Guest Speaker: Kent Bennett (Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners)

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When: Friday, March 23, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Where: Rouss-Robertson Hall 223
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The Virginia Venture Fund and the Rodman Students Council are proud to announce Kent Bennett, Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, as a guest speaker on March 23rd from 3:30 - 4:30pm. Mr. Bennett will talk about his experiences throughout his career and at Bessemer, and give insights into their extremely successful investing process and how they go about sourcing and managing some of the most successful startups like Blue Apron, LinkedIn, and Shopify. Please come to hear from one of the industry’s most esteemed members, we hope to see you there! This event will be open to ALL STUDENTS and faculty.

Mr. Bennett has ten years experience in investing in consumer product and service companies as well as companies building consumer-facing vertical software. At Bessemer, Mr. Bennett's investments include the consumer companies Blue Apron, MealPal, Winc, and Renoviso, as well as consumer-facing vertical software companies Toast and Xtime (acquired by Cox.). Prior to joining Bessemer, Mr. Bennett was a creative executive for an entertainment-production company, where he developed and sold original material including a network television pilot and a feature film. He began his career with Bain & Co., where he worked on projects in industries spanning IT, retail, consumer products, healthcare and biotech.

Mr. Bennett is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Harvard Business School.

Guest Speaker: Eric Tarczynski (Founder of Contrary Capital)

When: Friday October 27th, 2-3PM
Where: Robertson Hall Room 225
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Founding partner of Contrary Capital - Eric Tarczynski - is coming to Charlottesville for a special UVA visit! Contrary Capital is a $10M decentralized, university-focused venture capital fund that has student partners from across the country including Harvard, Columbia, Yale, and Stanford. Backed by founders of Tesla, SoFi, and Twitch, they invest in the best university startups in the country.

Come learn more about Venture Capital, university entrepreneurship, and Eric's story with Contrary!

VVF Information Session

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/755909424533946

Where: RRH 123
When: August 31, 6 PM

The Virginia Venture Fund will be holding an information session on Thursday, August 31st for students interested in joining the Fall 2017 Analyst class (attendance will be required for only one of the two sessions). 

The information session will consist of an introduction to both the Venture Capital unit of VVF and the Entrepreneurship unit, V Accelerate. 

This event will take place in Rouss-Robertson 123 and pizza will be provided.

Virginia Venture Fund (VVF) is UVA's McIntire-affiliated student-run venture capital group. VVF’s mission is to educate students about early stage investing and give them hands-on experience by conducting semester-long projects with venture capital, growth equity, and angel groups, completing due diligence for partner VC firms, deal sourcing for our network of investors in the Mid-Atlantic region, and hosting venture capital due diligence competitions. We also aim to support the development of the entrepreneurship community at the University of Virginia through the newly created, V Accelerate program. This program aims to make ideas into products and will help provide student entrepreneurs with the technology, funds, and resources to make this possible.

To learn more about VVF, please visit http://www.virginiaventurefund.com/