Students, why join RVF?
Ask yourself this:
Are you one of those people that loves technology? Innovation? Entrepreneurship?
Do you have a passion for creating things, seeing your ideas come to life, or building things?
Maybe you love working in fast paced environments, analyzing data, making investment decisions, or coming up with business strategies?
Or are you fascinated with learning about new things and how they work?
Do you stress out while watching Shark Tank or wish you were part of the Pied Piper team on Silicon Valley?
Well, if you said yes to any (or all!) of these questions, then look no further than the Rebel Venture Fund!
Rebel Venture Fund is a venture capital fund.
While RVF is affiliated with and a part of UNLV, we are not a student organization. We are a fully functioning VC fund with all the bells and whistles. Check out our previous article to learn more about what we do: http://www.rebelventurefund.com/journal/2016/9/6/meet-the-rebel-venture-fund. As UNLV’s VC fund, we invest in startups.
So what do RVF members do? We…
Review applications, business plans, and pitch decks on a weekly basis
Watch pitches from entrepreneurs and ask questions to get answers and feedback
Perform in depth and thorough due diligence
Meet with founder and CEOs, advisors, and experts in the industry
Create investment recommendations
So how does this benefit me? You…
Gain real life venture capital and investing experience
Have incredible networking opportunities with entrepreneurs, investors, faculty, industry leaders, and community influencers
Work alongside an amazing board of investors, faculty, business leaders, community partners, attorneys
See life outside of the classroom and school setting. Get out into the real world and see how business works firsthand
Get invites to exclusive events
Meet other passionate individuals who will become the next great leaders of Las Vegas
Build lifelong friendships and business relationships
Give back and help to support the Las Vegas tech and entrepreneurial community and small businesses
Gain so much more!
What skills can I get?
If you’re interested in starting your own business or being an entrepreneur, RVF will give you exposure to what this entails and what it takes to become successful
Gain analytical and critical thinking skills
Learn necessary financial and business skills
Build interpersonal and team working skills
Sounds too good to be true, what’s the catch?
Mandatory meetings every Friday night for 1-2 hours
Work throughout the week on due diligence projects, can be 10-15 hours per week
Respond to the team and get things done in a timely manner
Maintain, professional, real world decorum
Serious time commitment and effort
Can be a rigorous and intense experience, but it all pays off in the end!
Who are we looking for?
Passionate, bright, dedicated, and hardworking individuals. (Emphasis on dedicated and hardworking).
All undergraduates and graduate students are welcome to apply. UNLV has such an amazing and diverse group of students that we want to draw talent from all schools and backgrounds. The more experience and different viewpoints we can get amongst our members, the better investment decisions we can make. A successful business is always about having different and diverse opinions and adapting to changes.
No experience in investing, technology, entrepreneurship, finance is necessary (but if you do, even better!) By being an RVF member, you will gain all the knowledge you need over the course of your involvement with RVF.
“Being in Rebel Venture Fund has been the single, most rewarding part of my collegiate experience. I implore students from any major to learn more about what RVF can offer them.” – Roddrick Reed (Class of 2015)
“In RVF I was able to meet other motivated and like-minded students, some of whom I will have meaningful relationships as I go forward in life.” – Tim Zettel (Class of 2016)
“It’s the single most beneficial extracurricular I’ve participated in because it’s equal parts learning and doing. It adds value to a degree and it’s a great way to get experience. We need more organizations like this.” – Khalon Richard (Class of 2016)
What will RVF do for my career?
Being in RVF can change your life! Members of RVF go on to do incredible things. Many people go off to start their own successful companies or join some amazing startups.
Being a part of RVF also makes you stand out amongst other applicants and looks good on your resume. Students have been recruited to work at:
All the major hotels in LV in finance, accounting, operations, management, etc.
Top Wall Street banks
Big Four Accounting and Consulting firms
Private Equity firms/ VCs
Even the White House!
About the Author
Vincent Kwan is the Executive Director of the Rebel Venture Fund. He is currently a law school student at UNLV, William S. Boyd School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Political Economy from NYU Stern School of Business.
He has a passion for entrepreneurship and building great things, and is always looking for great ideas. He also loves all things food, exploring, and travelling the world.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of RVF or UNLV. In addition, thoughts and opinions are subject to change and this article is intended to provide an opinion of the author at the time of writing this article. All data and information is for informational purposes only.