This intensive venture capital course, taught by leading venture capitalist J. Skyler Fernandes, covers everything from the basics to the more advanced details of venture capital. Venture capital is like the Wild West of finance, where investors look to identify the “next big thing” when companies are at a very early stage in their existence. The return potential is huge, but the risk is also great (with a possible loss of 100 percent of invested capital in 50–75 percent of portfolio companies).
This course, designed for both entrepreneurs and investors, introduces the process of investment evaluation, develops the theory of due diligence, and explores various issues related to valuation and investment structures.
Learn how to source deal flow, to review investment opportunities and conduct due diligence, and to calculate the valuation of a company and internal rate of return using a waterfall analysis.
Other course topics include the differences between angel capital, venture capital, corporate venture capital, and private equity; venture capital fund structures; case studies of real start-ups and early-stage growth companies; cap table analysis; exit analysis; VC portfolio theory; and more.
YOU'LL WALK AWAY WITH
The ability to source deal flow
The ability to calculate the valuation of a company
Corporate officers, sole proprietors, firm partners, and investors who seek to develop familiarity with the sources and techniques of venture capital
J. Skyler Fernandes is the founding Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (SVG), a multi-stage venture capital group focused on investing in the future innovation of retail and commerce, and he is ranked as a PowerList 100 VC.
SVG is the venture capital arm of Simon, an S&P 100 company and the largest retail real estate company in the world, and is ranked by CB Insights as a top 5 corporate venture group within retail.
Simon Venture Group invests in five core ecosystems: Data Analytics & Marketing, Localized & Personalized Commerce, Recommerce & Experiential Retail, Rising New Brands, and IoT Smart City / Building Tech.
SVG invests $250K-$5M+ in early stage high growth companies (Seed-Series C rounds) that are strategic to Simon, its retailers, consumers, and the retail industry.
For more information on Simon Venture Group, go to: www.SimonVentureGroup.com
Mr. Fernandes has developed key entrepreneur resources, such as "The Best Startup Pitch Deck", a top ranked investor pitch deck template online, viewed and downloaded over 450,000 times and used by accelerators and business schools. Mr. Fernandes also co-founded with his wife the board game, "The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship", http://www.nextbigthingboardgame.com/
Mr. Fernandes graduated early from New York University (NYU), summa cum laude, due to his studies at Harvard University in Physics and Foreign Policy. Mr. Fernandes is an adjunct professor at NYU, teaching Venture Capital Intensive, is on the board and faculty of Bard's MBA, and is a frequent speaker on venture capital at Harvard Business School and Wharton Business School. Mr. Fernandes also gave a TEDx Talk on Venture Capital, called "Innovating the Financing of Innovation".