Venture Capital Private Equity Investment Strategies

Key information

Duration: 16 weeks (online, part time)
Programme dates:

Study online, eight weeks
Fees: £2,800

Programme overview

In today's investment climate, there's an increasing emphasis on innovative financial strategies and robust frameworks to sustain and nurture growth across the venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) sectors. Skills in navigating market volatility and refining fundraising strategies are essential for investment professionals in both VC and PE. The focus is not only on maintaining a healthy portfolio, but also on reviving organisations through operational improvements, cost management, and restructuring. 

Venture Capital and Private Equity: Investment Strategies from Imperial College Business School Executive Education delves into such strategic approaches to global investments, providing an understanding of market nuances, deal structuring, and portfolio management, while sharpening the acumen needed to spot opportunities and mitigate risks.

Throughout this programme, you will dive into the intricacies of VC and PE, from exploring industry dynamics to post-deal scenarios, and gain the skills to identify opportunities and navigate risks with confidence. You will experience live online teaching sessions, video lectures, interactive activities and assignments whilst receiving personal support from a dedicated Learning Team.

You will finish the programme prepared to implement your learnings, and with a verified Digital Certificate from Imperial College Business School Executive Education. 

Who should attend?

This international programme is designed for a broad range of roles, including:

  • Angel investors, high-net-worth individuals, or family office representatives looking to deepen understanding of VC and PE, identify investment potentials, and navigate investment transactions
  • Finance professionals, such as portfolio managers, pension/mutual fund managers, traders, risk and strategy planners, and analysts in the investment banking and finances industries, aiming to enhance their understanding of VC and PE operations, deal structuring, and PE negotiations
  • Investment banking professionals transitioning into a PE role, or current PE analysts and partners looking to understand intricate deal structuring and negotiation tactics
  • Consultants focusing on creating value for clients, managing deals, or evaluating PE investments
  • Entrepreneurs and founders engaged in the start-up ecosystem, seeking strategic insights and frameworks to maximise your venture's worth
  • C-suite executives and senior managers working within start-ups or early growth firms

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this programme, participants will be able to:

  • Analyse key concepts and terminology in VC and PE

  • Explain the evolution of VC and PE

  • Define the roles of stakeholders and different types of investors

  • Produce and interpret performance measurement metrics for various types of funds

  • Explain observed or anticipated results of VC and PE transactions within real-world contexts

  • Articulate the process of VC and PE transactions

  • Describe the stages of investing

  • Assess the valuation of businesses through the application of valuation methods

  • Propose a viable venture investment opportunity in a real-world scenario

Learning Journey

  • Module 1: The Venture Capital Landscape
  • Module 2: Fund Setup and Identifying Investment Opportunities
  • Module 3: Start-Up Valuation
  • Module 4: Deal Structure, Terms and Negotiations
  • Module 5: Value Creation - Portfolio Management and Exit Strategies
  • Module 6: The Future of VC
  • Module 7: Introduction to the Private Equity Industry
  • Module 8: Types of Economies and Private Equity
  • Module 9: Before the Deal
  • Module 10: LBO Analysis and Valuation
  • Module 11: After the Deal
  • Module 12: Private Equity Through the Credit Crisis and Industry evolution
  • Module 13: Future of Private Equity
  • Module 14: Private Equity in Emerging Markets
  • Module 15: Fund Organisation and Career Opportunities

Programme Faculty

Marc Kitten

Marc Kitten

Visiting Professor

Marc Kitten is a founding partner at Candesic Strategy Consultants in London. He has 25 years of experience of transactions and financial markets. He advises corporations and financial investors in the areas of corporate strategy and corporate finance. He serves on the boards of several fast-growing companies. Prior to co-founding Candesic, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. In London and a Vice-President at Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt.

He is also a visiting professor in finance and strategy with 20 years of teaching experience at Imperial College London and other Business Schools in Europe, Asia and the US. He lectures both graduates and executives in most aspects of corporate finance and strategy. He is the author of the 2009 Vault Guide to Careers in Private Equity in Europe and has published several case studies.

Marc holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, completed the Young Managers Programme at INSEAD and graduated from EDHEC Business School in Finance.

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Key information

Duration: 16 weeks (online, part time)
Programme dates:

Study online, eight weeks
Fees: £2,800