“VCIC is like an accelerator for the fundraising process…”

Founders raising capital: apply to participate in an intensive venture capital immersion with real investors and student investment teams. Since 1998, VCIC has been connecting startups, investors and students, with over 1,500 practice term sheets offered to 800 founders. Free to apply. Free to participate. See below for benefits and link to application. UPDATE 2022: most of our 21 regional events have moved back to a virtual format.


↑  VCIC startups that went on to get funded.  more here

NOTE: No actual funding occurs at a VCIC event. These startups all raised venture capital funding sometime after participating in VCIC, not necessarily because of VCIC. More about startups that got funded.

What is VCIC?

Not a pitch contest! At its core, VCIC is an educational event for students, but it happens to have tangible benefits for founders, too. Student VC teams are competing to be the best VC firm. (Note: half of the schools participating have student-run funds.) Real startups (you) pitch to to the teams, who perform in-depth due diligence, including interviewing the founders. Teams must choose one startup and propose a mock term sheet. Real investors are there to judge which student team would make the best VC firm and to provide feedback and connections for the founders.

What is the Most VC-Backable Search?

A competition within the competition. Three startups will be chosen as finalists for each region. The student teams will perform due diligence on all three and propose a mock term sheet for one. The startup that gets the most term sheets will be crowned the “Most VC-Backbable” of the region and will receive an invitation to the VCIC Global Finals.

What is an “accelerator for the fundraising process?”

1) Access to Investors       2) Wide Variety of Viewpoints
3) Genuine Feedback   4) Due Diligence to Term Sheet



Increase your investor rolodex with the ones you spend the day with and the ones they may introduce you to.



With a variety of students from a variety of schools and a variety of investors, your plan gets poked from every angle.



Sick of getting vague, polite reasons why VCs are passing? Our focus is education. We keep it real at VCIC.

Due Diligence to Term Sheet

Soup to Nuts

Students start the due diligence process two days in advance and put down a term sheet for one of the three startups at the event.

What the Day Looks Like for Founders

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Where are VCIC Regional Events?

Chapel Hill
New York
Palo Alto
Santa Clara

A Typical VCIC Event Includes…

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