• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 1 month
    Duration

About

This New Venture Finance - Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Maryland 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’?

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 1 months
    • Duration description
      • Approx. 14 hours to complete
      • Suggested: 3-5 hours/week
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Early Stage Investment Landscape
  • Sources of Capital for the Early Stage Company
  • Getting Funded – Steps in the Funding Process
  • Pitching Investors and Closing the Round

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Funding

Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.

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