2022 NVCA Leadership Gala

It was wonderful seeing you on June 2! We hope you enjoyed the evening of celebrations, seeing familiar faces, and meeting new ones (all finally in-person again). 


Save the date for the 2023 NVCA Leadership Gala where we’ll also celebrate NVCA’s 50thAnniversary! This event will take place on May 11, 2023 at the Four Seasons in San Francisco.


Startup Champion

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
Sen. Todd Young (R-IN)

DE&I Impact

Lo Toney (Plexo Capital)

Startup Innovator


Outstanding Service

Franklin “Pitch” Johnson, Jr. (Asset Management Company)

American Spirit

Salesforce Ventures

Rising Star

Meagan Loyst (Lerer Hippeau)
Vanessa Larco (NEA)
Shaan-Chirag Gandhi (Northpond Ventures)

Excellence in Healthcare Innovation

Kate Bingham (SV Health Investors)

Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital

Arthur Patterson (Accel)


Startup Champion
The Startup Champion Award recognizes elected officials for their significant contributions to advancing policy that supports the entrepreneurial ecosystem and creates a more positive environment for new company formation in America.

DE&I Impact
The DE&I Impact Award recognizes individuals, organizations, or firms who have made a significant impact towards advancing a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DE&I) venture ecosystem. Award recipients have demonstrated not only a strong commitment to DE&I, but also have created and executed programs or initiatives that have meaningfully increased opportunities for historically underrepresented groups to participate and thrive in our industry.

Startup Innovator
The Startup Innovator Award recognizes a VC-or growth equity-backed portfolio company for its significant contributions to society and the world. Companies receiving this award have made a positive and measurable impact on addressing an area of need, an ongoing crisis, or a significant challenge that exists in our world. The company’s dedication to affecting positive change has made it a leader within the entrepreneurial ecosystem around the problem it seeks to address.

Outstanding Service Award
The Outstanding Service Award recognizes the exceptional service of an NVCA Director or NVCA member who has committed an extraordinary amount of time, resources and dedication to Association efforts that in turn benefits the entire venture industry. The dedication has raised the visibility of the industry to key legislators and regulators and helped to educate them regarding the pivotal role of venture capital to this economy.

American Spirit Award
The American Spirit Award recognizes NVCA members who have shown philanthropic leadership by applying business skills, knowledge, expertise and resources to make an outstanding contribution to society.

Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award recognizes the next generation of venture capital professionals who are rising through the ranks and establishing themselves as future standard bearers of the industry. Recipients of the award have demonstrated a mastery of venture capital investing gleaned through a relatively short amount of time in the industry and are widely recognized by their peers and others as emerging leaders of the venture capital industry.

Excellence in Healthcare Innovation Award
For over three decades, venture capital has been at the forefront of some of the greatest advancements in medicine, pushing the boundaries of medical innovation and spurring the creation of the biotechnology and medical device industries. The Excellence in Healthcare Innovation Award recognizes those who have demonstrated a clear commitment to the advancement of healthcare innovation through their investment in and support of groundbreaking medical companies that are working on treatments and cures for the most deadly and costly diseases.

Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award
The Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award recognizes venture professionals who have dedicated their professional lives to creating and building successful and highly competitive venture firms as well as portfolio companies that have made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the U.S. economy. Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award were instrumental in the formation and growth of the venture capital industry and have consistently set high performance standards for the entire industry.

You can see previous award winners here.


The venture ecosystem has seen incredible success and had an outsized positive impact on innovation, society, the economy, and value and wealth creation over the past 50 years. As the VC industry gathers at the NVCA Leadership Gala on March 10th to celebrate the past and recognize individual and firm contributions, there is also excitement about the future of VC. 

NVCA launched Venture Forward, its 501(c)(3) supporting organization, in 2020 with the mission to shape the future of VC by building a stronger and more inclusive industry that will fuel the economy of tomorrow. To date, more than 1,500 individuals (including many from historically represented backgrounds) have participated in Venture Forward’s various VC investing and fundraising educational, scholarship, and mentorship programs. See our impact and hear from our community!

Venture Forward’s work is solely funded by its donors. We ask the VC community to please consider investing in our industry’s future by making a Donations directly support Venture Forward’s goals to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and educate the next generation of VC leaders. The future of our industry is dependent on investing in these areas today.

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