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Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurial Finance: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know

A course for innovation-driven entrepreneurs who would benefit from significantly increasing their financial literacy, so that their business has a better chance to survive and scale.

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurial Finance: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know
12 weeks
2–3 hours per week
Progress at your own speed

About this course

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This new introductory course from the MIT Sloan School of Management, Fundamentals of Entrepreneurial Finance: What every entrepreneur should know , is targeted to meet the needs of the many innovation-driven entrepreneurs that want to learn what is necessary to be successful. This course provides those that enroll a chance to develop the background in finance that they will need to find a career in entrepreneurship. We will provide the fundamental tools needed to run their businesses and raise money in a more informed and systematic fashion.

This course also merges course material from two other sources from the Sloan School, Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital and New Enterprises. The first of which are taught by Professors Schoar and Rhodes-Kropf, and includes more introductory materials. New Enterprises , taught by Professor Aulet, offers learners a chance to delve into what it means to be an effective entrepreneur. This combination allows for a broader audience to have access to the material. It is both rigorous and also relevant, which is the goal for all MIT courses.

Our team uniquely combines the perspectives from all three Faculty members in order to provide optimal learning. Professor Schoar is a renowned academic in the field of finance, entrepreneurial finance and venture capital. Professor Rhodes-Kropf is a practicing investor in addition to being a strong academic. Professor Aulet brings a wealth of first-hand experience as a successful serial entrepreneur, as well as a recognized thought leader in the field of entrepreneurship. All have decades of experience teaching and have won numerous awards for their courses and work.

At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills: Entrepreneurial Finance, Financial Literacy, Teaching, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Thought Leadership, Innovation, Management

What you'll learn

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  • Financial Literacy
  • Financial Modeling
  • Sources of Funding, including Venture Capital
  • Company Valuation and Exit Planning
  • Negotiation of Terms

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