Value Creation in Venture Capital Program

Our Venture Capital Program offers strategic perspectives and deep operational insights that will equip you with an understanding of how top-performing VCs make investment decisions and realize value. You will enhance your expertise and hone your capabilities, and become a better investor, a more successful entrepreneur, and a more effective manager.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, a start-up investor, an M&A professional, a business development executive, or in a family business, you can gain a lot from examining Venture Capital strategies, innovative practices and mindsets. This knowledge can be immediately deployed to initiate, drive and accelerate growth, manage risks and improve return on investment.

We combine award-winning breakthrough insights with extensive practical experience.

Our VC training is an entry point to one of Europe’s leading communities of investors and entrepreneurs:

  • WHU is one of only fifteen schools in the world that have produced unicorn founders
  • WHU ranks as the top business school in Europe regarding unicorn founders
  • WHU has produced more start-ups than any other business school in Germany
  • WHU alumni have founded more VC firms than alumni of any other business school in Germany
  • More WHU graduates work in German VCs than alumni of any other business school in Germany

What you can expect

  • A practical and interactive course that will examine all critical aspects of VC, providing deep and actionable knowledge.
  • Hands-on, experiential learning through market simulations, group discussions, and case studies   
  • An interdisciplinary team of WHU faculty who will offer you new perspectives and techniques that will challenge your own thinking
  • Interaction and debate with an extensive roster of high-profile professionals from Europe’s leading VC firms
  • A wealth of unique case studies and deep insights into leading VC firms
  • A long-term collaboration with WHU and privileged access to WHU’s associated activities and programs (e.g., Campus for Finance´s Private Equity Conference)

Upon completion of the Venture Captital Seminar, you will gain a thorough understanding of:

  • The business model of venture capital

    • The twists and turns of the fundraising process
    • Key provisions in limited partner (LP) agreements
    • The influence of LPs on investment behavior
    • Fund incentive compensation structures

  • How (corporate) venture capital works at each stage of a venture’s life cycle:

    • Source deals, and select and develop investment theses
    • Structure financing and negotiate options
    • Work with founders to build effective teams, create scalable business models, configure dynamic organizational architectures, open new markets, and develop winning cultures
    • Develop exit strategies and learn how to implement them

  • How venture capital manages its portfolio of investments

    • Review and evaluate investment portfolios
    • Prioritize resource allocation, terminate investments
    • Dispose of portfolios

Over the course of the VC program, you will apply what you have learned, and practice your investment management skills in a wide range of WHU’s proprietary state-of the art VC simulation games. Whether you play individually or as part of the team, these games immerse you in the complex tasks of valuation, fund management, distribution of proceeds and others combined with the excitement of competition.

Who should attend this program:

  • VC and growth capital professionals
  • Managers of accelerators and incubators
  • Aspiring or active entrepreneurs who want to understand how to raise funds for their start-ups
  • Executives, M&A specialists, and business development professionals
  • Leaders of family-owned businesses
  • Executives of SMEs seeking growth capital
  • Family office professionals and institutional asset managers



This program runs for 2 days at WHU Campus Düsseldorf, Germany.

The program language is English.


September 27-28, 2018

You will receive a WHU Certificate of Attendance after successfully completing the program.

€1,950 including tuition, session materials, case studies and most meals; excluding accommodation.

An early bird fee of €1,800 is available for those who apply until August 02, 2018.

Discount for InPraxi members available.

Discounts do not accumulate.

Please find detailed information on financing options here.

Past participants came from organizations such as

Venture capital firms

  • Austria Wirtschafts Service
  • Capnamic Ventures
  • High-Tech Gründerfonds
  • BayBG

Corporate venture capital firms

  • Daimler Mobility Services
  • Deutsche Bahn Ventures
  • Evonik Ventures
  • Fraunhofer Ventures
  • Lidl Ventures
  • Merck Ventures
  • Statskraft Ventures

Family Offices, Asset Management and Investment Houses

  • BTV Group
  • Caplantic
  • Wilh. Werhahn
  • Tresono
  • Union Investment Luxembourg


  • BASF
  • Daimler
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • HostEurope
  • Kyowa Krin
  • Klöckner Pentaplast
  • Knauf
  • Röchling SE
  • SBM Offshore

Advisory Services firms

  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Linklaters
  • Osborne Clark

Financial Institutions

  • Berenberg Bank
  • Emirates Islamic Bank
  • Helaba
  • Kfw
  • SV SparkasseVersicherung

Over 100 professonials from the following countries have participated in this program:

  • Austria
  • Ecuador
  • Germany
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • UK
  • Ukraine
  • USA



Prof. Dr.

Serden Ozcan

Chair of Innovation and Corporate Transformation

Dirk Sassmannshausen (PhD, WHU)

Chief Financial Officer at La

David Zimmer

Managing Director, Coparion

During the program you will have the opportunity to interact with several notable visitors during guest lectures and plenary debates.

The list of guest speakers includes:

Dr. Christopher Anschütz, Executive Fund Investments, Hasso Plattner Capital
Nicholas Brand, Partner, Lakestar
Andreas Dremmel, Director, Aztec Financial Services
Steffen Kroner, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal
Christian Miele, Partner, e-ventures
Dr. Christian Saller, Partner, Holtzbrinck Ventures
Johannes Virkkunen, Head of ICT Investments, Venture Capital, European Investment Fund

Yvonne Krack

Marketing Manager Executive Education



  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
2018-09-27 / 2018-09-28
Place Düsseldorf
Language English
Price 1950 €

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What participants say:

Dietmar Geiser,
Head of Strategy & Partnering, BASF 3D-Printing Materials

This program provides a perfect balance of broadness and deep-dive into strategic knowledge. Authentic case studies, fascinating lecturers and guest speakers as well as excellent networking opportunities make for a terrific learning experience.

What participants say:

Janet Kong,
Program Participant

The program wraps up technical know-how and case studies of the VC industry in two days. It is a platform to learn and network. It helps me to plan for the professional development in the Venture Capital industry.

What participants say:

Paul Dietrich,
Regional Vice President,

I really enjoyed this valuable format which combines knowledgeable subject matter overview, interactive peer discussions, practitioner presentations and high caliber networking opportunities. Thank you to the WHU team for excellent delivery and facilitation!

Scholarships for ambitious women

Are you looking for a new professional development opportunity? We offer two scholarships (25% discount) for visionary women who want to enhance their professional skills in our Value Creation in Venture Capital Program at WHU! Please send your CV and a letter of motivation to until 8 weeks before the program starts.