Available dates

Feb 10—13, 2020
4 days
Stanford, California, United States
USD 9200
USD 2300 per day


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About the course

Deal Camp is a four-day course focused on the nuts and bolts of deal making for investors who want to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments. Participants will work with leading UC Berkeley faculty and 500 Partners to develop strategies to structure deals in order to maximize investment returns.

What to Expect

In four days, dive headfirst into the nuts and bolts of deal-making with leading UC Berkeley Law faculty, 500 Startups Partners and other top VCs in the Valley.

Day 1 - Assessing Investment Opportunities

  • Get feedback on your investment thesis and investment filter from 500 Startups partners and your fellow program participants
  • Jump into the action! Apply your framework while screening real startup pitches from 500 Startups' portfolio

Day 2 - Diving into Deal-Making

  • Understand the Venture Funding Lifecycle
  • Explore the role of Venture Capital in Corporate Finance and Business Strategy
  • Participate in a workshop on seed financing, due diligence, terms, and the deal process
  • Perfect the art of the valuation and understand its impact on deal terms and startup growth

Day 3 - Simulating Seed Financing

  • Analyze what makes a good deal vs. a bad deal
  • Understand the key differences between convertible security and priced round term sheets
  • Practice negotiating with startups in simulated exercises

Day 4 - Scaling your Investments

  • Decipher and dominate cap tables
  • Come up with an exit strategy for investments in the workshop on Priced Venture Financing, M&A and IPOs
  • Set the stage for future success by learning how manage in your startup ecosystem

Who should attend

Angel investors, VCs, fund managers and attorneys looking to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early stage investments.

We accept qualified candidates on a rolling basis and space is limited, so we encourage you to apply early.

Trust the experts

Scott Kupor

Scott Kupor is the managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where he is responsible for all aspects of running the firm. He previously worked as vice president and general manager, Global Customer Support & Software-as-a-Service at Hewlett Packard. Scott joined HP in 2007 as part of the $1.6...


Robert Bartlett

Robert Bartlett is Professor of Law at UC Berkeley and Faculty Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business, and the Economy. Bartlett is also a founder and program co-director of Startup@BerkeleyLaw.Bartlett’s primary area of research examines the operation of capital markets and the uni...


Neil Dugal

Neil is senior corporate counsel at Omidyar Network, where he supports all investments, U.S. and international. Prior to Omidyar, Neil was an executive at 500 Startups and an attorney at Fenwick & West, where he represented clients such as Andreessen Horowitz, Accel Partners, Index Ventures, ...


Adam Sterling

Adam Sterling is the executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) at Berkeley Law and the co-founder of Startup@BerkeleyLaw. Previously he was a startup and venture capital attorney at Gunderson Dettmer and the co-founder and director of the Sudan Divestmen...


Greg LaBlanc

At Haas, Greg LaBlanc teaches primarily in the areas of finance and strategy in the MBA and MFE programs and in Executive Education. LaBlanc has also worked in competitive intelligence and litigation consulting and has advised consulting teams in finance, marketing, and strategy. His research int...


Steven Davidoff Solomon

Professor Davidoff Solomon’s research focuses on financial regulation, hedge funds and private equity, mergers and acquisitions, deals and deal theory, and jurisdictional competition. He has a particular interest in international issues and interdisciplinary research in law and finance.Professor ...


Christine Tsai

Christine Tsai is a Founding Partner at 500 Startups, a global venture capital fund and startup accelerator. Since its inception in 2010, she helped grow 500 to ~$200M under management, 1300+ portfolio investments (including companies like Credit Karma, Twilio, ipsy, Udemy, MakerBot, Wildfire, Vi...


Bedy Yang

Bedy Yang is Managing Partner at 500 Startups. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, 500 Startups is a global, early stage tech VC fund that manages +$350M AuM in +1,800 investments around the world. In addition to being the most active global seed investor, 500 Startups runs a series of ecosystem-dev...


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