Emory University MBA Student, Melbourne Native Bernard Clevens Takes Top Prize in Venture Capitalist Competition

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Bernard Clevens, a Melbourne native and first-year MBA student at Emory University, was part of the team that took the top prize at the recent University Growth Fund VC pitch competition.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Bernard Clevens, a Melbourne native and first-year MBA student at Emory University, was part of the team that took the top prize at the recent University Growth Fund VC pitch competition.

Clevens, 27, has always known the power of investing. He comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, so an interest in venture capital was natural. His entry into the industry, however, wasn’t.

The notoriously competitive world of venture capitalism held high barriers to entry but luckily Clevens discovered a unique opportunity to gain insight from some of the industry’s insiders while earning his degree: The University Growth Fund’s highly competitive business pitch competition.

Clevens and his three “Four Headed Goat” teammates won in April.

Sponsored by Ally, UGF, the largest education-based private equity fund in the country, kicked off its 6-week virtual competition this spring, offering Clevens and fellow students the unique opportunity to think and act like venture capitalists.

During the competition, everything from performing due diligence to pitching a panel of judges to support their investment recommendation was covered. As a result of the win, Clevens and his teammates will receive additional networking opportunities and scholarships.

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