VC Catalyst - Wade Institute

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VC Catalyst

An immersive executive education program for active investors to gain the best practice tools and skills to make successful venture capital investments.

Led by Stanford’s Pedram Mokrian and delivered by a world-class selection of local and international VC experts, you will access one of Australia’s most innovative and diverse entrepreneurial networks. Alongside the online intensive, you will receive 6 months of 1-on-1 mentoring and support, and continued learning through alumni events and bespoke masterclasses.

Program delivery: 10-day online intensive delivered over two 5-day sprints, Demo Day and six months of mentoring

Intensive dates: TBC

Cost: $10,500 (+ GST)

Victorian residents are eligible for a 20% fee reduction

Delivered by: Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship, Ormond College – Melbourne, Australia

Interested to learn more? Contact our Program Director, Rosh Ghadamian 

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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 to assess opportunities against your personal investment philosophy

Exposure to startups, deals and investment opportunities

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I think investing into early stage startups requires a leap of faith. And I think what I learned about myself [from VC Catalyst] is that I’m ready to take that leap. I’m quite comfortable with that risk level.

Elina Wilson (VC Catalyst alumna, 2019)

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

2021 speakers

VC Catalyst is delivered by a world-class selection of practitioners and academics. Here are just a selection of the 2021 speakers, including Lead Instructor, Pedram Mokrian.

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Rachael Neumann

Founder, Working Theory Angels

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Colin McLeod

Executive Director, Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre

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Pedram Mokrian

Adjunct Prof, Stanford University

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Matt Allen

CEO, Tractor Ventures

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James Cameron

Partner, AirTree Ventures

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Nick Crocker

General Partner, Blackbird Ventures

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Nisha Dua

Co-Founder and Partner, BBG Ventures

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Kylie Frazer

Founder, Eleanor Venture

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Peter Gahan

Professor of Management, University of Melbourne

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Peter Huynh

Co-Founder and Partner, Qualgro

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David Kenney

Partner, Hall Chadwick

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Jill Klein

Professor, Melbourne Business School

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Leila Lee

Head of Distribution, Square Peg Capital

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Bryn Leggett

Founder and Director, HelloCFO

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Jules Miller

Partner, Mindset Ventures

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Paul Naphtali

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, rampersand

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Rayn Ong

Venture Partner, Archangel Ventures

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Nicole Small

Investment Manager, Rampersand

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Rachel Yang

Partner at Giant Leap

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Mike Zimmerman

Partner, Main Sequence Ventures

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Will Richardson

Managing Partner, Giant Leap Fund

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Komal Patel

Venture Analyst, Tenacious Ventures

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Bridie Ohlsson

CEO & Co-founder, Geora

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Chris Hitchen

Managing Partner, Inventures

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Hannah Field

Partner, Folklore Ventures

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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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Our Program team will be in touch with further details.



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 each cohort.

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. 2019 speakers included Stanford’s Professor George Foster, Square Peg Capital and SEEK’s Paul Bassat and BBG Ventures’ Nisha Dua. 

VC Catalyst class size will range from 20 – 30. 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 have limited access to the entire cohort of mentors during this period.

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.


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