Venture Capital Executive Program




Venture Capital is a driving force behind entrepreneurship and innovation, yet the unique inner workings of venture capital firms and their processes are a well-guarded secret, closed to those without privileged entrée. This program offers a window into the inside dynamics of the most successful venture capital firms in the world’s premier innovation cluster: Silicon Valley, California.

Become an insider to the venture capital process. Guided by Haas School of Business faculty, the program features an extensive list of guest speakers from the Silicon Valley's leading VC firms. You’ll learn how the most successful firms in the industry identify profitable ventures, raise investment capital, manage the deal process, and build effective leadership teams. Through market simulations, group discussions, and case studies you’ll learn what makes for a successful venture and interact directly with top venture capitalists, corporate and institutional investors.

Dates and Registration

Aug 31, 2015 to Sep 4, 2015
Location: Berkeley, California
Nov 30, 2015 to Dec 4, 2015
Location: Berkeley, California
Apr 25, 2016 to Apr 29, 2016
Location: Berkeley, California
Sep 26, 2016 to Sep 30, 2016
Location: Berkeley, California
Nov 28, 2016 to Dec 2, 2016
Location: Berkeley, California
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Fee: $7,600
Corporate Discount: Register 5 individuals from your company for the price of 4.


Jerome Engel
Faculty Director
David Charron
" This course has been a fantastic learning experience from multiple considerations. The faculty is highly experienced in this field and have a practitioner oriented approach to the teaching. The peer group is very talented and diverse in various ways - geography, experience, and education; enhancing the learning experience and facilitating a wider networking platform. The guest speakers and panelists bring a lot of real world insight from all sides of the VC/PE sector - VC/PE funds, Start Ups, Law, Stock Markets, etc. Interaction with some of the most successful people from the Silicon Valley and getting to know their experience has been very insightful and inspiring. This course is the best academic experience I have had so far. "
– Satyajit Sadanandan, President, New World Consulting International Ltd.
" The Venture Capital Executive Program is extremely informative; the instructors, guest speakers, and other participants help make the program exceptional and relevant to the current financial industry. I highly recommend it. "
– Monica Duggal, CEO, Infinitone
" I would highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in VC investing. The course tutors were incredibly engaging and were really committed to fostering every individual’s learning throughout the course. A great aspect of the course was the panel of experts who shared their vast knowledge and experiences with us. There was also plenty of opportunity to network with the other participants and working in case study groups helped us all learn together. "
– Catherine Londero, Research Manager, Venture Analytics
" The course was truly a global viewpoint from talented, interesting young professionals from around the world. I was pleased with the quality and quantity of faculty, panelists and experts that spoke during our week there. This was a very worthwhile experience, with much preparation and care put into the program and it added solid value to my professional experience. "
– Chris Brinkman, Owner, WCC Corp.
" The VCEP at Berkeley stands alone in the area of venture capital.  It could be called: “How to start, manage and operate a successful VC Fund”. The course is based on real life, real companies and real people. Haas faculty provide living examples of entrepreneurs, VC’s, angels, investment bankers, and the entire start-up ecosystem in a collaborative and educational environment. Jerry and Dave and their important guests provide insights and advice that can be put into practice today. "
– Thomas Krol, PharmD, CLP, Kansas Bioscience Authority
" If you are involved or are considering getting involved in the Venture Capital world as an investor or investee company, I would strongly recommend taking this course. The material covered is very relevant, practical and taught by an experienced Silicon Valley venture capitalist. The panel participants and guests are people who are currently involved in venture capital investing or are involved in VC funded companies. As such you are exposed to real life examples of how the material taught in the course is applied. "
– Juan Benitez, Senior Specialist, Cenovus Environmental Opportunity Fund
" I truly enjoyed this course! In five days we covered the essential parts of venture capital thanks to a great faculty with relevant professional and academic background. Guest speakers from various parts of the industry provided additional insights and the diverse class from around the world offered a global perspective through discussions and group work. Overall, a great learning experience. "
– Erik Kahlin, Investment Manager, Kinnevik
" As an entrepreneur I was delighted to receive the "inside story" of major players within the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem during the Venture Capital Executive Program at UC Berkley. The educational method was quite exceptional too, by having the proper balance between case studies, lectures, class discussions and panels. "
– Ramon Estrada, Founder,
" The faculty has an extraordinary approach to all the aspects involved in the VC ecosystem. The content comes from the settings, the tools, the strategies, to end with the decision making process. Most of the course is formatted in panels with specialists from the market instead of lectures, making it all very interesting. Having worked more than 20 years in Corporate & Investment Banking, I was not sure how valuable would it be to me at the beginning, but it was really worth and helped me to be 100% in the VC practice.  "
– Andre Helmeister, Angel Investor, Amora Participações
" Being able to step back and look at the industry from a larger perspective really helped me focus my attention once I got home. The panels verified many of my frustrations as an investor and a VC, but also gave me a few avenues to go down. While our ecosystem in my hometown is smaller, we can still provide a meaningful impact which is somewhat of a breakthrough I had during the course. I wish I had taken the course sooner.  "
– Patrick Armstrong, Analyst, Canal Partners, LLC
" As an entrepreneur I was delighted to receive the "inside story" of major players within the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem during the Venture Capital Executive Program at UC Berkley. The educational method was quite exceptional too, by having the proper balance between case studies, lectures, class discussions and panels. "
– Ramon Estrada, Founder,
" Having previous experiences in attending Executive Education programs of Top 10 US Business Schools, I can say that I had one of the best and most efficient time spent at Center for Executive Education UC Berkeley! "
– Sergey Chernogorodskiy, Managing Director, AMDEX Group
" The VCEP was incredibly informative, relevant, and inspiring.  I will immediately be able to make a positive impact on our efforts to grow the life sciences ecosystem in Kansas through entrepreneurship initiatives and our investment activities.  In fact, I think the challenge I have now is to filter through the numerous ideas I have brimming so that the right ones bubble to the surface, and so that I can synthesize what I've learned into a cogent investment thesis and roadmap for the life sciences ecosystem here.  For me, the key takeaways span the entire ecosystem. "
– Keith Harrington, Director of Commercialization Investments, Kansas Bioscience Authority