UC Berkeley and Startup University

in collaboration with Forward Challenges, present



April 27, 28 & 29, 2020

in Madrid


[IMPORTANT] Due to COVID-19 pandemia

this edition has been CANCELLED

Stay tuned for new Program editions coming in 2021

Venture Capital Academy

Venture Capital Academy is a 3-day Program focused on the nuts and bolts of venture capital investments and deal making for Business Angels, Professional Investors, Corporate Venture Managers, Directors of Innovation or Especialized Attorneys who want to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments. Participants will work with leading UC Berkeley Faculty to develop strategies to structure deals in order to maximize investment returns.

Program Details

Key Takeaways

  • Detailed understanding of each step in the venture capital process

  • Investment thesis development

  • Framework to identify and evaluate investment opportunities

  • Understanding of early stage finance economics

  • Venture deal terms and processes

  • Hands-on negotiations workshop

  • First-hand learning from guest lecturers from top VC’s in the Spanish market

Who Should Apply

Angel investors, VCs, Corporate Venture Fund Managers, Directors of Innovation and Attorneys looking to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early stage investments.

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    Regular Program fee is 3.975 € and covers tuition, all program materials, all meals and visits, and Certificate of attendance. Travel and accommodations are not included.

    15% Discounted Rate available for:

    • UC Berkeley alumni.
    • Startup University alumni.
    • Forward Challenges alumni.
    • ASCRI members.
    • Members of Ryder Club.

    Our programs can benefit from the FUNDAE (Fundación Tripartita) subsidies for training activities of companies. More information on the FUNDAE’s website.

    Contact us for group enrollment benefits to companies sending 2 or more participants.


    We accept qualified candidates on a rolling basis and space is limited, so we encourage you to apply early. The program will be held in English.



    What past participants have said

    Whether you’re considering starting a fund or have already done so, this Program is a tremendous help. From fine-tuning an investment thesis to validating cap tables and negotiating term sheets, there really is something for everyone. I’d recommend the Program to anyone remotely serious about venture capital.


    Blacktop VC

    This is a truly great Program combining both an academic and practical approach to venture investing. It provides insight into the decision-making processes of some of Silicon Valley’s top VCs and also introduces newer investors to the foundations and basics of evaluating, structuring, and executing investments. Having a chance to learn with classmates from around the world provided a unique global experience. I’d highly recommend the course for new fund managers or investment professionals looking to accelerate their VC knowledge.


    Moneta Ventures

    This Program was essential for me as a tech lawyer. I gained insider tips on the dynamics of the top VC and industry leaders in Silicon Valley. The Program provides a comprehensive overview of the venture capital investment cycle, talks on the latest practices and trends in the startup world, and workshops on structuring legal documents such as term sheets and convertible notes.


    Nehme and Associates