Private Equity and Venture Capital (private equity) is becoming a key source of cash for entrepreneurs and a mainstay asset class for return seeking institutions and individuals.

While most investors have relied on and understand how to evaluate and make investments in traditional asset classes the same cannot be said of the alternative category of which private equity is key. As an emerging asset class, the level of understanding on how to choose a good manager when allocating funds to PE funds, select, value, structure, add value and eventually exit the companies invested in is still low.

On the other hand, several entrepreneurs who receive this source of financing report facing challenges once private equity investors come on board. Challenges range from entrepreneurs feeling that the investors want too much control, that they do not deliver on the promises made at the entry to differing expectations at the exit point in terms of timing and how a sale should be executed.

This revamped program takes a modular approach which ensures that it meets the needs of different players in the private equity lifecycle.

If you are a pension fund, insurance company, corporate, family office or development finance institution looking to invest in the asset class (also known as limited partner) the first module on understanding private equity and venture capital is for you.

If you are lawyer or a tax or investment advisor assisting with valuation, deal structuring, due diligence or negotiation the second module on the process of private equity process for you. If you work in a fund as an analyst or investment manager and want to improve your investment process you will find this module value adding.

On the other hand if your interest is to find out how to add value to deals and exit them successfully the third module on value addition and exits is for you.

Lastly if you are an entrepreneur who is interested in this funding option or is already in and is looking at how to navigate the opportunities and challenges that come with it the fourth module on PE/VC the entrepreneur’s perspective is definitely for you.

Program objectives

  • To aid the understanding of this asset class, its risks, potential returns and how to incorporate it into a portfolio of other asset classes
  • To build skills of the participant in evaluation, valuation, structuring and negotiation of investments within this asset class
  • To explore the key value addition channels that aid in creation of returns
  • To review and understand different exit strategies for investments within this asset class
  • To identify the key challenges and opportunities of this asset class as regards the relationship between entrepreneurs and investors.
  • To network with industry practitioners and exchange views on the best practice on various aspects

Key Learning Outcomes

Some topics to be covered include:

  • Understanding the position of alternative asset classes in your portfolio
  • Evaluating a private equity opportunities
  • Valuation principles
  • Negotiations and deal structuring
  • Value addition
  • Investment exit

Programme Benefits

  1. Interact with and learn from leading industry practitioners
  2. Learn using up to date case studies which simulate real deal scenarios
  3. Get access to online financial modelling content on valuation to compliment your learning at highly discounted prices
  4. Interact with participants from different countries, sectors and backgrounds

For Who?

The course is geared towards potential and existing investors in this asset class, entrepreneurs seeking to interact with the asset class, consultants and service providers.

Participants are drawn from insurance companies, investment banks, pension funds, venture and private equity firms, family businesses, private investors, investment groups, angel investors, incubators and accelerators.

The course will be relevant for entrepreneurs seeking to raise funds in this asset class as a means of understanding the mind of the investor to help in preparing their organizations for funding.

Service providers who will greatly benefit from this training include accountants, lawyers and finance professionals.

About Impact Investing Module

According to the 2020 survey by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), the global impact investing market size is $715 billion and is expanding rapidly. Significant sums of money are already being invested in the continent with East Africa being one of the key recipients. One of the key challenges for players interested to participate in this space is knowledge and information.

This module aims to equip participants who may be institutional investors, limited partners (fund of fund investors) eg pension funds, insurance companies, family offices or individual investors and their team with the knowledge necessary to navigate the waters in the impact space. If you are an entrepreneur and would like to understand how to speak the language of impact investing, this course is also for you.

Key topics to be covered will include:

  • What is impact investing and what is it not?
  • The global impact investing ecosystem
  • Impact investing asset classes and investment themes
  • Impact measurement frameworks

The course will be run by Kanini Mutooni, Managing Director of Draper Richards Foundation, a $100m impact fund that invests in social enterprises across emerging markets. She is also the immediate former chair of the Global Innovation Fund, a $250m impact fund which counts 5 of the G7 countries as shareholders. She serves as a Senior Advisor for several global impact equity and debt funds.


This is not an introductory course, it will take a deep dive into key concepts and issues within this asset class.

While no technical prerequisites are required a general understanding of investments and the investment process is required.

Programme Delivery

This programme aims to provide the participants with necessary skills to evaluate, value, structure, negotiate, invest in and manage investments within this asset class.

Four key themes help to structure the delegate’s learning and to integrate the skills development process:

    • Strategic Frameworks and Industry Background
    • The Practitioner’s Toolkit
    • Applying the Tools
    • Practical Perspectives

The PE/VC industry is examined using a number of strategic profiling dimensions:

    • Different industry sectors
    • Different stages of investment
    • Different types of advisory services

The different stages of the PE/VC Value Chain are used to organise a “Practitioner’s Toolkit” in terms of key analytical methodologies:

    • Pre-investment
    • Investment
    • Post Investment
    • Exit


To address the need for practical hands-on learning the course will be taught by a mix of industry practitioners and highly qualified faculty from Strathmore University Business School with vast experience in this asset class.

The sessions will be complimented with panel discussions facilitated by entrepreneurs and different industry leaders.



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Key Details

Mode of Delivery:
  • In-Person

Full Course Impact Investing Module Only
Date: 15 – 19 July 2024

Cost: Kshs. 125,000

Date: 15 July 2024

Cost: Kshs. 35,000

  • 5% Early Bird discount by 30th May 2024
  • 10% discount for 3 or more participants from the same organisation
  • 10% discount for East Africa Venture Capital Association (EAVCA) Members


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