Ever heard the saying “It takes money to make money”? Well thats not true but in some cases you are going to need that extra capital to get your idea off the ground. Unless you have a proven team, lots of venture capital connections, or a personal track record of making investors money you are going to need to do some work before anyone will give you their hard earned money. As a newcomer it is very unlikely you will just walk into a VC firm, tell them your idea, and get a million dollar check made out in your name on the spot. The good news is there are many different types of organizations that can help you get closer to a piece of that VC gold. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list; just a quick intro to what’s available. Fellowships Kauffman Fellowship Thiel Fellowship Ashoka Fellowship UnCollege Gap Year E[nstitute] Startup Accelerators Y Combinator TechStars Founders Institute Excelerate Labs Imagine K12 Angel Investor Networks Angel List 200+ Angel Meetup Groups Pitch Events Founders Showcase Ultralight Startups TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield Under the Radar Women 2.0 PITCH Conference & Competition Ignite Meetup Venture Capital Firms and Funds Andreessen Horowitz Sequoia Capital Accel Benchmark Capital Union Square Ventures General Catalyst Partners Kleiner Perkins Greylock Khosla Ventures NEA Google Ventures Coworking Spaces San Francisco/Bay Area General Assembly Founders Den Citizen Space WeWork Labs Sandbox Suites PARISOMA Rocket Space The Hatchery NextSpace PeopleBrowsr Dolores Labs Hacker Dojo New York General Assembly Hive at 55 Greenspaces Tech Space New Work City WeWork Labs Projective Space Sunshine Suites eEmerge