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 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

About the course

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 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 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 and private equity industry.


The Venture Capital Executive program curriculum covers the following topics:

Topic 1 | Financing the Startup

In this module we take an in-depth look at startup financing strategies using a detailed case study and often CEO guest speakers who can reflect on the experience of raising funds and negotiating with VCs.

  • Building skills in developing the best multi-stage financing strategies for a potential portfolio company
  • Enriching your understanding of how to mitigate risk when investing in startup ventures
  • Gaining an understanding of how entrepreneurs view the trade-offs between raising adequate financing and sacrificing some element of ownership and control of their venture

Topic 2 | Valuation

Valuing the early stage venture is a highly subjective process that involves a marriage of quantitative analysis and qualitative judgement. It is far from an exact science. In this module we will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various quantitative and qualitative approaches to valuation and explore when each is most appropriate. We will practice these methods through assignments and group work.

  • Understanding how to value startup and early stage tech ventures
  • Building valuation analyses that enable effective negotiations with entrepreneurs and discussions among venture investors.
  • learn how to use valuation and its supporting determination as a communication tool to build shared understanding among the parties. This is especially important in venture capital as most often the parties to a negotiation will have to have a long and hopefully constructive working relation after the transaction closes.

Topic 3 | Technology, Disruption, and Opportunity

In the venture investing arena, technology trends and breakthroughs enable disruption of the current way of doing things on the path to creating economic opportunity. In this module we will look at case studies of the interaction of technology, disruption and value creation.

  • Understanding the patterns of technology evolution and disruption
  • Understanding the role of the venture capitalist in the process and which types of change and disruption create investing opportunities
  • Understanding the advantages and challenges to incumbent businesses to take advantage of this impending disruption
  • Building investment theises to create and capture value from this process

Topic 4 | Valuation and Due Diligence

In this module we do a deeper dive into the valuation process using an in depth case study. We also identify how to assess risk and where and how due diligence procedures can be utilized to mitigate risks.

  • Better understanding of various valuation methodologies
  • Knowing what due diligence can and should be done at the various stages of a transaction

Topic 5 | Being a VC and VC Career Construction

In this module we use discussion and case study to investigate venture capital career and firm building strategies.

  • Being better prepared to assess how to build a career for yourself in venture capital

Topic 6 | Managing for the Long-Term

A concluding discussion of the entire set of learning from the program.

  • Sharpening your perspective on your major learnings from the program
  • Enhancing your ability to use these learnings to work



  • 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


  • 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


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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