The MIT Venture Capital & Private Equity (VCPE) Club is one of MIT’s largest and most visible cross-campus organizations. Our mission is to provide our members with opportunities to learn about the venture capital and private equity industries, to interact with leading professional investors and business executives, and to develop relationships with members of the MIT community who share similar interests.

The VCPE Club hosts and co-sponsors a broad portfolio of activities which span private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurship through acquisition. We have established deep partnerships throughout MIT and with the local businesses and investing community, and have a proven track record of developing new projects, engaging with prominent private equity investors, identifying and matching talent, and helping drive MIT-generated technology towards successful commercialization. We continue to focus on building relationships, visibility, and collaborative initiatives that can assist partners looking to enhance their connections to MIT’s investor base and innovation ecosystem.

Executive Leadership

Jose Garcia-Pont

Co-President

                                      Isabelle Phelps
                                     Co-President

 

Vice Presidents

Alvaro Arizcun
VP - Private Equity & Finance

Christopher Sykes
VP - Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition

Kaitlin Ross
VP - VC, Alumni & Partnership Relations

Preeti S
VP - VC & Recruiting

What We Do


Activities


Private Equity

The VCPE Club aims to provide professional development, networking, and educational opportunities for those interested in the private equity industry. The VCPE Club connects members to industry leaders and investment professionals through speaker events, conferences,  competitions, and treks. Our events and initiatives help members develop long-lasting relationships with MIT faculty and alumni, with prominent private equity firms in Boston, New York, London, and the world.

Venture Capital

The VCPE Club brings together those who are interested in venture capital investing as well as those following entrepreneurial pursuits. We provide opportunities for members to learn more about the investment life cycle, financing process, and partnership between investors and entrepreneurs. Our events help members develop connections across the MIT community as well as engage with the vibrant venture capital firms in Boston, Silicon Valley, and around the world.

Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition

The VCPE Club has developed an emerging Search Fund community around MIT that includes well-known investors in the Search Fund space and searchers from all around the world. We develop initiatives to connect searchers and investors through speaker series, our MIT ETA Workshop, conferences and treks. A relevant number of graduates have launched their own Search Funds in recent years.

Entrepreneurship

The VCPE Club is committed to promoting and developing entrepreneurship, in particular, promoting the commercialization of MIT technologies. In addition to the variety of educational events we offer, we provide opportunities for members to work at start-ups first-hand. The VCPE Club partners with the MIT Venture Mentoring Service and Science and Engineering Business Club to create VenturesShips. This program brings teams of cross-departmental MIT students to local work with real start-up companies.

In addition, our club partners with the MIT Sloan Career Development Office to prepare a resume book for club members targeting opportunities at portfolio companies of 40+ leading venture capital firms.

To contact us, please email vcpe@mit.edu.