Venture Capital: Investing in Early-Stage Startups

Date  
Mar 21–25, 2022 $6,550 (Live Online)
Jul 11–15, 2022 $7,350 (In-Person)
Questions? Contact Us:
Kimberly Rapp
Associate Director of Business Development and Learning Solutions
+1 212-854-1445
[email protected]


Format: Five consecutive live sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET. View the live online schedule.
Certificate Credits: 3
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Preferred pricing is available for groups of two or more. To inquire, email [email protected].

“Startup investing has traditionally been a black box — this program shines light on the venture capital and angel investing ecosystem.”
— the program's faculty director Angela Lee

Venture Capital Program

The program's faculty director, Angela Lee.

With hundreds of equity crowdfunding sites raising 3–4 billion dollars every year and the growing number of multi-billion dollar exits we are seeing in the news, the interest in generating outsized returns from startup investing has been continuously growing over the years.

Over the course of five days, the program provides an invaluable deep dive into both forms of startup financing — venture capital and angel investing — equipping current and aspiring startup investors with a process for evaluating and monitoring potential opportunities and the knowledge they need to lower risk and increase returns.

Participants go through the deal-flow process step by step to understand how to invest in startups. At the end of the program, participants receive an investor field guide they can use in real time to evaluate startups.

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Please contact our Learning Solutions Specialists at +1 212-854-3395 for a personal conversation to learn more.

IMPACT

Participants gain a profound understanding of:

  • Who the players are in early-stage investing and how to source best-in-class deal flow
  • How to conduct diligence on a team, a business model, and a product
  • The financial and governance terms that matter in a term sheet
  • Startup valuation, venture math, and cap table watchouts
  • What happens post investment and how to think about your investment portfolio strategy

Upon completion of this program, you will earn three credits towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits. Learn more.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

PLEASE NOTE: The upcoming iteration of the program will take place in a live, virtual setting. See the agenda. You may also view the in-person program schedule for when our in-person programming resumes.

The program is taught in a highly experiential manner. Participants learn the frameworks to drive investment decisions and then apply them to case examples. Next, learnings will be applied to real-world startups that are currently fundraising. Participants assess each company as if they were considering investing.

Participants also hear from a number of guest speakers, including leading venture capitalists and other experts in the ecosystem, to gain a varied perspective and ensure they walk out of the program with a strong network of equally curious peers.

For a complete program schedule download the agenda.

PARTICIPANT PROFILE & TESTIMONIALS

The Venture Capital: Investing in Early-Stage Startups program is designed for:

  • Aspiring venture capitalists or angel investors who want to understand how investors evaluate startups
  • Founders who want to understand how early-stage investors evaluate startups
  • Individuals interested in the startup landscape who want to better understand its language and players

Note: This program is not intended for those who want to deep dive into a particular sector or who are interested in later stages of venture investing.

Columbia Business School alumni and up to four of their colleagues are eligible for a 25 percent tuition benefit for this program. More on the Alumni Tuition Benefit.

Typical Participant Mix

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FACULTY

Angela Lee, Faculty Director
Professor of Professional Practice, Finance
Faculty Director of the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship

Angela Lee is an award-winning professor and the faculty director of the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School, where she teaches venture capital and leadership courses. Lee started her career in product management and then moved to consulting at McKinsey. She has started four startups and is also the founder of 37 Angels, an investing network that has evaluated over 15,000 startups, invested in over 80 of them, and activates new investors. She also serves as a venture partner at Fresco Capital, an early-stage venture fund that focuses on the future of work, digital health, and sustainability.

Lee has spoken at the White House and NASA and is an expert in teaching online and making learning scalable. She is a sought-after expert on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC and Fox Business. She was recognized by Inc. as one of 17 Inspiring Women to Watch, by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 6 Innovative Women to Watch, and by Crain’s as a Notable Women in Tech. In 2020, she was awarded the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence at Columbia Business School.

Along with Professor Lee, additional Columbia Business School faculty contribute to and teach in the program.

FAQ

 
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