The World needs dreamers and the World needs doers but above all the World needs dreamers who do
What is this program about?
Unconventional learning to master early stage venture capital investments, including practicing and involvement in real life projects and startups, topics covered (selected):
· Business & Investment Proficiency
New Ventures & StartUps - Venture Capital - M&A - IPO - Business Strategy & Business Development - Research, Analysis & Due Diligence for investment purposes.
· Technologies & Verticals
AI & Machine Learning - Deep Learning - applied ML - ML applications
How long is the program?
It’s a 2-3 months total long opt-in opt-out rolling program comprising 30 hours of curated content & associated materials, program is discretional, work with flexible scheduling on learning content and assignments towards completion. It's up to you how much learning and experience you want to gather and that's what will be reflected in the certification.
How much does it cost?
Total cost is $2.950 with fellowship discounts all the way to completely free, available for selected outstanding individuals and/or special cases with funding needs.
Can the fellowship program be done remotely?
Yes, we welcome diversity and we are eager to work with people all over the world. No physical presence required.
Also do you sponsor visas?
Not as part of this program, but this could be certainly an option for real job assignments afterwards.
The program is free to candidates upon qualifying. Upon completion graduates get a Fellowship Certificate reflective of their learnings, achievements and experience gathered. On top of grossing up candidates resumes, we become a referral in their professional careers moving forward.
Bay Area is expensive, do you offer any stipend or living accommodations?
At this point we don't offer any assistance, however, for qualifying individuals and hinging on specific project engagements and further education advancement there will be possibilities to offer housing for 1-2 weeks in Palo Alto.
How is this program different from other programs?
The students work on actual industry projects and real business cases. These projects span multiple months and the fellows have an opportunity to interact directly with the sponsors, customers, partners and the start up ecosystem. The goal is to deliver practical solutions. There is also recurrent interaction with our advisors & mentors and we get industry visitors from Silicon Valley who share their experience with the students.
Who are the key mentors & advisors for this program?
That would be 'us', the partners at Naiss as well as other senior advisors we work with at Singularity University, Silicon Valley Innovation Center and Berkeley.
· Ed Fernandez @efernandez
· Peter J.M. Simons @peterjmsimons
What happens to students after they graduate? What is the outcome?
Our students get prepared for practical early stage investment, exposure to Silicon Valley resources and opportunities, early stage companies , Silicon Valley VCs & accelerators, investors, top notch Universities and cool start ups from US and abroad.
Where do you get the projects and do I have a choice in picking the projects?
We get projects from our partners and network in the different industries as well as through our affiliations with Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Singularity University, Berkeley, The French Tech hub, Plug'n'Play and others. We also develop in house prospects and projects around our portfolio of start-ups. The projects are primarily focused on business strategy, business development, consulting, VC, IPO readiness and M&A. In general students have to be comfortable with working in different domains and across disciplines and be ready to roam between practices to accomplish real life objectives.
What does the day-to-day look like?
We have daily or weekly scrums, and we are very diligent about it as long as they involve real world projects and customers. We have internal slack channels, shared github repos and trello boards. We have a weekly retrospective and iteration planning.
We use Asana, Trello, Slack, Hubspot, Medium, LinkedIN, Twitter, Facebook, Telegram, WeChat, Instagram and any other possible tool out there to secure instant communications to get the job done.
How do I apply? And how do I know the status of my application?
Just go to the left of this page and click Apply, fill in the form and tweet any of us with some embarrassing comment to grab our attention and get your application speeded up.