Our Venture Capital Program offers strategic perspectives and deep operational insights that will provide 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. You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate after successfully completing the program.

Short facts

Next date Sep 26, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019
Locations Düsseldorf
Fee 1,950.00 €

Your program at a glance

Program content

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
    • Defining and benchmarking returns
  • How (corporate) venture capital works at each stage of its life cycle:
    • Source deals, 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

Program benefits

  • A practical and interactive course that will examine all critical aspects of VC, providing deep and actionable knowledge.
  • Hands-on, experiential learning through investment 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)

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


You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate after successfully completing the program.

Participant profile

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

Program format and module dates

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

Value Creation in Venture Capital Program: Sep 26, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019

Venture Capital
  • Sep 26, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019
  • Düsseldorf

Contact us

Yvonne Krack
Marketing Manager Executive Education
E-mail: openprograms@whu.edu
Phone: +49211 44709178

20 Scholarships for ambitious women & emerging markets leaders

Are you looking for a new professional development opportunity? For most of our Open Programs*, we offer two scholarships (25% and 50% discount) for visionary women and emerging markets leaders who want to enhance their professional skills! Please send the completed application form and a letter of motivation to openprograms@whu.edu until 8 weeks before the program starts. More Information.

*Please check out the link above to find out which programs are included. One scholarship per person.

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