Berkeley VC Academy (Korea)

Berkeley VC Academy (Korea) is a three-day executive education and certificate academy in Seoul consisting of lectures, workshops, and guest presentations from UC Berkeley and the local ecosystem.

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(Early Bird Applications close on October 30, 2019)

Berkeley VC Academy is focused on the nuts and bolts of deal making for investors, corporates, entrepreneurs, attorneys and policymakers. Program participants are provided with the tools to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments and build effective venture and innovation ecosystems. VC Academy combines a theoretical approach with hands-on learning.

Berkeley VC Academy is adapted from 500 Startups and UC Berkeley’s popular VC Unlocked: Deal Camp, a program hosted twice a year at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Berkeley Center for Law and Business is pleased to present this program with Startup Alliance.

The December 2019 Academy is being hosted by the Korea International Trade Association.

Program Details


The three-day program will be held Wednesday, December 4, 2019 through Friday, December 6, 2019 at the World Trade Center Seoul in Gangnam-gu Seoul.

Who should apply

Investors, corporates, entrepreneurs, attorneys, and executives interested in the mechanics of venture finance and comparisons between Silicon Valley and Asia.


The program tuition is $2,000 per person. Early bird tuition is offered at $1,500 if you apply and register by October 30, 2019. UC Berkeley alumni and select sponsors and guests are invited to register at $1000.

The tuition covers all course materials, selected meals, and Certificate. Travel and accommodation are not included.


We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply early. If selected, an invitation to register will be sent to the email you provided in your application.

Day One – December 4, 2019

The Business Case for Venture Finance Parts I and II

This session discusses the basic economics of venture finance within the context of financial theory and practice and the economics of information and organization. We explore the basic structure and rational for private equity finance and how valuation works through different stages or rounds of financing. We also discuss the funding cycle and the responsibility of different types of investors.

Training Workshop on Venture Deal Terms and Processes Part I

This session explores the fundamental and basic components of venture capital financings. The components start with an overview of legal terms and how these terms influence deal economics, founder dynamics, and control between founders and investors. We will also explore how venture deals are processed from the perspective of entrepreneurs, investors and attorneys.

Day Two – December 5, 2019

Training Workshop on Venture Deal Terms and Processes Part II

This session builds on the fundamental components defined on Day One and explores how venture deals are processed from the perspective of entrepreneurs, investors, and attorneys.

Modeling the Economics of Early Stage Finance Part I and II

In this interactive session, participants work with instructors to build a simulated startup capitalization table and model different types of venture financing deals, including seed financings and preferred stock financings.

Term Sheet Negotiations Bootcamp Part I

In this session, we explore venture capital negotiation best practices. Participants are split up into teams to review and negotiate actual venture terms sheets.

Day Three – December 6, 2019

Term Sheet Negotiations Bootcamp Part II

In this session, participants continue to exercise the practical teaching from the previous two days of the academy.

Focus on Korea and the Korea Startup Ecosystem

Local guests provide insight into the emerging issues reflected in the Korean Startup Ecosystem.

Future of Finance

In this session, participants will learn about global trends in Finance, including the rise of ICOs, Token Sales, and SAFTs.


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