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The Kauffman Fellows Program announced its new class of 51 investors this week. Included in the group is Scott Bernstein, Principal at Lewis & Clark Ventures. As part of the two-year, mastery-level Fellows Program, Bernstein will join venture-capital leaders from five continents in intensive coursework and top-tier mentorship. The program honors the legacy of Foundation founder Ewing Marion Kauffman, who viewed entrepreneurship as “a force that drives and fulfills individuals while improving society.”
“We are delighted that Scott was selected for this prestigious program,” said Tom Hillman, Founder and Managing Director of Lewis & Clark Ventures. “We are proud to be part of the innovative, diverse ecosystem that the Kauffman Fellows pipeline cultivates. Scott’s involvement in this program is of significant benefit not just to Lewis & Clark Ventures, but to the Midwestern VC landscape as a whole.”
Bernstein joins Class 22, the largest Kauffman Fellows class to date, and brings his expertise in capital deployment and fund strategy. Other firms represented in Class 22 include Microsoft Ventures, Blackrock, Merck Ventures, Shasta Ventures, and 500 Startups. The new class joins a lifelong network of previous Kauffman Fellows, who hail from more than 200 venture-capital firms representing funds investing billions into companies in 40-plus countries. Bernstein is one of only four $80,000 Kauffman Scholarship recipients.
“This class represents some of the foremost leaders in venture capital and innovation ecosystems across the world,” said Kauffman Fellows CEO Jeff Harbach. “The impact they will have on entrepreneurs globally, as a result of their acceleration in our two-year program, will be immeasurable.”