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Courses run by 500 Global, one of the most active VC’s in the world

2,500
Investments

78
Countries 

$650m+ in
committed capital 

 VC Unlocked is about sharing the lessons our team has learned and building up new ecosystems with smart capital. Venture isn't the most transparent industry, and we're trying to change that."

Ready to join the other side of the table as an Angel Investor? These fundamental courses will help you get there.

Our experienced and talented investors, legal team, and CFO from 500 Global come together to teach these three key investment courses. Get practical insights you can put into action immediately.
Each of these courses includes:
  • Short, skill-based lessons
  • Self-paced, online and each with a live workshop component at the end
  • A certificate from 500 upon completion
  • ​10 years of VC knowhow in 8 hours or less

NAVIGATING TERM SHEETS FOR INVESTORS

Now that you've selected the right startup, you need to ensure that healthy term sheets are on the table to maximize your investment's impact.

Term sheets can be challenging to  navigate. Gain confidence to negotiate better, for yourself and for your founders, so that you can establish early on in your relationship solid and clear foundations that are key for successful investments.

INTRODUCTION TO CAPITALIZATION TABLES

Understanding how intelligent startup ownership is structured is key for your investments and to be able to advise founders in your portfolio.

Cap tables can be tricky. To be comfortable with your companies investments, you need to clearly understand where your selected startups are today. Learn how to read and craft cap tables in this course.

VC FUND STRUCTURES AND RETURNS

So you're ready to be a fund manager? We're here to share our years of experience to support and help you best prepare and plan for your first fund.

Fund modelling is both an art and a science. It is in nature an iterative process where you and your team will continue to test hypotheses to achieve your desired fund outcomes. Get the support you need to take the first step!

1. NAVIGATING TERM SHEETS FOR INVESTORS

After this program, you will be able to…
  • Summarize all the instruments to raise capital, convertible securities and equity
  • ​Understand the key events of the term sheet process to be able to pinpoint major happenings
  • Identify common legal terms within standard industry term sheets
  • ​Evaluate whether or not deal terms are beneficial to you or the founder

Get Familiar with the  Legal Terms of Venture Capital

1

Instruments to Raise Capital

From understanding debt and equity financing to demystify convertible securities and understand discounts/valuation caps associated, this is where you get in the crux of raising capital.
2

Economic Terms

Become more aware of your fund economics by learning about valuation, liquidation preference, anti-dilution, pro rata, redemption rights, pay to play.
3

Control Terms

Become a key player and a true mover and shaker by getting your voice heard. This is where you learn about boards, protective provisions, drag alongs, voting thresholds and vesting terms.
4

Putting it Together

As a VC, you will have to make decisions based on different perspectives. This is where we help you reflect on the term sheet as a whole so you can make well-informed decisions.
5

Live Workshop: Term Sheet Negotiations (Available Quarterly)

Join a live workshop with an expert from 500 Global and peers from around the world. Use your new knowledge to practice negotiating term sheets to protect your own self-interests while also incentivizing the other party.

2. INTRODUCTION TO CAPITALIZATION TABLES

After this course, you will be able to…
  • Easily see through the difference between a standard and pro forma cap table
  • Articulate instruments to raise capital, specifically convertible securities and equity financing
  • Gain more insights from data by being able to swiftly navigate around common cap table math and conversions 
  • ​Create a simple cap table using excel

Invest intelligently and get ready to advise 
founders in your portfolio.

1

Introduction to Capitalization Tables

Get to know standard and pro forma capitalization tables as well as best practices for cap table management.
2

Instruments to Raise Capital

From understanding debt and equity financing to demystify convertible securities and understand discounts/valuation caps associated, this is where you get in the crux of raising capital.
3

Legal Terms

Understand the legal terms that come with becoming a VC by getting to learn about valuation, liquidation preference, anti-dilution, and pro rata.
4

Cap Table Exercise

Create a cap table from scratch alongside a member of the 500 legal team.
5

Live Workshop: Cap Table (Available Quarterly)

Join a live workshop with an expert from 500 Startups and peers from around the world. Use your new knowledge to practice your cap table skills.

3. VC FUND STRUCTURES AND RETURNS

After this course, you will be able to…
  • Learn how VCs make money
  • Understand budget and operational considerations with starting a fund
  • How to build an overall strategy to strategically allocate funds for bigger gains

So You're Ready to be a Fund Manager? 
Let us help you get started.

1

Introduction

Be introduced to common terminology associated with VC firms. Understand where returns come from and where they go.
2

Fund Structures

Increase your knowledge in how funds are set up and expenses involved with operationalizing.
3

Fund Modelling

Try your hand at modelling your first model using a template provided.
4

Live Workshop: Fund Modelling and Returns (Available Quarterly)

Join a live workshop with an expert from 500 Startups and peers from around the world. Use your new knowledge to practice modelling a fund.

We’ve helped angel investors take their knowhow to the next level through our many VC Unlocked courses: 

This program provided a healthy mix of live, practical experience and study-at-your-own-pace resource materials, all condensed into a manageable schedule. It's a "must-have" for someone like myself who looking to transition into the VC space.
  • Amit Bhanot (Corporate Lawyer, Angel/Startup Advisor, Entrepreneur)
One of a kind opportunity to expand your network with great people across the globe and learn from the 500 startups team how to optimize your deal flow screening.
  • Arthur Schmunk, Amazon Web Services
This is a truly well designed programme and the highly engaged instructors gave me full of insights. I'm more confident than ever as an investor.
  • Sato Ozawa, Unbuilt Ventures
This program is excellent! I have taken other programs that focus more on theory and not so much on practice, this program has the perfect balance between theory and practice, a great starting route to go deep into the world of investing in start ups.
  • Luis Delgado Corrales

We’ve designed these self-paced, online courses to cover all the essentials with none of the fluff. Get the crash course done in a day or split up the modules at your own pace! It’s all in your hands.

Enroll in one or all of these courses now and get one step closer to becoming a venture investor 

NAVIGATING TERM SHEETS FOR INVESTORS

Our term sheet negotiation philosophy is “when founders win, we all win.”

4.5 Hours of Curated Content that Will Help You Completely Understand the Legal Terms of Venture Capital!

INTRODUCTION TO CAPITALIZATION TABLES

Not only will you be able to invest intelligently but also advise founders in your portfolio.

Curated Content that Will Help You Befriend Capitalization Tables and Devour Data Like Never Before!

VC FUND STRUCTURES AND RETURNS

An iterative process where you will continue to test hypotheses to achieve your desired fund outcomes.

6.5 Hours of Curated Content that Will Help You Completely Understand How VC Funds Work!
Worried about the time commitment?

We’ve designed these self-paced, online courses to cover all the essentials with none of the fluff. Get the crash course done in a day or split up the modules at your own pace! It’s all in your hands.

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