Entrepreneurial Finance: Raising Capital
Program Date and Fee:
January 25, 2014
Raising capital to fund new ventures can be challenging amidst today’s dynamic markets and uncertain business environments. As an entrepreneur, you need to understand an array of options and considerations before deciding upon the best approach for financing your business. Entrepreneurial Finance: Raising Capital is a full-day program that focuses on the critical aspects of funding and managing entrepreneurial ventures through the various stages of business growth. The program covers early-stage investments from both the point of view of the investor and that of the entrepreneur while placing particular emphasis on fundamentals of deal structure and terms, as well as risk/reward scenarios for different investor types.
Entrepreneurial Finance: Raising Capital is designed to help participants understand issues related to timing, approach, and expectations when selling equity; how to create capitalization tables and outcome analyses for negotiation and scenario planning purposes; and recognizing the terms and nuances of deal negotiations. Participants leave the program with a toolkit of new approaches that they can apply to their own ventures and an understanding of the interrelationship between business strategy and financial strategy.
Through lectures, mock negotiations, and exercises based on real companies, the program is designed to be hands-on, practical, and intensive. It covers a range of subjects including investment analysis, financing the entrepreneurial firm, managing the growing business, and harvesting. Participants create pro forma financial statements and read and analyze financial statements during the program.
Specific program topics include:
-An introduction to raising capital
-Tools of the trade: valuation, capitalization, and outcome analysis
-Negotiation and deal structure
-Understanding the nuances of financing deals
Since a large part of successful decision-making depends upon the entrepreneur’s ability to recognize patterns, an important aspect of the program will be the opportunity to learn from and network with other participants.
Entrepreneurial Finance: Raising Capital is designed for entrepreneurs of all kinds who are in the process of securing financing for their ventures, as well as those who are beginning the process or interested in learning more about financing for future endeavors. Participants with varying levels of financial acumen and experience will benefit from the hands-on and interactive nature of this program.