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Liz Pang

“My experience with LEL absolutely opened my eyes, and I was able to get a comprehensive view of the sector. I now know the different stages that a startup goes through, how various agencies play a part in the process, and how portfolios and investments are being managed. Deal sourcing was arguably the most essential skill that a VCer should develop, and I had equipped myself with stronger acumen for deep tech and CPG startups from the weekly pitching process. My mentor, manager, and peers were all very supportive in guiding me throughout the 3-month fellowship.”

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Takayuki Nakagawa

“I engaged mainly in deal sourcing, such as finding potential 5~6 startups and introducing them to other capitalists a week. It was a crucially important task for me to nourish my skill to become a good VC in the future, and it also helped me have better eyes to pick up excellent companies in the world. Other than this task, I was engaged in a basic due diligence process. I summarized team members and the business model of the targeted healthcare company and leveraged my knowledge and experience developed in the healthcare management consulting career.”

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Napassorn Esharoe

“I’ve always worked on the operation end of a startup and found the fellowship program a fruitful experience. Although the learning curve was steep, the amount of experience and valuable insights were really helpful especially the weekly deal sourcing discussion. It’s amazing how much I’ve learned this past few months!”

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Norman Ye

“I love my experience with LEL, as it introduced new possibilities and interests to me. Working with a fantastic cohort allowed me to see what founders, investors, and mentors are thinking during an investment process. Seeing first-hand how a mission drives the founding team to contribute to the betterment of the society is extremely inspiring.”

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Charles Lee

“I loved being able to work more directly with portfolio companies, focusing on verticals outside of DeepTech and EdTech, and gaining more experience with evaluating Pre-Seed and Seed stage companies. Perhaps the most memorable aspect of this internship, however, was the genuine nature of the Investment Team. I will always remember and appreciate how open the Investment Team was to hearing my concerns.”

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Daisy Wu

“I had a great time working with the team, and the experience was valuable. I learned how to evaluate deals, prepare marketing materials, conduct market research, do due diligence, and communicate with founding teams. I would highly suggest anyone interested in starting a career in the VC industry join the fellowship program – the support and learning experience I gained through the process was beyond my expectations.”

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William Wang

“Working with Lair East Labs has been an amazing experience! Even though we were completely virtual, the opportunity to work with and learn from the partners and mentors was extremely valuable. I worked on projects that were meaningful and useful to LEL and its portfolio companies, and learned about so many different industries and technologies.”

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John Lee

“I enjoyed working with the Lair East Labs team during my internship when I was just starting to learn about the VC/startup ecosystem. Most valuable to me was probably that I got to see how LEL analyzes very early-stage startups. I enjoyed working on these investment analyses the most out of my internship as well as learning from the team and also building relationships with the Batch 6 founders and portfolio companies.”

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Jocelyn Zheng

“I really enjoyed my time at LEL, especially as I was able to experience the entire process of sourcing, performing due diligence, and seeing an investment to fruition for Batch 8. Getting a glimpse into how LEL evaluates startups has refined the way I think as an investor and how I view different business models. During the internship, I was offered a lot of constructive feedback and was also encouraged to share my opinions. Ultimately, I learned a great deal from the investment team as well as from my fellow venture fellows. ”

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Helena Lustig

“Our weekly pitch meetings were a fun way to connect and a great exercise throughout the internship to evaluate early stage companies. I learned the importance of thinking both like an investor and as a founder, and felt encouraged to share feedback from day one. I particularly enjoyed working on projects that took a deeper dive into our investment prospects and with LEL’s portfolio companies. Going through due diligence and working directly with founders on their presentations gave me the chance to contribute my own perspective on live investments. It was rewarding to see my work used in actual investment decisions.”