Venture Lab is an experiential learning course that allows Kellogg students the opportunity to be placed in a quarter-long internship. Venture Lab opportunities include:
Program A: Venture Capital Funds and Incubators
Program B: Portfolio Companies of Venture Capital Funds
Work at venture capital funds can vary widely from tasks such as market research, due diligence, assisting with fundraising documents, and sourcing deal flow. Work at incubators typically involves assisting with incubated startups or helping to develop a startup idea for incubation. Work at portfolio companies (most of which are start-ups) includes activity in product management, strategy, marketing, finance and business operations. Enrollment in the course is by application only.
Apply for Venture Lab
Before applying for Venture Lab Program A, please consider if you prefer interning at a Venture Capital firm (Venture Program A), or alternatively, at a portfolio company that one of our Venture Lab host firms has invested in (Venture Lab Program B). Responsibilities will be somewhat different at a portfolio company compared to the responsibilities at a venture capital firm. Please do not apply for both Venture Lab Program A, and Venture Lab Program B: you may only choose one or the other.
Professor David Stowell
Venture Capital Firms and Portfolio Companies:
- Internship. Students who are selected commit to dedicate two full working days a week to working onsite at the venture firm's office for local firms and an equivalent amount of time offsite for remote firms. Students are expected to dedicate 15-20 hours per week.
- Classes. Two mandatory classes will be held during the quarter, on the first and last Wednesday mornings.
- Meetings with Professor. Participants will meet optionally with Professor Stowell during the quarter to organize and provide an update on progress. Attendance at these talks is mandatory.
- Grading. The venture firm will evaluate the student's performance and deliverables. Grades will be determined by Professor Stowell in conjunction with the host firm after factoring in attendance at meetings and an end-of-quarter paper.
Participating firms are both local and remote (e.g., located outside the Chicago area). Students working at local firms will either work at the firm's offices or remotely, subject to health considerations. Students working at firms outside of Chicago will work remotely. Often firms based outside of Chicago will arrange for their student to be flown out to meet the fund managers and present once or twice during the quarter. Sponsors participating in the upcoming quarter can be found via the electronic application.
The experiential learning opportunity will be most beneficial to students who do not have extensive VC experience, but would like a career in the field.
Students must have completed the following:
- Accounting for Decision Making (ACCT-430 or ACCT-431); or
- Finance II (FINC-431 or FINC- 430); or
- Accelerated Corporate Finance (FINC-440)
We strongly recommend that students have completed the core requirements prior to applying to the program. We further recommend taking the following classes before, concurrently or after the lab:
Application Instructions and Materials:
- Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital (FINC-445)
- Research Methods in Marketing (MKTG-450)
- Management of Technology (MGMT-463)
- Technology Marketing (MKTG-468)
- Managerial Accounting (ACCT-431)
- Financial Decisions (FINC-442)
- Spreadsheet Modeling (OPNS-450)
- Competitive Strategy (MECN-441)
A list of participating sponsor firms for the current quarter is included with the electronic application. This list will be continuously updated, and students should check the list for updates. Once an application is submitted it cannot be modified. If you submit early, and a firm that you are interested in applying to is added to the list, you will need to submit a new application. All applications for this course will only be accepted via this online application.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection several weeks prior to the start of the quarter. Students should register for classes assuming they will not be accepted to Venture Lab, yet be prepared to drop a course or two if they are accepted. Please keep in mind that most students find that they get the most out of the program by making their class schedule flexible, especially on Mondays. This allows students to become immersed in the organizations and to participate in investment meetings, entrepreneur pitches, site visits, and other activities to which students would otherwise not be exposed.
The time commitment to Venture Lab is substantial. Plan your course load appropriately. You may not drop this course once the matching process is complete.
PLEASE NOTE: (1) STUDENTS CANNOT APPLY TO BOTH THE VENTURE LAB AND PRIVATE EQUITY LAB DURING THE SAME QUARTER, AND (2) THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE DROPPED DURING THE QUARTER.
Students may apply to any subset of the available host firms. Please apply only to firms for which you are interested in working. Firms are sent all applications from students who indicated an interest in the firm. Based on the application statements and resumes, firms choose finalist students. Some firms may choose to interview students either in person or by telephone. Based on the interviews, firms make their final selections. Your application statement should address the firms you are applying to (generically, not firm-by-firm).
The list of participating funds is continuously updated. Please check back before submitting your application to ensure you have accessed the most recent list of host funds. If additional funds are added after the deadline, you will be informed and given an opportunity to apply to them as well. Please do not apply to funds that have requirements for their applicants unless you have the relevant experience.
If you are matched to a firm, you may not turn down the offer. APPLY ONLY TO FIRMS WHOSE OFFER YOU ARE WILLING TO ACCEPT. If accepted, you will automatically be enrolled in the course.