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. 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.

Guided by Haas School of Business faculty, the program typically features 20+ guest speakers drawn from the Silicon Valley's leading VC firms. These lively and interactive discussions not only provide insights on the latest practices and trends in the start-up world, they also give participants the opportunity for 1:1 networking with industry leaders and innovators. Core topics include:

  • Silicon Valley Venture Economy
  • Innovation Through New Venture Creation
  • Deal Structure, Terms and Due Diligence
  • VC Economics and Career Decisions 
  • Achieving Liquidity and Accelerating Returns

Hear from Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists
This unique five-day intensive course is led by Berkeley-Haas and former entrepreneur and venture capitalist Jerry Engel, who infuses course lecture with experienced practitioners from Silicon Valley.

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Fee: $7,980
Location: Berkeley, California

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Key Takeaways
  • Inside dynamics of venture capital funds
  • Venture capital reward systems; how VCs are motivated
  • What constitutes a VC quality deal
  • How to assess opportunities like a VC
  • How to identify a great startup with high probability of success
  • Industry perspectives on fast-changing emerging opportunities
  • Deal vetting and selection
  • Valuation techniques
  • How to structure a term sheet
  • How entrepreneurs can optimize their returns
Who Should Attend
  • Entrepreneurs considering venture funding
  • Executives leading corporate M&A and business development
  • Institutional asset managers
  • International economic development officials
  • Angel investors
  • Executives of family-owned businesses
  • Service providers: attorneys, accountants, consultants