Venture Capital 101 - The Basics


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6 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Learn the tangible skills to be a killer VC or Growth investor: including sourcing, diligence, portfolio support, and building your brand.

Course overview

The best VCs start doing the job before they're hired... and you can too 💫

Whether you just started a job in VC or are looking to break in, this course will provide the tools to:

✨ Build confidence & conviction around investing

✨ Find your superpower to help founders & your fund

✨ Start/grow your brand & thematic areas of expertise

Who is this course for


VC Analysts or Associates who have started in the past 6-12 months.


Students & early career professionals looking to break into VC or Growth Equity.


Anyone curious about venture capital who wants to learn about how it works & why it's a fun (& empowering) career path!

What you’ll get out of this course

Become an expert on the VC/Growth landscape

Understand what venture capital is & the different skillsets required to succeed as an investor from pre-seed to pre-IPO.

Learn the fundamentals of how to invest (& crush it) early in your career

This covers everything from: sourcing (how you find interesting founders/startups, build relationships with fellow VCs, etc.), diligence, and finding your unique value-prop in supporting founders post-investment through portfolio support.

Be active in the way you build your brand & areas of expertise to help founders find YOU.

Find your niche and start creating content, whether that's building your brand on social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok) or through long-form writing.

Build confidence & find your superpower as an investor.

Everyone has a different style in the way they approach finding great companies, winning deals, and supporting founders. Your edge is your competitive advantage, and the earlier off you find it, the more you can lean in.

What people are saying about Meagan & Gen Z VCs

        I broke into VC right out of college and Meagan played a big role in helping me get there. She's the best person to help the next generation break into venture!
Ben Grosse

Ben Grosse

Investor, Tribeca Venture Partners
        @meaganloyst is a force of nature. Maybe she’s not single handedly changing the VC world … but it's close.


Business Insider
        Love to see the new generation thrive 👏👏👏 make us all better
Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian

Founder, 776
        Meagan Loyst is opening doors for a new generation of venture capitalists.
Boston College Magazine

Boston College Magazine

Spring 2022 Edition

Meet your instructor

Meagan Loyst, Founder of Gen Z VCs

Meagan Loyst, Founder of Gen Z VCs

Hi! I'm Meagan. I started my career in growth equity right out of college (2019 grad) then broke into VC with a cold email! ✉️

I have 3+ years of investing experience, having sourced 6 deals in the past year & supported 20+ portfolio companies at Lerer Hippeau ($1.5bn in AUM, the most active early stage VC fund in NYC). And before that, I started growth investing at General Atlantic ($84Bn in AUM) at 21 years old 💫

I won the National Venture Capital Association's "Rising Star Award" this year, landed on the 2022 Forbes 30U30 list in VC, and am a 2022 LinkedIn Top Voice (one of the top 10 Gen Z creators globally) with ~40k additional followers on Twitter (up from 50 followers only 2 years ago).

I got hired in VC at 22 yrs old with no friends or network in VC... so I built one for our generation. I'm the Founder & CEO of Gen Z VCs, the largest community for young people in Tech & VC globally with ~19,000 members from 80+ countries... and now a movement. I've been featured in Business Insider (15x), Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, WSJ, Forbes, TechCrunch, Hunger Magazine, BloombergTV, Fox Business News, Business of Fashion, Axios, and more.

I'm also a content creator, writing articles like my "Metaverse 101" 26-page manifesto that's been read by over 1 million people. I help large brands & Fortune500 companies understand the Gen Z consumer & worker, and am an international speaker highlighting the Gen Z POV on various sectors.

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10 live sessions + office hours + downloadable tools


How to source deals (the Gen Z way with no network)

You don't need a big network to start sourcing... you just have to be creative in how you find companies and put yourself out in the world. Whether you're in college or out in the workforce, you'll learn how to think outside the box, talk to founders, and add value.


How to build a great memo, win deals, and support your portfolio companies like a baddie

Being a great investor goes waaaaaayyy beyond sourcing. You need to help your firm win deals, dig deep on diligence, and then be a thought partner to founders. Finding your edge & wedge into "value-add" will be important at each step.


How to build your brand from scratch & START WRITING

As a young investor, content can be one of your greatest assets. This course will help you find your niche, and start actually creating content / building your brand vs. just thinking about it. We're do-ers :)


Get up to speed on the details & ready to be ~hired~ and scale

We're going to cover some details and provide resources on venture math, financial modeling, and even deal terms so you'll know where to start.

Course schedule

2 hours per week LIVE
  • Mondays & Wednesdays

    5:00pm - 6:00pm EST

    Sessions are on Mondays and Wednesdays, schedule permitting. The live instructional class sessions are 1 hour, 5 to 6PM ET.

    Class Sessions: Jan (9, 11, 18, 23, 25, 30) & Feb (1, 6, 8, 13)

    5 Weeks Total

  • No required homework (yasssss!)

    The time commitment is manageable for busy professionals & students.

  • Specific questions, ask anytime.

    Always available for questions and support through the online community.

  • You have to miss a session?

    All sessions are recorded, so you can watch them at your own time if you can't attend.

Learning is better with a community of like-minded peers

Learning is better with a community of like-minded peers

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops that provide you the true 101 knowledge & tools to start crushing it in VC.

Learn with a cohort of peers

You’ll be learning with other VCs, students, and people looking to learn more about breaking into VC & scaling quickly in their role!

Join the largest global community of Gen Z innovators

Gen Z VCs Academy is a part of the broader Gen Z VCs community & our initiatives. The fun doesn't end with this course :)

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