VC Catalyst - Wade Institute

VC Catalyst

An immersive one-week program for active investors to gain the best practice tools and skills to make more successful venture capital investment decisions.

Delivered by a world-class selection of VC experts and practitioners, you will access one of Australia’s most innovative and diverse entrepreneurial networks. Alongside the one-week intensive, you will receive 6 months of 1-on-1 mentoring and support.

Program dates: 18 to 24 March 2019 with an additional Demo Day in April and 6-months of 1-on-1 mentoring, support and events.

Cost: $9,500 plus GST (AUD). Fees for the 2019 program are significantly subsidised with the generous support of LaunchVic.

Diversity scholarships and fee reductions for Victorian residents are available for eligible investment-ready participants.

Where: Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship – Melbourne, Australia

How to apply: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for 25-35 places. Please submit your application online.

Places are strictly limited.

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Powerful network of VCs, angel investors, experts and fellow investors for generating future deal flow

Tools to successfully navigate and engage with the venture capital ecosystem

Insight and guidance from 1-on-1 mentoring with some of the world’s leading VCs and VC investment education experts

Actionable strategies and tools for building and managing high-yield portfolios

Methodology for assessing opportunities against your personal investment philosophy and conducting stage-appropriate due diligence

Exposure to startups, deals and investment opportunities

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Program Structure


We will bring together academics and industry practitioners to deliver immersive and relevant content.


Demo Day is an opportunity to put your learnings into action and get front row access to exciting startups.


Your mentor will help you over six months as you seek to implement what you have learned.


VC Catalyst is delivered by a world-class selection of practitioners and academics. Here are just some of our speakers and mentors, more will be announced in due course.

Wade Institute team member
George Foster

Professor of Management, Stanford University

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Wade Institute team member
Nisha Dua

Co-Founder and Partner, BBG Ventures

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Wade Institute team member
Paul Bassat

Co-Founder, Square Peg Capital

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Wade Institute team member
Paul Naphtali

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Rampersand

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Wade Institute team member
Carol Schwartz

Director, Trawalla Group

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Wade Institute team member
Jules Miller

Partner, IBM and Prose Ventures

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Wade Institute team member
Sam Wong

Partner, Blackbird Ventures

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Wade Institute team member
Jonathan Farrer

Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Founding Partner: LaunchVic

LaunchVic is Victoria’s startup agency. Established by the Victorian Government in 2016 as an independent agency responsible for developing Victoria’s startup ecosystem. Their investment into our program will improve the local investor education landscape and help create the next generation of startup Angel and Venture Capital investors.



Our Approach

Best practice learning bringing together leading academics, investors and experts to deliver immersive and relevant content.

Active mentoring to complement deep learning with ongoing feedback and guidance to help you tailor the tools and tactics for you.

Unrivalled access to leading Australian and international investors sharing their playbook for venture capital investing.

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Who is this course best suited to?

VC Catalyst has been created for active investors with a demonstrated history of investment. We are primarily seeking participants with the capacity to invest and who possess the ability to make a sizeable impact on Victoria’s startup ecosystem. We recommend reaching out to us directly to discuss whether this program is the right fit for you.

Am I obligated to make any investments during the course?

There is no obligation to make an investment during the program. We do however encourage active investors to take advantage of Demo Day and the 1-on-1 mentoring relationship to support making a deal if that aligns with their investment plan.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

We are committed to ensuring that the VC Catalyst program includes a diverse range of participants, faculty and guest speakers.
To ensure this, we have five full tuition scholarships on offer for the March 2019 intake.

Merit will be awarded to participants who have shown an active commitment to diversity and inclusion and will use their attendance in the program to promote and support a more diverse investment landscape. You will have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship during the online application process.

Who are the teachers/faculty and what are the class sizes?

VC Catalyst will be taught by a diverse set of world-class experts and practitioners in venture capital investing and the startup space. Confirmed speakers include Stanford’s Professor George Foster, Square Peg Capital and SEEK’s Paul Bassat and BBG Ventures’ Nisha Dua. We are in the process of finalising the remaining speakers including our highly anticipated lead instructor.

VC Catalyst class size will range from 25 – 35. The program cohort has been kept deliberately small to facilitate optimal discussion and collaboration.

Do you accept applicants from outside of Victoria?

Applications are open to both Australian and international residents. The first 15 Victorian active investors who apply will receive a 20% fee reduction.

Who will my mentor be?

All speakers and faculty, alongside experienced Australian investors, will be made available for one-on-one mentoring throughout the six-month mentoring period. You will be matched with a mentor at the conclusion of the program’s on campus component.

What’s the application process? How will you select the participants?

All applications are to be made online. Participants will be selected on their suitability to the program and to create a diverse cohort of participants. You will be notified of your application outcome shortly after submission.

I’ll be unable to attend one of the days/sessions, how will I make this up?

In-depth class materials will be provided where a participant is unable to attend a session. However, exposure and interaction with faculty and fellow participants is an incredibly important component of this program and so it is strongly encouraged that you try and attend all sessions. Let our program manager know as early as possible so that we can try and accommodate you.