VENTURE CAPITAL UNLOCKED
SECRETS OF SILICON VALLEY INVESTING
July 24th – August 4th, 2017
Venture Capital Unlocked is a 2-week crash course on investing strategies, tools and tactics for investors who want to learn how Silicon Valley really operates.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The program provides answers to key questions for angels and VCs so they can make successful investment decisions.
- How was Silicon Valley and its innovation ecosystem created?
- How are VC funds structured?
- How do the dynamics of multi-stage financing work?
- What are the recent changes in venture investing?
- What kind of framework should you use to analyze and select startups?
- What are the hot trends and areas of investment?
- How can you take advantage of platforms like Angel List and others to source deals?
PORTFOLIO AND DUE DILIGENCE
- What is your investment thesis?
- How can you conduct due diligence more efficiently?
- How should you be using cap tables and legal documents?
- Who are the key players and how can you get access to them?
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We didn’t get to 1400 deals in 5 years by just sitting there, and neither will you! The program uses an active learning methodology which emphasizes real-world experiences and decision making so you can fine-tune and apply your investment strategy immediately
Hear and learn directly from startup founders and what they look for when fundraising
Put the concepts into practice by conducting selection, evaluation and follow-on analysis using your own data-backed thesis with 30+ real companies currently raising capital.
Receive feedback from experienced investors on your startup investment areas and interests
Screen pitches at our invite-only investor events, including a “Sneak Preview Day” and a public “Demo Day” with hundreds of other Silicon Valley angel investors and venture capitalists
BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM
Program participants walk away with the skills and strategies for building high-yield portfolios, and new connections and context for generating future deal flow. In this program, you will:
Learn the playbook for angel and venture capital investing from world-renowned Stanford faculty and 500 Startups staff
Create connections to other investor classmates, to the 500 global network of entrepreneurs and investors, and to other relevant investor and tech leaders.
Gain insights and tools to focus investment in your own area of interest
Earn a Certificate of Completion from the Stanford Center for Professional Development.
Build your deal flow through selection, evaluation, and follow-on analysis using your own data-backed investment thesis
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What Past Participants Have Said
In 10 days, I learned more and gained more Silicon Valley insider connections than I would have in 6 months or more on my own. 500 Startups has truly found a way to “accelerate” the work of emerging fund managers much like they’ve done for hundreds of startups.
[This] program brought clarity to how I can most effectively run a Venture Capital Firm, more so than any blog, book, mentor, or past experience ever could. By bringing together the brightest emerging early stage investors from around the world to Silicon Valley for a jam-packed two week experience, [the program] provided us with the opportunity to build a professional network that will work together to fuel entrepreneurship on a global scale.
VC Unlocked delivers a powerful mix of world-class academics (Stanford) and insightful, actionable advice (500 Startups and many notable guest speakers) – in a candid, off-the-record environment. Learning from and building a network with my classmates, a global and diverse group, was equally rewarding. I highly recommend VC Unlocked if you are serious about VC.