How to Model Venture Funds


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Cohort-based Course

Live 3 hour workshop for angels, syndicate leads, and venture investors to learn how to model venture funds.

Hosted by

Taylor Davidson

I've helped over 44,000 founders and investors as Founder/CEO of Foresight

Course overview

Understand how the economics of venture funds work

Starting a fund, syndicate, or getting started with angel investing? It's important to understand how to budget for investments and forecast returns for your limited partners. Come for the education, leave with a model you can use.

Who is this course for


First-time general partners and junior venture capitalists working on a venture capital fund.


Syndicate leads and angel investors wanting to structure their investing tracking and reporting.


Founders or executives looking to understand how the economics of venture funds work.

Key outcomes

Model fund capital budgeting and deployment

How to use assumptions around fund size, management fees, and expenses to create a forecast of called capital, expenses, and invested capital over time.

Create a portfolio construction model

Cover a few common ways of approaching portfolio construction models and discuss the pros and cons of each, and how to use them in our forecast of investments and proceeds. We will cover simple and complicated ways of forecasting portfolios.

How to model proceeds and distributions

Using our forecast of invested capital and our portfolio construction logic, we will cover how to create a forecast of proceeds from investments and a waterfall of distributions, including preferred returns, GP catchups, and carried interest.

Present key metrics and key reports

Using our forecast of fund cash flows, we will introduce how to calculate unrealized gains and residual values, using our portfolio construction approach to forecast the underlying changes in value in the portfolio not captured in our realized cash flow forecasts.

Bonus: Model a management company

This is a bonus session using prerecorded video, to cover how to model the forecasted revenues and expenses for the management company. If time, will address questions and comments in the session.

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Meet your instructor

Taylor Davidson

Taylor Davidson

Founder and Managing Director, Foresight

Taylor Davidson is the founder of Foresight, which helps entrepreneurs use financial models for business decisions.

Through his template financial models and strategic advisory services, he has helped over 44,000 entrepreneurs from 116 countries on financial planning, projections, fundraising, valuations, and business strategy.

Taylor has also worked with over 600 angel investors and venture funds on investment strategy, portfolio tracking, capital planning, and fundraising.

He created this workshop to help first-time founders and junior venture capitalists learn the fundamentals of modeling cap tables.

He created the Cap Table and Exit Waterfall Masterclass to help founders and VCs learn how to understand and build cap tables and exit waterfalls for their financing rounds.

He partnered with Chris Wattig to create Finance for Founders to help founders learn how to build an FP&A function at their companies.

Contact him at or @tdavidson on Twitter.

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Workshop Details

3 hour workshop
  • Wednesday, November 16

    12:00pm - 3:00pm EST

    Modeling a venture fund from start to finish in two and a half hours, with Q&A, live over Zoom.

  • Build a model you can use

    We'll build a model live, and you'll leave with a model you can use and the knowledge to build your own from scratch.

  • Join live, rewatch anytime

    The workshop will be recorded, so you can watch again if you have to miss a section, or just want a refresh on the material.

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