Fundamentals of
Global Venture Capital and Private Equity

Saturday 11th May 2019, Fontainebleau Campus


Master the fundamentals of global venture capital and private equity

Private equity has created considerable wealth and employment in advanced economies in the past. But times are changing. Future growth hinges on reaching new regions, new talent pools and new types of opportunities. Traditional strategies and even equity categories need to be re-thought in fast-growth markets. And behind all of this, there is a growing consensus that in future, all PE investors will need to bring more than funding to the table to remain relevant.

As the assets under managements (AUM) in the private equity industry have grown significantly from $5 billion in 1980 to around $6 trillion today, understanding private equity and early stage investing, is without doubt critical to entrepreneurs, business owners, board members and investment professionals alike.  

But where do you start? How do you navigate new opportunities, fast-growth markets and a changing landscape in corporate responsibility? What else besides funding do you need to bring to the table to stay relevant?

Delivered by Professors Claudia Zeisberger and Vikas A. Aggarwal, Fundamentals of Venture Capital and Private Equity will help you get to grips with all of this, and address your questions on this space. 

This Pop Up programme is part of INSEAD's commitment to Lifelong Learning and is run exclusively for INSEAD alumni. 

VC Unlocked Seminar and Viva Tech 2019


Fundamentals of Private Equity and Venture Capital kicks off a series of impactful one-day sessions happening in Paris from 13 - 18th May 2019.

If you would like to dive deeper into venture capital (13th May) and corporate innovation capital (14th May), we invite you to join the two day seminar VC Unlocked where Claudia and Vikas will also be teaching. This seminar is a collaboration between 500 Startups and INSEAD GPEI, and will be held at Station F on 13th and 14th May 2019.

As a participant of the Pop Up programme Fundamentals of Private Equity and Venture Capital taking place on the 11th May 2019, you can enjoy a €500 discount to the 500 Startups workshop if you enrol before 1st April 2019. A total of 20 seats have been reserved for INSEAD alumni, so we recommend you avoid delay if you would like to take part. Apply here.

Finally, discover the latest tech trends and continue to network and learn from the best in the startup and innovation scene by attending VivaTech from 16 - 18th May in Paris.

Key Benefits


Gain an instant understanding of the trends shaping the private equitiy (PE) industry, what PE firms are looking for and how they value target companies.

  • Gain a broad overview of the industry structure, different players and different types of PE strategies
  • Learn how to evaluate an opportunity for investment in a privately held firm
  • Understand how to analyse and structure the term sheet of a private equity transaction
  • Acquire a deep understanding of the strategic issues that private equity partnerships face
  • Build constructive, value-creating partnerships between entrepreneurs and private equity financiers.

Programme Content


Over one-day Fundamentals of Private Equity and Venture Capital will give you a balanced overview of the global private equity industry. Topics covered will include:


How is the industry structured?


Who are the different players?


How do firms evaluate investment?


How do firms create real value?

What are some recent developments and current issues that the industry is facing?

Participant Profile


This one-day Pop Up programme exclusively for INSEAD Alumni is an instant injection of expert knowledge and insight.

Fundamentals of Private Equity and Venture Capital is designed for professionals working in the investment management and consulting industries. It is also ideal for those with a special interest in: 

  • Venture capital
  • Growth equity and buyout firms
  • Entrepreneurial start-ups
  • High-growth and established corporations that seek to acquire start-ups
  • Personal investments in privately-held firms

Participants are not required to have an in-depth finance knowledge to take the programme, however they should be comfortable with financial statements, as well as basic finance and accounting techniques.

Date and Fee

Date and LocationLengthFee

Saturday 11th May 2019, Fontainebleau Campus

From 8.30am to 6pm

  • €490 for NAA members
  • €790 for non-NAA members.

Contact us and Registration


For further information about Fundamentals of Private Equity and Venture Capital, please contact the INSEAD Lifelong Learning team at [email protected] or register your attendance using the below link.




Claudia Zeisberger

Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Academic Director, Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI) INSEAD

Claudia Zeisberger is a Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise at INSEAD, and the Founder and Academic Director of the school’s private equity centre (GPEI).Through the centre’s work, INSEAD has established itself as the go-to source for insights on PE in emerging markets and as an incubator for talent and professionals.

Read Professor Zeisberger's Profile


Vikas A. Aggarwal

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Vikas Aggarwal is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD. His research centers on strategy issues in entrepreneurial settings, focusing on venture-backed start-ups as well as larger firms experiencing significant environmental change. He is particularly interested in the interdependencies that occur across multiple strategic decisions and the implications of these decision portfolios for outcomes, such as innovation and long-run performance. His work examines sectors such as biotechnology, software, and the US defence industry, and combines empirical studies with agent-based simulations.

Read Professor Aggarwal's Profile


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