FIN 407 Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Select Term:
This course will introduce the methodologies used in entrepreneurial finance and employ the case method to study VC deals. Venture capital is a great lab to study important topics in finance such as start-up financing, innovation, corporate governance, valuation, capital structure, and organizational restructuring. Throughout the course, new venture deals will be discussed from the perspective of different agents including entrepreneurs, angel investors, and VC fund managers. The course is going to start with the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities and early stage investments by angel investors. Then, we will investigate early stage investments by VC funds. The objective in that section will be to analyze a VC investment opportunity from a qualitative and quantitative perspective. We will also study exits by VCs. Later, we will discuss leveraged buyout investments in large companies. We will discuss how buyout funds choose and value their investments. In the last part of the course, we will study investments in VC funds and issues related to structuring VC funds.