Venture Capital

IE Business School

IE Business School


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Who should attend

Whether you’re a private equity firm executive or a start-up leader, this course will help you to better understand both sides of venture capital initiatives. At IE Business School, we inspire an entrepreneurial ecosystem and the participants of the Venture Capital program are valuable contributors to this environment. Our integrated program gives participants the perfect platform to embark on their next venture capital initiative.

The Venture Capital program is aimed at:

  • Venture capital and private equity firms.
  • Corporate venture capital groups.
  • Consulting, advisory and professional services firms.
  • Family offices.
  • Financial institutions.
  • Foundations and institutions that promote entrepreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurs in high-potential businesses, start-up leaders.
  • CIOs and investment principals, managers and directors.
  • Business angels, private and individual investors.

About the course

Our Venture Capital program is for investors and entrepreneurs keen to hone their financial and interpersonal skills for venture capital initiatives. Over two days, industry professionals guide participants through the deal process, combining class-based theory with practical group activities. Participants will learn how to refine due diligence practices and confront common challenges of the venture capital market. Above all, the program provides a perfect opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs to meet and establish relationships that will drive value creation in the modern market.

Should participants wish to cover a wider range of investment asset classes, they will have access to the Private Equity program with a 30% concession.

Program methodology

The Venture Capital program integrates class-based theory with case studies and group discussions to teach participants the relevant approaches to the venture capital process. Professors encourage the use of creative tools to solve negotiation bottlenecks and role-play sessions provide the perfect backdrop for participants to share ideas and feedback.


Day 1: Screening and valuation of investment opportunities

  • What to look for in a startup project.
  • Teaser screening.
  • Valuation of potential investments.
  • Overview of valuation methods.
  • The VC method.
  • Structuring and funding instruments.
  • Structuring the deal.
  • Funding instruments.
  • Pricing of the investment.

Day 2: Negotiation of a deal and due diligence

  • Early-stage investor-entrepreneur meetings.
  • Term sheet and documentation: red flags and key clauses (financial, corporate governance, people, share vesting).
  • Negotiation techniques.
  • Due diligence, an ongoing task.
  • Investor’s perspective.

Day 3: Portfolio management

  • Maximize returns through active portfolio management.
  • Portfolio evaluation.
  • Optimum risk/reward ratio.
  • Value creation and exit strategies.
  • Value drivers.
  • Exit strategies (IPO, trade sale, secondary buy-out).
  • Partial exits, next rounds.


Nicholas Goulet

Nico has managed Venture Capital investments in high-tech companies for the last 15 years. During this period he has been actively involved with more than 25 early stage ventures and served on the board of 16 companies, totaling more than 60 years of board membership in early stage technology ven...

Peter Bryant

Peter Bryant joined IE´s Entrepreneurship Faculty in 2009, having earned his PhD in 2006 from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia. His research focuses on the origin and evolution of entrepreneurial organizations, their capabilities and strategies. His research progra...

Ignacio Larru

Ignacio LarruSpecialized ProgramsIgnacio is Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Big Data at IE Business School. He is an Analytics Consultant and is currently the Vice President of Credit Agricole CIB. He is moreover the Founder of Ll Ventures, and previously worked at PricewaterhouseCooper...

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