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The Small Business Investor Alliance’s (SBIA) Uplift Program seeks to expand the talent pipeline into lower middle market private equity by sponsoring students in US-based undergraduate programs through an industry-recognized financial modeling course.

By enabling undergraduate students to attain meaningful real-world skills prior to graduation, the SBIA Uplift Program aims to increase the number of graduates competitively prepared for entry-level roles in lower middle market private equity upon earning a Bachelor’s degree, and expand access to careers in private equity for students that may not have considered a career in finance. Students who complete the course and find the coursework interesting will have the opportunity to be added to SBIA's exclusive private equity network. In addition, SBIA will maintain engagement post-graduation to keep students apprised of networking and career opportunities within the lower middle market. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, please reach out to To fill out an application, click here.

The Course

First-generation college students are enrolled on a scholarship in the Adventis Financial Modeling Certification (FMC) Program, which provides the practical, hands-on experience necessary to win coveted entry-level positions in investment banking, private equity, and other competitive fields in finance. The Adventis FMC Program is self-paced and there is no obligation to complete the course if it is not of interest. Scholarship recipients also have access to additional resources provided by Adventis (including interview prep tools, newsletters and internship opportunities) as well as access to job postings and mentorship offerings through the SBIA member network.

The Candidate