VC(ED) - Introduction to Venture Capital
and Startup Investing - Key Terms, Fund Formation & Investment Thesis

Course Duration - 1 Week

Level - Beginner

Course Overview

In module 1 the student is introduced to the course curriculum and structure. This foundational course focuses on 3 key areas. These areas are venture terminology and vocabulary, how venture funds are structured for legal protection and tax minimization and finally how to develop your investment thesis.

Overall Course Objective

  • Introduction to startup investing for VC, Angel and corporate investors

  • Operational investor vocabulary

  • Able to perform the tasks performed by an early stage investor.

Course Objective

There are 4 primary objectives covered in this course.
These objectives are to first introduce the student to the program structure and schedule. Second, introduce the student to key terms and definitions needed. The third objective is to educate the student on fund formation. The final objective is to teach the student how to create an venture fund investment thesis.

Topic & Outline

  • Program structure, schedule, and expectations

  • Fundamental knowledge and definitions

  • Fund formation process

  • Investment thesis development


This program was designed for 3 distinct audiences.

  • The first audience is aspiring venture associates. If you are seeking to enter the venture capital industry this course will teach you the fundamental information you need to enter the industry and speak knowledgeably as you learn your craft.

  • The second audience is the first time Angel Investors. If you are a first time Angel Investor this is a great course that will teach you the information you need to confidently make your first investment.

  • The third audience is corporate representatives that are looking to either invest in our partner with startups as a strategic advantage. In this course, you will learn how to make your first strategic investment.

While this course has been designed for three distinct groups we welcome anyone who has an interest in learning about the wonderful world of venture capital and startup investing to join us.

More about this course:

Course Fee


UnVentures, INC has put together a 4 week online bootcamp to educate early-stage investors on best practices for sourcing and funding early-stage startup companies. The Ventur(ED) program is for individuals serious about entering the venture capital industry or becoming a sophisticated Angel Investor. This course is designed to teach participants the core fundamental knowledge needed to enter the venture investment space. It is the course we wished existed when we started sourcing companies 10 years ago.


At UnVentures, Inc we believe in honesty and transparency. In addition to general education, this program is used to source potential venture associates and limited partners for our venture funds. We deeply believe that education is a key component of our success.


The UnVentures team has over 10 plus years of experience sourcing early-stage deals from main-street Angel investment groups to world-class Angel/VC investors in Silicon Valley. We are not a University. We are seeking to provide the education we have learned the hard way and recruit people to join us in our journey to build a world-class incubator, accelerator and venture fund.



If this intrigues you, we invite you to take the first step by going through our first Venture Investing course.


To learn more about UnVentures Inc., please visit our website at www.unventures.co.

Meet the Instructor

Brett Noyes
Brett NoyesFounder and Managing Director, UnVentures

Brett Noyes is the founder and managing director of UnVentures. UnVentures operates a series of FinTech and Blockchain focused incubation programs in Silicon Valley. Prior to starting UnVentures, Noyes built startup incubator programs for famous Angel investor, Jason Calacanis, and world-famous VC Tim Draper. Through this work, the companies he has worked with have raised over five hundred million dollars. This money was raised through angels, venture capitalists, and global fundraising platforms. 

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