VCIC Fellows — Course Information

Course Number/Title:  MBA 848R/BUSI 511: Regional Venture Capital Immersion
Meeting Times: Mod III, Mondays 12:30-1:50PM + two weekend trips to VCIC regional events
Credit Hours:  1.5
Instructor:   Patrick Vernon, Clinical Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

The Regional Venture Capital Immersion (also called VCIC Fellows) provides a selected group of MBA and undergraduate students a fun, practical and interactive opportunity to study venture capital and entrepreneurship by traveling to two different entrepreneurial regions of the United States and Canada. This course builds on the lessons taught in several other classes at Kenan-Flagler on the theory and fundamentals of venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, due diligence and VC deal structure. The Regional Venture Capital Immersion offers a unique opportunity to see these concepts put into action outside of the traditional classroom with real professionals working on live case studies.  As a VCIC Fellow, you will:

  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at a venture capital partner meeting in which real VCs discuss real startups as investment opportunities;
  • Observe talented startup founders as they handle numerous due diligence sessions;
  • Learn from the various perspectives and approaches utilized by student teams as they show off their VC knowledge and skills;
  • Interact with founders, investors and students from other programs throughout the day.

Similar to a Global Immersion Elective, VCIC Fellows combines classroom sessions with travel to give students on-site exposure to venture capitalists and startup founders. UNC Kenan-Flagler’s role as coordinator of the global Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) offers unique access for our students to over a dozen different venture capital ecosystems, such as Silicon Valley, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, DC, Austin, Houston (varies by year, see regional bracket at for this year’s regions). In addition to learning about venture capital, VCIC Fellows act as ambassadors on behalf of UNC Kenan-Flagler and have the opportunity to extend their professional network in this otherwise difficult to access career field.

Interested UNC Kenan-Flagler students should apply at