VC University ONLINE

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

The next cohort launches February 2021

The scholarship application for the February 2021 cohort is now open (deadline November 27, 2020). Sign up to be notified when general registration opens on December 14, 2020.


Created in 2019 by Startup@BerkeleyLaw, NVCA, and Venture Forward, VC University ONLINE is the definitive online certificate course in venture finance.

Through video lectures, office hours, interviews with leading venture capitalists, and interactive assessments, VC University ONLINE participants learn the nuts and bolts of venture finance. The course is designed to be completed in 8 weeks, but participants are given 5 months to complete the program at their own pace. Participants who complete the course requirements earn a certificate of completion that acknowledges their accomplishment, and are welcomed into a strong alumni community.

Who should participate?

Entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs, fund managers, attorneys and anyone else looking to unlock their venture finance skills.


From the comfort of your own home or office. Participants will be able to complete the majority of the requirements (approximately 20 hours of content) for the online course on their own schedule. Certain aspects of the course, including office hours and group discussions, will require the participants to coordinate scheduling with instructors and/or other participants.

Online course participants also have exclusive access to monthly Lunch & Learn webinars focusing on a range of important industry topics with expert insights and Q&A. For a preview, watch the March 2020 Lunch & Learn with Joe Horowitz, Managing General Partner of Icon Ventures.

Tuition & Discounts

Tuition for the course is $1500 per participant. 

General Registration will open on December 14, 2020. Sign up here to be notified when Registration opens for the February 2021 cohort.

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 and employees of NVCA member firms are eligible for a 20% discount on tuition. If you qualify for a discounted rate or would like to register a group, please contact Please note: Discounts must be applied before registering. Eligible candidates may only apply one discount to the cost of tuition.

Venture Forward Scholarship

Our partner Venture Forward is proud to offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships to VC University for qualified candidates. The Venture Forward scholarship is intended for candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds, who intend to pursue careers in venture capital.

In addition to covering the cost of tuition, candidates who are awarded full scholarships will receive special access to a dedicated mentorship program (starting in April, 2021) to build upon the education provided by VC University ONLINE.

If you’re interested in learning more and applying for a scholarship, review the Scholarship Criteria & Details and then complete a scholarship application. To ensure your application is as competitive as possible, please review the criteria and details before filling out an application.

The application takes approximately 30 minutes, and the deadline to apply is by 11:59 pm PT on Friday November 27, 2020.


The next VC University ONLINE course begins on Monday, February 1.

The Scholarship Application is open now through November 27.

General Registration will open on December 14, 2020. Sign up here to be notified when registration opens for the February 2021 cohort.

Registered participants will receive access to the course lectures and materials beginning February 1, 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

Beezer Clarkson

Managing Director

Sapphire Ventures

Jeff Clavier

Founder and Managing Partner

Uncork Capital

Neil Dugal

Senior Corporate Counsel

Omidyar Network

Lisa Edgar

Managing Director

Top Tier Capital Partners

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