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Venture Capital looks vibrant, it is now a very important asset class that is evolving very quickly, but concerns have been expressed about whether it portrays a bubble that might be about to burst. Certainly, it is critical for those involved in the industry to be aware of best practice and to understand how to meet and deal with the challenges presented, not least of which are the very high valuations ascribed to VC ‘unicorns’, like Uber for which a sum in excess of $100billion has been quoted by one source.
This 3-day course has been designed specifically to look in detail at venture capital as a distinct asset class from private equity and how to respond to the many developments for those involved in the sector.
The course will combine presentations, business cases, and interactive Q&A sessions. Practical exercises and cases drawn from the course director’s wealth of experience will engage you in real-life issues and include:
- Current angel investor opportunities e.g. related to online luxury real estate sales and rentals in the Caribbean
- A flying car that is now commercially available – from startup to production
- An educational technology business
- The ‘unicorn’ Uber
As a result of this course, you will be able to:
- Explain and understand the VC investment perspective in its entirety from entrepreneurial initiative through to exit options
- Relate the tools of strategic analysis to the evaluation of prospective VC opportunities
- Frame the questions to establish whether an early stage prospective VC opportunity has realistic potential
- Develop a high level evaluatory framework that can be used to:
- Question the potential of VC opportunities in relation to a structured commercial due diligence procedure
- Drill down and answer the relevant questions about how, when and why value may be created from a prospective VC opportunity, i.e. the potential value drivers of the investment and their sensitivity
- Place the exit option clearly into perspective in terms of potential directions to take and how to challenge outcomes