Wall Street Prep and Wharton Online Collaborate with TimesPro to Launch Online Certification Programs in India

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  • Private Equity Certificate Program is the first launch under this strategic collaboration; admissions have commenced 
  • The program aims to develop core competencies by blending investment theory with practical training and navigate the evolving dynamics of the PE sector

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Mumbai: TimesPro, India’s leading higher edtech platform, has strategically collaborated with Wall Street Prep, the world’s leading financial training provider, to launch online programs with Wharton Online. Spearheaded by Wall Street Prep, with TimesPro as its designated India partner, this endeavor represents a pioneering effort in the country. As global collaborators, Wall Street Prep and Wharton Online are providing these programs across leading economies and emerging markets. The launch of the Private Equity Certificate Program signifies the commencement of this distinctive initiative aimed at upskilling Indian professionals across various domains. 

The Private Equity Certificate Program is aimed at equipping finance professionals with practical approaches to PE investment and deepening their understanding of investment strategies, valuation techniques, and deal structuring principles. The Private Equity Certificate Program is structured as a self-paced online learning endeavor. 

It is designed to prioritize the acquisition of techniques and the adoption of best practices employed by contemporary investment professionals in the assessment and execution of private transactions. The program will be conducted via a state-of-the-art interactive learning (IL) platform and delivered in direct-to-device (D2D) mode. The program has opened up enrollment for the September 2024 cohort. 

The global private equity market played a pivotal role in the transformation of businesses around the world and has been valued at USD 645.2 billion in 2022. It is anticipated to exhibit significant growth through 2028, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.45 percent. Allied Market Research published a report projecting the global private equity market to reach $1,098.74 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 9.7 percent from 2023 to 2032. The burgeoning initial public offering (IPO) market and the surge in dealmaking activities within venture capital and growth equity sectors are additionally fueling the demand for talent across senior and execution levels. Notably, there have been as many as 437 transitions across various levels in global and domestic private equity-venture capital (PE-VC) entities in India over the past year — a notable increase from 365 transitions recorded in 2022 and marking the highest figure in five years, according to data compiled by job search firm Native. Approximately 56 percent of these recruitments were made by domestic funds, while 36 percent pertained to growth funds.

Speaking at the announcement, Matan Feldman, CEO of Wall Street Prep, said, “We are pleased to announce our collaboration with TimesPro in making the Private Equity Certificate Program available in India. The private equity ecosystem in India will continue to grow, as will the competition for qualified and skilled talent. This program equips Indian professionals with the essential skills and knowledge required to excel in the dynamic realm of private equity and provide them with access to industry insights, cutting-edge methodologies, and real-world case studies, enabling them to navigate the complexities of private transactions with confidence and expertise.”

Anish Srikrishna, CEO of TimesPro, said, “The collaboration with Wall Street Prep heralds the opening of doors to one of the world’s leading financial trainers, offering practical approaches to private equity investment previously confined within the world’s largest PE firms. By amalgamating theoretical frameworks with pragmatic implementations, these programs will furnish learners with contemporary skills to adeptly maneuver the intricacies of private equity, thereby fostering superior investment outcomes.”

“We are excited about having a more concerted effort of expanding the Private Equity Certificate Program in India,” said David Musto, faculty director of the Stevens Center for Innovation in Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. “Through this program, learners have the opportunity to build their knowledge, skills, and resume alongside existing careers.”

Learners will acquire firsthand experience by procuring invaluable insights into emerging market trends and developments from esteemed faculty members and private equity industry luminaries. Emphasis shall be placed on a plethora of topics encompassing investment analysis, evaluation of competitive dynamics, analysis of companies and industries, construction of operating models, and LBO/returns model formulation, among others. The learning will equip professionals with methods akin to those taught within the world’s foremost private equity firms, enabling them to comprehend how such firms execute deals, scrutinize companies, evaluate investment prospects, and cultivate leadership acumen within the realm of private equity.

The curriculum of the program has been meticulously designed by industry experts with extensive expertise in private equity, investment banking, and corporate finance and is open to finance professionals at all stages of their careers, including investment analysts, portfolio managers, corporate finance executives, investment bankers, private lenders, entrepreneurs, and students seeking to enhance their understanding of private equity. Learners will get a 

Wharton Online Digital Certificate with personalized details upon completion of the program and get access to a large and highly engaged global network of peers, comprised of program alumni. This network facilitates the honing of networking skills for each cohort through a series of in-person and virtual gatherings, discussion forums, and networking events.

About Wall Street Prep

Established in 2004 by investment bankers, Wall Street Prep is the leading provider of corporate training to the world’s most recognized private equity firms, investment banks, and financial institutions. Trusted by thousands of students and finance professionals, the instructor-led and online training programs help students bridge the gap between academia and practical, real-world skills needed to succeed on the job. Programs currently serve 130+ blue-chip corporates, 125+ universities, and 12,000+ individual learners. Since its founding, Wall Street Prep has helped over 300,000 finance professionals build critical job skills

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About Wharton Online

Wharton Online, the Wharton School’s digital learning platform, makes high-quality business education available to learners anytime and anywhere. From certificate programs that issue Continuing Education Units to specializations across a variety of business and management topics, Wharton Online’s offerings equip learners to advance their careers. And with 100K certificate-earning learners and more than one million total learners who have accessed courses, Wharton Online boasts an impressive network of business leaders around the globe.

About the Wharton School

Founded in 1881 as the world’s first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is shaping the future of business by incubating ideas, driving insights, and creating leaders who change the world. With a faculty of more than 235 renowned professors, Wharton has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students. Each year, 100,000 professionals from around the world advance their careers through Wharton Executive Education’s individual, company-customized, and online programs, and thousands of pre-collegiate students explore business concepts through Wharton’s Global Youth Program. More than 105,000 Wharton alumni form a powerful global network of leaders who transform business every day. For more information, visit www.wharton.upenn.edu.

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About TimesPro:

TimesPro, established in 2013, is a leading Higher EdTech platform dedicated to empowering the career growth of aspiring learners by equipping them with skills to rise in a competitive world. TimesPro’s H.EdTech programmes are created to meet the rapidly changing industry requirements and have been blended with technology to make them accessible & affordable. 

TimesPro offers a variety of created and curated learning programmes across a range of categories, industries, and age groups. They include employment-oriented early career programmes across BFSI, e-Commerce, and technology sectors; executive education for working professionals in collaboration with premier educational institutions like IIMs and IITs; and organisational learning and development interventions at the corporate level. TimesPro also collaborates with India’s leading organisations across varied sectors to provide upskilling and reskilling solutions to boost employability and create a robust workforce. TimesPro is a Higher EdTech initiative by Times Group. 

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