2023 NVCA Leadership Gala

We are excited to commemorate 50 years of empowering America’s startups and entrepreneurs by honoring VC industry leaders at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco on Thursday, May 11 for the 2023 NVCA Leadership and Awards Gala.

Check out the highlight reel from last year’s event below!


We are thrilled to announce that registration for the 2023 Gala is now open!  Please join us to celebrate the venture industry and honor those who have made significant contributions to foster innovation, advance technology, and drive new company formation.


  • Member (Single Ticket)
  • Member (Half Table, 5 tickets)
  • Member (Full Table, 9 seats)
  • $850
  • $4,200
  • $7,500

NVCA Members: Must log in to MemberHub prior to purchasing to unlock your member discount. If you encounter any issues logging in, please contact Jenny Zemel at jzemel@nvca.org


  • Non-Member (Single Ticket)
  • Non-Member (Half Table, 5 tickets)
  • Non-Member (Full Table, 9 seats)
  • $1,250
  • $6,000
  • $10,800

Non-Members: Must create a new account to purchase your tickets. Please note this event has been optimized exclusively for professionals from VC firms. Service providers and other groups may purchase sponsorship packages, which include tickets. Please contact jvita@nvca.org for more information.

Cancellations received prior to April 20, 2023, will be honored less an administrative fee of $100. No refunds will be provided after April 20, 2023.  Please email cancellations to jzemel@nvca.org.

2023 Sponsors will be announced soon. For more details please contact jvita@nvca.org for information.


Ticket holders that make a donation to Venture Forward will receive special recognition at the gala.

NVCA launched Venture Forward in 2020 as its 501(c)(3) supporting organization with a mission to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) future for VC. Venture Forward’s work not only helps aspiring, often historically underrepresented, investors enter the field, but also helps VC investors and firms implement meaningful DEI practices. 

To date, more than 2,500 individuals have participated in Venture Forward’s various VC educational investing, scholarship, and mentorship programs. See their impact!

Venture Forward’s work is solely funded by its donors. Please consider investing in our industry’s future by making a tax-deductible donation. Donations directly support Venture Forward’s goals to advance DEI and educate the next generation of VC leaders. The future of our industry depends on investing in these important areas today.


NEW Venture Vanguard Awards
To help celebrate NVCA’s 50th anniversary, we are launching a new award category called the Venture Vanguard Awards. A Venture Vanguard recipient is any person, distinguished board alumni, member, or friend of NVCA who has made a lasting contribution to the venture industry. Accomplishments to be considered include:

  • Creating and building successful venture firms and portfolio companies that have significantly contributed to the success of the U.S. economy.
  • Investments in lifesaving or life-changing technology.
  • Philanthropic leadership to contribute to society.
  • Extraordinary commitment of time and resources to NVCA efforts that have benefited the entire venture industry.
  • Enhancing the visibility of the industry to key policymakers and educating them on the pivotal role of venture capital in the U.S. economy.

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.

Criteria: Must be in an early-to mid-stage of career with an NVCA member firm*. May not have reached the rank of General Partner, Managing Director or Managing General Partner. Must demonstrate exceptional and ongoing contributions to their firm. If founder or co-founder of a firm, firm must be in operation for less than five years.

DE&I Impact Award
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 Champion Award
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.

Startup Innovator Award
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.

You can see previous award winners here.

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