GRA 3163 Financing Entrepreneurial and Corporate Ventures

GRA 3163 Financing Entrepreneurial and Corporate Ventures

Course code: 
GRA 3163
Department: 
Finance
Credits: 
6
Course coordinator: 
Sheryl Winston Smith
Course name in Norwegian: 
Financing Entrepreneurial and Corporate Ventures
Product category: 
Master
Portfolio: 
MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Semester: 
2023 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Level of study: 
Master
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

The ecosystem of startups is changing rapidly, presenting new opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs and early employees as well as for established corporations seeking fresh entrepreneurial ideas.  Against this dynamic backdrop, financing and growing a new venture—as an entrepreneur launching a startup or as a company cultivating entrepreneurial opportunities—requires distinctive knowledge and a skill set that integrates strategic, operational, and financial tools.  The goal of this course is to apply the analytical skills and functional knowledge developed in the core curriculum to the opportunities and challenges of emerging business opportunities.  This course demands synthesis of strategic and financial analysis in the context of real time applications in a diversity of industry settings, including social media and data analytics, information technology, life sciences, and healthcare and a range of equity and non-equity financing options. One of the biggest hurdles for entrepreneurs is financing their ideas—although securing funding is always difficult, this course helps you appreciate multiple options and implications for each. A special focus will be paid to the investment decision from the perspective of various investors and the entrepreneur, and students will gain insights into factors that influence the viability and financial health of a business as well as the steps that can be taken to increase venture valuation.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • Students should gain knowledge of the expanding variety of sources and types of financing available to new ventures.
  • Students will learn to analyze the tradeoffs between different types of financing, including debt, and equity provided through angel investors, venture capitalists, and corporate venture capitalists. 
  • Students will gain knowledge about evolving forms of early stage entrepreneurial finance including accelerators and crowdfunding.
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • Students should be able to identify the roles and importance of key players in entrepreneurial finance
  • Students should be able to carry out valuation of early stage ventures and develop a capitalization table
  • Students should understand term sheets
  • Students should be able to develop a business plan for a new venture that includes attention to financing the venture
  • Students should be able to use digital tools to communicate with potential investors and corporate innovators
  • Students will gain analytic tools that can be applied as entrepreneurs, as industry analysts, in aspirant C-level positions at startups and existing companies, and as management consultants.
General Competence
  • Students should be able to use their knowledge and skills in unique situations to identify the opportunities offered by different forms of financing, but also understand the tradeoffs involved amongst these choices
  • Students should be able to draw on insights from theory and their own application to reflect on appropriateness of different forms of investment
  • Students should be able to understand the impact of different financing choices 
Course content

The course content includes:

  • Starting Strong and Getting to Launch: Understanding the financing landscape
  • Financing the Growth Startup-Early Growth and Risk Capital:  Choice of debt versus equity, angel investment
  • Financing the Growth Startup-Early and Later Stages of Equity Investment: Venture capital, term sheets, control rights
  • Emerging Models of Entrepreneurial Finance:  Accelerators, crowdfunding
  • Corporate Ventures: Corporate venture capital and intrapreneurship
  • Milestones, Exit Strategy, and Launch: Evaluating exit options; founder and founding team transitions; growth capital and beyond
Teaching and learning activities

The course will consist of lectures, cases, group work, supervision and discussions.  Guest lectures from key members of the entrepreneurial finance and corporate entrepreneurship ecosystem may be included during the semester.

  1. The first part of the course offers an intensive theoretical and practical foundation in key concepts and choices in entrepreneurial finance from the perspective of founders, investors, and corporate innovators
  2. The second part of the course focuses on the details of angel and venture capital investment deals, with a focus on understanding term sheets, valuation, and distribution of ownership rights.
  3. The third part of the course analyzes tradeoffs among different financing choices and considers emerging forms of financing.

Digital engagement will also be used as a tool for class learning. Presentation of the team project during the semester for peer and faculty feedback.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class.

All parts of the assessment must be passed in order to get a grade in the course.

The examination for this course has been changed from autumn 2023. It is not possible to resit the old version of the examination.

Qualifications

All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have specific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.

Disclaimer

Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Basic knowledge from first year MSc, particularly finance fundamentals, and familiarity with use of Excel for calculation and modeling.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 31632
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
30No 1 Day(s)Individual Multiple Choice and Problem Solving Test. Open book. Requires Excel calculations so must be Home Exam.
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 31633
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
70No 1 Semester(s)Group (2 - 4)Team project. Group size may vary depending on class size.
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:30
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration: 1 Day(s)
Comment:Multiple Choice and Problem Solving Test. Open book. Requires Excel calculations so must be Home Exam.
Exam code:GRA 31632
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:70
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (2-4)
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment:Team project. Group size may vary depending on class size.
Exam code:GRA 31633
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
Total weight: 
100
Student workload
ActivityDurationComment
Teaching
36 Hour(s)
In class or online synchronous lecture plus asynchronous activities.
Student's own work with learning resources
60 Hour(s)
Readings and preparation for lectures.
Group work / Assignments
30 Hour(s)
Work on team projects and presentations.
Examination
34 Hour(s)
Examination related work.
Sum workload: 
160

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.