Haas School of Business

Venture Capital Executive Program

Available dates

Dec 9—13, 2019
5 days
Berkeley, California, United States
USD 8650
USD 1730 per day
Apr 27—May 1, 2020
5 days
Berkeley, California, United States
USD 8650
USD 1730 per day


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About the course

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.


The Venture Capital Executive program curriculum covers the following topics:

TOPIC 1 | The Silicon Valley Venture Capital Economy

  • Creating a vibrant innovation ecosystem
  • The dynamics of innovation clusters and what makes them work
  • Key aspects of the Silicon Valley innovation cluster

TOPIC 2 | Innovation Through New Venture Creation

  • 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

TOPIC 3 | The VC Model: The Professional Entrepreneur

  • 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

TOPIC 4 | Opportunity Recognition, Capture, and the Business Model

  • 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

TOPIC 5 | Deal Structure, Terms, and Due Diligence

  • Basic elements of valuing and structuring VC financing
  • Evaluating a deal from the perspective of the company and the investors

TOPIC 6 | Corporate Strategy and Financing

  • 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

Who should attend

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

Trust the experts

Jerome Engel

Education MS, Accounting, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania BS, Pennsylvania State University Positions Held At Haas since 1991 2014 – present, Imperial College London. Visiting Faculty Entrepreneurship, Lean LaunchPad 2013 – present, National University of Singapore, Visi...


Sean Foote

Sean Foote is a managing director and provides investment experience, consulting to corporations, and professorial experience to Cantato. Mr. Foote has been a venture capitalist investing in early-stage companies for the past 15 years, most recently as co-founder and Managing Director of Co=Crea...


Ron Cordes

Ron D. Cordes has enjoyed a 25+ year career in the investment industry, having co-founded and then sold AssetMark Investment Services to Genworth Financial in 2006. He is currently co-chairman of Genworth Financial Wealth Management, which is responsible for over 24 billion dollars of assets unde...


Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson focuses on early-stage technology investments and currently represents Artiman on the Boards of Crossbar, Prysm, Kaybus (acq'd by Prysm), Silniva, Inc., and is Board Observer for Capella Space Inc. Tim's previous investments include InvenSense (NYSE: INVN), Five9 (NASDAQ: FIVN). Tekno...


Chris Groves

Chris Groves joined Centric Software in 1997 as President and CEO and member of the Board of Directors. He is responsible for global strategic direction and business strategy. Chris is a highly accomplished international business executive with over 20 years of successful experience in building a...


Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy joined Pandora in 2004 following a five-year stint at E-LOAN, where he was President and Chief Operating Officer. From 1995 to 1999, he was the Vice President of Sales, Service and Marketing for Saturn Corporation, which he grew to over $4 billion in revenue and established as the top...


Larry Marcus

He was named to the Billboard Power 100 in music and the Twitter 140 to follow. Larry was a founding investor in Pandora (NYSE: P) in early 2004 when Walden led the rebirth round to focus the company on launching a consumer-facing service and was a Director from 2004 through its IPO. Larry is a D...


Eric Ver Ploeg

Eric is a Managing Director at Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners in the Venture Capital team. He serves as a Board Member/Observer at Anomali, CipherCloud, Innovid, Inuitive, Pinger, Ranovus, and ShareThis. Prior to DTCP, Eric was a Managing Director at VantagePoint Venture Partners, where he he...


Keval Desai

Keval invests in digital media, consumer Internet and mobile companies. Keval, a past Google executive and well-known angel investor, joined InterWest's IT team in 2011. He is a board member at AdsNative, Cuyana, Grokker, Joyus, LocBox, The RealReal and Triposo, and serves as a board observer at ...


Paul Yett

Paul Yett is a Managing Director at Hamilton Lane, based in the firm’s San Francisco office, where he is involved in both the firm’s investment activities and client relationships. Paul began his career with Hamilton Lane in 1998 in the Due Diligence Department, where he managed the firm’s global...


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