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Venture Capital Executive Program

Venture Capital Executive Program

Unlock the Secrets of Venture Capitalists
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Get insider secrets and insights from top Silicon Valley VCs and industry leaders alike.
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Obtain an exclusive window into the dynamics of the most successful VC firms in Silicon Valley.
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Participate in interactive discussions on the latest practices and trends in the startup world.

About the Program

Guided by Berkeley Haas faculty member and former entrepreneur and venture capitalist Jerry Engel, the Venture Capital Executive Program gives participants unprecedented access to learn from the inside out. Over five days, you will get a comprehensive overview of the venture capital investing cycle and attend panel discussions from over 20+ top Venture Capital investors from the world's premier innovative cluster: Silicon Valley.

Understand the Venture Capital Investing Cycle
Get a comprehensive overview of the venture capital investing cycle from opportunity assessment, valuation, deal structuring and corporate governance to harvesting investments.
Explore the Inside Dynamics of Venture Capital Funds
Learn how VCs are motivated, how venture capital reward systems work, and understand current industry perspectives on fast-changing, emerging opportunities.
Understand What Constitutes a VC Quality Deal
Learn how to assess opportunities like a VC, how to identify a great startup with high probability of success, and how to vet and select the best deals.
Gain Valuable Practical Skills and Techniques
Acquire powerful valuation techniques, learn how to structure a term sheet, and understand how entrepreneurs can optimize their returns.
Gain Access to a Powerful Industry Network
Become part of a cohort of professionals who are the connectors and innovators in the industry.

Program Dates

Program Topics

The Venture Capital Executive program curriculum covers the following topics:

  • Creating a vibrant innovation ecosystem
  • The dynamics of innovation clusters and what makes them work
  • Key aspects of the Silicon Valley innovation cluster
  • Bridging the gap between technology/opportunity and value
  • The entrepreneurial process; major trends and the entrepreneur’s role in driving the process
  • The key skills of the successful entrepreneur and venture capital collaborator
  • Productive entrepreneurship strategies
  • Key attributes of “true” “professional” entrepreneurs
  • World views of innovation in large corporations and startups
  • The stages of an entrepreneurial venture through technology/product, marketing and management
  • The importance of mentorship, governance and teamwork to an entrepreneur
  • The key mechanisms that make Venture Capital + Entrepreneurship work
  • Exploring your own criteria for opportunity preference and ability to influence others
  • Frameworks and investment/risk criteria for identifying strong opportunities
  • The key elements of the ideal startup
  • Methods to quickly search for new ideas, test hypotheses and reframe opportunities to establish a minimum viable product
  • Capturing value from your deal flow
  • Strategies and tactics for creating proprietary optionality, creating space and time for preliminary due diligence before substantial and irrevocable financial commitments are required
  • Making quick decisions on imperfect information
  • Basic elements of valuing and structuring VC financing
  • Evaluating a deal from the perspective of the company and the investors
  • Participating in venture capital financing
  • The challenges and opportunities of corporate venture investors 
  • How closed and open innovation paradigms work
  • Using the Open Innovation Toolkit to analyze opportunities in the context of a corporation

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Who It's For

  • Entrepreneurs considering venture funding
  • Executives leading corporate M&A and business development
  • Institutional asset managers
  • International economic development officials
  • Assets managers investing sovereign wealth
  • Angel investors
  • Executives of family-owned businesses
  • Service providers: attorneys, accountants, consultants

Cost & Features

Program Fee

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  • Five-day in-person program at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business campus 
  • Presentations and panel discussions from over 20+ top Venture Capital investors
  • UC Berkeley Haas and Executive Education Faculty 
  • Exclusive networking opportunities 
  • Access to the program alumni community 
  • Venture Capital Executive Program Certificate of Completion 
This program counts toward a
Certificate of Business Excellence
Curriculum Days 
Five Days
Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Finance & Business Acumen

A UC Berkeley Certificate of Business Excellence gives individuals the opportunity to create a personal plan of study structured by our four academic pillars. Participants will earn a mark of distinction with certification from a world-class university, and enjoy the flexibility of completing the program in up to three years.


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Speakers & Panelists

The Venture Capital Executive program includes several guest speaker and panel sessions on relevant and topical subjects relating to venture capital. Past speakers have included:

  • Ron Cordes - Cordes Foundation
  • Tim Wilson - Artiman Ventures
  • Chris Groves - Centric Software 
  • Joe Kennedy - Pandora 
  • Larry Marcus - Marcy Venture Partners 
  • Eric Ver Ploeg - Deutsche Telecome
  • Keval Desai - Interwest
  • Paul Yett - Hamilton Lane 
  • Nick Giovanni - Goldman Sachs 

For a full list of our esteemed past guest speakers and panelists, please click here

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Experience the Program

Go inside the program with Professor Jerry Engel and experience the Venture Capital Executive program.

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