Inside Venture Capital: VC Workshop

Jun 15/17 (Tue/Thu) and Jun 21/23 (Mon/Wed), 6pm - 7:30pm
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Session Details

Session 1:

15 Jun 2021 18:00 - 19:30

Session 2:

17 Jun 2021 18:00 - 19:30

Session 3:

21 Jun 2021 18:00 - 19:30

Session 4:

23 Jun 2021 18:00 - 19:30
Program Details

Deadline :
13 Jun 2021 12:00

Enquiry Email :

Organised by :
HKUST Technology Transfer Center & Entrepreneurship Center

Have you ever thought of starting your own business and sought funding from venture capitalists or angel investors? Are you a co-founder of a start-up planning for fundraising?


You may have the following questions:

  • What is venture capital (VC), and how to seek their investment? 
  • How does VC evaluate start-ups for investments? 
  • How to develop a business plan that optimizes product-market fit?
  • How to build a financial model that demonstrates the financial potential?


Inside Venture Capital: VC Workshop, consisting of four 1.5-hour live webinars conducted over two weeks and companion online course materials, will provide the way to answer these questions.


In this course, participants will learn the key skills for getting VC investment:

  • Creating high-potential investment opportunities;
  • Using financial projections to arrive at a proper valuation for start-ups;
  • Developing an exit strategy that maximizes the value;
  • Negotiating good investment deals.


In addition, all participants will have access to a companion on-line course at Expara Academy ( which includes video lectures, original articles, video presentations and slide decks of real start-up pitches, interactive assignments, and useful downloads.


Inside Venture Capital: VC Workshop

Location: Online via Zoom (Link will be sent to successful registrants before the event)



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Webinar 1: Overview and evaluating start-ups

Date:  15 Jun 2021 (Tue)

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm


Webinar 2: Business models and forecasting

Date:  17 Jun 2021 (Thu)

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm


Webinar 3: Valuation

Date:  21 Jun 2021 (Mon)

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm


Webinar 4: Exit strategies and negotiation

Date:  23 Jun 2021 (Wed)

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm


About the Speaker- Mr. Douglas Abrams

Douglas Abrams is the founder and CEO of Expara, Southeast Asia’s leading venture accelerator and fund.  He has launched and invested 5 VC funds in SEA since 2007. Prior to coming to Singapore in 2000, Mr. Abrams managed IT at JPMorgan for 14 years.  He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the NUS Business School, (entrepreneurship) since 2001 and a Visiting Professor (venture capital) for Sasin at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok since 2007 and was a Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital at RMIT in Vietnam from 2016-2019.  Mr. Abrams is a former Chairman of the Business Angel Network of South East Asia (BANSEA), was previously Deputy Co-Chairman and was a Director from 2002-2018.   He has a BA in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Wharton School.