Foundations of Venture Capital (Online)

Navigate the entire deal flow process — from sourcing through to exit

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September 12, 2024

Course Duration

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6 weeks, online
4–6 hours per week

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US$2,600 and get a referral benefit

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Excel in the Early-Stage Venture Capital Landscape

AI, biotech, and other emerging technologies are creating exciting new opportunities in venture capital. However, successfully navigating deal flow is crucial to sourcing and executing on opportunities.

The Foundations in Venture Capital (Online) program is designed for mid-to-senior finance professionals seeking to enter the field. Based on lessons garnered from 20,000 pitches and 20 years of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship, Angela Lee distills the venture capital landscape into a convenient six-week learning journey.

You will not only learn to evaluate early-stage investment opportunities, conduct due diligence, and negotiate financial terms; you will also acquire essential portfolio management and networking strategies. Together these skills will prepare you to successfully raise venture capital and embark on a career that is professionally, personally, and financially rewarding.

50%

VC investors expect investment in tech startups to increase over the next 12 months.

SOURCE: VC TECH SURVEY

$468.4 billion

Is the projection total capital raised in the worldwide venture capital market in 2024.

SOURCE: STATISTA

90%

Investors believe gen AI will create a new wave of tech unicorns in the next 5 years.

SOURCE: VC TECH SURVEY

Key Takeaways

The Foundations of Venture Capital (Online) program will enable you to:

  • Evaluate the investment potential of startups with more confidence
  • Identify sources for deal flow and select the best organizations to invest in
  • Develop a personal networking plan for your VC ecosystem
  • Interpret the fundamental characteristics of term sheets
  • Apply different methods to determine a startup’s value
  • Identify key elements to consider when developing and managing a VC portfolio

Who Should Attend?

  • Mid- to senior-level finance professionals seeking to expand their practice to include more early-stage investment opportunities, understand how to value these organizations, and develop an understanding of the VC ecosystem
  • Entrepreneurs, founders, and their senior management at startups seeking to understand the key drivers of investment decisions, how to get "into the deal flow," and how to secure funding for their venture
  • Corporate investors seeking a model for evaluating potential acquisitions for their innovation, specialized IP, talent, or other desirable factors
  • VC ecosystem players, such as professionals from law organizations, accounting organizations, and benefits organizations, that support the needs of startups and VCs alike

Program Modules

Module 1:

What Is Venture Capital?

Whether your endgame is investing in the right high-growth startup or exploring your role in the VC ecosystem, you will examine the fundamentals of the venture capital landscape. You will get to know the players and their roles and examine the people and organizations in your network.

Module 2:

What Makes a Good Investment?

Unpack the due diligence process, a crucial checkpoint in determining whether a startup is aligned with your investing goals. This process shines a light on the inner workings of a startup as well as the market potential for its products and services. The four Ps model serves as a trusted framework for evaluating the investment potential of any startup.

Module 3:

What Matters in a Term Sheet?

Enter into the negotiation phase of the deal flow process by reviewing the deal structure, financial terms, and governance terms. Activities and resources are designed to deepen your understanding of what really matters in a term sheet.

Module 4:

How to Value a Startup?

Review various methodologies and the necessary components to determine a startup’s value. This module delves deeper into the final "P" in the diligence process — price — and you will hone your skills through several Excel demonstrations.

Module 5:

How to Manage a Portfolio?

Once an investment is made, there is still a tremendous opportunity to support the startup. Understand the actions that can add value, build trust, and demonstrate integrity. In addition, you will study general industry returns and calculate returns based on two methods: cash-on-cash multiple and internal rate of return (IRR).

Module 6:

Lessons Learned from 20,000 Pitches

Lee shares her insights on the lessons learned from roughly 20,000 pitches that she and her organization, 37 Angels, have been on the receiving end of. You will explore examples that illustrate what to look for when researching new startups as well as advice on how to develop your personal networking plan and how to get started with a career in the venture capital industry.

Module 1:

What Is Venture Capital?

Whether your endgame is investing in the right high-growth startup or exploring your role in the VC ecosystem, you will examine the fundamentals of the venture capital landscape. You will get to know the players and their roles and examine the people and organizations in your network.

Module 4:

How to Value a Startup?

Review various methodologies and the necessary components to determine a startup’s value. This module delves deeper into the final "P" in the diligence process — price — and you will hone your skills through several Excel demonstrations.

Module 2:

What Makes a Good Investment?

Unpack the due diligence process, a crucial checkpoint in determining whether a startup is aligned with your investing goals. This process shines a light on the inner workings of a startup as well as the market potential for its products and services. The four Ps model serves as a trusted framework for evaluating the investment potential of any startup.

Module 5:

How to Manage a Portfolio?

Once an investment is made, there is still a tremendous opportunity to support the startup. Understand the actions that can add value, build trust, and demonstrate integrity. In addition, you will study general industry returns and calculate returns based on two methods: cash-on-cash multiple and internal rate of return (IRR).

Module 3:

What Matters in a Term Sheet?

Enter into the negotiation phase of the deal flow process by reviewing the deal structure, financial terms, and governance terms. Activities and resources are designed to deepen your understanding of what really matters in a term sheet.

Module 6:

Lessons Learned from 20,000 Pitches

Lee shares her insights on the lessons learned from roughly 20,000 pitches that she and her organization, 37 Angels, have been on the receiving end of. You will explore examples that illustrate what to look for when researching new startups as well as advice on how to develop your personal networking plan and how to get started with a career in the venture capital industry.

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Program Experience

World-Renowned Faculty

Learn from accomplished faculty, and industry experts whose diverse backgrounds encompass a broad range of disciplines

Peer Interaction

Stimulating discussions with like-minded global peers expand your professional network and build a supportive community

Case Studies

Through exploratory sessions, examine practical examples and find innovative solutions to strategic challenges

Engaging Assignments and Activities

Hone business acumen and executive skills with try-it activities that help you redefine your potential

Capstone Project

Engage in a multifaceted experience where you apply program learnings to a real-world case

Final Capstone Project: Hear the Pitch, Assess the Potential

As will be discussed in the program, accelerators sponsor Demo Days, where they showcase their participating organizations for investors (in some cases, thousands of investors).

As part of the capstone experience, participants will review the recording of an actual Demo Day. Based on the information presented by the startups, participants will review and assess two of these startups in order to arrive at an initial investment assessment.

Case Studies

Green Juice Market

Participants will delve into how to determine the target customer for particular green juice brands and what questions to ask when sizing the market.

Meal Kit Market

By assessing the meal kit brand landscape, participants will assess market segmentation and identify direct and indirect competitors.

EdTech Market

Participants will identify what domain expertise means, what to look for when assessing it, and why it is important when evaluating a founding team.

Network Development

Joining the Foundations of Venture Capital (Online) program from Columbia Business School Executive Education means meeting other motivated professionals from around the globe. The experience is defined by the exchange of rich ideas and the development of your professional network that will serve you well in the VC arena and beyond.

Past Participant Profile

Past participants of the Foundations of Venture Capital (Online) program come from diverse backgrounds, industries, and experiences.

Average years of work experience:

  • Less than 10 years: 19%
  • 10 to 14 years: 16%
  • 15 to 19 years: 19%
  • More than 20 years: 46%

Top industries:

  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Consulting
  • Healthcare
  • IT Services
  • Real Estate

Top functions:

  • Consulting
  • Corporate Planning
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Sales and Business Development

Top countries:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Mexico

Note: Data from across previous cohorts

Recorded Investor Interviews

Recorded Investor Interviews Picture of Ian Sigalow

Meet Ian Sigalow

Co-founder and co-managing partner of Greycroft, a seed-to-growth VC organization that manages $2 billion in funds

Recorded Investor Interviews Picture of Allison Baun Gates

Meet Allison Baum Gates

A general partner at SemperVirens Venture Capital, an early-stage fund focused on organizations transforming the future of work

Participant Testimonials

"The best parts of the program were the lectures and all the resources shared, including links, articles, and book recommendations. Tons of information can be accessed after the program as well to keep learning."

— Rafael Barroso, Engineering Manager, Apple

"Really liked the lectures and the exercises. Even the concepts were well-explained. The short videos were easily manageable within the timeframe making it easy to put the learnings to practice."

— Michael Dooijes, Startup Liaison, Consulate General of the Netherlands

"Faculty Angela Lee was the best part of the program because of her knowledge and her ability to convey the material in a way that's interesting and engaging."

— Noel Navarro, Principal, MN Advisory Services, LLC

"It was the best introductory program. The faculty is great!"

— Luis Nieto, Board Member, Ubbitt

Program Faculty

Angela Lee

Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Business School

Angela Lee is an award-winning professor and former Chief Innovation Officer at Columbia Business School, where she teaches venture capital and leadership programs. Angela started her career in product management and then moved to consulting at McKinsey & Company. More info

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Certificate

Upon completion of the Foundations of Venture Capital (Online) program, you will receive a certificate of participation from Columbia Business School Executive Education. This certificate also awards two credits towards the Certificate in Business Excellence, which grants select alumni and tuition benefits. Learn More

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Your digitally verified certificate will be issued in your legal name and emailed to you, at no additional cost, upon completion of the program, including all modules of the program (online, in person, or live online, inter-module). All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of Columbia Business School Executive Education.

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  • How do I know if this program is right for me?

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    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the program web page, all programs are taught in English and proficiency in English is required.


    What is the typical class profile?

    More than 50 percent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but, generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry, and geography — leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.


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    How will my time be spent?

    We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:



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    More than 300,000 learners across 200 countries have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

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    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.


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