Venture Capital Executive Program

Online & In-Person

Venture Capital Executive Program

Learn from Silicon Valley’s Most Influential & Connected Venture Capitalists

Overview

5-day in-person or 2-week online program

Whether you’re an entrepreneur with an innovative business opportunity needing start-up funding, or an experienced VC practitioner looking to tighten your skills, this program builds your craft in venture capital.  Open more doors to opportunity by learning how to select and secure VC deals, create a comprehensive investment strategy, and gain a deeper understanding of corporate venture capital to propel your success. 

The Venture Capital program is an immersive experience where you will directly interact with venture investors from the global innovation cluster: Silicon Valley. Throughout the program, you’ll fortify a foundation of investing principles to launch your big ideas. Understand what investors are looking for, uncover pathways for angel investing and crowdfunding, and become an expert in VC deal structure. 

Led by renowned Berkeley Haas faculty member, former entrepreneur, and venture capitalist Jerry Engel, you will learn from the best and quickly grow your network of like-minded professionals. Faculty Director Jerry Engel will also cover the pandemic’s impact on venture capital financing. From demonstrating VC funding resilience to showing you how to break into venture capital in a post-pandemic world - you will have your finger on the pulse of what venture capital opportunities are hot in the post-pandemic economy.

Join us at the Berkeley Haas campus for our five-day intensive, in-person training, or choose the cutting-edge Exec Ed Forum, a virtual two-week (8-days) learning experience delivering the same, high-caliber instruction - wherever you are. 

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Understand the Venture Capital Investing Cycle

Begin with capital investing cycle’s foundational principles for opportunity recognition, valuation, deal structuring, and corporate governance to harvest investments.

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Explore the Inside Dynamics of Venture Capital Funds

Learn what motivates VCs, how venture capital reward systems work, and understand current investing perspectives in a fast-changing industry.

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Understand What Constitutes a VC Quality Deal

Apply proven processes to assess opportunities like a venture capitalist, how to identify a great startup with a high probability of success, and how to vet and select the best deals.

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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.

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Network within a Powerful Industry Community

Become part of a cohort of professionals who are the connectors and innovators within the VC investing and private equity industry.

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Features, Dates, & Cost

In-Person

  • Five-day in-person venture capital program that provides interactive learning and networking 
  • Learn from 20+ top Venture Capital investors & UC Berkeley Haas Faculty 
  • Access to the program alumni community 
  •  Exclusive networking reception with faculty
  • Venture Capital Executive Program Certification of Completion

Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm PDT 

Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2023
$9,499
Enroll

For the April program, we recommend registering prior to April 10th due to heavy pre-work assignnments.

Program experience may be affected if you enroll after the recommended date. Please note: seating is limited and capacity may be reached prior to recommended reg date.

Online

  • Two-week online venture capital program utilizing a cutting-edge Live classroom platform
  • Program sessions held from 8:15 am-1:00 pm PST
  • Learn from 20+ top Venture Capital investors & UC Berkeley Haas Faculty 
  • Overarching case study - teams will work together and present their work to the entire class
  • 1:1 office hours with faculty at the end of each day (appointment required)
  • Gain access to exclusive networking opportunities
  • Access to the program alumni community  
  • Venture Capital Executive Program Certification of Completion

8:15 am - 1:00 pm PST

*These programs are run as live sessions and require active participation in breakouts with peer discussions. Your engagement in these sessions are critical to the program experience for you and your fellow classmates

Nov 28 - Dec 7, 2023
$6,450
Enroll

For the November program, we recommend registering prior to November 21st due to heavy pre-work assignments. Program experience may be affected if you enroll after the recommended date. Please note: seating is limited and capacity may be reached prior to recommended reg date.

Sample Pre-Readings

Below is a sample of pre-readings from our upcoming online program.

Please note: this is not the full list of pre-readings. Once you are enrolled, you will be provided with the full list of pre-readings.

  • Clusters of Innovation in the Age of Disruption, Chapter 2 Global Cluster of Innovation Theory and Practice in the 21st century: COI Components,  JS Engel et al (2021, Edward Elgar – in press)
  • “Models of Innovation: Startups and Mature Companies.” (CMR. Fall 2007) John Freeman and Jerome S. Engel
  • Insights History of Corporate Venture Capital
  • Clusters of Innovation in the Age of Disruption, Chapter 3 Global Cluster of Innovation Theory and Practice in the 21st century: COI Behaviors, JS Engel et al (2021, Edward Elgar – in press)
  • “Best Practices: Decision Making Among Venture Capital Firms” [VC&PE Pages 495 - 508]
  • “How Venture Capitalists Evaluate Potential Venture Opportunities.” Lauren Barley and Michael J. Roberts
  • “Why the Lean Start-up Changes Everything” Steve Blank, December 2012 Harvard Business Review
  • Case Study: Deal Selection - will be handed out in class on day 1
     
  • “How Much Money Does Your New Venture Need?” James McNeill Stancill.
  • “A Note on Valuation in Private Equity Settings.” [VC & PE. Pages 238 - 251]
  • “A Note on Private Equity Securities.” [VC & PE. Pages 206 - 213]
  • Case Study: Mekasutra Games A - will be distributed on day 2
  • Case Study: John Hirschstick’s New Venture, will be distributed on day 2 
     
  • Clusters of Innovation in the Age of Disruption, Chapter 4, JS Engel et al, CAPTURING VALUE FROM DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION: Strategies and tools for major corporations to achieve speed and startups to achieve scale through collaboration across the COI ecosystem (2021, Edward Elgar – in press)
  • Case Study: Real World Games - will be distributed at the end of day 3
     

Who It's For

  • Entrepreneurs considering vc funding
  • Aspiring venture capital investors
  • Executives leading corporate M&A and business development
  • Asset managers for public and private institutions, foundations, and corporations
  • International economic development officials
  • Assets managers investing sovereign wealth
  • Angel investors
  • Executives and representatives of privately- and family-owned businesses
  • Professional service providers such as attorneys, CPAs, and consultants

Want to approach your employer about professional development and request employer support? Read the Employer Payment Assistance Guide.

Faculty

Speakers & Panelists

Venture Capital Executive Program integrates presentations and discussions with a wide range of speakers drawn from Silicon Valley and beyond. These include experienced and emerging venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, venture lawyers, investment bankers,  investment officers of pension funds, family offices, and more. Recent program speakers and panelists have included:

  • Larry Kubal - Labrador Ventures
  • Nina Labatt - Trinity Ventures
  • Jordy Albert - Walkabout Ventures 
  • Amee Parbhoo - Accion Venture Lab
  • Jonathan Ebinger - Transform Capital 
  • Fred Wang - Adam Street's Growth Equity Investment Committee
  • Robert Labatt - Inland Logistics 
  • Anthony Palma - Griffin Gaming Partners 
  • Chip Lion - Private Funds Group
  • Parasvil Patel - Radical Ventures
  • Matt Caspari - Strawberry Creek Ventures
  • Kasper Sage - BMW i Ventures 
  • Eric Ver Ploeg - LightJump Capital
  • Noah J. Doyle - Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners
  • Paul Yett - Managing Director, Hamilton Lane 

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

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Certificates

Certificate of Completion

Signal your professional achievement to your network and get recognized for your completion! Upon successful completion of the program, UC Berkeley Executive Education grants a verified digital certificate of completion to participants that you are encouraged to add to your profiles.

Note: This program results in a digital certificate of completion and is not eligible for degree credit/CEUs. After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you directly. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of UC Berkeley Executive Education.

Earn a certificate

This program counts toward a
Certificate of Business Excellence
Curriculum Days 
Five Days
Pillar(s) 
Entrepreneurship & Innovation or Finance & Business Acumen

Participants in the Certificate of Business Excellence (COBE) program will earn a mark of distinction from a world-class university, gain access to a powerful global network, and enjoy the flexibility of completing the program in up to three years. A UC Berkeley Certificate of Business Excellence allows individuals to create a personal learning journey structured by our four academic pillars to gain management essentials in Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and Finance to drive both personal and organizational development.

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