To become a venture capitalist, study at the undergraduate level to earn a business degree, go to graduate school for an MBA, serve as a consultant within a company, invest with your own capital, and start an investment fund. You can also become a venture capitalist without a formal education.
- Obtain a degree
Study to earn a bachelor's degree in a business-related field, and attend graduate school to earn an MBA to increase your chances of becoming successful. Learn how to read market trends, and know how to analyze business plans.
- Gain experience
Advertise how you can help new business owners thrive. Join start-up groups and companies as a networking strategy. Work at large firms or as a consultant to gain the attention of head-hunters, or work at a large bank for exposure. Foster ties with bankers, investors, lawyers and accountants. Seek mentors to help you pick the best investments and establish contacts.
- Invest funds
Invest in companies of your choice once you have the capital. Identify prime opportunities, and offer start-up companies cash and your expertise to help entrepreneurs succeed.
- Raise money
Raise enough capital for an investment fund using your contacts and networking skills. Find a business partner to help you raise money and find lucrative investments.