Top-tier venture knowledge in weeks, not years

The QAI Initiative is the gold standard of Market and Financial sophistication for VCs, syndicate leads, angels, founders, and advisors.


The next cohort starts on July 8, 2024!

Top-tier venture knowledge in weeks, not years

The QAI Initiative is the gold standard of Market and Financial sophistication for VCs, syndicate leads, angels, founders, and advisors.


The next cohort starts on July 8, 2024!

Top-tier venture knowledge in weeks, not years

The QAI Initiative is the gold standard of Market and Financial sophistication for VCs, syndicate leads, angels, founders, and advisors.


The next cohort starts on July 8, 2024!

Trusted by top investors

Trusted by top investors

Trusted by top investors

Members from the following organizations have joined QAI

Better Navigate Venture

Fortify your startup investing instincts

QAI Certification helps you refine your systems, minimize costly errors, and maximize your odds of finding winning deals.

Better Deal Analysis

With QAI as your foundation, focus can be shifted away from merely understanding how venture works to honing your instincts on a per deal basis.

Better Risk Management

Develop a heightened ability to identify the “trap doors” and “fatal flaws” to reduce the likelihood of significant losses.

Better Dealmaking

Develop the ability to engage in meaningful discussions that lead to smarter valuations and equity structures, resulting in mutually beneficial agreements beyond just numbers on paper.

Better Overall Decisions

Gaining a deeper understanding of venture dynamics makes for more informed, data-driven decisions to guide your success strategy.

Hear what Investors are saying

QAI drives successful learning outcomes for venture novices and professionals alike.

Brian Belley

Investor, VP @ KingsCrowd

As a seasoned angel and crowdfund investor, I had always taken my startup investing seriously, but lacked any formal avenues for recognizing my efforts and taking my investing knowledge to the next level. The QAI program is more than just a certification and program of study; it connects you with some of the brightest minds in the space of startup investing and has something to offer everyone - whether you are just starting out or an experienced investor.

Richard Millunchick

Startup Coach & Advisor

The QAI program thoughtfully prepares the angel investor with the tools to remove the emotion from a potential investment opportunity. Understanding the risks and rewards in any potential startup is beneficial for both the novice and seasoned angel investor.

Satya Moolani

Founder & Investor

QAI was the perfect stepping stone for me to learn about the VC landscape. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and QAI really helped explain the financial side of growth, fundraising, and VC. 10/10 would recommend!

Katie Hestor

Investor @ Launch NY

QAI helped sharpen my knowledge of startup investing by covering the startup world comprehensively, from regulations and fundamentals to deal analysis and deal arrangement. I could even put my learning to work via the Fantasy Startup investing simulation!

Matt Panucci

Startup Investor & Advisor

QAI is for anyone who is serious about enhancing their financial sophistication, understanding private markets, and building a toolkit for disciplined venture investing.

Landon Young

Pre-Seed VC @ Elevate Ventures

I’ve been investing in pre-seed startups for over 10 years but still walked away with valuable learnings. The investment landscape is constantly changing and there’s no better time to up your game. Consider QAI as the next step in your journey.

Matt Tamburro

Corporate VC @ M&T Bank

This program helped organize my thinking around a set framework for evaluating startup companies. Early-stage investing is very much an art not a science but investors can benefit from adding a significant amount of structure to their process. QAI helps with exactly that. You can gather a broad foundation of the venture capital investing landscape while learning practical skills like valuation, waterfall analysis, cap table calculations, and financial analysis.

Jerry Brown

Startup Investor @ IU Angels

Initially, I was inclined not to enroll because of my results on the assessment exam. I am so happy that I changed my mind! QAI provided me with a framework to understand the intricacies of startup investing. The tools I learned will be used for years to come.

Brian Belley

Investor, VP @ KingsCrowd

As a seasoned angel and crowdfund investor, I had always taken my startup investing seriously, but lacked any formal avenues for recognizing my efforts and taking my investing knowledge to the next level. The QAI program is more than just a certification and program of study; it connects you with some of the brightest minds in the space of startup investing and has something to offer everyone - whether you are just starting out or an experienced investor.

Richard Millunchick

Startup Coach & Advisor

The QAI program thoughtfully prepares the angel investor with the tools to remove the emotion from a potential investment opportunity. Understanding the risks and rewards in any potential startup is beneficial for both the novice and seasoned angel investor.

Satya Moolani

Founder & Investor

QAI was the perfect stepping stone for me to learn about the VC landscape. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and QAI really helped explain the financial side of growth, fundraising, and VC. 10/10 would recommend!

Katie Hestor

Investor @ Launch NY

QAI helped sharpen my knowledge of startup investing by covering the startup world comprehensively, from regulations and fundamentals to deal analysis and deal arrangement. I could even put my learning to work via the Fantasy Startup investing simulation!

Matt Panucci

Startup Investor & Advisor

QAI is for anyone who is serious about enhancing their financial sophistication, understanding private markets, and building a toolkit for disciplined venture investing.

Landon Young

Pre-Seed VC @ Elevate Ventures

I’ve been investing in pre-seed startups for over 10 years but still walked away with valuable learnings. The investment landscape is constantly changing and there’s no better time to up your game. Consider QAI as the next step in your journey.

Matt Tamburro

Corporate VC @ M&T Bank

This program helped organize my thinking around a set framework for evaluating startup companies. Early-stage investing is very much an art not a science but investors can benefit from adding a significant amount of structure to their process. QAI helps with exactly that. You can gather a broad foundation of the venture capital investing landscape while learning practical skills like valuation, waterfall analysis, cap table calculations, and financial analysis.

Jerry Brown

Startup Investor @ IU Angels

Initially, I was inclined not to enroll because of my results on the assessment exam. I am so happy that I changed my mind! QAI provided me with a framework to understand the intricacies of startup investing. The tools I learned will be used for years to come.

The 4-step path to better investing

At the heart of QAI lies an online exam + investing simulation that evaluate and certify your proficiency in 14 core startup areas.

1

Step 1.

Prepare for Exam

Course Options: Cohort-based or Self-Guided

2

Step 2.

Pass Online, proctored exam

100 questions, 3.25 hours

Passing Score: 70% or better

3

Step 3.

Complete Venture Investing Simulation to backtest your strategies

Time: 5-10 minutes/day, 10-30 days

4

Step 4.

Achieve certification and usher in an advanced standard of financial sophistication for the private capital markets

Better navigate Venture

Designed for rigor, tested for relevance

Built in partnership with startup experts and venture professors from the:

Professor (20 Yrs)

Gerry Hays, JD, QAI

Founder, Lead Angel, Author

HomeYeah, Pear, Doriot

Professor (28 Yrs)

David Haeberle, JD, MBA, QAI

VC, CFO, Principal Investor

Command Equity, Envisage, EcoMed

Professor (4 Yrs)

Neil Powell, MBA, QAI

Corporate VC, Angel

Intel Capital, Lattice Semiconductor

Professor (20 Yrs)

Gerry Hays, JD, QAI

Founder, Lead Angel, Author

HomeYeah, Pear, Doriot

Professor (28 Yrs)

David Haeberle, JD, MBA, QAI

VC, CFO, Principal Investor

Command Equity, Envisage, EcoMed

Professor (4 Yrs)

Neil Powell, MBA, QAI

Corporate VC, Angel

Intel Capital, Lattice Semiconductor

Options for all Learners

Lock in Early Bird Pricing

Cohort 3 participants will receive the special pilot price of $699. The full price will increase to $999 for Cohort 4.


During the 6-week program, the cohort will meet weekly with instructors for discussion and real-time interaction.

Self-Guided (Start Anytime)

$299

one-time
Digital copy of Exam Prep Manual
2 Written Exam attempts
Venture Investing Simulation
800 Anki Flash Cards
Previous QAI Session Recordings
Continuing education and community events upon certification

Cohort #3 (Starts July 8, 2024)

$699

one-time
Everything in "Self-Guided", plus:
QAI Course Kit w/ Exam Manual hard copy, QAI t-shirt, and more…
Interactive live weekly workshops on QAI course material
Access to 1-on-1 Office Hours with QAI Team
Instant Access to continuing education and community events
Networking opportunities with past & current Cohort members

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