New Program

Traditionally, it has been an uphill battle for investors looking to raise a first-time fund or entrepreneurs looking to finance a new venture. Today, record amounts of uninvested capital, coupled with a changing of the guard in certain segments of the private equity and venture capital industry, has created an optimal environment for professionals looking to raise a first-time fund. Raising private capital, however, can be a daunting process for those who are new entrants to the sector. To solve this dilemma, Harvard Business School is offering a new Executive Education program that delves into entrepreneurial finance as well as the foundational issues and best practices for successfully raising a fund in today's rapidly changing investment landscape.

What You Can Expect

Whether you are a general partner raising a first-time fund, a family office seeking to begin an active investment program, or an entrepreneur exploring finance options for new ventures, this new program is designed to enhance your investment expertise and improve your effectiveness at every stage of the structuring and fundraising process. It will unpack the steps involved in surveying partners, structuring deals, reviewing term sheets, managing capital, and vetting and exiting investments. You will emerge from the program with the financial knowledge, tools, and confidence to find the best deals, target the right investors, and successfully raise the capital for your first fund.

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Whether you are a general partner raising a first-time fund, a family office seeking to begin an active investment program, or an entrepreneur exploring finance options for new ventures, this new program is designed to enhance your investment expertise and improve your effectiveness at every stage of the structuring and fundraising process. It will unpack the steps involved in surveying partners, structuring deals, reviewing term sheets, managing capital, and vetting and exiting investments. You will emerge from the program with the financial knowledge, tools, and confidence to find the best deals, target the right investors, and successfully raise the capital for your first fund.

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Your Course of Study

Led by an esteemed group of HBS scholars and practitioners, this program emphasizes a lecture-based format that's complemented by group discussions and the hallmark HBS case method. You will develop a broader understanding of investment challenges and opportunities, while gaining a practical toolkit for raising and investing capital.

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Led by an esteemed group of HBS scholars and practitioners, this program emphasizes a lecture-based format that's complemented by group discussions and the hallmark HBS case method. You will develop a broader understanding of investment challenges and opportunities, while gaining a practical toolkit for raising and investing capital.

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Who Is Right for the Program

This program is designed for angel and family office investors, entrepreneurs, and other individuals who are new to investing and seek to raise capital. It's also appropriate for general partners of private equity and venture capital firms who are responsible for small funds or other professionals aspiring to gain knowledge or experience in the investment industry. For executives with significant experience in the private equity and venture capital fields, our premier investment program, Private Equity and Venture Capital, may be more appropriate.

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This program is designed for angel and family office investors, entrepreneurs, and other individuals who are new to investing and seek to raise capital. It's also appropriate for general partners of private equity and venture capital firms who are responsible for small funds or other professionals aspiring to gain knowledge or experience in the investment industry. For executives with significant experience in the private equity and venture capital fields, our premier investment program, Private Equity and Venture Capital, may be more appropriate.

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Complementary Programs

Whether you are assembling a partnership around a first-time fund or exploring investment opportunities on behalf of the family office, understanding the fundamentals of launching and running a new venture is critical to your success. Advance your skills and maximize your time away from the office by taking advantage of two complementary programs offered during consecutive weeks that offer different, but highly relevant, tools and frameworks that are pertinent to any new business endeavor. Foundations of Private Equity and Venture Capital delves into the foundational issues and best practices for successfully raising a fund in today's rapidly changing investment landscape, while Launching New Ventures focuses on overcoming the common obstacles facing entrepreneurs in startups and principals building entrepreneurial ventures. Together, these programs provide you with essential skillsets for exploring investment opportunities and building and leading a successful enterprise.

Whether you are assembling a partnership around a first-time fund or exploring investment opportunities on behalf of the family office, understanding the fundamentals of launching and running a new venture is critical to your success. Advance your skills and maximize your time away from the office by taking advantage of two complementary programs offered during consecutive weeks that offer different, but highly relevant, tools and frameworks that are pertinent to any new business endeavor. Foundations of Private Equity and Venture Capital delves into the foundational issues and best practices for successfully raising a fund in today's rapidly changing investment landscape, while Launching New Ventures focuses on overcoming the common obstacles facing entrepreneurs in startups and principals building entrepreneurial ventures. Together, these programs provide you with essential skillsets for exploring investment opportunities and building and leading a successful enterprise.

Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Faculty Cochair
Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking. Head of the Entrepreneurial Management Unit and member of the Finance Unit; and faculty chair of "Private Equity and Venture Capital." Read Full Bio
Faculty Cochair
Lovett-Learned Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Finance Unit. Read Full Bio

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Josh Lerner

Faculty Cochair
Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking. Head of the Entrepreneurial Management Unit and member of the Finance Unit; and faculty chair of "Private Equity and Venture Capital."

Victoria Ivashina

Faculty Cochair
Lovett-Learned Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Finance Unit.

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Admissions

The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both.

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The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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