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This New Venture Finance - Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs Course 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’?

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. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 1 months
    • Intensity 3 hrs/week
    • Duration description

      3-5 hours/week

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Course Structure:
  • 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 requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

The Entrepreneurship: Launching an Innovative Business Specialization is designed for those interested in learning how to launch an innovative business, and does not require a background in business or any specific area. A desire to build your knowledge and capabilities are the only requirements for entry. Beginning with Coursera’s “Developing Innovative Ideas for New Ventures: The First Step in Entrepreneurship” is highly recommended.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    49 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49 USD per module and a duration of 1 months.
  • National Applies to you

    49 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49 USD per module and a duration of 1 months.
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The programme is self-paced and the cost per month is 49$.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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