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Entrepreneurial finance and the new venture funding process

  • Teacher(s):   J.Petty  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 6 credits
  • Schedule: Spring Semester 2019-2020, 3.0h. course (weekly average)
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  • Related programmes:
    Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Management

    Bachelor (BSc) in Economic Sciences

[warning] This course syllabus is currently edited by the professor in charge. Please come back in a few days. --- For your information only, here is the old syllabus :


Attracting and securing funding for a new venture involves many stakeholders and, as such, it is important to understand the financing process from the perspective of the entrepreneur as well as from the investors and any other key players. Whether raising capital as a start-up, funding a new project within a company or preparing to harvest or exit a venture, fundraising requires more than a financial spreadsheet. Entrepreneurial finance therefore integrates many of the disciplines learned throughout the BSc in management.


The major topics covered in this module will include, but are not limited to:

  • Sources and types of funding
  • Deal screening and evaluation
  • Due diligence
  • Valuation methods
  • Investment decision making

The course lectures and class discussions will be based upon the assigned articles, case studies, and real-world examples.


A collection of articles, case studies, podcasts & videos related to the aforementioned topics will be used. There is no need to purchase any materials for this course as all of the articles are available on the UNIL library electronic databases (All UNIL students have access to the BCU databases) and all other materials will be posted on the course Moodle.

Everyone who intends to take this course is required to join the course Moodle, it only takes a few moments to register on the site so please do so as soon as possible.


  • An interest in innovative ideas and their power to model the world around us
  • A basic understanding of financial mathematics: investment multiples and annualised returns of individual shares and portfolios
  • A basic understanding of shareholding structures and control



First attempt

Without exam (cf. terms)  

Evaluation will be based in the following criteria:

  • Individual class contribution and pre-work quizzes 15%
  • Group “case” evaluations 50%
  • Individual written final assignment 35%

The final assignmenet will be done during the last class session. There will be no exam diring the exam week.



Written 1 hours
Not allowed
Not allowed

Written Exam only, 100% of the grade.

NOTE: In the event that a student fails to achieve a passing grade for the course they will be required to take a written exam for which the use of notes, computers or other external materials will not be permitted. This written retake exam will account for 100% of the course grade. None of the previously completed course work or class contribution grade will be considered.

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