VC University LIVE at UNC

June 14-16, 2021

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

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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. The last VC University LIVE program took place June 14-16, 2021, in partnership with the UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Entrepreneurship Center and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Due to the COVID-10 pandemic, this program was offered in a robust, highly interactive, virtual format.

  • Interactive three-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 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and executives from the National Venture Capital Association
  • Perfect for those new to venture finance and professionals interested in building their network in emerging ecosystems

Who should participate?

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


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

Important Dates

VC University LIVE at UNC took place on June 14-16, 2021.


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

Scholarships for VC University LIVE are available by application to a limited number of new or aspiring VC investors from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Learn more

Tuition & Discounts

Registration for VC University LIVE at UNC is now closed.

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.

If you currently work for an employer related to the venture capital field, we highly recommend asking them to subsidize the cost of tuition for VC University LIVE at UNC. This certificate program is an excellent professional development and networking opportunity, and your employer may be willing to cover some of the costs. You are welcome to customize this template for your purposes.


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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Instructors and Guest Speakers

VC University incorporates lectures and interviews with faculty from UC Berkeley, UNC-Chapel Hill, executives from NVCA and Venture Forward, and leading venture capitalists from the local ecosystem and Silicon Valley.

Ahmad Al Hidiq

Kayan Health - Co-Founder & CEO

Eric Boduch

Pendo - Co-Founder

Greg Brown

Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise - Director

Steve Case

Revolution - Chairman & CEO

Randall Clark

Gunderson Dettmer - Partner

Brooke Daniels

Salesforce Ventures - Director, Global Portfolio Development

Joe Darcy

IDEA Fund Partners - Principal

Brittany Davis

Backstage Capital - General Partner

Bobby Franklin

National Venture Capital Association - President & CEO

Jeremy Freifeld

Hutch Law - Attorney

Dan Fuchs

Hutch Law - Managing Partner

Vickie Gibbs

Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise - Executive Director

Maryam Haque

Venture Forward - Executive Director

Jon Hayes

RewardStock - Founder

Benji Taylor Jones

Innovate Capital Law - Co-Founder

David Jones

Bull City Venture Partners - General Partner

Sophia Lopez

Kaleido - Founder & COO

Katherine Manuel

R64 Capital - Partner

Brandon McCarty

CureMint - CEO & Co-Founder

Dezbee McDaniel

CliniSpan Health - Co-Founder

Tim McLoughlin

Cofounders Capital - Partner

Kate Mitchell

Scale Venture Partners - Partner

Shawn Munday

Institute for Private Capital at UNC Kenan-Flagler - Executive Director

Art Pappas

Pappas Capital - Managing Partner

Rodney Sampson

Opportunity Hub (OHUB) - Executive Chairman & CEO

Lucinda Shen

Fortune - Writer & Editor of Term Sheet

Clara Sieg

Revolution Ventures - Partner & Founding Member

Bill Spruill

The Global Data Consortium - Managing Partner

Adam Sterling

Berkeley Center for Law and Business - Executive Director

Chris Stoecker

Silicon Valley Bank - Managing Director

Donald Thompson

Walk West and The Diversity Movement - CEO

Thom Tillis

US Senator - North Carolina

Mel Williams

TrueBridge Capital Partners - General Partner & Co-Founder

Dr. Shanté Williams

Black Pearl Global Investments - CEO

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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