Programs

VC ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

VC ANGEL INVESTOR PROGRAM

VC EXECUTIVE PROGRAM

BUILD A REAL INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO

Whether you're growing through the ranks at a VC firm or want to become an angel investor, the Venture Capital Angel Investor Program is designed to hand you all the necessary tools to make real investments and guide you through your first investment decisions step by step.

YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

 

WHY YOU SHOULD ENROLL

Getting to the moment of writing a check requires not only you to be ready to take this responsibility, but also the desire of the startup to accept your money, as well as willingness of other investors to co-invest with you. We assist you in achieving all of these components.    

HOW THE PROGRAM IS DIFFERENT FROM ALTERNATIVES

The VC Angel Investor Program is designed to help you become a senior investment professional and achieve the following objectives:

☑ Build your investor profile and industry presence.

☑ Fill your investing toolbox with the necessary tools.

☑ Help you become invaluable to entrepreneurs.

☑ Guide you through your first investments, step by step.

 

HOW DOES THIS WORK?

Step 1 If necessary, learn and practice deal-sourcing, due diligence, and deal-making with an assigned tutor from our pool of venture capital investors. Arm yourself with a set of tools necessary for making investments.

Step 2 Raise your professional profile, identify the value that you can bring to entrepreneurs, start building your industry presence and developing relationships with startup founders and other investors with the help of our coaches.

Step 3 Walk the path from finding an investment opportunity to conducting due diligence, to closing a deal and writing a check with the support of your tutor. Build a pattern of the deal-making process to follow.

 

INSTRUCTORS & CONTRIBUTORS

Keith Ippel
Lisa Suennen
Joel Solomon
Elizabeth Yin
Frank Leffelaar
Renata George
Rik Wilard
Cynthia Ringo
Leonard Grayver
Danielle Strachman
Michael Halloran
Geoffrey Baehr
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FEEDBACK FROM OUR STUDENTS

Bryan Besecker, Economic and Investment Strategist, BNY Mellon

I highly recommend the VC Academy Venture Capital Executive Program as an invaluable resource for anyone looking to pursue a career in VC and startups. No matter your background, the program is a great tool to understand the basic requirements needed in order to succeed in various rules within the industry such as your skillset and knowledge base. Moreover, the program is extremely flexible and allows you to work at your own pace. It also helps you to adopt a personalized career plan and to better understand whether this is really a fit for you. I find the information and assignments both interesting and challenging, and I am very grateful I decided to give the program a chance. 

Jiannan Wang, 

Product Manager, Venture Fellow

As someone who has no previous angel investing experience, I really appreciated that VC Academy provides students with firsthand real-world investing experience. From forming the investment thesis of the syndicate, pre-screening the companies, listening to the pitch calls, conducting due-diligence to finally making the investments, we were involved in every single step and learned valuable insights from the process. 

It is very exciting to invest in some of the most promising startups from the alumni of the top tier tech accelerators. Many thanks to the Program director's expertise and connections for making that possible!"

Ester Ne, Head of Startup Programs, eBay

Being in corporate innovation and investment roles I already had a baseline knowledge about a lot of topics covered in the academy.  However, it was very valuable to do a deep dive into areas that matter most in VC roles such as legal frameworks and evaluating deals at different levels. The biggest value was structuring and deepening my existing knowledge and enriching it with new perspectives on investing.

Ruslan Yusufov, Director, Private Client Services,

Group-IB

VC Academy provides the most essential and valuable information on venture investing, modern trends and latest developments in the startup industry. It makes a meaningful contribution to the success of its students and subscribers. 

Sergey Milushin, Portfolio manager in biotech, outer space, AI and transportation 

Two years ago I was challenged to manage a private equity firm investing in early-stage startups. I had an entrepreneurial background and business development skills, but not much knowledge of the venture capital area. Looking for a comprehensive course of study to better understand the nuts and bolts of a venture capital firm’s operations, I found the only one which matched my needs and covered a broad spectrum of the topics needed: VC.Academy. I’ve started applying what I’ve learned in the VC Executive course from the very first days of study. The program helps me to become a better professional. It will definitely help others. Worth every dollar invested.

Zak, Investment banker

I have been working in the investment banking industry for a while and decided to change my career and switch to venture capital. I happened to work with Renata George as my couch during the Program. At the beginning of the course, she immediately recognized my skills that would be applicable in VC, and pointed out those I needed to develop. Her guidance is always clear, encouraging, and very practical since her advice is based on her real experience as a VC investor with a wide range of connections with other VCs and entrepreneurs. She willingly introduced me to multiple VC firms, so I started building my own network. I'd had zero connection in VC before, so she helped me to create the first circle in no time. 

Also, as Renata is originally from Europe, as an immigrant herself, she deeply understands certain issues and challenges that international professionals face. She always offers creative solutions, and I have a clear career path now. Thank you, Renata!

Imran Dean, Associate,  DC Thomson Ventures

I made a transition from a Fixed Income Analyst to an Investment Associate in Corporate Venture Capital. VC Academy materials have added an immense amount of knowledge in weeks. Thank you for providing so much value.

Elizabeth Abubakar, VC Attorney

The articles and information on private equity and venture capital which I've been learning from the VC Academy have been really enlightening and helpful. I share them with other VC and PE legal practitioners like me. I applaud you and the team for your efforts.