venture fellows program

A one-of-a-kind, five month program for aspiring venture capital investors.

(applications now closed)


Venture capital is an important part of the economy. It provides funding to big, risky ideas. Those ideas, and the teams behind them, have changed the world. Apple, Google, Amazon.

Ideally, VC should be a meritocracy, funding the best ideas and teams. In practice, this isn’t always the case. Networks play a huge role in who and what gets funded. While there are many ways to help improve this reality, Susa believes it starts with who is making the investment decisions.

Driven by this belief, we’re thrilled to introduce the Venture Fellows Program, a training program for aspiring venture investors.


Five to six months. Typically beginning in September and ending in March.

Applications typically open in May or June and are due in August. 

Applications are now closed. We will share the details via our social channels when applications reopen in Summer of 2023!

Any aspiring venture capital investor, within the US or Canada, regardless of educational background, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, upbringing, or professional experience.

This is a part-time, but very involved, program. The more Fellows put into it, the more they will get out of it. Fellows will meet as a group once every other week for two hours, in addition to one-off diligence meetings with the Susa investors based on the pace of deals, likely 5 hours per week during PST working hours. This program will be entirely virtual.

Venture Fellows will be offered an opportunity to participate in the economics of deals they bring in. They will also receive a monthly stipend to compensate for hours they may need to take off from work.

If you’d like to learn more, you can read about the origins of this program in the medium posts below.


Abhijeet Patra

Alex Dees

Angeline Rao

Betty Chang

Caitlin Collins

Danh Trang

Derick En'Wezoh, MD, MBA

Elliott Mack

Emma Qian

Faud Ali

Grant Gregory

Hamna Nazir

Iyore N. Olaye

Isabella Garcia-Camargo

John Morrison

Kalvin Karsito Wang

Kam Phillips-Sadler

Kia Richards

Lajhem Cambridge, MS, MBA

Manjot Pal

Megan Ruan

Natalie Afonina

Nicholas Moschopoulos

Nina Essandoh

Oliver Hsu

Paloma Saez

Prateek Joshi

Riley Finch

Rufaro Makanda

Sanchay Gupta

Shreman Shrestha

Sonya Li

Stephanie Liu

Victoria Pu


  • Introducing the 2022 Susa Venture Fellows Class
    on October 27, 2022

    By Courtney Buie Lipkin, Partner at Susa VenturesSince we launched the Venture Fellows Program in August 2020, twenty five aspiring investors and technologists have joined the Susa Family. We’ve known all along that the fellows are extraordinary. […]

  • Applications Open For 2022 Susa Venture Fellows Cohort
    on August 3, 2022

    By Courtney Buie Lipkin, Partner at Susa VenturesIt’s that time of year again! The Susa team is excited to open applications for our third cohort of Venture Fellows. This unique program is designed to give aspiring venture investors an all-access […]

  • Lightning Struck Twice: Introducing the 2021 Susa Venture Fellows Class
    on October 14, 2021

    By Courtney Buie Lipkin, Partner at Susa VenturesLast year was unprecedented on almost all fronts. 2020 pushed us to reinvent how we ran our business, supported founders, and stayed connected with the broader venture community. While many of the […]