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Venture Fluent

4 Weeks

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Cohort-based Course

Venture Fluent is a 4-week live VC course for beginners. UPDATE: The Beta cohort is sold out. Subscribe 👇 for updates on the next cohort!

Hosted by

Jorge M. Torres

Venture capital instructor at Yale University

Course overview

Get fluent in the language of venture capital.

Learn the terms, frameworks, and mindsets used by the best VCs in this live course so you can begin investing in startups created by high-potential entrepreneurs.

Who is this course for?

01

You've had professional success and want to start angel investing, create your own fund, or find a role in the VC industry.

02

You've studied VC on your own but crave the community of peers who can support you as you accelerate your learning.

03

You're ready to create a go-to-market plan for finding and supporting the world's best entrepreneurs.

Key Outcomes

Deconstruct the lingo of investing in early-stage innovative businesses.

Successful venture capital investors use the right language to appeal to entrepreneurs, engage with co-investors, and find new opportunities. You'll emerge from the course not only knowing the lingo but also how to use it to advance your professional goals.

Deploy insights gleaned from experienced investors.

You'll be in conversation with VC investors who have successfully traveled the road you're on. We'll cultivate a high-trust classroom environment that encourages them to share insights they don't share anywhere else — insights you'll start using right away.

Construct an actionable investment thesis that will guide your next steps.

Completing the course will give you the space to think deeply about the types of ventures and entrepreneurs you want to back. You'll get constructive feedback from your peers, guest speakers, and the instructor that will generate new ideas and improve your thinking.

Collaborate with peers who will serve as a life-long support network.

As a member of the Beta cohort, you will complete the course along with 20 peers who share your learning objectives. They will serve as future thought partners, co-investors, and industry friends for the life of your investing practice.

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        I *highly* recommend this course - I've had the pleasure of guest lecturing this class at Yale, and now you can get it. Extremely comprehensive and taught by a master.
Chris Fralic

Chris Fralic

Board Partner @ First Round Capital
        [Jorge] is an incredible educator and person, and taught my favorite course at Yale. Would highly recommend any opportunity to learn from him👏 👏
Riley Eversole

Riley Eversole

TMT Investment Banking Analyst @ Bank of America
        I took [Jorge's] VC seminar at Yale, and it changed my life: it gave me a new perspective and appreciation for entrepreneurship and investing, and I decided to enter the startup world because of it.
Bryan Owens

Bryan Owens

Software Engineer @ Seashell
        Jorge is a gifted educator and curriculum designer. His contributions to our organization have helped hundreds of HBCU students and alumni learn the language of venture capital.
Hadiyah Mujhid

Hadiyah Mujhid

Founder & CEO @ HBCUvc
        For anyone interested in learning the ropes of innovation investing, Jorge is unmatched and joining his class is an absolute no-brainer.
Bernard Peperstraete

Bernard Peperstraete

Co-founder @ Acuamark Diagnostics
        As a repeat instructor in the LatinxVC Fellowship Program, Jorge's teaching has equipped dozens of working professionals with the knowledge they used to get their start in VC.
Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins

Managing Director @ Shasta Ventures & Board Director @ LatinxVC

Meet your instructor

Jorge M. Torres

Jorge M. Torres

VC instructor at Yale University

I've taught venture capital investing for almost a decade, initially as part of the teams at Kauffman FellowsHBCUvc, and for the last 5 years as a lecturer with several appointments at Yale University, where I offer a popular semester-long venture capital seminar that is always oversubscribed (3-4 applications for every seat). For Venture Fluent, I've distilled the key concepts of venture capital investing into a live, interactive course you can complete in a month.


Read my LinkedIn profile to learn more about my career, and visit my personal website to see who's engaged me to teach venture capital to newbies and experienced professionals alike.

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Course Modules & Topics (Syllabus)

01

Orientation; VC Industry Landscape; Thesis-Driven Investing

Topics: Course norms and expectations; fund structures, corporate forms and their interrelationships; investment thesis construction and strategy of the firm.

02

Talent & Originating Deals

Topics: Finding deals; identifying high-potential entrepreneurs; psychology of high-impact founding teams.

03

Stewardship & Due Diligence

Topics: Fiduciary duties; taxonomy of risk; frameworks for underwriting transactions.

04

Early-Stage Venture Capital Transactions

Topics: Equity vs. debt; key economic and control terms; driving alignment with entrepreneurs.

05

Technical Considerations // Presentations

Topics: Portfolio construction; company valuation approaches; capitalization tables; student presentations.

06

Launching a Career in Innovation Investing // Presentations // Course Conclusion

Topics: Fund entrepreneurship; navigating professional networks; student presentations; next steps and the Venture Fluent network.

Course schedule

8-10 hours per week
  • Beta Cohort (Fall 2022)

    Tues. & Thurs., 7:00PM — 9:30PM EST

    6 live class meetings held online on the following days:

    • November 22 (Orientation)
    • November 29
    • December 1
    • December 6
    • December 8
    • December 13 (Course Conclusion)
  • Pre-work, Office Hours, Post-work

    3-5 hours per week


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Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active learning, not passive watching

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of joining the Beta Cohort?
What will I get out of the course?
Will you teach me how to pitch my business to VCs?
Will you introduce me to LPs or other investors?
I work full-time, what is the expected time commitment?
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How does the course support efforts to diversify the venture capital industry?
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