle, Veritas Capital, Warburg Pincus

San Francisco: Francisco Partners, TSG Consumer Partners, H.I.G. Capital, Golden Gate Capital

Chicago: Waud Capital Partners, Madison Dearborn Partners, Shore Capital Partners

San Francisco: Vector Capital, H.I.G. Capital, Riverside Company, Summit Partners, VMG Partners

Boston: Audax Group, Berkshire Partners, BV Investment Partners, H.I.G. Capital, MPE Partners

Chicago: 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners, Linden Capital Partners, Madison Dearborn Partners, Pritzker Group

New York: American Securities, River Hollow Partners, American Industrial Partners, Cohesive Capital, Insight Equity

San Francisco: Gryphon Investors, Velocity Made Good (VMG) Partners, Encore Consumer Capital, H.I.G. Capital

Venture Capital Treks
San Francisco: Bain Capital Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Accel, NEA, Shasta Ventures, SE Ventures

Chicago: Chicago Ventures, Pritzker Group, Sandbox Industries

New York: City Light Capital, Union Square Ventures, Canaan Partners, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, White Star Capital

San Francisco: Bessemer Venture Partners, Lightspeed Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Kleiner Perkins, Accel

Chicago: OCA Ventures, Techstars, Pritzker Group, Sandbox Industries

New York: White Star Capital, Canaan Partners, Citi Ventures, Betaworks

San Francisco: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Shasta Ventures, BlueRun Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Lightspeed Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures

Chicago: Pritzker Group, MATH Ventures, Origin Ventures, Bluestein Associates, Baird Venture Partners, Chicago Ventures

New York: White Star Capital, Aisling Capital, Gotham Ventures, Palm Drive

San Francisco: 500 Startups, Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Intel Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Shasta Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV)

Featured Trek Partners

Get to know some of the firms we’ve partnered with over the past few years.

Each school year brings a different group of firms to visit and network with, but several have been hosting Kellogg students regularly over the years.

View full list of past trek partners

Treks provide a unique opportunity to learn about the various investment strategies across firms and what is expected in a post-MBA role.

Alex Del Balso '21

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