Venture Investing for Professional Athletes

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Erica Duignan Minnihan
Erica Duignan Minnihan
Program Director
+1 917-330-6632
Columbia University Campus
New York City 
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"Venture capital is a key component of the startup ecosystem. Investors who can bring social, intellectual, and brand capital in addition to financial capital will have access to the best opportunities to leave their mark on society as venture investors. With this program, we are preparing athletes for this new leadership opportunity."
– Cliff Shorer, the program’s Faculty Director

Past participants share their experience at the program.

Developed in partnership with sports professionals, the Venture Investing for Professional Athletes program helps those looking to expand and deepen their business knowledge with the skills they need to identify and explore the opportunities they have for investment and wealth creation. Participants learn how to evaluate venture-stage investment opportunities and understand how and why to build a portfolio for optimal financial returns.

The program features Columbia Business School faculty who bring cutting-edge research and business theory, experienced professional athletes who understand the unique challenges and opportunities for investors in this industry, and an unsurpassed speaker line-up of top venture capital executives and startup founders who offer participants the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of the market and to expand their professional network. With guidance from these experts, participants put their learnings into action by evaluating a real, early-stage investment opportunity and prepare a professional investment analysis to share their findings.

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Please Contact Us

Please contact Program Director Erica Duignan Minnihan at +1 917-330-6632 or for a personal conversation to learn more.

Complementary Program

You may also be interested in the complementary Entrepreneurship for Professional Athletes program.


* Program location may vary. While the majority of our programs run on campus, some programs may run off campus in New York City.