WHU’s new Executive Education Program “Value Creation in Private Equity and Venture Capital” commenced on Thursday, April 28. The two-day program was taught by WHU Professors Serden Ozcan and Garen Markarian and took place at WHU Campus Düsseldorf, Germany.
“We are thrilled that 28 talented professionals representing six nationalities from Europe, Asia and the Americas joined the first program run”, says Professor Serden Ozcan, Chair of Innovation and Organization at WHU. Participants had diverse backgrounds, coming from venture capital and private equity firms, corporate venture units, family offices, M&A firms, accelerators as well as family businesses, corporations and start-ups. Such a remarkable gathering of participants from diverse organizations and countries provided a powerful forum for lively debates and exchanges of experiences.
The program was targeted to professionals who were new to the topics of Venture Capital and Private Equity but also to professionals who aimed at deepening their knowledge and at keeping up with the latest developments and tools. “The Private Equity and Venture Capital industries are changing quickly. This is why we make it a point to include the latest developments of the industries in our program”, explains Professor Garen Markarian, Chair of Financial Accounting at WHU.
In the course of the two days, the participants learnt amongst others how venture capital works in each stage of a venture´s life course and how venture capitalists manage their portfolio of investments. With regards to private equity, they learnt how to value a private equity company and the financing techniques and tools commonly used in leveraged buyout transactions. Besides lectures, the program offered plenty of networking opportunities, not only with fellow participants but also with professionals from leading Private Equity and Venture Capital Firms such as Alvarez & Marsal, Capnamic Ventures, High-Tech Gründerfonds, Lincoln International and Waterland Private Equity.