A lack of funding, not knowing how to spend it effectively, and not adequately balancing the risks of venture financing are just some of the reasons that cause startups to fail. 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.
Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll obtain a holistic understanding of the types of venture finance and investment. Using a “two-hat” approach, you’ll investigate venture finance from the perspective of both an entrepreneur, and an investor. This programme also explores ways to navigate the funding process: from the initial fundraising to the final exit strategy.Download course prospectus
What will set you apart
On completion of this programme, you’ll walk away with:
A comprehensive understanding of how new ventures are financed from an entrepreneur and investor perspective, and the types of investments available
Practical skills to navigate the funding process, assess project valuations, and determine financial projections
An opportunity to network with and learn alongside a global cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs and investors
Guidance from leading industry experts and Oxford Saïd faculty, and access to the official Oxford Executive Education Alumni group on LinkedIn.
Is this course for you?
This programme is aimed at those planning, or who are currently involved in, a new business venture and would like to gain a comprehensive understanding of the industry, as well as current or aspiring investors wanting to break into the venture finance industry. Investors will learn to analyse different funding opportunities, while entrepreneurs will learn how to effectively present and prepare their venture as they go about the fundraising process. Basic financial knowledge or business acumen is recommended.
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 Director
The design of this online programme is guided by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the programme.
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.
Chairman, ScaleUp Institute
CFO and Co-Founder, Brill Power
CEO, Oxford Sciences Innovation
CEO and Co-Founder, Onfido
Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Seedrs
OBE Chief Executive, UK Business Angels Association
Partner, Avantia Law; Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Investor, Downing Ventures
Co-Founder and COO, Medicalchain
General Partner, Inovia Capital
Founder and COO, ESSE Tech LTD
Founder, Accomable; Product Manager, AirBnb
COO, TrueLayer; Fintech Industry Advisor, University of Oxford
Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneur
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Gain an understanding of venture finance and earn an official certificate of attendance from Oxford Saïd.
Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the programme, as per the stipulated requirements.REGISTER NOW
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WHAT ARE MY PAYMENT OPTIONS?
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 an Enrolment Advisor here.
WILL I HAVE THE TIME?
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 Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.
CAN MY EMPLOYER ASSIST WITH PAYMENT?
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.
WHAT IS THE ONLINE CAMPUS?
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 Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.