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Date: April 27, 2021

Time: 10:00 am PDT

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The first quarter of 2021 may go down in the history of venture finance. Early stage ventures are being financed at record levels. Later stage growth financing abounds. And the SPAC explosion is revolutionizing the IPO market. All this in an era of global pandemic, political uncertainty and unparallelled US government fiscal and monetary stimulus. Join us on April 27th for a discussion of how to manage and exploit this once in a generation moment.

Designed for venture capitalists and related industry practitioners, this exclusive event will highlight ventures and corporate investing strategies through the lens of COVID-19 reentry. Our faculty will be joined by a panel of experts that includes venture investors, SPAC sponsors, legal and regulatory experts and senior financial executives. The session will be interactive, so participation will be limited. Priority will be given to our Venture Capital Executive Program Alumni [+1], so please register soon.

The UC Berkeley Venture Capital Executive Program Alumni Spring Summit 2021 will address:
  • How the venture capital space is being reconfigured
  • The climate today for raising capital for ventures and new funds
  • New strategies for going public, including SPAC's and Direct Listings
  • New attitudes for providing liquidity to founders and early investors
  • Strategies for a post-COVID world
  • Time frame for a 'return' to the new ‘normal'

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Hosted By


Senior Lecturer Jerry Engel 

Professor Jerome S. Engel is an internationally recognized expert on innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital, lecturing and advising business and government leaders around the world. Most recently he has focused on lean innovation entrepreneurship and developing innovation ecosystems globally.


Sean Foote

Lecturer (Continuing), Sean Foote

Mr. Foote has been a venture capitalist investing in early-stage companies for the past 15 years, most recently as co-founder and Managing Director of Co=Creation=Capital. He advises corporations on establishing and managing their Corporate Venture Capital businesses.


Panel Speakers

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Jeff Shouger

Senior Vice President Finance, Niantic Labs and Creator and Publisher of PokimonGO

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Teresa Johnson

Partner, Arnold Porter

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Eric Ver Ploeg

Venture focused SPAC Sponsor, LightJump Capital

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Adam Rothstein

General Partner, Disruptive Technologies Venture Capital