January 27, 2023

New class of IU Ventures Fellows seeks real-time exposure to world of venture capital

Buoyed by the successes of its initial fellowship class, IU Ventures, Indiana University's early-stage venture and angel investment arm, has welcomed its second cohort of IU Ventures Fellows. This year's class, which includes IU graduate students representing a wide range of academic interests, backgrounds and experiences, will spend the next year immersing themselves in the fundamentals of venture capital and taking the first steps toward becoming successful early-stage entrepreneurs and investors.  

The IU Ventures Fellows program, which runs for 12 months from January through December, provides students with a real-world education designed to help them to effectively identify, evaluate, structure and invest in new ventures. The program, which "graduated" its first class of fellows this past December, is helmed by Neil Powell, executive director of student experiential learning at IU Ventures and director of the IU Kelley School of Business MBA Strategic Finance Academy

IU Venture Fellows

"We are extremely excited and pleased to welcome the newest class of IU Ventures Fellows," said Powell. "Each of these students is prepared to embark upon a unique opportunity to learn about -- and pursue their passion for -- business startups, as they also build lasting relationships with leading venture capitalists and innovators from Indiana and beyond." 

This year's fellows include seven students from across IU's Bloomington campus whose interests span the fields of arts administration, business and finance, data science, informatics, law, mathematics and sociology. Through a combination of online and in-person seminars, guest lectures, internships and real-time projects, they will learn about the processes of deal sourcing and due diligence, while engaging with IU alumni and industry experts currently working in the venture sector. 

"I am hoping to bring the business and arts worlds closer together," said Aleksandra Czerniecka, who is pursuing a master's degree in arts administration to add to a master's degree in piano performance, which she earned in 2021 at IU's world-renowned Jacobs School of Music. "I would like to come out of this program with a clear vision of how venture capital firms can get more engaged with the arts world and vice versa. I am not just thinking about venture philanthropy, but also how artistic ideas might transform into attractive business proposals. The IU Ventures Fellows program seemed like a great opportunity to 'infiltrate' the world of venture capital from the other side and to get to know it better."

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Statehouse Update

The IU State Relations team has reviewed every bill that has been introduced at the Statehouse, and determinedif and how the bill could impact the university.This Statehouse Update provides a summary of bills the team is tracking that have had activity up to this point in the third week of session.

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IU in the News

Kelley School online MBA, MS business degrees No. 1 nationally in U.S. News online program rankings

Continuing its tradition of excellence in online education, the Indiana University Kelley School of Business is ranked first for its online MBA degree and Master of Science in Business program in the 2023 U.S. News and World Report Best Online Program rankings. The university also boasts 11 additional degree programs in the top 10 in this year's rankings, including programs in nursing and education and through IU Online. 

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KEY program changing lives, sparking dreams

The goal of the Kokomo Experience and You program at IU Kokomo is to provide students with real-world experiences, connect them with people and offer a travel experience within their major. 

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U.S. Department of Education officials visit IU Northwest to meet with students, campus leadership

Officials from the U.S. Department of Education, including Under Secretary James Kvaal, Chief of Staff Melanie Muenzer (IUN graduate, 2005) and Confidential Assistant Jack Hurley, visited IU Northwest Monday, Jan. 23, meeting with Chancellor Ken Iwama and other campus administrators, as well as students.  

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