The United States entrepreneurial ecosystem is the envy of the world, and at NVCA we are often asked what exactly goes into our secret sauce. In truth, there are many ingredients that contribute to a thriving ecosystem, with venture capital being among the most important. However, as is the case with most great recipes, there are many other ingredients that make the flavor pop. From law and accounting firms to strategic advisors and consultants, there is an army of service providers that work with venture firms and their portfolio companies each day to create a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Recognizing their important role in helping startups reach their milestones as well as our commitment to convene the ecosystem, I’m excited to announce today the launch of our industry partner program to provide for greater collaboration between NVCA and these important stakeholders. Designed to open doors to all constituencies in the ecosystem, the NVCA industry partner program provides a meaningful platform for engagement and collaboration with NVCA and its members to fulfill our shared goal of strengthening the ecosystem.
The industry partner program is not a membership in and of itself. Nor is it simply a sponsorship program. Rather, it allows for industry service providers and other constituencies in the ecosystem to have a deeper relationship with NVCA and its members through continued engagement. The program offers an engagement track to fit any budget and provides access to work with the association and its members on content, public policy initiatives and events throughout the year.
There are four different levels, starting with Seed and ramping up through the IPO level. As each level is surpassed, additional benefits are unlocked. So, for example, at the IPO level you receive all of the benefits of the Seed, Series A and Series B levels as well as reserved seating at select NVCA events, an annual one-on-one meeting with NVCA’s Chairman of the Board and highest priority consideration to sponsor association activities, among other benefits.
To learn more about these and other benefits that come through this exciting opportunity, please visit the industry partner program area of the NVCA website. There you will find more details on the benefits that come with each level, an FAQ as well as an application to join. We look forward to engaging!