San Diego Venture Capital Case Competition
Think you have what it takes to spot the next Airbnb, Lyft, or Pinterest? Then welcome to the inaugural San Diego Venture Capital Case Competition. Through a series of 4 workshops, mentoring from top venture capitalists, and the opportunity to pitch to some of the most successful investors in the country, you will learn first hand if you have what it takes.
4 Workshops Taught by a VC
with 12 years of experience
Final Round Judged by Very Successful Investors
Teams mentored by top local investors
Network with other driven Students in San Diego
Cash Prizes + Dinner with Judges
2nd & 3rd Place:
The competition is comprised of 4 training sessions and the final judging event, all hosted at the Joan P Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego.
- Kickoff Event: Wednesday, February 13th 5PM – 7PM
- Deal Sourcing Training: Wednesday, February 27th 5PM – 7PM
- Performing Due Diligence Training: Wednesday, March 13th 5PM – 7PM
- Making Investment Decisions Training: Wednesday, March 27th 5PM – 7PM
- Final Event: Wednesday, April 10th 5PM – 7PM
Applications Due February 28th
How the Competition will work:
Kick off event February 13th
The event kicks off February 13th. We’ll cover how the competition will work and start the training right away. Don’t have a team? Don’t worry – we will get you connected to others at the end of the meeting. At the end, we’ll help make sure everyone that’s interested in on a team. Teams will have until February 28th to sign up!
We’re going to teach you to be a real venture capitalist, which means you’ll have to find your deal, perform your due diligence on it, and convince your investment committee to invest. To help you, we’ll cover a number of topics over the 4 workshops: How to source a deal, How to perform due diligence, and How to make an investment decision.
Teams will be narrowed down through a series of submissions until the final 5 teams are selected to present at the final event. However, all of the workshops will remain open to all student participants regardless of whether they are selected to advance on to the next round.
Teams that advance past the first round will be assigned a mentor to assist them with the due diligence and final presentation. These mentors are local investors and this is an amazing opportunity to network and learn directly from these individuals.
Final Judging Event
Held April 10th, the final judging event will be modeled after a venture capital fund’s investment committee meeting: teams will pitch their investment and due diligence to a panel of 3-5 very successful venture capitalists. The team that does the best job will not only win a cash prize (to help them make their investment?), but they will also have the unique opportunity to join the judges for dinner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Teams compete in groups of 2-4, but if you don’t have a team, you should still sign up and we’ll help you find team members
While we HIGHLY encourage you to attend as many sessions as possible, we will also post recordings of all of the sessions to this website. Attendance at the final event is obviously required.
Teams that advance on to the final stages of the competition are paired with a local investor to help them tighten up their due diligence and prepare for the final pitch.
Any full time university or college student in San Diego is eligible to participate. This includes both masters degree students and undergrads. Teams can even be comprised of students of different schools. We want to make this opportunity to as many as possible and help expose them to the world of startups and investing.
Rather than send out a case study like many other competitions, we are teaching you to be like real venture capitalists: this means learning how to source your own deals, perform due diligence on them, and convince your investment committee to make the investment. So, your submission will be a deal that you find and you will be judged on the quality of the deal, the level of the due diligence you perform, and your ability to convince your investment committee that it is a good investment.
We’ve partnered with the University of San Diego to host the event. All of the workshops and the final event will be held at the Krok Institute of Peace and Justice, a beautiful building overlooking the bay. Parking will be available down the hill from the building.