San Diego Venture Capital Case Competition


The San Diego Venture Capital Case Competition gives students the opportunity to think and act like venture capitalists. Over 6 weeks, students will learn from experienced venture capitalists through 4 educational workshops and compete in teams of 2-4 people to find, analyze, and pitch investment opportunities. While only the top 5 teams will have the unique opportunity to pitch to our panel of esteemed VC judges, all participants are welcome to attend every educational workshop and network with students and venture capitalists along the way.

Due to COVID-19, all sessions will be held virtually.

Join us for The Final Event!

Thursday, April 8, 2020  |  5PM - 7PM PST

Join us online at: Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 826 3397 5046
Passcode: SDVCCC



4 Educational Workshops Taught by Venture Capitalists

Pitch Competition Judged by Esteemed Investors


Teams mentored by venture capitalists

Network with other driven Students from across San Diego


First Place:

2nd & 3rd Place:
$2,000 & $1,000


October 14, 2020


Competition Details

What is Venture Capital?

Deal Sourcing Part I

Youtube Link


October 21, 2020


Deal Sourcing Part II Thematic Vs Opportunistic Approaches Screening Checklist/Considerations

Youtube Link

Kristie's Experience

Kristie Lam, 1st Place at the 2019 Utah Venture Capital Case Competition

"The competition was such a fantastic learning experience that offered insights into the VC world that would otherwise be difficult to gain elsewhere. It was one of the best things I've done in all the years of my academic career."

Bracken's Experience

Bracken Williams, Finalist at the 2019 Utah Venture Capital Case Competition

“The competition taught me more than I learned in an entire semester of school. The workshops taught me what it looks like to go through the entire deal sourcing and diligence process. My favorite part was meeting with our mentors at Album VC, who brought in real-world experience and helped us craft our pitch.”

How the Competition Works

  • Kick-Off Event on February 18

    The competition kicks off on February 18. We will cover how the competition works and then start training right away. Don’t have a team yet? Don’t worry! Our team will help connect you with others at the end of the meeting to ensure all interested individuals can participate in the competition. Teams will have until February 27 to sign up.

  • Workshops

    Participants will learn how to think and act like venture capitalists through 4 educational workshops. Everything from finding investment deals to performing due diligence to convincing your investment committee to support your investment will be covered. Workshops will take place at different universities around San Diego. Logistics for each workshop will be sent out prior to each event to everyone signed up to receive competition emails.

  • Selection Process

    The top 5 teams will be selected by the quality of their deal sourcing and memo submissions. These 5 teams will have the unique opportunity to prepare a presentation and pitch their investment to our esteemed panel of VC judges. While only 5 teams will participate in the pitch competition, all participants are welcome to attend the 4 educational workshops and network with students and venture capitalists along the way.

  • Mentoring

    The top 5 teams will be partnered with an experienced private investor to mentor and support them through the final due diligence and presentation process. This unique opportunity is one of the best networking and learning experiences students can have throughout the competition. We highly encourage students to work diligently throughout the early processes of the competition to qualify for this special opportunity.

  • Pitch Competition on April 8

    After 7 weeks of learning, networking, and mentoring, the event will conclude with a pitch competition modeled after a venture capital fund’s investment committee meeting. Teams will pitch their investment and supporting due diligence to a panel of esteemed venture capitalists. The winning team will receive $3,000. Second and third place teams will receive $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.

Competition Schedule

Kick-off Event and Venture Capital: February 18 from 5-7 p.m.

Deal Sourcing Training: February 25 from 5-7 p.m.

Due Diligence, Part I Training: March 4 from 5-7 p.m.

Due Diligence, Part II Training: March 11 from 5-7 p.m.

Pitch Competition: April 8 from 5-7 p.m.

Submission Deadlines

Team Registration Deadline:  February 27

Top 3 Companies Submission Deadline: March 6 at 11:59 p.m.

Investment Memorandum Deadline: March 27 at 11:59 p.m.

Final 5 Teams Announced and Connect with VC Mentors: March 29 at noon

Final Presentation Submission Deadline (Top 5 Teams Only): April 5 at 11:59 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions