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 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. 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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Dates and Registration

Fee: $7,600
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

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