IVCA Scholar Program: Update

IVCA Scholar Program: Update

June 26, 2019

Just a quick update on the 2019 IVCA Scholars

Our crew this summer is really great and we are off to a good start.  We had a 3-day orientation with the Scholars.

Onboarding June 17th focused on Venture Capital

  • Intros & Ice Breakers – Maura O’Hara, IVCA
  • Overview of Fund Structures for VC & PE firms – Michael Gray, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg
  • VC Panel:
    • Stephanie Koenig, Moderne Ventures
    • Sam Shanley, Adams Street Partners
    • Eric Duboe, Pritzker Group Venture Capital
  • Overview of the Business of Venture Investing – Ira Weiss, Hyde Park Venture Partners & Chicago Booth
  • Overview of Capitalization Tables - Cliff Nelson, DRW Capital

Onboarding June 18th focused on Private Equity

  • Valuation Methods & Practice - Ted Dimiropoulos, KPMG
  • PE Panel:
    • Phil Iler, Pritzker Private Capital
    • Cass Gunderson, Shore Capital Partners & Booth (IVCA Scholar Alum)
    • Alex Fisher, Madison Dearborn Partners
  • Overview of Investment Banking - Zain Nomani, RW Baird & IVCA Scholar Alum
  • Financial Modeling for Private Equity - Ben Volk, Lazard & Former UIUC Teaching Assistant

On June 19th, the Scholars attended the Aspire Middle Market Conference at the Palmer House. The event had multiple speakers/panels discussing issues and opportunities in VC &PE.

On June 24th, they attended the 2019 PE/VC Golf Invitational which was founded and organized by A Good Walk Spoiled Foundation, which itself was founded by Walter Florence, Frontenac.  This year’s annual event, benefitting the IVCA Scholar Fund and the Michael J. Fox Foundation saw 110 golfers.  The Scholars had the opportunity to meet many of the golfers as they worked registration. as well as various tees along the course.

Throughout the summer we will visit various firms with the goal of having the Scholars understand the variety of firms in the industry.  On June 27th the Scholars will visit Growth Catalyst Partners’ office and will learn about the new fund’s launch and their investment strategy.