The NVCA Leadership Gala celebrates the venture industry and honors those who have made significant contributions to foster innovation, advance technology and drive new company formation.

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NVCA will present the annual venture capital awards at the 2019 NVCA Leadership Gala.

See the list of past award recipients here.


Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital

The Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award recognizes 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.

2019 Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Winner:

john doerr lifetime achievement award

Outstanding Service

The Outstanding Service Award recognizes 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.

2019 Outstanding Service Winner:

scott sandell outstanding service award

American Spirit

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

2019 American Spirit Winner:

all raise american spirit award

Rising Star

The Rising Star Award recognizes the next generation of venture capital professionals who are rising through the 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.

2019 Rising Star Nominees (Winner to be announced live at the Gala):

2019 rising star nominees

Excellence in Healthcare Innovation

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 Healthcare Innovation Award recognizes those who have demonstrated a clear commitment to the advancement of healthcare 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.

2019 Excellence in Healthcare Innovation Nominees (Winner to be announced live at the Gala):

2019 excellence in hc innovation nominees

Venture Firm of the Year

The Venture Firm of the Year Award recognizes 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 as well as activities to promote entrepreneurship and create a more diverse and inclusive ecosystem.

2019 Venture Firm of the Year Nominees (Winner to be announced live at the Gala):

2019 firm of the year nominees

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The 2019 Gala is now Sold Out. We have started a waitlist should seats open up closer to the event. You can join the waitlist here.

Ticket Options

Members Non-Members
Single $800 $1,000
Half Table (5 seats) $3,850 $4,700
Full Table (10 seats) $7,500 $9,000

 For questions regarding registration, please email Allyson Chappell at

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Venue & Program


Four Seasons San Francisco | 757 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103


6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception

7:00-9:00 p.m. – Dinner & Award Ceremony

9:00-10:00 p.m. – After Dinner Drinks & Desert


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The annual NVCA Leadership Gala attracts 300 of the Bay Area’s leading VCs. A limited number of exclusive event sponsors receive special access to this unique group of investors. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Hannah Munizza at or (202) 864-5918.