Venture Capital Executive Program

Venture Capital Executive Program

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

Program Experience

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. Professor 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. 

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.
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.
Understand What Constitutes a VC Quality Deal
Apply proven processes to assess opportunities like a venture capitalist, VC, how to identify a great startup with a 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.
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.
Go Inside the Program

Program Dates

There is pre-work for this program. Refer to the suggested deadline dates for enrollment below. Past this deadline, we enroll on a case-by-case and space-available basis, but please note: late enrollment may impact your experience in the program due to pre-work assignments.

Costs & Features

  • Two-week online venture capital program utilizing a cutting-edge Live classroom platform
  • Program sessions held from 8:00 am-1:00 pm PDT
  • Learn from 20+ top Venture Capital investors & UC Berkeley Haas Faculty 
  • Gain access to exclusive networking opportunities
  • Access to the program alumni community  
  • Venture Capital Executive Program Certification of Completion
2-Week Online
  • 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



5-Day In Person
2-Week Online
5-Day In Person

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Download the full hardware, software, and bandwidth requirements prior to attending an online session for the Forum and Lab.

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.

This program counts toward a
Certificate of Business Excellence
Curriculum Days 
Five Days
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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Speakers & Panelists

Venture Capital Executive program participants learn from several guest speakers and panel sessions on relevant and venture capital and private equity topics: 

  • Ben Bayat - NextGen Venture Partners
  • Stephanie Thomas - Morrison & Foerster
  • Jonathan Ebinger - BlueRun Ventures
  • Farouk Ladha - Four Rivers Group
  • Amos Ben-Meir - Sand Hill Angels
  • Amee Parbhoo - Accion Venture Lab
  • David Hehman - Spartina
  • Chris Groves - Centric Software
  • Noah Doyle - Javelin Venture Partners
  • Larry Marcus - Marcy Venture Partners
  • Gilman Louie - Alsop Louie Partners
  • Kasper Sage - BMW i Ventures
  • Angelo Del Priore - HP Tech Ventures
  • Albert Kim - Ericsson Ventures
  • Ron Star - Arnold Porter
  • Brian Karlisch - Buchanan & Edwards
  • Rob Labatt - Inland Logistics
  • Brian Feth - Xcell Biosciences inc.
  • Shawn Merrani - Parade Ventures
  • Ken Wallace - Nimble Partners
  • Wes Selke - Better Ventures
  • Lisa Edgar - Top Tier Capital
  • John Beil - University of California
  • Dino Boukouris - Momentum Partners and Momentum Cyber
  • Ira Simkhovitch - Industry Ventures
  • Eric Ver Ploeg - LightJump Capital

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

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