Venture Capital Executive Program

Haas School of Business

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  • 2 weeks
  • online

Haas School of Business


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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

About the course

The Venture Capital program provides an opportunity to learn from renowned Berkeley Haas faculty member, former entrepreneur, and venture capitalist Jerry Engel while networking with fellow Berkeley Executive Education professionals.

As a program participant, you’ll get a comprehensive overview of the venture capital investing cycle and interact with Capital investors from the world’s premier innovation cluster: Silicon Valley.

Upon completion of the venture capital program, you’ll have a foundation of the investing principles, what investors look for, access to professionals within the venture capital and private equity community, and a plan to apply your knowledge. Professor Jerry Engel will also be discussing the impact of the pandemic on the venture capital world relating to resilience of the venture capital industry, breaking into venture capital in a post-pandemic world, and what venture capital opportunities are hot in the post-pandemic world.

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 the foundational principles of capital investing cycle from opportunity assessment, valuation, deal structuring, and corporate governance to harvesting investments.

Explore the Inside Dynamics of Venture Capital Funds

Learn what motivates VCs, how venture capital reward systems work, and understand current industry perspectives on fast-changing, emerging opportunities.

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 and private equity 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


Jerome Engel

Jerome Engel is a leader in entrepreneurship education, venture capital, corporate innovation and regional economic development. A veteran of Silicon Valley, Engel joined the University of California at Berkeley in 1991 to found the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship. As an adjunct professor at t...

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...

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