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Venture Capital – What is it and how does it work?

Professor of the Practice Frank Van Gansbeke welcomes all students to hear guest lecturer Ernie Parizeau, who will speak in his Investment Management course. We will to explore the nuts and bolts of venture capital.  The words “venture capital” get tossed around a lot these days, but what is it?  Ernie will unravel the concept and explain the role VC plays in our economy.  He will also explain how venture capitalists do their jobs, and share his thoughts on how the industry has changed over the last fifty years. 

Date and Time: Thursday, October 3, 2019 @ 3.00 pm

Location: Axinn 219

Ernie is a retired partner at Norwest Venture Partners where he worked for 23 years.  He invested in over 50 early-stage companies in the software, semiconductor, communications, healthcare, education, and retail industries.  He retired from Norwest in 2007. Ernie is currently a DCI Fellow at Stanford University and an Adjunct Professor of the Practice in Entrepreneurship at Middlebury College.  He previously taught entrepreneurship and investing courses at Babson College and Franklin Olin College of Engineering. He has also been a mentor in the Middlebury Middcore Program for the last nine years.  Ernie a member of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurship Network advisory board.  Ernie graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB degree in Engineering Sciences (1979) and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School (1984).

Humanity in Action Applications Open! Due Jan 5

The Humanity in Action Fellowship explores issues of democracy, pluralism, human rights, and social justice. Each program is tailored to its location. Fellows are challenged to understand their host city’s unique history of injustice, its present struggles to encompass groups with minoritized cultures and identities, and the future of its democratic values. For four weeks, […]

Innovation Hub Now Accepting Applications from Sophomores for Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship and the ChangeMaker Program

Middlebury’s Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship and ChangeMaker Program are designed to help students carry out Middlebury College’s mission: “Through a commitment to immersive learning, we prepare students to lead engaged, consequential, and creative lives, contribute to their communities, and address the world’s most challenging problems.” 

This fall, the staff of Middlebury’s Social Entrepreneurship Program will select eight sophomores (members of the class of 2022 or 2022.5) to receive up to $7,000 in funding as well as mentoring and work space. The Fellowship and ChangeMaker Program will help these sophomores to grow their personal qualities and to enhance their academic experience at Middlebury.

The application can be found here (GO/SEAPP19) and is due on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2019 by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time). Questions can be directed to Charlotte Sullivan via email at cxsullivan@middlebury.edu or in person at the Innovation Hub at 118 South Main Street.

Study Away with Middlebury in Monterey, CA!

Want to make a difference in the world, study with globally renowned experts, have paid on-the-job training opportunities, and shorten your future master’s degree program by up to one year?

Spend a semester or a year of study at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and start your master’s degree before you graduate from Middlebury College.

All Middlebury sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible.

Learn all about this unique opportunity at an information session on Thursday, September 19 – TWO sessions are available:
6:15-6:45 in Sunderland 130
6:45-7:15 in Sunderland 130

Study Away students are eligible to take all of the same courses as MIIS graduate students, including more than 50 classes on nonproliferation; terrorism studies; cybersecurity; science and technology; money laundering and terrorism financing; nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons; and new tools and technologies. Download the flyer here.

Middlebury Major Guides Now Online!


  • Read about each major/minor.
  • Find reasons you might choose a certain major/minor.
  • Review how to translate your learning into professional competencies.
  • See some of the many interesting ways Middlebury graduates have applied their liberal arts learning to engage the world.