Schulich Masterclass Certificate in Venture Finance

Level up with LEEN LI, Chief Executive Officer at Wealthsimple Foundation

Do you want to unlock the secrets of building and growing your Finance function? Well, you’ve hit the jackpot: this online program will give you tips and tricks for navigating partnerships with founders and other executives and scaling your operations for a venture-backable company.


Better yet, learn directly from a top Venture Finance executive herself: Leen Li is the Chief Executive Officer of Wealthsimple Foundation. Read more about Leen and her achievements here.

Schulich Masterclass Certificate in Venture Finance

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Length: 30 hours of study over 6 weeks
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Schulich Masterclass Certificate in Venture Finance

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Your Exclusive, All-Access Pass
to Success in Venture Finance

You’re an early or mid-career finance and accounting professional. Sure, you’re looking for need-to-know information about Venture Finance, but you also want to make your mark.

If this is you, then you’ve found the right place. Our MasterClass program provides the nitty gritty essentials of the industry and walks you through how to create and apply a Financial strategy that brings value to your organization. Understand how to manage day-to-day finances and accounting in early-stage startups. Manage internal processes to assist fundraising. Foster relationships with other VC-backed businesses and angel investors. Prepare financial models to guide your workplace through growth and support your fundraising story. 

But don’t stop there. Speak and learn directly from a Chief Executive Officer with over 20 years of experience. Breaking into Venture Finance means knowing and getting tips from the right people. This is your exclusive chance to network with high-level peers and get the secrets to success from an industry star.


The Schulich Venture Scholars Program

Each cohort, there are a limited number of students who are accepted as Schulich Venture Scholars. A one-time scholarship opportunity for exceptional candidates with outstanding and/or high-potential backgrounds, we look for candidates who possess the drive and commitment to take their startup/venture career to the next level.

Want to know if you are eligible for one of our limited Venture Scholar spots? Contact Shivam Sharma, Partnerships Manager, to learn more.

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Cell: (647) 779-3083

Get Training in Marketable Skills

Strategic Planning
Financial Acumen
Project Management
Relationship Management
Strategic Thinking

This program stands out by covering the complex intricacies of managing the Finance function in the startup world. Through interactive sessions, you'll gain insights into financial strategy, fundraising document preparation, and decision-making specific to venture-backed companies.

Leen Li

Program Director

4 Reasons to Enrol

Exclusive Venture Finance Perks for Busy Professionals

Meet a Venture Finance expert with over 20 years of experience in the technology and financial services industry. Learn in a convenient online format, either asynchronously or live.

Stand Out from the Crowd

Network and get exclusive tips, tricks, and practical knowledge for success. Set yourself apart as someone with the know-how, backing, and contacts to break into the industry.

Learn from the Pros

Gain private access to prerecorded or live lessons with Leen Li, Chief Executive Officer at Wealthsimple Foundation. Get a leg up in the industry by connecting with one of its stars.

Earn Higher Pay

Schulich ExecEd students gain the networks, confidence, skills and perspective to attain better roles, launch new ventures, and lead their teams to new heights.

Who Will Benefit

Early and Mid-Career Finance and Accounting Professionals

Early and mid-stage finance and accounting professionals can expand their experience and knowledge of working with startups or venture-backed companies. Better understand the difference between VC-backed companies and traditional companies, and understand the lifecycle of startups.

Program Overview

  • Discuss the priorities of Finance professionals at early-stage VC-backed companies, the differences between an accounting-focused and operational-focused finance leader, and practical tips for managing Finance functions with limited resources. 

  • Understand the requirements and preparation needed to facilitate an institutional round of fundraising.

  • Learn how to run an efficient fundraising process, your role during the fundraising, and how to partner with other business leaders to ensure success while fundraising.

  • Grow your skills beyond traditional accounting and become a business partner to founders and other senior leaders within your organization.

  • Dive into leveraging the annual planning cycle and more frequent forecast and reporting opportunities. Touch on topics like: sales, marketing, customer success, research and development, and people operations.

  • Explore the process of scaling up and scaling down a business to ensure that organizations are prepared for uncertainty from a cash flow perspective. 

  • Following Module 4, integrate program learnings back to your workplace by developing a detailed monthly business review deck to facilitate the right level of discussions among senior leaders. 

  • Celebrate your program graduation with Program Instructor Leen Li, Senior Leaders in the Venture Ecosystem and Leaders from the Schulich Startups Community. An opportunity to make in-person connections with top professionals and network for future job opportunities. Hosted in downtown Toronto at Schulich ExecEd.

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Leen Li,
CEO, Wealthsimple Foundation

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What You Get

After completing the Schulich Masterclass Certificate in Venture Finance, you'll receive an authentic digital badge from the #1 business school in Canada that employers will recognize.

As more and more companies look for candidates with specific skills, this badge on your CV will be a credible assurance of your achievements and expertise, allowing the right roles to find you faster.

Masterclass Certificate

You’ve completed a series of unique, high-level modules, which constitute a Masterclass Certificate.

Custom Programs for Organizations

Use this program as we designed it, or alter it to fit your company’s needs. Either way, we can help you improve your organization's talent pipeline. Get in touch with our custom programs team today.

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