VC University LIVE

Get practical training on venture finance in emerging ecosystems for entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys, and anyone else interested in emerging company finance.

On June 14-16, 2021, VC University will host a virtual LIVE program with UNC Kenan-Flagler Entrepreneurship Center and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).

What is VC University Live?

VC University LIVE is our three-day certificate program on venture finance, held in partnership with universities in emerging VC ecosystems across the country.

  • Interactive 3-day program with a certificate of completion and access to the VC University alumni network
  • Live lectures and interviews with leading local venture capitalists, faculty from the University of California, Berkeley and the host institution, and executives from the National Venture Capital Association and Venture Forward
  • Perfect for those new to venture finance and professionals interested in building their network in emerging ecosystems
  • Past VC University LIVE programs have been hosted by the University of Michigan (May 2019), Tulane University (September 2019), and SMU (November 2020).

Who should participate?

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).


On June 14-16, 2021, VC University LIVE at UNC will take place as a highly interactive, virtual program.

Upcoming Dates

The scholarship application for VC University LIVE at UNC is now closed.

General registration opens April 19, 2021. Visit the VC University LIVE at UNC page for more details.


Stats at a Glance


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Scholarships are available by application for new or aspiring VC investors from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Learn more

Tuition & Discounts

General tuition for VC University LIVE at UNC is $1,200 per participant.

UC Berkeley alumni, UNC alumni, and NVCA members receive a 20% discount. If you qualify for a discounted rate or would like to register a group, please contact [email protected] 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.

Participant Testimonials

I earned a scholarship to attend, because of the opportunity granted by Venture Forward, and I was able to meet lifelong peers, connect with the speakers, make my voice heard in discussion rooms, and learn from industry leaders.

Allison Murdock

This is a great primer for the complex VC ecosystem! I would recommend it to anyone working in VC or in a startup.

Julia J. Anthony, CPA

VC University LIVE is an excellent foundational introduction to the world of VC. Led by world-class VCs, instructors, and founders, the course strikes the right balance between the practical and theoretical to demystify the industry.

Richard Delgado

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Past Instructors and Guest Speakers

G. Byron Abrigg

Mission Control GG - Co-Founder & Chief Customer Officer

Jonathan Angers

Esports Stadium Arlington - Director of Parterships

Seth Armstrong

Deloitte - Market Development Leader

Joe Beard

Venture Dallas - Managing Director

Mike Bynum

Stadia Ventures - Director of Accelerator Programs

Rob Carlson

Sidney Austin LLP - Partner

Margot Carter

Living Mountain LLC - Founder & President

Samantha Colletti

Silicon Valley Bank - Director

Rakesh Dahiya


Jenn Dickey

Envy Gaming - Vice President, Sales and Brand Partnerships

Bobby Franklin

National Venture Capital Association - President & CEO

Aziz Gilani

Mercury Fund - Managing Director

Jason Gulledge

StackPath - Co-Founder

Arlan Hamilton

Backstage Capital - Founder & Managing Partner

Patrick Hamner

Patriot Capital - Managing Director - Southwest

Maryam Haque

Venture Forward - Executive Director

Andrew Harper

Sidley Austin LLP - Partner

Tim Hayden

Stadia Ventures - Co-Founder & Managing Director

Jaclyn Hester

Foundry Group - Partner

Eric Hinton

Rowling Center for Business Law & Leadership - Director

Jason Illian

Koch Disruptive Technologies - Managing Director

Sandi Knox

Sidley Austin LLP - Counsel

Geoff Levin

Sidley Austin LLLP - Partner

Simon Mak

Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship - Executive Director

Anna Martinez

SMU Cox School of Business - Executive Director of Communications

David Matthews

RevTech Ventures - Founder/Managing Director

Abe Minkara

Legacy Knight - Chief Investment Officer & Founding Partner

Song Pak

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

Tiffany Ricks

HacWare - Founder & CEO

Ahmad Saad

Tema Development - Head of Private Equity and Fixed Income

Rich Sapien

Vela Wood - Senior Attorney

Dana Settle

Greycroft - Co-Founder & Partner

Marc Sharpe

TFOA - Founder & Chairman

Brenda Stoner

PICKUP - Founder & CEO

Peter Teneriello

Texas Municipal Retirement System - Investment Analyst

Kevin Vela

Vela Wood - Managing Partner

Ellie Wheeler

Greycroft - Partner

Whitney Wolfe Herd

Bumble - Founder & CEO

Related Programs

From UC Berkeley, NVCA, and Venture Forward

  • VC University ONLINE – our self-paced, online course on the nuts and bolts of venture finance (8-week recommended schedule)
  • Venture Capital Symposium – a two-day conference from NVCA and Stanford focused on governance best practices
  • FORM+FUND – Startup@BerkeleyLaw’s live workshop series for Berkeley-affiliated founders.

From other organizations

Other Ways to Get Involved

If you’re interested in supporting VC University LIVE as a sponsor, speaker, instructor, or in some other way, please contact [email protected].

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