Programme overview

Financing the Entrepreneurial Business gives participants the practical skills to navigate every stage of the process involved in securing investment for high growth businesses. During the programme, you will:

  • learn to value privately-held companies and select and structure the right financing option
  • explore how entrepreneurs and investors work together and analyse how each contributes to ensuring the success of a business
  • evaluate the different exit strategies available.

Unique among entrepreneurial finance programmes, this programme is taught from the perspective of both entrepreneurs and investors alike.


At the core of the programme is an in-depth analysis of more than ten case studies that expose you to a wide range of deals covering both service and manufacturing, high-tech and low-tech as well as a wide range of transactions that include early stage financing, raising growth capital and buy-ins and buy-outs.

Key topics include:

  • valuation techniques for privately-held companies
  • non-financial factors impacting valuations
  • structuring and pricing of financing options: equity, loans and MBOs
  • multiple rounds of financing
  • the role of venture capital
  • investor considerations and pitfalls
  • exit strategies, including IPOs and trade sales.

Opportunities to apply knowledge

The programme offers participants the opportunity to submit an investment appraisal and Management Buy-Out (MBO) model for individual feedback. If you have a project you have recently been involved in, or are currently preparing, you can use the instructor's feedback to fine-tune your own model before submitting it to the market.


At the end of Financing the Entrepreneurial Business, you will be able to:

navigate effectively through the entire deal-making process for high growth businesses

  • assess and price specific investment opportunities
  • structure these transactions
  • determine the right exit strategy
  • understand the perspectives of the entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and private investors through the investment cycle.

Target Audience

The programme is practically orientated and is particularly relevant to:

  • individuals working in venture capital or private equity firms
  • investors in privately-held companies
  • limited partners or other providers of capital to venture capital or PE funds
  • advisors and consultants to privately-held businesses or venture capital firms
  • entrepreneurs running their own businesses, raising venture capital or private equity.
Program taught in:
  • English

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2019
5,450 GBP
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