Due Diligence Analyst Program
The Due Diligence Analyst (DDA) program engages college and university women, and introduces them to the world of investing and entrepreneurship. Participants gain real-world, resume-building experience!
College women from various schools, majors, undergraduate and graduate programs are invited to apply to become Due Diligence Analysts. This program is unique in that it provides women with real-life experience preparing and presenting a due diligence report for investors, adult Fast Pitch judges and Junior Venture Capitalists. The report is used to evaluate the best business in which to invest out of the 10 Fast Pitch finalists.
The Analysts receive training and are paired with a mentor to guide them in creating a due diligence report on one of the finalists. They have access to the founders to ask questions to further vet the investment-worthiness of the businesses. They also:
Learn how to access tools to analyze early-stage companies for investment potential
Acquire investment knowledge from finance professionals who donate their time to mentor each of the analysts
Develop a network of business professionals
Learn the art of networking and business etiquette
Become part of the WFN network
There is no fee to apply or participate in this program.
A $700 prize will be awarded to one Analyst team for the best Due Diligence report.
2023 Due Diligence Analyst Program
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2023 Due Diligence Analyst Program Mentors
Our Mentors will guide the Analysts through the process of creating a Due Diligence Report.
See What Former Due Diligence Analysts are Saying About the Program
We welcome any female student who is currently enrolled in college to apply to the program. Undergrad and business school students are encouraged to apply. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of our programs.
Students may reside anywhere in the United States. However, any in-person events will take place in the greater Los Angeles, California, region and students outside this area wishing to attend live events will need to cover their own travel expenses. Instructional sessions and mentor meetings will take place virtually.
October 24: WFN Annual Fast Pitch Event at UCLA – Fellows are invited to attend, either live or virtually.
PARTICIPATION FEE & WAIVERS
There is participation or application fee, and includes one ticket to the Fast Pitch event in October. Due to the confidential nature of the program materials, all chosen Fellows will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
EQUIPMENT & MATERIALS
Participants will need a reliable internet connection and device to participate in the program. We strongly encourage participating in virtual meetings with a web camera so we can create as authentic an experience as possible! Once accepted into the program, Fellows will be notified and sent a welcome packet via email.
Mary Mullenhoff of Gallagher
Olivia Goodkin, Former Lawyer and Workplace Investigator