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Breaking Into Investing: Women in VC

  • One Market Plaza, 1 Market St San Francisco, CA 94105 (map)

**This is an IN-PERSON Event**

Join us at Venture University for a fireside chat with Jillian Manus, Managing Partner of Structure Capital, and Victoria Fram, Co-Founder & Managing Director of VilCap Investments. They will share their insight on breaking into venture capital and being a women in VC.

Come join us at VentureU!

Speaker Backgrounds -

Jillian Manus is an experienced banking and media executive, a technology investor and entrepreneur. She is Managing Partner of Structure Capital; “Architects of the Zero Waste Economy." Structure is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage companies. In her role with Structure, Jillian provides strategic support to founding teams focused on creating value in underutilized assets and excess capacity.
She serves on the boards of several of her portfolio companies, including Hyp3r, Workpath, Revelar and Liquiglide. Also, Stanford University Digital Health, Stanford University School of Medicine Board of Fellows, Advisory Board of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Board of Directors, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and Communities in Schools.
Prior to Structure Capital, Jillian was Founder of Broad Strategy, Manus Media and Global Goal Sports Management.

Earlier in her career, Jillian worked in banking and media, as M&A co-director of TMT for Credit Suisse Zurich, and later as Director of Development for Universal and Warner Bros. Studios. She became interested in technology investing after serving as Associate Publisher of Upside, a San Francisco-based business and technology magazine for venture capitalists.

Jillian chaired The Women's Conference, where she joined California’s then First Lady, Maria Shriver, to create the world’s largest conference addressing issues important to women.

As a frequent global public speaker, Jillian provides business and political commentary at events and in the media, primarily Bloomberg and Fox News. She serves as a co-host on the podcast “The Pitch." Jillian attended The University of Oxford & NYU, where she served on the Board of Trustees. She was named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times.

She is the mother of four children who are her breath, smile and inspiration .


Victoria Fram has had a varied career in early stage venture capital, private equity fund-of-funds, entrepreneur support and training, and international development. Since 2012, Victoria has been a Co-Founder at Village Capital and is Managing Director of VilCap Investments, a seed-stage investment fund. VilCap Investments invests in companies that are addressing the world’s greatest social and environmental challenges. As the founding fund manager, Victoria is responsible for all fund functions including structuring investments and fund strategy, providing portfolio support, investor relations and reporting, and fund administration. Prior to Village Capital, while in business school, Victoria was on the Program Related Investments team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; previously she was an Investment Associate at Metropolitan, a real estate focused private equity fund-of-funds acquired by Carlyle.

Victoria started her career as an Insight Fellow, living and working in China, the Netherlands, Kenya, and Uganda designing and implementing projects focused on international development and conflict resolution. She also later lived in Tanzania while acting as an interim advisor to MatchMaker Associates, an agricultural financing fund.

Victoria attended Stanford University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Mandarin, and later returned to earn an MBA at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where she also received a certificate in Public Management. Victoria sits on various corporate and nonprofit boards, including Pear Deck and Coupa Foundation. She is a Kauffman Fellow, and an independent investment committee member for Stanford GSB’s Student Impact Fund and advisor to Gray Matters Capital coLABS. Originally from Colorado, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband and three-year-old son.

More on Venture University -

Venture University is a multi-stage investment fund that invests initially $20K-$1M+ per company, up to $15M in follow-on rounds, and develops 3-6 investment thesis's every 4 months.

Venture University is redefining the value of an investment fund by leveraging a large investment team that is capable of covering markets broader, deeper, and faster than a typical fund, providing a network that can better support portfolio companies, and offering greater value to LPs. Our mission is to develop and curate top investor and entrepreneur talent for the benefit of the innovation ecosystem.

Venture University offers an Investment Apprenticeship Program to angel investors, family offices, first time fund managers, entrepreneurs, undergrad and grad students, experienced professionals, and extraordinary individuals. Investors are sourced from over 4,000+ applications per year (<3% acceptance rate), making it more competitive to get into than the top ivy league schools and MBA programs.

Individuals that are accepted into the Investment Apprenticeship Program join Venture University's investment team, gain quality investment experience, build a deep network within the industry, and share in the financial upside from the investments made.

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