Front Row Ventures is the first venture capital fund investing entirely in student-led startups in Canada. In partnership with Real Ventures since 2016, FRV has run a successful fund with over $15M in follow-on capital, based off of 20+ university campuses in Quebec and Ontario. Having trained 100+ investment associates, FRV is now proud to open the Blueprint to the public. Through the VC Blueprint, we hope to further foster entrepreneurship and together build a community that supports the startup ecosystem.
“Hi! I’m a principal at Brightspark Ventures and the co-founder of Front Row Ventures. We wrote the very first version of the Blueprint while I was myself learning the ropes of venture capital at Brightspark Ventures, right after graduating from university. Each module is carefully designed for newcomers in the industry and based on lessons from VC veterans. I had the chance to have exceptional mentors that nurtured me into becoming a solid investor, and the VC Blueprint is a great way to pass it forward. FRV’s VC Blueprint will teach you the fundamentals of venture capital while equipping you with practical mental frameworks to actually do the job.”
"Bonjour Hi! I'm an early-stage investor at Vestigo Ventures and a proud mentor at Front Row Ventures. As a McGill alumni, I've been well-aware of the high level of student talent in Montreal but have been floored by the poise and precocity of the investors I've worked with at FRV. I've thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to pay it forward and am excited to share some of the lessons I have learned with you (so you don't have to make all my mistakes)!"
"I'm Anish and I'm an analyst at Amplitude Ventures, one of Canada's largest healthcare venture funds. I've been a part of FRV's ecosystem now for several years as a VC mentor and I'm continually surprised by what they're building. They've been able to help teach students the ins and outs of VC better than anything I've seen. This is something I wish I had when I was starting out in the VC industry and you'll learn so much more than you thought."
"I’m Alex Barrett, an investor at Inovia Capital. Inovia Capital is an early and growth-stage Canadian-based venture fund, and with FRV targeting early-stage student entrepreneurs I feel right at home with their mission. The VC landscape is ever-growing and it’s become increasingly clear that the more perspectives the better. Front Row Ventures has continuously surprised me with their dedication and effort to bring about diversity and this course is the perfect example of that. Regardless of where you are in your career, this is a great way to learn about venture capital."
"Hi! I’m an Associate at Real Ventures, Canada’s most active early-stage VC. FRV’s rigorous and community-driven approach to training & immersing students in the VC world is based on learnings from dozens of investment firms and investors. The startup ecosystem, like any other, is about give & take. By helping others understand and build their skillsets in the otherwise opaque field of Venture Capital, we can together provide greater support to the startup ecosystem. FRV’s VC Blueprint leverages practiced methods to do just that!"
"Hi, I'm an Investment Associate at Luge Capital, a fintech-focused VC firm. I've been in the early stage fintech investment space for 5 years and have learned a lot from early-stage startup creation, from building to investing. FRV plays a crucial role in exposing student talents to the world of venture capital, which is not something you can get in the classroom. I entered the VC space within the first year of my graduation so I truly appreciate the knowledge and experience FRV provides to its team members. You can learn a lot from FRV's VC Blueprint by hearing from people actually working in the industry. "
"The 0 to 1 that took me into venture."
"While there’s an ocean of VC content online, only FRV’s Blueprint is structured in the 0 to 1 way that outsiders like myself needed to break into venture. This was the first step of the journey into my dream career, and I cannot imagine a better launchpad for students trying to do the same. If you want to explore venture capital, this is the practical guide you’ve been looking for."
"FRV's Blueprint is to VC what BIWS is to investment banking."
The program is structured like a tree – the roots and trunk provide the requisite foundational knowledge but is clustered with hundreds of branches available for further detail. This makes it perfect for someone recruiting in venture capital, looking for an edge at their new VC gig, or just curious to learn more about this fascinating space.
"This kicked off my career in venture."
The venture capital industry is a very opaque universe. FRV unpacks what it takes to be a VC by being on the field, doing deals, but mostly understanding the mindset needed to work with early-stage founders. An investor is an investor, regardless of title or rank. That's the right mindset when you are already in the industry and my experience at Front Row was the perfect introduction.
"Understand what it takes to break into venture capital."
"After a first entrepreneurial experience, the FRV VC Blueprint helped me understand the mindset of venture capitalists. As a student, this learning experience will provide you the tools to navigate this industry full of secrets."
“The best starting point that you can find.”
“The VC Blueprint addresses all the key pillars that you need to know when starting a career in VC. This was a stepping stone to some many amazing opportunities - I could not recommend it enough. You’ll definitely get a great return on your time."
"The guide to kick-starting a career in VC"
"Coming from a STEM degree, I was new to the world of business and venture. FRV's Blueprint helped to break down the fundamental skills and street-level knowledge I needed to navigate the industry. I couldn't have hoped for a better way to kick-start my career."