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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 €
Early bird fee 1,800.00 €
until Jul 04, 2019

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
Phone: +49211 44709178

"Although I have had multiple years of experience in the venture capital universe, this program provided me with a very valuable condensed overview of this specific investment ecosystem. The balanced mix of theoretical and practical parts led to lively and insightful discussions."

Friedrich Droste, Head of Strategy, Business Development, Digitalization

Bitburger Holding GmbH

"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."

Dietmar Geiser, Head of Strategy & Partnering

BASF 3D-Printing Materials

20 Scholarships for ambitious women & emerging markets leaders

Are you looking for a new professional development opportunity? For each 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 until 8 weeks before the program starts. More Information.

* Excluding: Certified In Programs, CIO Leadership Excellence Program, General Management Plus Program, Management Programm für Non-Profit-Führungskräfte, Management Essentials Program and General Management in Sports Business Program (SPOAC). One scholarship per person.

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