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About the course

Day 1 - VC Lifecycle: From investment thesis to opportunity assessment

  • Foundations of Venture Capital
  • Investment thesis strategy & generating deal flow to build your portfolio
  • Opportunity assessment
  • Startup pitches & investment committee simulations

Day 2 - Unlocking innovation at corporates

  • Cultivating an innovation mindset at corporate: how to think like a Silicon Valley VC
  • How to create value for the parent company
  • Corporate venture capital: fostering innovation at corporates
  • Fast cycle innovation in a corporate setting
  • Corporate accelerator programs as a launch pad for digital transformation

Who should attend

CVCs, corporate innovation officers, and executives who want to deepen their understanding of early stage seed investing and learn how to work with startups.

Trust the experts

Vikas A. Aggarwal

Vikas Aggarwal is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD. His research centers on strategy issues in entrepreneurial settings, focusing on venture-backed start-ups as well as larger firms experiencing significant environmental change. He is particularly interes...


Claudia Zeisberger

Claudia Zeisberger is a Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise at INSEAD, and the Founder and Academic Director of the school’s private equity centre (GPEI).Through the centre’s work, INSEAD has established itself as the go-to source for insig...


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...


Vijay Rajendran

Vijay is Director of Innovation and Partnerships at 500 Startups where he works at the intersection of startups, investors, and corporate innovation. Vijay is an innovation advisor and strategic partner to a wide range of industries from financial services to retail to automotive. Previously, he...


Pedro Vieira

Pedro Vieira is the Director, Innovation and Partnerships at 500 Startups. Pedro is a scientist, turned founder, turned investor, with deep experience in the tech world. Pedro holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley, and his publications have received awards both in the EU and US. His first venture (Goo...


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