QUIP™ Program Overview

The QUIP™ certification program is an experiential program, which prepares you to enter the VC industry by allowing you to practice the essential skills required to be successful. Additionally, QUIP™ Institute offers course materials that will provide you with the foundational knowledge and the practiced based approach of the program will provide the necessary expertise to obtain a full-time job in Venture Capital. If you are looking for your first job in VC, have limited exposure to the industry through internships, or want to seek out an alternate career path, this program is for you!
The certification program is intended to give you a leg up by equipping you with know-how to either seek employment in the Venture Capital industry, start your own fund or start a venture-backable startup. 


The program will focus on developing your skills over a period of 9 months designed to work around your existing schedule, divided into three semesters (requiring 4-5 hours per week of study), which include the following modules:

Semester 1

  • Ethics and Standards
  • Inner Workings of a VC firm (structure, roles, business model)
  • Deal sourcing

Semester 2

  • Building a personal brand
  • VC term sheets, investment instruments, essential legal provisions
  • Basics of portfolio construction and Investment thesis

Semester 3

  • Fund Formation and Fund raising
  • Due Diligence methods
  • LP Reporting, Portfolio maintenance and Board Governance

2022 sessions are led by John Francis, General Partner at Stout Street Capital.  John, a certified VC QUIP™, comes with years of Venture Capital experience.  He manages a seed stage fund based in Denver, has invested in over 63 startups.  John is a board member at Botco. Ai, Schola, and a Board Observer at Fluent Forever. He is also the Founder of the UNMET conferences that promotes investment in underserved regions in the middle of the country.  The conference is attended by over 300 VC funds and has helped raise over $500M for Startups in the US. He brings a unique set of perspectives and experiences to the 2022 class of QUIP® certification seekers.