Entrepreneurial ventures need capital to support their business models, grow market share and create shareholder value. This subject explores the core considerations in addressing the financing needs and challenges to support the launch and growth of new ventures. Major topics include investment analysis, capital structure and valuation. Financing options available to new ventures at various stages of development are examined in depth. The criteria used by investors, debt financiers and other players in the capital market are also considered.
|Academic unit:||Bond Business School|
|Subject title:||Entrepreneurial Finance|
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Explain the different types of financing available to entrepreneurs.
- Explain what different financiers look for when evaluating investment opportunities in new ventures.
- Apply appropriate financial planning and valuation techniques to various new venture scenarios.
- Deliver a professional presentation detailing your analysis and findings of a venture finance case investment opportunity.
|*Class Participation||Preparation for and participation in all class sessions.||20%||Ongoing||1, 2, 3, 4.|
|Case Analysis||Case Study 1. Prepare a written analysis of an assigned investment case.||15%||Week 4||1, 2, 3, 4.|
|Case Analysis||Case Study 2. Prepare a written analysis of an assigned investment case.||15%||Week 6||1, 2, 3, 4.|
|Presentation §||Presentation of the findings and analysis of your Major Team Assignment.||10%||Week 12||1, 2, 3, 4.|
|Written Report §||Major Team Assignment: analysis of a series of capital raisings.||40%||Week 12||1, 2, 3.|
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|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.|
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Additional subject information
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An overview of the subject and introduction to venture finance theory.
An overview of debt finance and the requirements that banks & other debt financiers have. The advantages and disadvantages of debt from an entrepreneur’s perspective will also be examined.
An overview of equity finance and the requirements that investors have when assessing investment prospects and ultimately placing investments.
An overview of the fundamental valuation techniques that entrepreneurs and investors use when assessing company values. The principles of risk and return and how differences in valuation between entrepreneurs and investors can emerge will be covered.
Seed funding, angels and other early stage funding. Funding is evaluated through the different life cycle stages that growth companies go through as they expand.
Considers private equity and other late stage sources of funding that entrepreneurs can take might utilise and why. The private equity industry and its business model is also examined.
Different scenarios for structuring deals between entrepreneur and investor will be examined. The documentation used will also be covered so that students will be familiar with different clauses and terms used when constructing a deal.
Looks at the different exit strategies available to entrepreneurs and earlier stage investors. IPO, merger and acquisition examples will be covered in detail.
An overview and workshop of persuasive presentation techniques, tailored to potential entrepreneurial investors and other stakeholders.