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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-5 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long

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This course is for aspiring or active entrepreneurs who wants to understand how to secure funding for their company. This course will demystify key financing concepts to give entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs a guide to secure funding.

Examine the many financing options available to get your new venture funded. Learn the basics of finance, valuations, dilution and non-dilutive funding sources. Understand capital structure for new ventures, term sheets and how to negotiate them, and the differences between early-stage versus later-stage financing. Develop an understanding of how to develop winning investor pitches, who and when to pitch, how to avoid common mistakes that limit the effectiveness of the pitch, and how to ‘get to the close’. Key questions answered within the course include:

* When to raise outside capital?
* What kind of investors invest by stage and where to find them?
* What are your fundraising options?
* What are the key components of the term sheet?
* How to perform company valuations?
* How to pitch to investors?
* What techniques help the entrepreneur ‘get to the close’?

With this course, students experience a sampling of the ideas and techniques explored in the University of Maryland's master's degree in technology entrepreneurship, an innovative 100% online program. Learn more at http://mte.umd.edu/landing.

Taught by

Michael Pratt

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Reviews for Coursera's New Venture Finance: Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs
4.6 Based on 9 reviews

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Vijayakumar N
5.0 3 years ago
by Vijayakumar completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
New Venture Finance is a great course that can help new entrepreneurs and young managers learn quickly, in 4 weeks on how to raise capital at the startup phase and various stages of development of a business. It gives you the do's and don'ts (practical tips) for creating a pitch deck to impress investors. Prof Michael Pratt is a great teacher, with rich experience in the new venture financing field. He actively participated at the discussion forums to clear the doubts of students. It was a great learning experience.
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Rui L
4.0 3 years ago
by Rui is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Solid course for a first contact with the start-up funding world.

The lecturer is experienced and the presentations are clear and revealing.

Time well spent.

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