Many of our most successful entrepreneurial companies have been founded and significantly influenced by professional venture-capital firms. This course focuses on the professional world of venture capitalists and how venture capitalists work with entrepreneurs to create substantial, enduring ventures. The course addresses three topics: how venture-capital firms are formed, funded, and managed; how firms manage their relationships with the limited partners who provide their investment capital; and how the parties work together to build successful major companies.


Academic course objectives:


·         Examine the role of venture capitalist firms in funding early stage companies

·         Show how venture capitalists work with entrepreneurs and limited partners

·         Analyze the evolution and dynamics of the venture capital industry


Elements of the course grade:


Class contribution       60%

Business plan              40%