Venture Club

2014-2015 Officers
President: Casey Mackintosh
Vice President Consulting: Toby D’Ambola
Vice President Finance: Joey Manzinger
Assistant Vice President Finance: Christian Von Hassell
Vice President Marketing: Lindsay Reese and Mariel Pearl

History
The Washington & Lee University Venture Club (VC) was founded October 6, 2010 by five entrepreneurial minded students and their professor. Our initial meetings focused on developing a mission and purpose for the organization, determining what activities we would  engage in, and our leadership structure and responsibilities.

VC’s Mission
The Venture Club promotes and projects the spirit of entrepreneurship in the Washington and Lee University Community by providing students and alumni with educational opportunities including mentoring, consulting, and networking.

VCVC’s Activities

Marketing and Communications
The Marketing and Communications group in VC focuses its efforts on reaching out to the W&L community to secure speakers and other opportunities for current students interested in entrepreneurship.  If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Shay at shayj@wlu.edu.

Finance:
The Venture Club’s Finance Group consists of students with a demonstrated interest in providing consulting services for organizations that make equity investments in startup ventures, including venture capital firms and angel groups and networks. In 2013-2014 the group worked closely with a venture capital firm on a number of projects. The group will continue this relationship in the future and is also considering similar opportunities in the angel capital world. In addition, this group has been exploring opportunities in the crowdfunding/crowdsourcing space. If you have a potential project for the Venture Finance Group or any questions, please contact Group Director Joey Manzinger ’15 (manzingerj15@mail.wlu.edu).

Consulting:
The Venture Club’s Consulting Group consists of students who provide consulting services directly for start-up companies. Working directly for a startup, students are provided the opportunity to apply what they have learned in their classes to real world businesses and along the way develop valuable consulting skills as well. Our entrepreneurial clients receive high quality consulting services aimed at helping their venture (or idea) grow and seize new opportunities. Projects typically span one academic term and commence with students and entrepreneurs collaborating to develop a letter of engagement defining the project’s scale and scope. During this process students and clients also agree on a timeline identifying key milestones and deliverables. This term, the consulting branch is working with LinkMD, SourceFuse, Clean Textile Technology, Pairiscope, and Field Trip 360. Our current projects focus on a variety of different business challenges.  Typically our clients are seeking assistance with market, industry, and competitor research and analysis, and writing marketing plans and business plans. Upon completion of the project, each group gives a formal presentation to their client to review their findings and recommendations as a culmination of their work during the term.