Dream VC Announces Applications for its 2023 Venture Capital Fellowship Programs

By  |  March 13, 2023

Dream VC, an investor accelerator dedicated to training the next generation of African-focused investors globally, is pleased to announce that applications for its 2023 Venture Capital Fellowship Programs are now open.

The programs offer an extensive curriculum, practical training, and direct exposure to world-class investors, providing the ideal launchpad for aspiring and current investors to break into the African venture space.

Dream VC programs have the support of over 50 Venture Capital Funds for the curriculum. To-date, over 80 fellows have been trained through its flagship Investor Accelerator and Launch into Venture Capital Programs. Though most are based in Africa, these fellows now span everywhere from North America to South Asia.

Past fellows have gone on to launch investment funds, set up accelerators and startup hubs, and join new and established investment funds across Africa and beyond. Today, Dream VC fellows work with over 35+ VC and PE funds, including the likes of Ajim Capital, Capria Ventures, Future Africa, Lateral Frontiers, Oui Capital, Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures and more, and are investing in hundreds of startups. 

This year, Dream VC will run two programs:

  • The 3-month-long Launch into Venture Capital Program (LIVC)
  • The 5-month-long Investor Accelerator Program 

The Launch into Venture Capital Program is ideal for junior professionals and graduates who wish to build an unparalleled skillset and break into entry-level roles (interns, analysts, associates) in African-focused VC and investment firms. 

The Launch into Venture Capital Program curriculum is very intensive and structured like a bootcamp, with predominantly skills-based training throughout the program. Fellows on this program would get a crash course into VC, learn fundamental venture capital skills like due screening, analysis, due diligence and more, and be trained on post-investment value add and startup support. The program also includes extensive career-building, mentorship and network development.

The Investor Accelerator Program is geared towards mid to advanced-stage career professionals with the capital and experience to begin investment activities upon program completion.

The Investor Accelerator Program is an immersive experience that covers over 800 hours of on-demand content and multiple weekly lessons across skill-building, theory, fundamentals, venture capital, and angel investing, covering many topics, from VC 101 to Fund Launch and VC Career Development. Fellows in this program would be immersed in the 0-100 of Dream VC’s extensive curriculum. Upon program completion, they will be ready to begin investment activities or launch an initiative.

Dream VC’s application process has an acceptance rate of less than 10% based on past data and interviews with the founders. Applicants undergo a four-stage application process involving motivational questions, research assignments, interviews with past fellows, and Dream VC staff.

Applications for both programs are now open and will close on April 16th.

The programs will run in Summer and Autumn, with the Launch into VC program running from June to late August and the Investor Accelerator program running from June to late October.

How to apply

To apply to the Launch into VC program, interested applicants should use this link.

To apply to the Investor Accelerator program, interested applicants should use this link.

For any questions about the applications, potential fellows can contact [email protected].

Feature image:  Dream VC Co-Founders Mark Kleyner (Left) and Cindy Ai (Right) are active ecosystem builders, advisors and investors in African startups. Source: Dream VC. 

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