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Venture Capital Academy Switzerland

Presented by the University of California, Berkeley and Switzerland Global Enterprise

Venture Capital is not only a critical source of funding for Swiss startups but can also be an interesting source of innovation for Swiss small and medium-sized enterprises and corporations. Stemming from a small market economy themselves, Swiss SMEs always knew that they had to think global to remain competitive. A key success factor of Swiss SMEs’ success is their ability to innovate and adapt – something that also startups can provide. Also, startups are often at the very forefront of innovation but are not yet established enough to refinance themselves and thus require financial support to grow their business.

HSG-St. Gallen University

Venture Capital Academy Switzerland is a three-day executive education and certificate program focused on the nuts and bolts of deal making for investors, entrepreneurs of startups and SMEs, enterprises, attorneys, and policymakers. The 2018 VC Academy will be held from August 23-25 at Startup Space in Zurich.

Program participants are provided with the tools to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments and build effective venture and innovation ecosystem. A version of Venture Capital Academy is hosted twice a year in the heart of Silicon Valley, at the University of California, Berkeley. It is one of the university’s most popular executive education programs, receiving near perfect satisfaction scores. Venture Capital Academy combines a theoretical approach with hands-on learning.

Modules include:

• The Role of Venture Capital In Business Strategy
• Venture Deal Terms and Processes
• Modeling the Economics of Venture Finance
• Term Sheet Negotiations
• Emerging Issues in the Swiss Startup Ecosystem
• Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and the Future of Venture Finance

Information

Date
Target audience Startups, Angel investors, VCs, Corporate Venture Fund Managers, Directors of Innovation, Enterprises and Attorneys.
Organizer Switzerland Global Enterprise and University of California, Berkeley
Event language

English

Cost of participating Regular fee CHF 4.500 / S-GE members & UC Berkeley alumni CHF 3.000.- / Startup fee CHF 1.000*
Speakers

Adam Sterling, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Business, UC Berkeley
Michel Kertai, Founder, EMBARK.LAW
Stefan Steiner, Co-Managing Partner, Venturelab Ltd
George Rehm, Former Founding Partner, aeris CAPITAL AG
Prof. Mariana Christen Jakob, CEO & Founder of seif
Robert Rogenmoser, CEO Securosys
Kevin Sartori, Co-Founder Auterion
Michael Sidler, Board Member SECA, Co-Founder and Partner Redalpine Venture Partners

Program Thursday, August 23, 2018

ǀ Registration, Welcome and Introductions ǀ Break ǀ Why Venture Capital? Exploring the Role of VC in Strategy

George Rehm, aeris CAPITAL AG

ǀ Lunch ǀ Why Venture Capital? Exploring the Role of VC in Strategy (continued)

George Rehm, aeris CAPITAL AG

ǀ Break ǀ Training Workshop on Venture Deal Terms and Processes (Part One)

Adam Sterling, UC Berkeley

ǀ Break ǀ Fireside Chat

Stefan Steiner, Co-Managing Partner, Venturelab Ltd

ǀ Welcome Networking Reception

Program Friday, August 24, 2018

ǀ Local Venture Expert Panel

Prof. Mariana Christen Jakob, CEO & Founder of seif
Kevin Sartori, Co-Founder Auterion
Michael Sidler, Board Member SECA, Co-Founder and Partner Redalpine Venture Partners

ǀ Break ǀ Training Workshop on Venture Deal Terms and Processes (Part Two)

Adam Sterling, UC Berkeley
 

ǀ Lunch ǀ Cap Table Lab

Adam Sterling, UC Berkeley

ǀ Break ǀ Cap Table Lab (continued)

Adam Sterling, UC Berkeley

ǀ Break ǀ Term Sheet Negotiations Bootcamp

Deborah Kang, UC Berkeley

Program Saturday, August 25, 2018

ǀ Focus on Switzerland - Emerging Issues in the Swiss Startup Ecosystem

Michel Kertai, EMBARK.LAW

ǀ Break ǀ Future of Finance - Global Trends on ICOs, Token Sales, SAFTs

Adam Sterling, UC Berkeley

ǀ Lunch ǀ Cryptofinance Closing Keynote

Robert Rogenmoser, CEO Securosys

ǀ Break ǀ Term Sheet Negotiations Bootcamp (Part Two)

Deborah Kang, UC Berkeley

ǀ Break ǀ Closing Remarks and Certificate Ceremony

Admission

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.

*Participation costs

  • Regular Program fee CHF 4.500.00
  • S-GE member and UC Berkeley alumni fee CHF 3’000.00 
  • Startup Program fee CHF 1’000.00 (please submit a motivation letter of approx. 500 words to Damian Felchlin damian.felchlin@eda.admin.ch, subject "VC Academy Switzerland")

Participation costs cover tuition, all course materials, selected meals and Certificate of attendance. Travel and accommodations are not included.

Application deadline

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Limited seats available.

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.

- BEN BRASHER, Blacktop VC

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Location

Startup Space IFJ
Wiesenstrasse 5
8952 Schlieren-Zürich
Zurich

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