Student Application

Venture School is a select program for aspiring entrepreneurs with a strong software or technology idea they are ready to pursue. Please fill out the application below to tell us more about your idea and your experience. We will review applications and scheduling in-person interviews in mid-January with the top applicants.

There is no fee to apply, but if accepted, the tuition for Venture School is $1,200 per student. The tuition is discounted to $600 for additional founders working on the same idea. In addition, students who are accepted and request to withdraw may do so for a full refund if they request this before the third session.

Application Deadline is February 21, 2020 at 11:59pm.

 

BEFORE APPLYING NOTE:

For this first class in 2020, we are prioritizing SAAS companies or technology companies that need a software or web interface in this first-class so we have a focused curriculum. Also, we are sorry, but we will not be accepting applications for traditional offline product or service businesses. We will re-evaluate this in the future. If you have questions about your idea and possible online applications, we are happy to talk to you. Please email us at ventureschool@vencafstl.org.

Venture Cafe Application

Please enter your contact information.

Venture Cafe Application

Please enter your work experience.

Venture Cafe Application

Please tell us about your idea

Venture Cafe Application

Please tell us about your team and/or any investors

Venture School Application

Please answer our final few questions

  • Contact
  • Experience
  • Idea
  • Team
  • Final Step

Contact Information

Name

Address

Cell Phone

Email

LinkedIn Profile

Education (If Applicable)

College

Degree

Work Experience

How many years of professional experience do you have?

What is your current job? (Company & Role)

How many years of experience do you have relevant to your idea?

About Your Idea

Select your idea category

What's your idea/company name? (Enter n/a if not decided)

What stage is your idea?

Have you created a formal corporation? (If yes, select type)

Please summarize your idea/company in 1-2 paragraphs. If you don't have a complete idea, tell us the problem you want to solve.

Who is the ideal customer for your idea? (Company, person, etc)

How many hours a month are you working on your idea?

Co-Founders, Staff, & Investors

Do you have any co-founders or staff?

If you chose an option with co-founders or staff, tell us about your team:

If you said NO to co-founders, do you think you need co-founders and if so, what skills/experience are you looking for?

Have you raised money from investors?

If you said yes to investors, how much have you raised?

How much personal money have you invested in the idea?

Venture School Questions

How did you hear about Venture School?

Why do you want to be accepted to Venture School and what do you hope to learn?

Assuming we can help you develop and validate your idea, how confident are you in wanting to launch this company? (1-10 — Be honest as this doesn't affect your application. Everyone has doubts and we don’t expect all the students to launch their company immediately. Discovering that an idea's flaws can be just as important as finding a good idea, and can lead to a finding a better idea.)

Would you be available to attend all sessions from 6-9 pm on Thursday nights between 3/5/20 to 5/28/20?

Are you aware of the $1200 tuition per student and an additional $600 per co-founder? (Co-founders do need to complete an application if they want to attend.)

Anything We Missed

Is there anything else you want to tell us about your idea or any questions you have?