Raising Money-VC And Private Equity

EPS7578 Raising Money-venture Capital and Private Equity

3 Credits

By the end of this course, students will be able:

1. To identify different types of private investors

2. To understand into what types of businesses and at what stages different equity investors invest

3. To learn and understand how private investors make their decisions

4. To understand and negotiate detailed term sheets typical of venture capital and private equity deals

5. To be aware of the full investment cycle and how that impacts entrepreneurs

This class concentrates on developing knowledge of the private investor markets: focusing primarily on early-stage venture capital investing (both venture capital funds and angel investors) and later stage private equity investing (buyout funds). We will examine the evolution of private investing and the development of alternative asset classes. Most of the class is taught from the entrepreneur's perspective, but we will learn the dynamics of establishing and operating an institutional VC or private equity fund. A key to successfully raising money from private investors is to understand THEIR business model and structural dynamics. Course materials provide future entrepreneurs with a detailed understanding of how private investors analyze, think and behave so that the entrepreneurs can understand the founding, fund raising and strategic assessment process of the investing entities.

The course will be taught in a BLENDED format, comprised of readings, lectures, case discussions as well as outside guest speakers (both entrepreneurs and investors). There will be weekly asynchronous assignments, two full days of face-to-face instruction and optional weekly synchronous online sessions.

Prerequisites: None

  • Program: Graduate
  • Division: Entrepreneurship
  • Level: Graduate Elective (Grad)
  • Course Number: EPS7578
  • Number of Credits: 3