VC University LIVE - SMU

Virtual Program | November 12-14, 2020

Presented by Startup@BerkeleyLaw, the National Venture Capital Association, Venture Forward, 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.

VC University LIVE - SMU Details

VC University LIVE - SMU

Startup@BerkeleyLaw, NVCA, and Venture Forward launched VC University LIVE in 2019, with the goal of democratizing access to education on venture finance in startup ecosystems across the country. The program is a three-day certificate program on venture finance, held in partnership with universities in emerging VC ecosystems across the country. 

This year, SMU will host VC University LIVE from November 12-14, 2020 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.

Program Dates

VC University LIVE will take place as a virtual program from November 12-14, 2020.

General registration is now closed, and registration will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will close registration automatically once we hit capacity.

Tuition & Scholarships

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

Please note: Partial registrations are not offered for individual days of the program.

If you currently work for an employer related to the venture capital field, we strongly recommend that you ask your company to subsidize the cost of tuition; this is a comprehensive certificate program that provides concrete professional development value. Please feel free to use this template to help you draft your request letter.

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. A maximum of 5 people may attend as representatives of any one firm or organization.

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Virtual Event — November 12-14, 2020

Instructors and Guest Speakers

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

G. Byron Abrigg

Co-Founder & Chief Customer Officer

Mission Control GG

Jonathan Angers

Director of Partnerships

Esports Stadium Arlington

Seth Armstrong

Market Development Leader


Joe Beard

Managing Director

Venture Dallas

Mike Bynum

Director of Accelerator Programs

Stadia Ventures

Rob Carlson


Sidney Austin LLP

Margot Carter

Founder & President

Living Mountain LLC

Samantha Colletti


Silicon Valley Bank

Rakesh Dahiya



Jenn Dickey

Vice President, Sales and Brand Partnerships

Envy Gaming

Bobby Franklin

President & CEO

National Venture Capital Association

Aziz Gilani

Managing Director

Mercury Fund

Jason Gulledge



Arlan Hamilton

Founder & Managing Partner

Backstage Capital

Patrick Hamner

Managing Director - Southwest

Patriot Capital

Maryam Haque

Executive Director

Venture Forward

Andrew Harper


Sidley Austin LLP

Tim Hayden

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Stadia Ventures

Jaclyn Hester


Foundry Group

Eric Hinton


Rowling Center for Business Law & Leadership

Jason Illian

Managing Director

Koch Disruptive Technologies

Sandi Knox


Sidley Austin LLP

Geoff Levin


Sidley Austin LLP

Simon Mak

Executive Director

Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship

Anna Martinez

Executive Director of Communications

SMU Cox School of Business

David Matthews

Founder/Managing Director

RevTech Ventures

Abe Minkara

Chief Investment Officer & Founding Partner

Legacy Knight

Song Pak

Exec. VP of Operations & Deputy GC; General Counsel & COO, Revolution Growth


Tiffany Ricks

Founder & CEO


Ahmad Saad

Head of Private Equity and Fixed Income

Tema Development

Rich Sapien

Senior Attorney

Vela wood

Dana Settle

Co-Founder & Partner


Marc Sharpe

Founder & Chairman


Brenda Stoner

Founder & CEO


Peter Teneriello

Investment Analyst

Texas Municipal Retirement System

Kevin Vela

Managing Partner

Vela Wood

Ellie Wheeler



Whitney Wolfe Herd

Founder & CEO