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PE/VC Lab: San Francisco Initiative

PE/VC Lab: San Francisco Initiative


The SFI application process is separate from that of the traditional PE/VC Lab. Students interested in SFI must complete an online application and interview with SF-based firms. Students are notified of their acceptance into the SFI ahead of the traditional PE/VC Lab application deadline. If a student is not accepted into the SFI, they still have the opportunity to apply for the traditional PE/VC Lab. The SFI is a competitive program, and placement is limited to approximately 10 students.

Following the SFI application deadline, student applications are shared with SF host firms. All firms receive both a complete set of all applicants’ applications, as well as a tailored set of applications based on specific criteria they provide. Host firms screen resumes and interview candidates of interest between October 19 and November 9. Please note that not all applicants receive an interview request. All selections are made and decisions communicated prior to the application deadline for the traditional PE/VC Lab.

The application to the 2020-2021 PE/VC Lab: SFI is open. Apply online. >>

Please contact Nora Mansfield with questions.


  1. The PE/VC Lab: San Francisco Initiative (SFI) is open to Full-Time, Evening, and Weekend MBA Program students at Chicago Booth. XP students are not eligible to participate. The SFI is not currently open to undergraduate or graduate students outside of Chicago Booth.
  2. The SFI is only open to students who have not previously earned credit for the PE/VC Lab course (BUS34702).
  3. International students (first year and second year) are eligible to participate in the PE/VC Lab through Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization. Please consult the University of Chicago Office of International Affairs (OIA) website on CPT authorizationfor more information. International students will be required to complete an attestation form to confirm they’ve met with OIA and will take the necessary steps to complete their CPT.
  4. Prior professional experience in venture capital is not needed to be considered; however, the selection process takes into account the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to a career in VC and specific interest in the San Francisco ecosystem.
  5. The SFI requires a significant time commitment. Selected students are required to participate in an orientation session in the fall quarter and are encouraged to register for only three courses during the winter quarter when their SF internship takes place. Participants are expected to intern at least two days per week (15-20 hours/week) for the full 10 weeks of Chicago Booth’s winter quarter. Applicants must be willing and able to make this time commitment.

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