Venture Capital & Entrepreneurial Finance

  • 7-weeks
  • 1.5 credits
  • Prerequisite: MBA Core

This course examines early stage entrepreneurial financing. The objective of F517 is to provide students with a thorough, practical, and analytical understanding of the informal angel and formal venture capital markets and how to evaluate investments in these markets. Specific topics covered include the process of venture capital investing, the valuation of early stage investments, how early stage transactions are structured, and harvesting venture capital investments.  A core component of this course is the evaluation of live business opportunities including an early stage financing simulation.  Lectures, readings and case studies are used to illuminate the venture capital process. 

  • Overview of the angel and venture capital markets
  • Financial forecasting and valuation determination
  • Venture capital investing
  • Venture capital deal structures
  • Harvesting venture capital
  • The management of a venture capital fund

Course Materials:

  • Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise, Dorf & Byers, 2005
  • Selected cases on venture capital investing

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