Venture Fellows take New York!

April 2019

Each semester, Venture Fellows participate in a student-led trek either in the Bay Area or New York. Most recently, Venture Fellows visited New York and met with Citi Ventures, KKR, Apolo, First Round Capital, and Cerberus. In addition, VFs attended an Alumni happy hour while in NYC.

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Gay Gaddis visits UT McCombs

February 20, 2019

While the Venture Fellows program is VC and PE focused, students have the opportunity to learn from all innovative business leaders. In the spring, VFs hosted Gay Gaddis, founder of T3, which is one of the largest women-owned ad agencies in the world. Gaddis talked about her path to being CEO of T3, her cultural values, and her ventures into being an author and artist.


UT McCombs Hosts Central Region VCIC

February 15, 2019

This past spring, Texas McCombs was the host for VCIC for the Central region. In VCIC, student teams from business schools across the US observe start-up pitches and then are evaluated by local VCs based on their investment recommendations. For competing students, having the opportunity to emulate creating a term sheet for an investment in a start-up is a valuable experience!

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Robert Smith visits UT McCombs

November 12, 2018

Robert Smith, CEO of Vista Equity Partners and one of the most successful investors of the century participated in a Fireside Chat alongside Britt Harris, CIO of UTIMCO. The event was jointly hosted by Venture Fellows and the Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Center and open to both students and investors.


Bill Gurley speaks at UT and Venture Fellows

September 14, 2018

Bill Gurley, one of the VC industry’s top dealmakers and general partner at Benchmark Capital, spent a morning speaking to UT MBA and alums about how to find success in life. The event was followed by a small-group lunch with the VF Class of 2019 to cover various topics related to venture and investments.


Term Sheet Negotiations - Shearman & Sterling

May 2, 2018

As part of our long-standing relationship with Andrews Kurth (now part of Shearman & Sterling), the VF class of 2018 was invited to the annual Term Sheet Negotiations where students simulated a negotiation between founders while under the mentorship of experienced attorneys, entrepreneurs, and financiers.

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Guest Speaker - Manoj Saxena

April 9, 2018

The VF Class of 2019 posing with distinguished speaker Manoj Saxena who covered topics ranging from AI to technology ethics during our spring speaker series.

NYC Trek - Union Square Ventures

April 7, 2018

Brad Burnham from Union Square Ventures stands with VF Spring Trek attendees after he shared his insights into investing in disruptive technology.


VCIC Global Finals (Entrepreneur's Choice)

April 6, 2018

After placing first place in the Southeast Regional Finals, a team of current and former Venture Fellows (from left to right: Jon Broscious, Ashley Hemphill, Eric Blum [CEO of Toolkite], Katie Herbek, Maureen O'Connor, Ming Liu) competed at the Global Finals of VCIC at UNC Kenan-Flagler against 13 other regional champions. The team won the “Entrepreneur’s Choice” award, labeled by some judges as “that day’s most difficult award to win.”

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Wharton MBA Buyout Competition (2nd Place)

February 23, 2018

The Venture Fellows class of 2019 fielded a team composed of (from left to right) Peter Fenelon, Nico Gayle, Matt Draheim, and Justin Pitcock to compete in this year’s Wharton Private Equity Case Competition on February 23 in New York. Contestants from 25 top-ranked MBA programs came together at the Penn Club where judges hailed from several New York private equity firms including Court Square, Centerbridge, Atairos, HIG Capital, Apex Capital, and others.