Venture Capital Accelerated


Venture Capital Accelerated demystifies venture capital deals and startup financing in an interactive and accelerated course for students and professionals looking to break into the venture capital industry, advance their careers, and enact changes in the startup and innovation ecosystem.

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Loved being part of Venture Capital Accelerated! Even after working in the startup industry for many years, I learned a lot and it was fantastic to get an inside look to how other VCs operate and what the gold standard looks like. I will definitely be putting this knowledge to use.

Beth Henderson
Singapore Lead, Startupbootcamp | SINGAPORE

The VCA was a game-changer for me as a startup founder. It will help me navigate the fundraising process confidently. An absolute must-attend for any entrepreneur seeking to understand and succeed.

Chew Soo Yan
Founder, Pro-health Water Technologies | SINGAPORE

I am grateful for the opportunity to learn the technical aspects of how a VC fund operates. Thank you Quest Ventures.

Denny Hermawan Lompo
Head, Commercial Innovation Banking, PT Bank Neo Commerce | INDONESIA

Clear teachings that provided insights from both sides of the table. Highly recommended.

Ng Yong Jie
Founder and CEO, Revente | SINGAPORE

Venture Capital Accelerated is a great crash course for founders looking to fundraise and students looking to break into venture capital. It gives a succinct overview into how a VC thinks and operates, and provides a useful point-of-view from the other side of the negotiating table.

Khairul Rusydi
Co-founder and CEO, Reactor School | SINGAPORE

This program is really useful for those who are passionate about startups, providing a comprehensive and in-depth look into the field of venture capital.

Tristin Nguyen
Student, FPT University | VIETNAM

I learned both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of VC through the course. I recommend this if you are joining a fund or even starting one.

Phoebe Fontanilla
Investment Associate, TechShake | THE PHILIPPINES

James and the team are great lecturers. The sessions are practical and relatable even in the Philippine context. Excited to apply what we’ve learned in our own programs.

Samantha Chico
Program Officer, Philippine Development Foundation | THE PHILIPPINES

The course gave an intensive overview of a VC and its inner workings. Anyone who wants to run their own fund or wants to understand why VCs do what they do should attend.

Nikko Guiam
Business Development & Venture Consultant, UPSCALE Innovation Hub | THE PHILIPPINES

Quest Ventures VCA is perhaps the most practical and high impact insider insight to VC in Southeast Asia. James and the team were incredibly generous in sharing what they know and how to get things done. We look forward to collaborating with Quest to grow the VC ecosystem.

Joseph de Leon
Director, Gravitas Prime | THE PHILIPPINES

Venture Capital Accelerated was a great crash course on the needs and requirements of VCs. From a start up perspective, it’s useful to know what VCs are looking for and what ultimately drives these firms. This makes it easier to align interests and work better together. From a startup enabler perspective, this helps us match companies and investors better.

Judge Calimbahin
Manager, Endeavor Philippines | THE PHILIPPINES

Besides learning about the fundamentals of venture capital, we also had valuable insights into setting up and operating a fund that could only come from someone as experienced as James. You would be hard pressed to find these insights elsewhere!

Jameson Ho
Venture Strategy & Investment Lead, f(dev) Digital Foundry | THE PHILIPPINES

Good comprehensive overview for someone exploring and entering the venture capital industry. James Tan is very knowledgeable, insightful, and introspective — truly a special privilege to learn from him!

Ray Alimurung
Chairman of Lazada Philippines; Senior Advisor to Group CEO | THE PHILIPPINES

Quest’s team dedication to put everything together is so much appreciated. The course is filled with young talent from diverse backgrounds which creates valuable peer learning experiences. We love the way Quest team is very “down-to-earth” and open to share their knowledge and experience. I would highly recommend this course to university students, young professionals, and entrepreneurs who want step into venture capital for a rewarding career or for nailing your fundraising. Big thanks to Quest’s efforts and engagement to help the Southeast Asia startup ecosystem thrive!

Thuy Ho
Partnership Manager, Sunwah Innovations | VIETNAM

An intense but fulfilling crash course with a wide variety of speakers and invaluable insights! The welcoming and candid environment where all questions are welcomed really helps to clarify the intricacies of the VC world that are not commonly known.

Lim Cheng Kai
Chairperson, iGEM EPIC | SINGAPORE

James was extremely candid! It was really fun, definitely intensive but very rewarding at the end. I learned a lot about the ins and outs of venture capital and its best practices!

Keith Tan
Associate, Protege Ventures | SINGAPORE

Proactive participants and case studies in the region gave me additional knowledge. I love how it turned out – definitely a good program!

Hyacynthia Kesuma
Investment Analyst, ANGIN | INDONESIA

This course has paved the way for many individuals to begin their career in venture capital. From teaching the fundamentals to getting prominent speakers to share their extensive knowledge to the invaluable opportunity to apply what we have learnt on a real startup, attending this course was 100% worth it.

Danya Jeyabalan
Founder, Boundless Hype | SINGAPORE

A huge win for me is that I am now able to have in-depth conversations on VC and startups. This course has sparked an interest which I intend to continue.

Amrusha Muralidharan
Associate, NUS Alumni Ventures | SINGAPORE

Program Code: VCA202

Startups are changing the digital economy, and venture capitalists are the fuel driving the startup economy all around the world. By providing startups with capital and guidance that they would otherwise not have access to, venture capitalists have enabled founders to transform big ideas into reality.

In this course, you will learn about the basic economics of venture capital, the functioning of the venture capital industry, the fundraising process for startups and the development of an investment thesis consistent with your investment goals and strategy.

By tapping on our large network of partners, founders, and mentors, you will be able to interact with key players who have amassed a wealth of experience in the venture capital scene to sharpen perspectives to strengthen investment fundamentals and apply learnings in simulations and real experiences.

At the end of the course, you will be able to begin your venture capital journey with your network of seasoned investors, founders and cohort, and a certification of achievement.

Lead Instructor

James Tan is the Managing Partner at Quest Ventures. Prior to this, James was co-founder and COO of 55tuan, a NASDAQ listed e-commerce group in China. James serves as an advisor or board member on the Applied Innovation Institute, Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), Business Angel Network of Southeast Asia (BANSEA) and more.

Course Curator

Paris de l’Etraz has spent over 20 years in investment banking and venture capital, mainly at UBS Bank and ABN AMRO. He is the Managing Director of the Venture Lab at IE Business School and the Chairman of the Board of Applied Innovation Institute.

Suitable Applicants

If you are an aspiring or junior venture capitalist, angel investor, entrepreneur, investment managers or an executive exploring career opportunities in fast growing venture-backed companies, this course is for you.

Program Outline

Venture Capital Accelerated is a fast-track 1-day in-person program. The program includes:

  1. Introduction to Venture Capital and the Business Model
  2. Developing an Investment Thesis
  3. Startup Evaluation
  4. Marketing as a VC
  5. The Due Diligence Process
  6. Crafting an Investment Memo
  7. Valuations and Returns
  8. Emerging Markets Access

The program includes a panel and ask-me-anything session with Asia’s top investors as guest speakers.

Schedule for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


22 Apr 2023 (Sat)
Applications close on 09 Apr 2023 (Sun) 2359hrs


9am – 5pm (GMT+7)
Networking lunch provided


Hoa Sen University
8 Nguyễn Văn Tráng
Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1
Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh 700000

Schedule for Singapore


29 Jul 2023 (Sat)
Applications close on 15 Jul 2023 (Sat) 2359hrs


9am – 5pm (GMT+8)
Networking lunch provided


Singapore Management University
Yong Pung How School of Law
Seminar Room B2-01
55 Armenian Street
Singapore 179943

Schedule for Astana, Kazakhstan


09 Sep 2023 (Sat)
Applications close on 02 Sep 2023 (Sat) 2359hrs


9am – 5pm (GMT+6)
Networking lunch provided


Nazarbayev University
Block 32 (Glass Pavilion Pyramid)
Conference Hall, 2nd Floor
Qabanbay Batyr Ave 53
Astana 010000


  1. Introduction to Venture Capital and the Business Model
    • Background of the VC and startup ecosystem
    • Startup fundraising process
    • Structure of a venture capital fund
  2. Developing an Investment Thesis
    • Developing and deploying an investment thesis and strategy
    • Case studies of Quest Ventures investment thesis and companies
  3. Startup Evaluation
    • Deal sourcing in nascent and mature industries
    • Asking the right questions
    • Identifying high growth investment opportunities
  4. The Due Diligence Process
    • Building a due diligence checklist
    • Key questions and blind spots in company analysis
    • Building a framework to negotiate, price, and structure the best terms
  5. Crafting an Investment Memo
    • Best practices in writing an investment memo
    • Case studies
  6. Marketing and its Impact as a VC
    • Mechanisms
  7. Valuations and Returns
    • Application of valuation methods
    • Financial modelling and metrics
    • Changes in valuation through fundraising rounds
    • Understanding various exit strategies
  8. Review and Certification presentation

Course Fees

Venture Capital Accelerated is USD 2,500 per individual.


Quest Ventures “Venture Leader Scholarship” awards budding investors and entrepreneurs to get their first taste of the venture capital scene and to inspire their fellow peers.

Scholarships are granted to:

  1. Top applicant in each country
  2. Youth leaders (25 and under)
  3. Female leaders
  4. Ethnic minorities

Frequently Asked Questions

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