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FTMBA 2021_II Entrepreneurial Finance

In this course, we focus on financial economic foundations of a new venture. We examine a new venture{\uc1\u8217*}s financing options, appropriate capital and governance structures, and risk management tools at each stage of its lifetime, from idea to exit. These choices are complex in nature, create path dependency (i.e. have long-term repercussions for future financial decisions), and substantially influence the magnitude of economic value created and captured by the start-up, and how this value is distributed among its shareholders.
Course code
Course type
FT MBA Course
Weekly Hours
FS 2021
Prof. Dr. Serden Ozcan
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.

The course is divided into four modules:

Module 1: Entrepreneurial finance: The first six months

This module provides an overview of the key financial decisions and considerations entrepreneurs must make in creating and launching a viable new venture (e.g., structuring ownership, founder compensation, employee contracts and options). In addition, we discuss various bootstrapping strategies that can help entrepreneurs reduce their dependence on external credit and capital.

Module 2: Sourcing non-institutional capital

In this module, we focus on raising capital through crowdfunding, accelerators and business angels. We examine and contrast their value proposals, business models and key operational processes and outline strategies for successful fundraising through these channels.

Module 3: Venture capital

This module is about how VCs work with entrepreneurs to create successful ventures. We first explore the venture capital investment selection. Specific topics will include deal sourcing, due diligence, deal structuring, financing instruments, risk minimization, valuation, term sheets and negotiation. Subsequently, we analyze the post-investment management processes.

Module 4: Exit strategies

The purpose of this module is to introduce the exit options for entrepreneurs and to develop a strategic and operational roadmap for a successful execution of an exit strategy.

Date Time
Tuesday, 25.05.2021 09:45 - 17:00
Wednesday, 09.06.2021 09:45 - 17:00
Thursday, 10.06.2021 09:45 - 17:00
Thursday, 24.06.2021 23:50 - 23:55
The purpose of this course is to help prospective founders, investors and managers acquire cutting-edge knowledge and skills to make successful financing and investment decisions in entrepreneurial settings.
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