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Venture Capital Executive Program

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Venture Capital Executive Program | UC Berkeley Executive Education
Dec 9—13, 2019
5 days
Berkeley, California, United States
USD 8650
USD 1730 per day

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Venture Capital is a driving force behind entrepreneurship and innovation. It fuels the economy, creates growth opportunities for companies large and small and, it funds the business development strategies of major corporations.

But while Venture Capital is an integral part of the global economy - the unique inner workings of venture capital firms and their processes are a well-guarded secret.

Unlock the Secrets Of Venture Capitalists

The Venture Capital Executive Program is essential for experienced investors, corporate executives and serious entrepreneurs that not only want an exclusive window into this ever-changing industry but also want to gain insider tips on how to succeed with Venture Capital firms.

Gain Insights from top Silicon Valley VCs and Industry Leaders Alike

No other program gives you the access, the interaction and the 1:1 networking opportunities with key industry leaders and innovators than the Venture Capital Executive Program at the UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education. And where better than to get an exclusive window into the dynamics of the most successful venture capital firms than the world's premier innovative cluster: Silicon Valley?

Guided by Berkeley-Haas faculty member and former entrepreneur and venture capitalist Jerry Engel, the Venture Capital Executive Program provides a comprehensive overview of the venture capital investing cycle from - opportunity assessment, valuation, deal structuring and corporate governance to - harvesting investments.

Over the course of this incredible 5-day program, you'll hear presentations and panel discussions from over 20+ top Venture Capital investors. Previous panelists represented top firms such as:

  • First Round Capital
  • Kliener, Perkins
  • Battery Ventures
  • 500 Startups
  • Foundation Capital
  • Monitor Ventures
  • Mayfield Fund
  • Google Ventures
  • Ture Ventures
  • Norwest
  • M34 Capital
  • Citi Ventures
  • Bootstrap Labs
  • Bee Partners
  • Lightspeed
  • Alphabet
  • Deloitte
  • Rockport
  • Saints VC
  • Newbury
  • Helio LLP

Additional panelists can be found here.

These lively and interactive discussions provide insights on the latest practices and trends in the start-up world. Core topics include:

  • Silicon Valley Venture Economy
  • Innovation Through New Venture Creation
  • Deal Structure, Terms and Due Diligence
  • VC Economics and Career Decisions
  • Achieving Liquidity and Accelerating Returns

Venture Capital accessibility and availability are keys to economic growth. The Venture Capital Executive Program gives you unprecedented access to learn from the inside out.

Key Takeaways

  • Inside dynamics of venture capital funds
  • Venture capital reward systems; how VCs are motivated
  • What constitutes a VC quality deal
  • How to assess opportunities like a VC
  • How to identify a great startup with high probability of success
  • Industry perspectives on fast-changing emerging opportunities
  • Deal vetting and selection
  • Valuation techniques
  • How to structure a term sheet
  • How entrepreneurs can optimize their returns

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


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...
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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 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 ...
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Dec 9—13, 2019
5 days
Berkeley, California, United States
USD 8650
USD 1730 per day

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