VC University

VC University Programs

Venture Forward, NVCA, and Berkeley Law Executive Education launched VC University in 2019 to democratize access to VC education. Join us for an online course and live programs in emerging venture ecosystems.

Scholarships are available by application for new or aspiring VC investors
from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

The Course
Virtual certificate program

VC University is the definitive online course in venture finance.

VC University Live
In-person program
VC University LIVE is an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge issues in VC and connect with industry leaders across the country.

The Course

General Description

VC University is the premier certificate course on the fundamentals of venture capital offered three times per year.

The course is ideal for people seeking a structured introduction to emerging company finance. Course components include lectures, conversations with leading venture capitalists, interactive activities, and networking.

Highlights include:

  • Self-paced, online course with live virtual office hours and webinars
  • 10-week recommended schedule (access to course platform for five months)
  • Lectures by UC Berkeley faculty, practitioners, and industry experts
  • Access to a strong alumni network
  • Certificate awarded upon completion
  • Full scholarships are available to a select number of qualified applicants
The Course

To learn more, sign up for notifications or register, please visit:

Ways to Participate

Aspiring VCs
  • Sign up for program notifications
  • Register for an upcoming course
  • Apply for a scholarship
Current VCs
Volunteer
  • Serve as a VC mentor
  • Host office hours
  • Speak at a Lunch & Learn webinar
Current VCs
Financially Support
  • Sponsor the scholarship program
  • Sponsor a community event across the country to network with rising VC talent

Impact

15

sold-out
Cohorts

3700+

alumni community

97%

would recommend to a peer

500+

full scholarships
awarded

155+

Life Science Scholarship
track recipients

600+

mentorship matches
facilitated

Course Curriculum

The VC University course consists of five modules. Each module consists of a mix of lectures, investor perspectives, exercises, and/or assessments:
  • Introduction to Venture Funds — Explores how venture funds are structured and managed
  • Startup Fundamentals — Covers how venture-backed companies are formed, managed, and funded
  • Introduction to Venture Deals — Addresses the terms, processes, and structures that drive venture financings
  • Venture Deal Economics — Utilizes case studies and capitalization table exercises to illustrate the economics of venture finance
  • Advanced Topics in Venture Capital — Examines issues like public policy, corporate venture, investor governance, venture capital careers, valuations, and more

Cost and Scholarships

General tuition is $1,850 per participant. General registration for Cohort 16 (June 2024) will open on April 15, 2024. An early bird rate of $1,500 will be available from April 15 through May 17, 2024. Discounts are available for groups, NVCA members, and UC Berkeley alumni (only one discount may be applied). We also offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships to qualified candidates.

The full scholarship program:

  • Covers the cost of course tuition
  • Provides access to a curated three-month mentorship program
  • Offers supplemental office hours
  • Includes public recognition of the award
  • Offers two tracks: a sector-agnostic track and a life science scholarship (LSS) track

Meet our recent scholarship classes!

General Timeline

VC University is offered three times a year, starting in February, June, and September:

General Registration

Begins 4-6 weeks before course on a first come, first serve basis

Monthly Lunch & Learn Webinars
Weekly Office Hours
February
March
June
July
September
October
Grace Period to complete course and earn certificate
April
May
June
August
September
October
November
December
January
Course Begins
COURSE DESIGNED TO BE
COMPLETED IN 8 WEEKS
COURSE CLOSES
AFTER 5 MONTHS
(Visit the scholarship page for a timeline of important scholarship program dates.)

Upcoming Dates

Scholarship application opens
Deadline to apply for a scholarship
Scholarship decisions announced
General registration opens
Course begins
Mentorship Program begins for scholarship recipients
Course closes
Cohort 16
June 2024
March 11, 2024
March 22, 2024
April 12, 2024
April 15, 2024
June 3, 2024
August 1, 2024
November 4, 2024
Cohort 15
February 2024
November 6, 2023
September 17, 2023
December 15, 2023
December 18, 2023
February 5, 2024
April 1, 2024
July 8, 2024
Scholarship application opens
Cohort 16
March 11, 2024
Cohort 15
November 6, 2023
Deadline to apply for a scholarship
Cohort 16
March 22, 2024
Cohort 15
September 17, 2023
Scholarship decisions accounted
Cohort 16
April 12, 2024
Cohort 15
December 15, 2023
General registration opens
Cohort 16
April 15, 2024
Cohort 15
December 18, 2023
Course begins
Cohort 16
June 3, 2024
Cohort 15
February 5, 2024
Mentorship Program begins for scholarship recipients
Cohort 16
August 1, 2024
Cohort 15
April 1, 2024
Course closes
Cohort 16
November 4, 2024
Cohort 15
July 8, 2024

Visit the VC University website to learn more, sign up for notifications, apply for a scholarship, or register for the course.

VC University LIVE

General Description

VC University LIVE is a three-day, in-person certificate program
held in partnership with universities in emerging VC ecosystems across the country. At this time, the next VC University LIVE dates have not been announced.

This program is ideal for anyone interested in sharpening their venture finance skills and building their professional network, including investors, entrepreneurs, attorneys, and more. The LIVE program may be particularly relevant to those with a connection to the host region, but it will provide value to anyone interested in VC.

VC University LIVE features:

  • Live lectures and interviews with leading local VCs, university faculty, industry leaders, and experts
  • Interactive activities to support understanding and practice foundational skills
  • Access to networking opportunities, alumni network, and Slack workspace
  • Certificate awarded upon course completion
  • Full scholarships are available to a select number of qualified applicants
Coming Up:
At this time, the next VC University LIVE dates have not been announced.
To learn more, sign up for notifications, or register for a VC University LIVE program, please visit:

Ways to Participate

Aspiring VCs
  • Sign up for program notifications
  • Register for an upcoming course
  • Apply for a scholarship
Current VCs
Volunteer and Network
  • Speak on a panel
  • Present a case study
  • Network with local and coastal VC leaders
  • Engage with aspiring investors and rising VC talent
Current VCs
Financially Support
  • Sponsor the scholarship program
  • Sponsor a lunch, dinner, or reception during the event

Impact

4

programs hosted across the country:
University of Michigan, Tulane, SMU, and UNC at Chapel Hill

287
participants served
59
full scholarships awarded

Visit the VC University LIVE website to learn more, sign up for notifications, apply for a scholarship, or register for the program.

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