Top-tier venture knowledge in weeks, not years

Elevate your startup and venture knowledge alongside professional VCs, Angel Investors, and Founders.


Learn in a cohort. Grow your network. Accelerate your performance.

Top-tier venture knowledge in weeks, not years

Elevate your startup and venture knowledge alongside professional VCs, Angel Investors, and Founders.


Learn in a cohort. Grow your network. Accelerate your performance.

Top-tier venture knowledge in weeks, not years

Elevate your startup and venture knowledge alongside professional VCs, Angel Investors, and Founders.


Learn in a cohort. Grow your network. Accelerate your performance.

Trusted by Investors & Founders

Trusted by Investors & Founders

Trusted by Investors & Founders

Members from the following organizations have joined QAI

What Members Are Saying

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.

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What is QAI?

QAI, developed by renowned academics, is a program designed to level the playing field in venture by accelerating the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and principles.

At the heart of QAI lies a rigorous exam + investing simulation that evaluates a candidate’s proficiency in twelve (12) key areas, including regulatory oversight, company evaluation, revenue modeling, financial analysis, valuation, equity stacks, deal structuring, and overall aptitude.

Candidates who score 70% or higher on the exam and complete the startup investing simulation earn the coveted QAI certification, which attests to their advanced level of sophistication in venture.

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Fortify your venture instincts

By honing and strengthening your instincts for venture through QAI certification, you significantly enhance your chances of achieving successful outcomes and minimizing mistakes as a founder or investor.

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 and 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 that will guide your success strategy.

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Is QAI Certification right for you?

QAI is designed to level the playing field in early-stage private capital. Currently, 20% of the players in venture hold 80% of the knowledge. If you are motivated to be a top performer, QAI offers an accelerated and proven path to joining the 20%.

Angel Investors

Are you a beginner looking to avoid costly mistakes? Seeking to elevate your standing and make an impact in your Angel Group?

Venture Capital

Are you aspiring to enter the world of VC? Seeking to enhance trust and credibility with founders, partners, and LPs?

Startup Founders

Are you new to raising capital and eager to avoid common mistakes? Desiring to match the knowledge level of your investor(s)?

Startup Attorneys

Are you in the early stages of building your venture practice? Seeking to enhance your capacity to navigate legal and strategic aspects effectively?

Wealth Advisors

Are you aiming to engage high net worth individuals as clients? Are your clients seeking your guidance on startup investments?

Family Office CIOs

Are you transitioning into direct early-stage investing? Eager to elevate your office's level of sophistication in venture?

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Unmatched Learning Outcomes

In the fast-paced world of venture, time is valuable, and achieving mastery quickly is essential. The QAI program is meticulously designed to expedite the path to sophistication, minimizing the time investment required while maximizing the level of expertise attained.

Benefits

Self-taught

Hours invested to achieve equivalent competency

200-250 hours

25-30 hours

Principles verified by academic experts and industry professionals

No

Yes

Rigorous exam to demonstrate comprehension of principles

No

Yes

Venture Investing Simulation to backtest your strategies

No

Yes

Credential earned demonstrating mastery of venture

No

Yes