VC University LIVE

In November 2020, SMU hosted VC University LIVE as a virtual event, through the leadership of the Robert B. Rowling Center for Business Law & Leadership at the SMU Dedman School of Law and the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at the SMU Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas.  In 2021, VC University will host a LIVE program in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and The Kenan-Flagler Business School Entrepreneurship Center from June 3-5, 2021.

VC University LIVE details


VC University LIVE takes place in emerging ecosystems across the country, providing opportunities to learn about cutting-edge issues in emerging venture finance and connect with local leaders and influencers from Silicon Valley. The three-day program is hosted by a local institution, incorporating lectures and interviews with leading venture capitalists, faculty from the University of California, Berkeley, and executives from the National Venture Capital Association.

Past VC University LIVE programs have been hosted by the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business (May 2019), The Freeman School of Business at Tulane University (September 2019), and the Robert B. Rowling Center for Business Law & Leadership at the SMU Dedman School of Law, and the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at the SMU School of Business in Dallas, Texas (November 2020).

Who should register?

Entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs, fund managers, attorneys and anyone else looking to unlock their venture finance skills and build their network (locally and within Silicon Valley).


November 12-14, 2020 VC University LIVE was hosted virtually in partnership with SMU in Dallas, Texas.

June 3-5, 2021 at UNC Chapel Hill in North Carolina 


Tuition for VCU LIVE – SMU is $1,200 per participant. 

Our partner Venture Forward is proud to offer scholarships to cover the cost of tuition for VC University to aspiring VCs from underrepresented backgrounds. The scholarship application deadline has now passed. 

UC Berkeley alumni, SMU alumni, and NVCA members are eligible for a 20% discount on their tuition. If you qualify for a discounted rate or would like to register a group, please contact for more information. Please note: Discounts must be applied before registering, and eligible participants may only apply one discount to the cost of tuition. Group rates are available for no more than 5 registrants per organization. 


Registration is now closed for VC University LIVE – SMU (November 13-15, 2020). 

Sign up here to receive updates when registration opens for VC University LIVE – UNC (June 3-5, 2021).

Registration for the program will be accepted on a rolling basis. Each participant who successfully completes the requirements of the course will receive a certificate of completion.

How this program is different

VC University is a joint venture of Startup@BerkeleyLaw, an initiative of the University of California, Berkeley, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), and Venture Forward. 

Startup@BerkeleyLaw’s VC Deal Camp Program and NVCA’s Venture Capital Symposium are distinct from VC University. VC University is intended to provide an introductory overview of the Silicon Valley model of venture capital while supporting emerging venture ecosystems outside of Silicon Valley.