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Masterclass: Excellence in Cryptocurrencies and Venture Capital Investments
In Crypto Start-Ups

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Course Overview

Knowledge of cryptocurrencies and the ecosystem surrounding them has increasingly become vital in the venture capital domain. This traction is underpinned by the following factors:

  • The capitalization of cryptocurrencies has reached $2.6 trillion (compared to $8 trillion of gold in the world);

  • Leading VC & PE players have begun investing in this space. These include leaders such as Henry Kravis, KKR, Andreesen Horowitz, Bain Capital Ventures, the VC firm of Bain Capital, Sequoia, Tiger Global, Accel, and Bessemer;

  • A growing number of hedge funds, mutual funds, HNIs, and retail investors are increasing their exposure to the crypto space;

  • Several applications have emerged in the Decentralised Finance (DeFi) space under Web 3.0; and

  • It is believed that we are in the midst of a blockchain revolution that is likely to have far-reaching consequences, similar in magnitude to those of Web 1.0 and Web 2.0.

This Masterclass aims to delve into blockchain technology as well as the issues encountered by investors and regulators.

The crescendo of the Masterclass will include a live game in which participants will make investment decisions and practice crypto concepts and techniques.

Knowledge of cryptocurrencies and their related investment eco-system will equip the participants to engage meaningfully in crypto-related discussions, assess investment opportunities in the crypto ecosystem, build a crypto business, and craft crypto investment strategies as an individual, venture capitalist, or an institutional investor.

Outcome and Benefits

The course will lay a strong foundation, enabling delegates to:

  • Understand blockchain and its types, such as those underlying Bitcoin and Ethereum.

  • Appreciate key concepts such as decentralized finance (DeFi), distributed databases, consensus algorithms, crypto mining, and forks explained in simple terms.

  • Distinguish between Web 1.0, Web 2.0, Web 3.0, and the Metaverse.

  • Understand regulatory developments in USA, UK, Singapore, China, and India.

  • Understand the characteristics of major cryptocurrencies, including stablecoins.

  • Appreciate the sub-classes in the crypto universe, including custody andexchanges, and a variety of use-cases.

  • Understand the creation of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and review case studies of VC investments in the NFT space.

  • Explore the rationale for investing in cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency ventures, including the potential pros and cons of such investments.

  • Explore case studies of leading firms like Andreesen Horowitz (A16Z), Sequoia, KKR, and Bain Capital Ventures in the crypto space.

Who Should Attend?

Venture Capital Fund Managers

Private Equity Fund Managers

Angel and Impact Investing and Fund Managers

Investment Officers


Lawyers and Engineers

Business Consultants and Economists

Sovereign and Commercial Bankers

Mutual Fund Managers

Start-up and Established Founders

Capital Market Regulators

Pension Fund Managers

Investment and Merchant Bankers

Wealth Managers

Course Director

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Arvind has rubbed shoulders with the world's leading venture capital and private equity funds like KKR, Apax Partners, Carlyle, Sequoia, ACCEL Partners, and many others. Arvind has held a variety of positions, including Head of Capital Markets at the Asian Development Bank, Vice President, Citibank, and Senior Adviser, Citi. He was the President of the Indian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association, reporting to the CEO of KKR in India and to an Executive Committee including leading private equity and venture capital fund managers, such as Carlyle and the Canada Pension Plan.

He has structured and invested in over 30 private equity funds, including venture capital funds. He has worked on funds with LPs such as CalPERS, La Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec, the Prudential Insurance Company of America, and other large institutional investors. He has engineered several IPOs and has successfully negotiated an exit of a financial services startup with the CEO of a US-based MNC in New York.

He has promoted corporate governance in many funds, particularly those involving CalPERS. He has played a key role in the creation, structuring, and placement of a nearly $ 1 billion Infrastructure Fund. He has co-invested and partnered with some of the world's largest institutional investors including pension funds and sovereign wealth funds.

Arvind P. Mathur, CFA, FRM, has taught complex financial topics to fund managers and senior executives in Singapore and other countries for the past 12 years, including venture capital, private equity, M&A, valuation, and negotiation techniques. He has delivered a lecture on Asian buyouts at the Harvard Business School and has delivered more than 100 masterclasses in complex financial disciplines such as private equity, venture capital, and term sheet negotiations in several countries. He has also advised a start-up woman entrepreneur under a Goldman Sachs startup program.

Arvind has attended executive management courses at the Columbia School of Business and Cornell University, and an investment management workshop at the Harvard Business School.



Raghuveer Nath is a gold medalist (B.A., LL.B.) from Jindal Global Law School and has done his Master's in Law (BCL) from the University of Oxford. He has also completed the Advanced Valuation program at New York University. He has previously worked at Trilegal LLP as an Associate in the M&A and private equity team, where he was involved in deal structuring and conducting corporate due diligence.

He has previously taught M&A and taxation at the Jindal Global Law School. He has more than a decade's experience in investing in the equity and derivative markets and has conducted several workshops on valuation and financial literacy.

Certification Provided by PEPP


A certificate of participation will be provided by PEPP upon successful completion of course


Merrill Lynch

J.P. Morgan


My work with PEPP laid the foundation for a career in that finance sector. During my time at PEPP, I had the opportunity of learning about diverse streams including private equity, mergers and acquisitions, equity valuations; diverse sectors including agriculture, infrastructure, and education among others; learning from industry leaders including Mr. Mathur; and first-hand access to world-class study material and case studies.Beyond work, I am eternally grateful for Mr. Mathur's advice and guidance throughout the past 8 years that I have known him.

The trainer (Arvind Mathur) discussed the practicality of private equity and deal structuring. Hence it provided very good insights.

- Managing Director

"Arvind played a vital role in the successful establishment of a nearly $ 1 billion India-Infrastructure Fund involving high caliber global investors"

- Managing Director
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