COMM 387 - Entrepreneurial Finance

The course is designed for a variety of student interests. It directly addresses the concerns of students wanting to become entrepreneurs in the near or more distant future. It provides tools to those students who want to be active on the investing side, such as working for banks, venture capital firms or corporate venture organizations. It will also be useful to anyone who expects to be interacting with entrepreneurs and private equity investors, be it as suppliers, accountants, strategic partners, consultants, customers or other. Finally, this course is meant for anybody with a curious mind and a willingness to combine serious analysis with creative thinking.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • understand the complexities of raising funds for novel ideas.
  • discern what information should be presented to investors in a business plan presentation.
  • critically evaluate a business plan.
  • generate financial projections for start-ups.
  • perform alternative valuations methods to assess the valuation and price of investment deals.
  • negotiate key terms within entrepreneurial teams, and how to prioritize contractual clauses in a term sheet negotiation.
  • evaluate public policies towards the financing of entrepreneurs.
  • to pitch business ideas to investors.

Note: This course was formerly numbered COMM 486X.

Course credits:
3

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