Though venture capital has many societal benefits, it is an exclusive and restricted world with only the well-connected and well-resourced able to step inside. Sforzando Ventures aims to break those barriers by creating an opportunity for high school students to learn about venture capital in a competition-style format.

The Sforzando Ventures competition provides an opportunity for younger students to gain entrepreneurship experience as well as leadership and analytical skills. Over two competition rounds, students will act as venture capitalists, source their own startup, create a pitch deck and presentation, and learn to act on investment feedback.