A joint initiative of Startup@BerkeleyLaw, National Venture Capital Association, and Venture Forward

VC University provides practical training on venture finance for entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys and anyone else interested in emerging company finance. Participants can access VC University through our online certificate program or by attending one of our live programs held in emerging venture ecosystems across the United States!

Online Certificate Program

VC University ONLINE is the definitive online certificate course in venture finance. Through lectures, interviews with leading venture capitalists, and interactive assessments, participants will learn the nuts and bolts of venture finance and earn a certificate of completion.

VC University LIVE

VC University LIVE is an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge issues in emerging venture finance and connect with local leaders and influencers from Silicon Valley. We partnered with SMU for our November 2020 program. UNC will host VCU LIVE in June 2021.

Instructors and Guest Speakers

VC University incorporates lectures and interviews with faculty from the University of California, Berkeley, executives from the National Venture Capital Association, and leading venture capitalists.

Robert Bartlett


University of California, Berkeley

Jeff Clavier

Founder and Managing Partner

Uncork Capital

Neil Dugal

Senior Corporate Counsel

Omidyar Network

Jeff Farrah

General Counsel

National Venture Capital Association

Justin Field

Senior VP of Government Affairs

National Venture Capital Association

Joseph Floyd

General Partner

Emergence Capital

Bobby Franklin

President and CEO

National Venture Capital Association

Lili Gangas

Chief Technology Community Officer

Kapor Center

Jan Garfinkle

Founder and Managing Partner

Arboretum Ventures

Josh Green

VP, Corporate Development & Administration at Carbon 3D

Mohr Davidow Ventures

Maryam Haque

Senior VP of Industry Advancement

National Venture Capital Association

Charles Hudson

Founder and Managing Partner

Precursor Ventures

Maha Ibrahim

General Partner


Scott James

General Counsel

Data Collective

Deborah Kang



Dan Kidle


Arboretum Ventures

Amit Kumar



Scott Kupor

Managing Partner

Andreessen Horowitz

Kate Mitchell

Co-founder and Partner

Scale Venture Partners

Patricia Nakache

General Partner

Trinity Ventures

Will Price

Founder and General Partner

Next Frontier Capital

Glenn Rieger

General Partner

NewSpring Capital

Charlotte Savercool

Director of Government Affairs

National Venture Capital Association

John Somorjai

Executive VP of Corporate Development and Salesforce Ventures


Adam Sterling

Executive Director

Berkeley Center for Law and Business

Lolita Taub

Venture Partner

NextGen Venture Partners