The A1 Program

What do we offer?

Our 12-week, fully remote Program accelerates VC fund formation. We have designed the program specifically to help you get your first venture capital fund successfully off the ground.

How often?

We run two batches every year.

How long does it take?

The program takes 12 weeks to complete.


The program is delivered fully remotely.

What we will cover?

You will learn the ins and outs of setting up and running a successful fund. We deliver four highly effective modules to help you start your new fund with the confidence of a seasoned VC veteran:

1. Thesis & Edge

  • Craft your investment thesis

  • Define your edge - your unfair advantage

  • Iterate on your storytelling approach

  • Leverage your network to get the word out

2. Deal Warehouse

  • Build a pipeline of quality deals

  • Define your process, comparing best practices

  • Build trust in the founder and investor communities 

  • Sign your first deals

3. Setup & Admin

  • Leverage our knowledge and network in your location

  • Build partnerships with us and third-party providers

  • Learn fund administration and reporting 

  • Set up your fund and team incentive structures

4. Fundraising

  • Combine your network with ours and your batchmates'

  • Define your process, tools & time-lines

  • Learn common pitfalls, dos & don'ts & LP preferences

  • Present at Allocator One Demo Day

What does it cost?

The program is delivered free of charge to attract the most talented emerging managers for our standard deal. Accepting the standard deal is not a requirement for participation in the program.

Will everyone in the program receive the standard deal?

We select participants of the program for their talent and ability to be most successful VC fund managers of the future. Just like we do not make the acceptance of the standard deal a requirement for participation, we also do not guarantee that we can offer the standard deal to everyone in the program. If you require transparency about your ability to receive the standard deal at any point in time, we are very happy to make an accelerated investment decision, even before the end of the program.

What do I need?

Just the desire to be the founding partner of a successful VC fund (or a “solo GP”). We will be happy to provide you with everything else you need as part of our program.

Anything else?

Contact us with your questions or apply directly.

“Working with A1 was exactly what we needed to get us from zero to Fund 1 quickly.”

Selma Ribica

Founder at First Circle Capital

“When building a fund for the first time, it's the things you don't even know you don't know that hold you up."

Agnes Aistleitner Kisuule

Founder at First Circle Capital


First batch: Dec 2023 - Mar 2024

If you are a fund manager with a background that’s different from the background of typical fund managers you see in the market, we strongly encourage you to apply even if you think that you will not qualify. We strongly believe in the power of diverse teams and are committed to provide support to talents that might need a bit of help to find their path to thrive.

Apply by Dec 15, 2023