VC University Partners with Assure to Grant Scholarships

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Sep 1, 2021 10:23:00 AM | Assure

VC University ONLINE, a joint initiative of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), Venture Forward, and Startup@BerkeleyLaw at UC Berkeley,  is proud to announce a partnership with Assure, the leading provider of outsourced administrative and transaction services for the private investment marketplace. 

Through this partnership, Assure is supporting emerging fund managers from underrepresented backgrounds in the VC University program who are  launching impactful venture capital firms, aligning with Assure’s mission to nearly eliminate the structuring and administration expense of investing in private assets.


The goal of the partnership is to reduce the barriers for emerging fund managers to access world-class talent and resources to support the launch of their funds, while creating global standards and best practices for the VC Industry when it comes to fund formation.  

Through this partnership, Assure is granting full scholarships to new investors from diverse backgrounds. All VC University ONLINE participants will also receive curated benefits on services through Assure. Assure’s deep bench of experts will work with emerging managers from the VC University program to help them with their structuring strategy, including fund formation, back office, and compliance management. 

"This exciting collaboration with VC University means Assure can provide our industry-leading tools and services to a greater number of emerging fund managers, helping them drive investment where it matters most - startups that are making an impact. We are pleased to be part of this innovative and powerful global initiative. "

- Katie Neilson, Assure CRO

VC University ONLINE launched in 2019 with the mission to democratize access to education on venture capital. The industry-leading certificate course has had 1.200 participants through seven sold-out cohorts to date. Course components include lectures, conversations with leading venture capitalists, interactive activities, and networking.

"VC University ONLINE is a go-to educational resource for industry newcomers, and having  Assure as a partner is advancing the program’s goals to make VC education more accessible for new investors from underrepresented backgrounds and equipping emerging managers with tools for success. We’re excited to work with Assure our shared mission to support new investors on their VC journeys. "

- Bobby Bartlett, Faculty Director, Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy