Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing
Venture Capital Unlocked is a two-week crash course on investing strategies, tools and tactics for investors who want to learn how Silicon Valley really works.
In this course, you’ll work closely with Stanford University faculty and 500 Startups leadership to hone your investment theses and invest like 500 Startups, one of the most active seed investors in the world.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The program provides answers to key questions for angels and VCs so they can learn to make successful investment decisions.
Learn how to successfully engage the various stakeholders of the venture capital ecosystem
Learn how to assess investment opportunities against a personal or organizational investment philosophy
Learn how to manage your portfolio of investments
Learn the importance of due diligence in the investment process
Network with some of Silicon Valley’s most successful investors alongside angels and VCs from around the world
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We didn’t get to 2,000 deals in eight years by just sitting there, and neither will you! The Venture Capital Unlocked program uses a project-based learning approach in which participants continually refine their investment theses with the help of 500 partners and Stanford University Faculty.
Learn directly from startup founders and experienced investors on what they look for in the fundraising process
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” with hundreds of other Silicon Valley angel investors and venture capitalists
Put the concepts into practice by conducting selection, evaluation and follow-on analysis using your own data-backed thesis with 40+ real companies currently raising capital
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 University faculty and 500 Startups staff
Gain insights and tools to focus investment in your own area of interest
Build your deal flow through selection, evaluation, and follow-on analysis using your own data-backed investment thesis
Create connections to other investor classmates, to the 500 global network of entrepreneurs and investors, and to other relevant investor and tech leaders
Earn a Certificate of Achievement from the Stanford Center for Professional Development
WHO SHOULD APPLY
This program is led by Stanford University faculty Michael Lepech, Mike Lyons, and Pedram Mokriam and 500 Startups’ Managing Partners Christine Tsai and Bedy Yang.
Top Silicon Valley VCs and 500 Startups partners with thematic expertise are invited to teach sessions throughout the program. Past and future guest lecturers include:
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.