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GMBA70-104: Financing the Entrepreneurial Venture May 2018 [Online - Bond-BBT]

General information

The new venture requires a consistent pattern of funding to remain viable. In its infancy, and later in its growth phases, the venture has an insatiable appetite for infusions of cash. A fact that many entrepreneurs fail to realise is that various types of funding may be difficult to obtain or even unavailable to the enterprise; dependent upon the timeframe of its existence. This subject focuses on the entrepreneurial venture and addresses in detail its various stages: seed; prototype; rapid-growth; moderate-growth; mezzanine; and acquisitions and mergers. The appropriate methods of financing and financial analyses are discussed within this context.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:GMBA70-104
Subject title:Financing the Entrepreneurial Venture
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2018
Credit points:5

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x6 (Total hours: 24) - Seminar
  • Personal Study Hours: x6 (Total hours: 36) - Study time and reviewing materials
Attendance and learning activities: BBT Online - 18 June 2018 to 29 July 2018 Exam 1 - 4 August 2018 Exam 2 - 5 August 2018


Prescribed resources:
  • Christopher C. Golis,Patrick Mooney,Patrick D. Mooney,Thomas F. Richardson (2009). Enterprise and Venture Capital. 5th, Allen & Unwin Academic , 304.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Pre-requisites: ?

  • ENFB70-200 Corporate Entrepreneurship

Co-requisites: ?

There are no co-requisites.

Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students
  • Students on US Financial Aid
  • Students on a Student Visa who have already completed one third (33%) of their total program online.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Understand and identify the various financing stages in business ventures
  2. Understand and identify the various forms of finance available for growth-oriented ventures
  3. Understand types of financiers and when they should be approached
  4. Know what financiers look for when evaluating deals and apply that knowledge to case studies and real business situations
  5. Have an appreciation of how intellectual property issues affect the funding process
  6. Be competent and able to apply fundamental valuation techniques
  7. Know and be able to apply the financial instruments and strategies used in structuring deals
  8. Understand how venture capital funds are established and the venture capital funding process


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Essay Individual Assignment 20% Week 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Written Report § Group Assignment 20% Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
Computer-Aided Examination (Open) Online exam 60% Non-Standard Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Pass requirement

Students must pass the individual component of the assessment to pass the subject.

  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

What do investors look for in equity investments? What do providers of debt look for?

3, 4.

Examine the lifecycle stages that organisations go through. Look at the Operating Cash Cycle & the implications for entrepreneurs & business owners.

1, 2, 3.

Look at seed stage funding options.

2, 3, 4, 8.

Look at growth stage funding options.

1, 2, 3, 4.

Examine private equity & other mature stage funding options

1, 2, 3, 4.

Examine deal screening, risk assessment & IP issues related to screening investments.

4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Look at valuation techniques professional investors use

6, 7, 8.
Approved on: Apr 3, 2018. Edition: 1.3