Cranfield School of Management will be hosting the 2017 North Europe Regional finals of the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) on 10 March.


MBA teams from top business schools across Europe will gather at the Cranfield campus to compete in the world's largest venture capital competition with over 70 universities competing.


VCIC began in 1998 as an educational event for MBAs to learn about venture funding. Now in its 18th year it has evolved into a marketplace for entrepreneurs seeking investors and a training ground for future venture capitalists. 


Dr Stephanie Hussels, Director of the full-time MBA at Cranfield commented:  "We are delighted to be hosting this regional final on behalf of VCIC.  Unlike other business plan competitions in which students pitch their own ideas to investors, at VCIC the students are the investors, and real entrepreneurs pitch to them making it a very powerful learning experience for both parties.

"We are looking forward to welcoming teams from IESE, Judge Business School, Manchester Business School, Imperial College and Copenhagen Business School on Friday 10 March."​

VCIC director Patrick Vernon from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School said: “We are focused on teaching students about financing new ventures, and the most effective way to do that is to expose them to the best deals and investors. Lucky for us, the best entrepreneurs and VCs like to meet each other, too.”

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