Investor Training in Singapore, Faculty from Stanford

Global Venture Capital Program

Based in Singapore, the GVCP is a five day program specially designed for investors worldwide to enhance their ability to strategically define, negotiate and execute early stage investments on a global scale.

Applications for 2017 have closed. Please check back in 2018.

Program Overview

Based in Singapore, the Global Venture Capital Program teaches participants the ways of successfully investing in early stage companies worldwide. Working with top faculty from internationally renowned universities, participants will learn to develop all-encompassing strategies to structure and manage investment deals, maximizing their financial returns in the long run.

Faculty: Mike Lyons, Pedram Mokrian
For: Angel Investors, Venture Capital Firms, Fund Managers
Length: 5 days
Next Class: 23th April 2017 – 28th April 2017


VC Structure and Returns

Understand the structure of a Venture Capital fund & assessing how different funds select their global investments

Investment Thesis Creation

Work on building an internationally sound & credible investment thesis, and establishing the necessary frameworks & objectives required to organise it

Business Opportunity Assessment

Assessing global trends & opportunities, looking for key ingredients for success by investing in startups around the world

Multi-Stage Financing

Examine the timing of financing against key global product development & go-to-market market milestones

Best Practices

Introduction to globally accepted investment concepts, fundamentals, & best practices that world renowned VCs use to maximise investment returns

Conducting Due Dilligence

Understand classic problems & issues of investing in early stage companies worldwide & how to prevent them by conducting a proper due diligence progress

Program Pillars

Leading Faculty Members

Top faculties from round the world will work closely with participants to acquire knowledge & skills that will help maximise the returns of their global investments in early-stage companies

Singapore as a Springboard

Utilizing Singapore’s strategic position as an international hub, site visits & networking opportunities will be organised to provide participants with multiple avenues to learn about the investment ecosystem in Asia

Distinctive Insights

Prominent investors, industry thought leaders, & country market experts will be invited to share their insights & experiencesctices

Project Learning

Using a project based learning approach, participants will acquire essential negotiation skills by taking part in simulated exercises with real companies from around the world


The program is taught by outstanding faculty members from Stanford. Our esteemed faculty members possess vast amounts of experience in teaching, research and have also consulted for governments, businesses and multi-national corporations.


Visiting Instructor Faculty of Engineering, Stanford University
Visiting Instructor Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Principal, Mayfield Fund

Mr. Mokrian is a Principal at Mayfield Fund. Pedram Mokrian focuses on investments in big data, cloud/SaaS and energytech. His core expertise lies in the intersection of the energy, technology and services domains.

He has served as a board observer on CPower (acquired by Constellation Energy). Prior to Mayfield he spent time on the commodities trading desk at Credit Suisse and held positions at Ford Motor Company, JDS Uniphase and Nortel Networks, broadly covering the areas of power generation, fiber-optics and hardware development.

Pedram is actively involved with and recognized for his domain expertise within the energy community. He currently serves on the board of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Young Professionals in Energy, the membership committee for the US Association for Energy Economics, and is a Charter member of C100, where he co-leads the Cleantech practice. In addition, he is an active contributor to the Energy Policy Task Force at the Hoover Institute.

Pedram holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University with a focus on Energy Finance and Economics, and during his tenure was involved with the founding of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency.


Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University Department of Management Science and Engineering
Executive Chairman, CypherPath
Director, Real-Time Innovations
Managing Director, the Meta Club and NewLine Ventures, LLC
Co-founder and General Partner of Zilkha Venture Partners

Mike Lyons, serving in the Stanford position since 1988, he was a co-developer of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program with Prof. Tom Byers and the founding professor of Technology Venture Formation. He also co-teaches, with Prof. Ray Levitt, Entrepreneurship in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is the co-creator of the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship two week program for existing high tech companies produced and managed by the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD). He is a co-founder of the Innovation Institute focused on creating training platforms for entrepreneurial education.

From 1980 to 1991, he was a co-founder, a Vice-President, and a Director of Integrated Systems Inc. (INTS, founded 1980), a leading implementer of high-performance real-time control systems for aircraft, automotive, and manufacturing applications. The Company was merged with WindRiver Systems in 1999. WindRiver was acquired by Intel in 2009.