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Upcoming Venture Capital Institute at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business to share Silicon Valley-style secrets of success
17 May 2000

By Kathleen Maclay , Media Relations

BERKELEY - International investors, business leaders and policy makers will be coached on the secrets of Silicon Valley-style venture capital finance in an innovative executive program to be held later this month at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

The Venture Capital Institute, which will run May 21-June 2, will teach the Silicon Valley model of business creation and new venture finance. The program also will be offered Sept. 10-22.

The institute takes advantage of the Haas School's leadership position in teaching and researching high-tech entrepreneurship, its location in the entrepreneurial San Francisco Bay Area, and the business school's partnerships with leading businesses in Silicon Valley, known worldwide as a laboratory for business creation and technological innovation.

Haas School faculty members, as well as leading Silicon Valley venture capitalists and business leaders, will teach at the institute.

The program will focus on how successful venture capitalists in the Bay Area work with entrepreneurs to start new companies and help them grow, and how this Silicon Valley model can be adapted to international locales. In addition to their classroom experience at UC Berkeley, participants will travel to the Silicon Valley - within an hour's drive of the campus - to visit high-tech portfolio companies and their venture capital investors.

"The Venture Capital Institute is the place to come to learn how Silicon Valley firms foster entrepreneurial initiative," said Mario Rosati, partner at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, a Silicon Valley venture law firm. At the UC Berkeley institute, Rosati will lecture on new venture finance.

The institute is one of a variety of cutting-edge, non-degree business programs offered by the Haas School's Center for Executive Development. In addition to developing open enrollment programs at UC Berkeley and custom programs worldwide, the center focuses on e-learning strategies for today's companies.


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