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LPEA-SHU Private Equity Training: OCT 5 – NOV 30


OCT 5–NOV 30



3 hours
per class


1-2 classes
per week



Chamber of Commerce

Training Center
(parking provided)


The Luxembourg Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LPEA) and the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology at SHU have joined forces to create a business certificate for Luxembourg professionals, specifically designed to focus on Private Equity: The Private Equity Business Certificate Program.

Together, the LPEA and SHU developed a comprehensive curriculum that offers a unique opportunity to deep-dive into Private Equity and Venture Capital.


This initiative with the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology is the first of a long-term development in Luxembourg that aims at enhancing the skill set of newcomers and current practitioners in Private Equity and Venture Capital, while embracing the University’s “Learn Today, Apply Tomorrow” mission.



You’ll gain first-hand insight from seasoned professionals and experts on how best to apply what you learn,
into your current business or future career.

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Private Equity is one of the best performing asset classes.

Over the past decades, the industry has consistently grown to exceed €4 trillion in assets under management. Those distributions, combined with the poor performance and volatility linked to traditional asset classes, have driven a number of new investors to enter the Private Equity world.

Luxembourg is one of the most popular jurisdictions for private equity and venture capital. Whilst historically a local presence in Luxembourg was limited mostly to smaller and/or emerging General Partners, many large international houses have set up and conducted business out of Luxembourg since the middle of the last decade with a considerable and growing local substance.

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) introduced new organizational requirements and specific disclosure rules regarding AIFMs managing AIFs which acquire control of non-listed companies and issuers. Focus shifted from well-known product regulation to manager regulation.

The alternative investments industry accepted the challenge and is governed today by a framework that is eligible to develop into a brand, just as the UCITS Directive.

PE managers appreciate Luxembourg's business friendly environment and they have embraced the introduction of the Reserved Alternative Investment Fund (RAIF), which completed the Luxembourg investment fund toolbox by a manager-regulated alternative fund.

In a fast changing environment, the industry is however facing challenges of an economic and regulatory nature. While Luxembourg has been active in the Private Equity field for more than two decades, until recently very few large investment vehicles were established there. In this new paradigm, the appetite for the Luxembourg fund structuring toolbox has increased beyond expectations. The diverse range of vehicles, from unregulated to regulated products, together with the asset class expertise developed over the years within the professional community and the CSSF are key factors of this collective success.

This shift is driving a strong demand for skilled employees who understand how the industry operates in its entire value chain—from fund structuring through to operations and exits.

The Private Equity & Other Alternative Asset Classes course and the Private Equity Business Certificate Program aim to meet the growing demands of the industry by delivering both engaging and challenging courses, providing participants with tailored curriculum and professional insights to develop new skills and knowledge directly applicable to the day-to-day business operations.


  • Standard Price: €1,950 (EUR)
    When you are ready to register, access the online registration system HERE.
  • Partial Payment is due upon registration. Participants will be invoiced separately for the remaining fee balance. Your space is secured upon receipt of full payment.
  • Price includes learning materials and processing fee.



Class Day Date Time
1 Monday 5-Oct-2020 18:30-21:30
2 Tuesday 6-Oct-2020 18:30-21:30
3 Saturday 17-Oct-2020 14:00-17:00
4 Monday 26-Oct-2020 18:30-21:30
5 Monday 2-Nov-2020 18:30-21:30
6 Tuesday 3-Nov-2020 18:30-21:30
7 Monday 9-Nov-2020 18:30-21:30
8 Monday 16-Nov-2020 18:30-21:30
9 Tuesday 17-Nov-2020 18:30-21:30
10 Monday 23-Nov-2020 18:30-21:30
11 Saturday 28-Nov-2020 09:30-12:30
12 Monday 30-Nov-2020 18:30-21:30


This course will provide an overview of the main approaches, structures and actors in Alternative Assets and specifically Private Equity. With well-known on the ground practitioners the elements of a successful Private Equity Fund will be described and discussed in detail.
The course will specifically address:

  1. Alternative Asset Strategies such as Venture Capital, Leveraged Buyout, Real Assets and Private Debt.
  2. The fundraising, investment and portfolio management of Private Equity funds.
  3. Legal and tax aspects of selecting and setting up Private Equity vehicles.
  4. The exiting and performance measurement and reporting for Private Equity funds.


  • Grasping the Big Picture.
  • Introduction to the Private Equity market in Luxembourg.
  • Overview of different elements of a successful operation of a Private Equity fund.
  • Understand the opportunities and functioning of the Alternative Asset classes and the Private Equity market.
  • Lectures by and discussion with specialized practitioners of Alternative Asset market segments.


  • Lecture-based teaching method with interactive in-class discussions.
    (Basic preliminary studies, i.e. via internet, would be helpful.)
  • Practitioners such as fund managers, lawyers, auditors, tax advisors and other service providers to the industry will share their knowledge and experience and discuss theoretical and practical challenges of their specialization.
  • Participants will be required to participate actively in the class discussions.
  • Team Project: Your Private Equity/Alternative Asset Fund
    Participants will be split into teams the start of the course. The project will aim at simulating a real-life launch of an alternative fund using the topics covered throughout the course, and displaying that you understood the “Big Picture”. Participants will showcase their findings and fund in final pitch presentation.
    Faculty will be available throughout the course to provide feedback and advice.
  • Grading will be based on discussion participation and the Team Project.
  • Participants learn to recognize how they can use material in the context of their own organization and apply concepts in their professional environment of future career.
  • A diverse set of perspectives across industries, professional experiences and academic disciplines: participants come from a variety of backgrounds and companies, ensuring exposure to a broad range of learning experiences.
  • This courses is academically accredited at the graduate level.
  • Credits earned may be applied toward the Private Equity Business Certificate or the MBA Degree.


This course is designed as overview/introduction to Private Equity/Alternative Assets with more detailed and specialized discussions of the alternative asset universe.

  • Financial sector professionals with an interest to develop in Alternative Assets and Private Equity.
  • Individuals aspiring to start a career in the Alternative Assets and Private Equity markets.
  • Professional AND Individuals looking to expand their understanding of Private Equity.
  • Basic prior understanding of Private Equity and finance concepts will be helpful for this course, but is not a “must-have”.
    (Basic knowledge can be obtained via prior self-studies.)



Experts in the Private Equity and Venture Capital field, including fund managers, lawyers, auditors, tax advisors and other service providers to the industry will share their knowledge and experience and discuss theoretical and practical challenges of their specialization.



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Lunch & Learn: Get Unstuck – Own Your Career

Wednesday, June 10 | 18:00 – 19:00 pm (GMT +2)

You have identified that it’s time to take responsibility and add value to your career. Taking ownership of your career will involve some short-term effort, but can quickly evolve into an exciting opportunity on your own terms. This session will offer up some great insights to help you build a new framework for your career.

This week’s fourth Wednesday Webinar in the Lunch & Learn series, sponsored by The Center for Career and Professional Development, features Rudy Favard ’15, Erica Lucca ’11, Courtney Perlee ’10, and Maureen Mackey and Meg Sahagian of Mackey Staffing as they focus on ways to own your career, how to move forward, and identifying when it’s time to say goodbye.


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Lunch & Learn: Marketing Yourself for Career Success

Wednesday, June 3 | 18:00 – 19:00 pm (GMT +2)

Navigating your professional career can be challenging especially in times of uncertainty. Do not stop working on your career action plan because of our ‘new normal’. This session will help ignite your star power to design a marketing strategy for you to pivot and stand out.

This week’s third Wednesday Webinar in the Lunch & Learn series, sponsored by The Center for Career and Professional Development, will feature Taylor Anastasio ’15, Juliana Fetherman ’18, ’19, Nicole Gittleman ’15, and Chuck Marcelin ’13 as they share their insights on the methods and benefits of effectively marketing yourself, crafting your pitch, and how to stay positive and encouraged during these challenging times.

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Virtual Startup Weekend Sparks Entrepreneurship Near and Far

Participants from around the globe ‘build’ companies in 54 hours

Sacred Heart University hosted the first virtual Techstars Startup Weekend in April, a 54-hour event with 25 participants from around the globe developing business ideas from concept through a final company presentation.

Originally, the event was scheduled to take place on Sacred Heart’s West Campus in March at its Jack Welch College of Business & Technology. The pandemic and need for social distancing changed that, so the event was moved online. The virtual nature of the weekend enabled entrepreneurially minded individuals from around the United States, Bangladesh, Peru, Nigeria and the Ukraine to participate.

I’ve been a Startup Weekend facilitator since 2014 and have traveled to support events across the U.S. and beyond. The largest accomplishment and question proved with this virtual event was that an online program is capable of producing the same spectacular results as an in-person event.

-Chris Chang, Project Manager of Techstars.

Thirteen ideas were pitched at SHU, ultimately breaking out into seven teams to work with mentors and develop companies. Those teams and projects were:

  • No Surface Left Behind—a UV light-based disinfection technology and tracking system for use in K-12 classrooms
  • Level5—a gamified mobile/web platform that would encourage users to support local businesses
  • iVOTE—a platform that would provide political accountability.
  • Tashua Financials—a Generation Z-run proprietary education and trading firm
  • Virtual Science Labs—digital systems like virtual reality and augmented reality that enable virtual learning in classrooms
  • Travel Booster—a way for users to upgrade hotel, flight and car rentals for a monthly subscription fee
  • EQ—a learning studio and consulting agency that would provide targeted emotional intelligence training

After company presentations on April 19, the judges awarded No Surface Left Behind first place, Tashua Financial second place and Level5 third place.

“I’ve been aware of Startup Weekend for a long time,” said Brian Romansky, group leader of the winning No Surface Left Behind. “The commitment of tying up your whole weekend was always a bit of a hurdle, but doing it virtually seemed like a great opportunity.”

“Having the time and the intense effort around it helped shape an idea from a vague notion that I’ve had in the back of my mind to something actionable and specific,” Romansky said. “I have reached out to a personal contact to see if there could be funding for such a system.”

Despite the late hours and hard work, Romansky said he would highly recommend this event to others. “The energy and focus are invigorating. It’s refreshing, and it renews one’s interest in innovation,” he said.

“Entrepreneurship will be more important than ever to our business graduates in the coming years. This pandemic is causing so much economic destruction, and it is natural to feel sad about that,” said Martha Crawford, dean of Sacred Heart University’s Jack Welch College of Business & Technology. “But as business people, we must also recognize that this destruction will translate into new business opportunities for the savvy entrepreneur. At the Welch College of Business & Technology, we are partnering with TechStars to give students and young entrepreneurs the opportunity to hone their skills. This first online startup weekend was a great success.”

Sacred Heart and Techstars plan to conduct more Startup Weekends during the shutdown. “There will be another one later this month,” said Crawford. “We hope that even more budding entrepreneurs will participate. Join us! Become a Pioneer!”

Register here for the next Startup Weekend on May 29-31

Register here for the next Startup Weekend on May 29-31.

Lunch & Learn: How to Effectively Manage Your Job Search During Challenging Times

Wednesday, May 27 | 18:00 – 19:00 pm (GMT +2)

In uncertain and rapidly evolving times like these, professionals can feel at a loss as to how to move forward in their job search efforts, communication, and networking. Any job search can leave you feeling down, but being patient with the job search process is vital to maintaining your emotional well-being to be successful in landing a new position.

Mia James ’13 and Melissa Poli ’15 will focus this week’s Wednesday Webinar, sponsored by The Center for Career and Professional Development, on how to keep you moving forward productively with your job search including: the importance of a well-written resume, the importance of showcasing your strengths and passion with clarity to stand out to the right hiring manager, how to best handle the job search process now, and job search strategies and networking.

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