Introducing: Class 27 Kauffman Fellows

  • 46% of the firms: AUM of $200M+
  • 83% are direct VC investors
  • 80% are in senior positions
  • 42% are founding members of their firms
  • 76% hold board seats

Globally Diverse Trailblazers in VC

Class 27 joins a network of 765 Fellows spanning 6 continents and representing over 670 VC firms around the globe. These Fellows have started hundreds of funds, raised and deployed hundreds of billions of dollars in capital, and helped found and pave the way for some of the world’s most groundbreaking companies.

Kauffman Fellows Class 27 is a truly phenomenal group of global innovation investors who are incredibly diverse across sector, stage, geography, gender, ethnicity, and age.

  • Representation from 18 countries
  • Our first Fellow from Portugal!
  • 47% women, 2.7x the industry average of 15%
  • 51% people of color
  • 56% U.S. domestic; 44% international

Committed to Diversity, Today and Always

While much has changed in the last 27 years, our mission to create a more equitable venture ecosystem and connect people of all backgrounds hasn’t. We’ve long believed in the need for inclusive VC and startups, not only because it’s the right thing to do but also because it drives better returns.

The KF Stewardship Pledge is about changing mindsets and behaviors. It’s a promise not only to promote a culture of inclusion and seek out diversity of all types but also to push this agenda of sustainable, inclusive prosperity in our work with ecosystem stakeholders — from LPs to entrepreneurs.

A Note to the Members of Class 27

Meet Kauffman Fellows Class 27!

Click the links below to learn more about each investor

Kauffman Fellows Class 27 kicks off the two-year program together in Santa Cruz, CA mountains

Thanks to Our Partners

Kauffman Fellows would like to thank our partner, the Business Development Bank of Canada, who generously provided scholarships for select Fellows from Canada. BDC Capital’s support of the venture industry is unmatched, and we’re delighted to partner with them.



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