The NVCA Leadership Gala will celebrate the venture industry and honor those who have made significant contributions to foster innovation, advance technology and drive job creation.


We have sold out of tickets. Details below to join our waiting list!


6:00-7:15 pm | Networking Reception honoring the NVCA Alumni Council

7:30-9:30 pm | Dinner, Awards Ceremony and Keynote by Admiral Eric T. Olson

Keynote Admiral Eric T. Olson 

olson-headshotDuring his fireside chat, Admiral Olson will reflect on his almost 40 years of service to our nation, touching on a range of topics about his background and current events.  Among other topics of discussion, Admiral Olson will peel back the curtain to share with us what it was like to serve as a Navy Seal and recount his experiences as Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command during the raid to capture Osama Bin Laden.

9:30-11:00 pm | After dinner drinks and dessert


Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award – The Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award was created to recognize venture professionals who have dedicated their professional lives to creating and building successful and highly competitive venture firms as well as portfolio companies that have made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the U.S. economy. Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award were instrumental in the formation and growth of the venture capital industry and have consistently set high performance standards for the entire industry.


Bill Draper, 2017 Lifetieme Achievement in Venture Capital Award Recipient 

Outstanding Service Award – The Outstanding Service Award was created to recognize the exceptional service of an NVCA Director or NVCA member who has committed an extraordinary amount of time, resources and dedication to Association efforts that in turn benefits the entire venture industry. The dedication has raised the visibility of the industry to key legislators and regulators and helped to educate them regarding the pivotal role of venture capital to this economy.


Ross Jaffe, 2017 Outstanding Service Award Recipient

American Spirit Award – The American Spirit Award was created to recognize NVCA members who have shown philanthropic leadership by applying business skills, knowledge, expertise and resources to make an outstanding contribution to society.


Ray Leach, 2017 American Spirit Award Recipient 

Rising Star Award– The Rising Star Award was created to recognize the next generation of venture capital professionals who are rising through ranks and establishing themselves as future standard bearers of the industry. Recipients of the award have demonstrated a mastery of venture capital investing gleaned through a relatively short amount of time in the industry and are widely recognized by their peers and others as emerging leaders of the venture capital industry.

2017 Finalists 




Excellence in Medical Innovation Award– For over three decades, venture capital has been at the forefront of some of the greatest advancements in medicine, pushing the boundaries of medical innovation and spurring the creation of the biotechnology and medical device industries. The Excellence in Medical Innovation Award was created to recognize those who have demonstrated a clear commitment to the advancement of medical innovation through their investment in and support of groundbreaking medical companies that are working on treatments and cures for the most deadly and costly diseases.

2017 Finalists 


Venture Firm of the Year Award – The Venture Firm of the Year Award was created to recognize venture capital firms for their significant contributions to advance the entrepreneurial ecosystem and generate returns for their investors. Firms receiving the award are recognized for strong fund performance and high exit multiples for recent exits.

2017 Finalists 




Tickets & Registration

We are sold out of all tickets for the Leadership Gala!  Join the waiting list here

Individual Ticket

  Early Bird  After January 3, 2017
Member  $600  – sold out! $750  – sold out!
Non-member VC N/A $1,000 – sold out!

Half Table (5 Tickets)

  Early Bird After January 3, 2017
Member $2,800 – sold out! $3,625  – sold out!
Non-member VC N/A $4,500 – sold out!

Full Table (10 Tickets)

  Early Bird After January 3, 2017
Member $5,500 – sold out! $7,000 – sold out!
Non-member VC N/A $8,500 – sold out!

Who’s Attending?

Join your venture capital peers from the firms below.

Accel Partners Legacy Venture
Acero Capital Lightstone Ventures
Adams Street Partners Menlo Ventures
Andreessen Horowitz Moore Venture Partners
Arboretum Ventures Morgenthaler Ventures
Asset Management Company New Atlantic Ventures
Canaan Partners New Enterprise Associates
Catalyst Investors NewSpring Capital
DBL Partners North Bridge Venture Partners and Growth Equity
Domain Associates Norwest Venture Partners
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Pappas Ventures
Drive Capital Pritzker Group Venture Capital
Elm Street Ventures Public Registration Link
Emergence Capital Partners Rho Capital Partners
Fenway Summer Ventures Slater Technology Fund
FTV Capital Sofinnova Ventures
GE Ventures SoftTech VC
GM Ventures Technology Crossover Ventures
Greenspring Associates The Westly Group
Hercules Capital Third Rock Ventures
IBM Venture Capital Group Top Tier Capital Partners
IVP Trident Capital Cybersecurity
JumpStart Versant Ventures
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Warburg Pincus
Lauder Partners Zetta Venture Partners


The NVCA Leadership Gala will be held at the beautiful Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, California. 2825 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

Attire for the Leadership Gala is business formal.


We want to thank our generous sponsors for their support of our Leadership Gala.








Contact Us

For questions regarding event details and registration, please contact Allyson Chappell at

For questions related to NVCA membership, please contact Jessica Straus at