The Private Equity and Venture Capital Club focuses on five primary initiatives: the private equity and venture capital conference, professional development, student events, alumni outreach, and several private equity and venture capital competitions. Summaries of the initiatives can be read below:
Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference
Since 1994, the Private Equity and Venture Capital Club has organized a conference to bring together a unique collection of industry leaders, academic practitioners, alumni and current students to discuss recent trends and emerging issues in the private equity industry. Keynote speakers at past conferences have included:
- Russell L. Carson, (CBS ’67) co-founder of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
- Mark Gallogly (CBS ‘86) co-founder of Centerbridge Partners
- Thomas H. Lee, founder of the Lee Equity Partners
- J. Christopher Flowers, founder of J.C. Flowers & Co.
- Robert Pittman, Founder of the Pilot Group, LLC
- Alan Patricof (CBS ‘57), founder and managing director of Greycroft Partners
Members of the public are invited to attend the conference. Click to read about our upcoming PEVC conference.
The professional development initiative of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Club includes two programs – professional development events and an internship program.
Professional Development Events
Each semester, the Private Equity and Venture Capital Club hosts events designed to help Club members better understand the private equity and venture capital industries. Past events have included introductions to venture capital and private equity, moderated panel discussions, and presentations on specific issues affecting the private equity and venture capital industry. To view upcoming events, please click here.
The Internship Program provides student members of the Club with internship opportunities at private equity and venture capital firms. The objective of the program is to provide CBS students the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience with the industries, and also to provide firms with an opportunity to interact with and gain value from CBS’s pool of talented students. Past participating firms have included VenturiFX, RRE Ventures, Silicon Alley Venture Partners (SAVP), Updata Partners, Invesco, Draper Fisher Jurveston, Silicon Alley Seed Investors, Starvest Partners, Silverline Partners, Wicks Group of Companies, Coqui Capital Partners, Circle Peak Capital, and The Walnut Group – among others. To participate in the internship program, students and hosts must agree to the following guidelines:
- Student interns agree to work pro bono the equivalent of 10 full working days at participating firms during the Spring Semester
- Host firms participating in the program agree to offer one or more internship positions to qualified applicants and to provide exposure to problems and decisions characteristic of the industry. Host firms also agree to provide interns with the feedback and guidance in developing a career path within the PEVC industry while also respecting student academic requirements.
During the course of the school-year, the Private Equity and Venture Capital Club hosts numerous student events. These include educational and networking events, alumni breakfasts, and trips to local firms to learn about the inner workings of various private equity and venture capital funds. To view upcoming events, please click here.
Alumni outreach is an important Club initiative that helps bring together current MBA students and past Columbia Business School alumni that are active in the private equity and venture capital industry. Alumni outreach is accomplished both on a board level by organizing internship opportunities for current Club members as well as on a membership level through various Club events that bring together current students and alumni.
Private Equity and Venture Capital Competitions
Every year, the Club hosts and participates in various private equity and venture capital competitions on campus and around the United States. Past competitions have included the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC), the Social Venture Capital Investment Competition (SVCIC), the Leveraged Buyout Competition, and the DFJ Business Plan Competition.