CPEVC MBA Fellows Program


The Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital (CPEVC) Fellows Program provides Tuck students interested in private equity and venture capital with opportunities that further their knowledge of and experience in these industries. Through this program, center fellows

  • work on a major project that deepens their understanding of private equity and venture capital investment themes and/or trends and issues in the industry;
  • expand their professional network in private equity and venture capital and enhance their short-term and long-term career planning and development;
  • make a material contribution to the Tuck CPEVC community of current and prospective students and alumni; 
  • take responsibility for mentoring incoming first-year students regarding private equity and venture capital and related classes, programs, and activities at Tuck and, sharing their own experiences, provide advice to first-years on networking to search for summer and in-term internships with private equity and venture capital firms;
  • receive opportunities to lead or contribute to the development of center-sponsored conferences, workshops, networking events, discussion groups, fireside chats, and public speakers; 
  • receive greater one-on-one project and career advising from Tuck faculty, practicing executives affiliated with the CPEVC, including the CPEVC Executive Advisors, and the greater CPEVC alumni network; 
  • gain unique networking and learning opportunities with priority access to visiting speakers and executives.

MBA Fellows Projects

A key part of the CPEVC MBA Fellowship is a project which can include independent study projects under the guidance of a faculty sponsor, developing teaching notes or case studies, or career-oriented research topics valuable to a student’s career search. 

View examples of recent PEVC Fellows projects.

Executive Advisor Program

The CPEVC Executive Advisor Program includes three experienced PE/VC professionals with some affinity for Tuck who volunteer their time to be a resource for students. Executive advisors provide career advice, advise on student projects, convene, create cocurricular content, and source and invite outside speakers to Tuck. Executive advisors are on campus at least twice a term and host office hours with students interested in pursuing careers in private equity and venture capital. The following three individuals currently serve as CPEVC executive advisors:

  • Josh Lewis, founder and managing principal of Salmon River Capital
  • Renee Noto D’88, independent advisor to asset managers and privately held businesses
  • James Socas, managing director and head of the climate solutions business at Investcorp
  • Stephen Vicinelli D’87, vice president of impact investments at Social Finance

Managing Your Career in Private Equity and Venture Capital

Mark Hardie, director of the CPEVC and a seasoned career coach, hosts a four-session workshop, Managing your Career in Private Equity and Venture Capital. The series is specifically designed for Tuck students who want to show private equity and venture capital firms the incredible value they bring to the industry. It is designed to give students concrete tools and tactical guidance for communicating credentials through formal documentation (CV and résumé), informal and formal written correspondence, LinkedIn profiles, and, eventually, in job interviews and salary negotiations. Students are welcome to participate in any or all sessions.

MBA Competitions

The center sponsors student teams at various private equity and venture capital competitions, including the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) and the Wharton MBA Buyout Case Competition. Learn more about these competitions from Tuck: 

Speaker Series, Workshops, Networking

  • Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA): student run lunch and learn focused on entrepreneurship through acquisition
  • Real Estate Speaker Series: student run lunch and learn focused on real estate investing organized by the Tuck Real Estate Club
  • Buyouts in the Small and Middle Market: Nick Russell D'00 T'10 leads a Q&A lunch and learn discussion related to buyout investments, building and operating smaller companies in the middle market and below
  • Nuts and Bolts of Private Equity and Venture Capital: lunch and learn for students who want to gain a better understanding of the PE & VC landscape and industry technology
  • Career Advising: 1:1 meetings with center faculty and staff, executive advisors, visiting executives, and special guests


CPEVC presents several major conferences throughout the year with attendance open to the Tuck and Dartmouth community, industry professionals, and members of the general public.

Learn more about CPEVC sponsored conferences.