Oxford Entrepreneurship: Venture Finance Programme

Course starts 27 November 2019

Course information

Registration Closes:
19 November 2019
Course Starts:
27 November 2019
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, entirely online
GBP £2,200
Payment Options
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
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A lack of funding, not knowing how to spend it effectively, and balancing the risks of venture financing are just some of the reasons that cause startups to fail.1 Gaining an understanding of venture finance could enable you to secure funding for a business and help it to realise its potential, whether as an investment or your own entrepreneurial venture.

The Oxford Entrepreneurship: Venture Finance Programme provides a holistic understanding of venture finance and investment types. It also explores ways to navigate the funding process.

Following a ‘two-hat’ approach, entrepreneurs learn how to prepare and present their ventures to secure potential funding, and investors discover ways to effectively evaluate businesses.

From the initial fundraising to the final exit strategy, you’ll develop an understanding of these processes.

1 CB Insights (Feb, 2018).

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate of attendance from Oxford Saïd in this online programme and be empowered to:

  • Understand venture finance and the different types of investments

  • Prepare a fundraising pitch deck

  • Gain skills to evaluate investment opportunities, and obtain a positive rate of return

  • Calculate and analyse financial projections

  • Learn alongside, and collaborate with, an international cohort of entrepreneurs and investors, as well as industry experts from Oxford Saïd

Course curriculum

Investigate how entrepreneurs and investors experience the funding cycle as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online programme:

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1: The Investment Cycle
  • Module 2: Investor Types
  • Module 3: Fundraising
  • Module 4: Valuation: Art Or Science?
  • Module 5: Venture Capitalists
  • Module 6: Negotiating Deals
  • Module 7: Scaling Up And Scaling Down
  • Module 8: Cashing In On Success

This Oxford Saïd online short programme is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you explore ways to finance a venture or business.

Your Programme Convenor

The design of this online programme is guided by Oxford Saïd faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Professor Thomas Hellmann

Professor Thomas Hellmann

DP World Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Professor Thomas Hellmann is DP World Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School. He teaches the popular elective on Entrepreneurial Finance on the Oxford MBA, and his research focuses on entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurship, innovation, and public policy. Thomas is a pioneer of academic literature on entrepreneurial finance and has been published in leading journals including the American Economic Review and the Journal of Finance and Management Science. He has advised a range of international clients including the World Economic Forum and the Government of British Columbia, and leads the Oxford site of the Creative Destruction Lab, an international acceleration programme for start-ups.

Earn a certificate from Oxford Saïd

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford – and use it to set yourself apart as an investor or entrepreneur with crucial venture finance knowledge.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the programme, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 27 November 2019.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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