VC University Online Certificate Course

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

June 2020 is now sold out

Scholarship applications and general registration for June 2020 are now closed.
The next cohort launches in September 2020.

Who should apply?

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 for the June 2020 course will be $1500 per participant.

If you currently work for an employer related to the venture capital field, we 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.

Scholarship applications and general registration for June 2020 are now closed. Sign up to receive updates for our September 2020 cohort.

UC Berkeley alumni and NVCA members will receive a 20% discount on their tuition. If you qualify for a discounted rate or would like to register a group, please contact Each participant who successfully completes the requirements of the course will receive a certificate of completion.


June 2020 is now sold out! Scholarship applications and general registration are closed.

Sign up to receive updates for our September 2020 cohort.

Selected participants will be able to access course lectures and materials beginning June 1, 2020.


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