New Venture Finance: Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs

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About this course: This course 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 mist…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

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  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: This course 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. Learn more at http://mte.umd.edu/landing.

Created by:  University of Maryland, College Park
  • Taught by:  Michael R. Pratt, Lecturer of Technology Entrepreneurship

    Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech)
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University of Maryland, College Park The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 47 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The institution has a $1.8 billion operating budget, secures $500 million annually in external research funding and recently completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign.

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WEEK 1


The Early Stage Investment Landscape



This session provides insights into the investment landscape, to include how investors and lenders evaluate new ventures. Key terminology and principles are addressed to provide learners without an accounting or finance background with an understanding of these areas.


15 videos, 42 readings expand


  1. Video: Preview of the Course
  2. Video: Welcome to New Venture Finance
  3. Reading: Meet Michael Pratt
  4. Reading: Course overview
  5. Reading: Our suggested book for the course
  6. Reading: Connect with your classmates
  7. Video: Preview of the Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship
  8. Reading: E&Y Global Venture Capital Insights
  9. Video: Special Interview with Andrew Sherman, Attorney and Author
  10. Reading: The Shifting Investor Landscape
  11. Reading: New Venture Landscape
  12. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  13. Video: The investment landscape
  14. Reading: Lecture Slides
  15. Reading: Forbes - 10 Terms You Must Know Before Raising Startup Capital
  16. Reading: Tech Republic - Startup and Venture Capital Terms You Should Know
  17. Reading: Washington, DC Archangels - Financing Terms
  18. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  19. Video: Do you speak the language of raising start-up capital?
  20. Reading: Lecture Slides
  21. Reading: Forbes - How To Build A Billion Dollar Business Plan: 10 Top Points
  22. Reading: U.S. Small Business Administration - How to Write a Business Plan
  23. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  24. Video: Why should you start with the business plan?
  25. Reading: Lecture Slides
  26. Reading: Global Entrepreneurship Institute - What Financials Do We Need For Investors?
  27. Reading: Tomasz Tunguz - The 10 Most Important Metrics In A Startup’s Financial Statements
  28. Video: What do venture capitalists look for in a "good plan"?
  29. Reading: Lecture Slides
  30. Video: What financial statements do investors want to see?
  31. Reading: Lecture Slides
  32. Reading: Forbes - Mastering the Balance Sheet Can Make or Break A Startup
  33. Reading: TD Bank - How to Develop a Balance Sheet
  34. Video: How do you develop a balance sheet?
  35. Reading: Lecture Slides
  36. Reading: TD Bank - Sample Balance Sheet
  37. Reading: Purchase Area Development District - Balance Sheet Template in PDF
  38. Reading: Money-Zine - Building an Income Statement
  39. Reading: Forbes - Top 5 Reasons EBITDA is a Great Big Lie
  40. Video: What should an income statement present?
  41. Reading: Lecture Slides
  42. Reading: Accounting Coach - Introduction to Cash Flow Statement
  43. Video: What is the purpose of the cash flow statement?
  44. Reading: Lecture Slides
  45. Reading: Entrepreneur - How to Choose the Best Legal Structure for Your Startup
  46. Reading: Launchhouse - Deciding the Best Business Structure for Your Startup
  47. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  48. Video: What corporate structure should I use?
  49. Reading: Lecture Slides
  50. Video: Special Interview with Michael Labriola, Attorney
  51. Reading: Seedcamp - How Does an Early-stage Investor View Early-stage Companies
  52. Reading: Quora - What Metrics Do VCs Look for in Early-stage Companies?
  53. Reading: Both Sides of the Table - The Four Main Things Investors Look for in a Startup
  54. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  55. Video: How do investors view your early stage venture?
  56. Reading: Lecture Slides
  57. Reading: NEWCO Project Worksheet

Graded: Early Stage Investment Landscape
Graded: NEWCO Project

WEEK 2


Sources of Capital for the Early Stage Company



This session examines the options that entrepreneurs face in where to raise their financial capital from in the early stages of their venture. From friends and family, to angel investors and venture capitalists, the pros and cons of each source of capital are explored.


8 videos, 16 readings expand


  1. Reading: Entrepreneur - Four Common Venture Capital Myths
  2. Reading: Madison Park Group - Guide to Venture Capital
  3. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  4. Video: Sources of capital
  5. Reading: Lecture Slides
  6. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  7. Video: Where to find investors?
  8. Reading: Lecture Slides
  9. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  10. Video: Why consider friends and family as investors?
  11. Reading: Lecture Slides
  12. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  13. Video: What’s bootstrapping?
  14. Reading: Lecture Slides
  15. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  16. Video: Are incubators and accelerators a fit?
  17. Reading: Lecture Slides
  18. Video: Special Interview with Rick Gordon of Mach37
  19. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  20. Video: What are angel investors?
  21. Reading: Lecture Slides
  22. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  23. Video: Are you ready to raise capital?
  24. Reading: Lecture Slides

Graded: Sources of Capital
Graded: Project - Sources of Capital

WEEK 3


Getting Funded – Steps in the Funding Process
This session discusses the techniques and tools to secure funding for a new venture. This provides insights into how entrepreneurs can create a comprehensive funding strategy for their new venture.


9 videos, 21 readings expand


  1. Video: Steps in the funding process
  2. Reading: Lecture Slides
  3. Video: Special Interview with Jonathan Aberman, Venture Capitalist
  4. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  5. Video: What is due diligence?
  6. Reading: Lecture Slides
  7. Reading: Startup Valuation Calculator
  8. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  9. Video: What is your company worth?
  10. Reading: Lecture Slides
  11. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  12. Video: How to negotiate a term sheet?
  13. Reading: Lecture Slides
  14. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  15. Video: How to establish common stock?
  16. Reading: Lecture Slides
  17. Reading: K9 Ventures - Thoughts on Convertible Notes
  18. Reading: Series Seed - Why Series Seed is better than capped convertible notes
  19. Reading: Sample - Form of convertible promissory note
  20. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  21. Video: When to use convertible notes?
  22. Reading: Lecture Slides
  23. Video: What is preferred stock?
  24. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  25. Reading: Lecture Slides
  26. Reading: CB Insights - Top 15 Corporate VCs
  27. Reading: CB Insights - Evaluating the effectiveness of corporate venture capital investment in tech
  28. Video: When to use alternative sources of capital?
  29. Reading: Optional Reading: Sherman
  30. Reading: Lecture Slides

Graded: Principles of Funding Strategies
Graded: Create a Funding Strategy for a New Venture Concept

WEEK 4


Pitching Investors and Closing the Round
This final session instructs learners on how to share their investment opportunity with investors and partners. With practical tips on the do's and don'ts of pitching, learners are able to develop a compelling story for their new venture.


7 videos, 16 readings expand


  1. Reading: Entrepreneur - What Investors Really Want
  2. Video: What do investors want to see?
  3. Video: Guest Lecture with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker - What are Investors Looking for in a Business Plan?
  4. Reading: Lecture Slides
  5. Reading: Forbes - The ultimate pitch deck to raise money for startups
  6. Reading: BestPitchDecks.com - The best startup pitch decks
  7. Video: How to create the pitch deck?
  8. Reading: Lecture Slides
  9. Reading: Inc. Magazine - How to tell your company’s story
  10. Video: How to tell your story?
  11. Reading: Lecture Slides
  12. Reading: KC Source Link - Pitches gone wild: What not to do when you pitch your startup to investors
  13. Reading: Inc. Magazine - Simple pitch tips that will attract investors to your startup
  14. Video: What are the do’s and don’ts of the pitch?
  15. Reading: Lecture Slides
  16. Reading: Entrepreneur - Closing a startup financing deal
  17. Video: How to close the round?
  18. Reading: Lecture Slides
  19. Reading: Series A Startup - CEO Salary
  20. Reading: Startup Equity for Employees
  21. Reading: Series Seed (full set of deal documents)
  22. Video: Information Session
  23. Reading: Learn

Graded: Fundamentals of "The Pitch"
Graded: Create "The Pitch" for a New Venture Concept
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