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About the Course

The course deals with the analysis of the private equity and venture capital business. Over the course, students will be provided with a deep understanding of the mechanism underpinning the creation and/or development of a firm and the financial support it can get from the financial system through venture capital investment. The course tries to discover how special financial intermediaries (called private equity investors) finance through equity companies belonging to different stages of their life-cycle, starting from the very beginning (startup and early stage) to a more mature phase (i.e. expansion, mature age, etc.) or also staying into crises and decline. Private equity (named venture capital when the company is in the first phases of its life cycle) deals with very different activities, such as scouting, advisory, deal-making, valuation, and financing as financial intermediaries see it. COURSE SYLLABUS The course is made up of four different modules: WEEK 1 - Introduction to Private Equity and Venture Capital WEEK 2 - Discovering Private Equity Investors: Legal Issues and Taxation WEEK 3 - Management of Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds WEEK 4 - Company Valuation And Deal Making In Private Equity Settings WEEK 5 - Final Test Throughout the course, guest speakers and practitioners will be interviewed to provide some examples of concrete applications of the contents presented. RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND An understanding of the basic concepts of corporate financing accounting principles is required, while prior knowledge of private equity and venture capital is not required however it is recommended, as this is a course designed to introduce you to the fundamental concepts in private equity and venture capital....

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Oct 26, 2019

Excellent content, and superb slides.\n\nPlease check the quality of the English in the slides, and also in the quiz questions. Many quiz questions were difficult to understand because of the English.


Dec 3, 2015

Amazing course! Thank you very much, Stefano Caselli, for a such wonderful content and perfect presenting. I took a lot of very useful and practical information from it.\n\nI do appreciate it. Thanks!

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By Snehanshu

Apr 4, 2020

Great course - absolutely enjoyed it. i have no background in private equity or finance. the flow and structure is really great. the only thing missing is more real life examples/case studies during the lectures.

By Stéphane A

Apr 14, 2016

very interesting and useful course. I hope that many users will find it relevant. African market and models are absent on the présentation; I appreciate the professor and the slides exercises are quite clear

By Nicolas-Patience B

Dec 21, 2015

Brilliant course... Not too long or too short, just enough to give a decent understanding of the field and complement knowledge acquired elsewhere... I am even more inclined to learn more about PE and VC now.

By Jacob W

Sep 26, 2020

To make the course more realistic, include short papers / exercises and limit tests to ONE attempt. This will incentivize me to study more and not rely on the number of attempts to carry me to a great score.

By Lapo L

May 31, 2020

The course gives great theory and helps understanding various concepts of PE and VC, wish it had more case study practices and tests especially with all the data coming out from companies in the last months.

By Mindaugas

Mar 10, 2019

Great course! The only struggle was going through the formulas too fast (if you are not used to finance and abbreviations) - for some users it could be too advanced and confusing. Otherwise, great stuff!

By Mario P

Aug 14, 2019

Excellent introductory course, a general overview, if you are looking for deep financial models and stuff, this is not the right option, but if you want to understand basic principles this is excellent.

By Emanuel M

Nov 20, 2016

Good course, not too difficult, but at some points i had to do a lot of digging to understand the concepts. The best part is that it encapsulates many things(not everything) of this area of financing.

By Otto t B

Jan 9, 2022

​Good introduction for anyone who is new to the topic and good refresher for anyone who is familiar with the area. Excellent use of practical examples. Good coverage of regional/legal system nuances.


Feb 14, 2021

Excellent course. Great reading material. Many useful skills and tools learned, many good resource sharing. All the videos and articles are simple to understand and self-learning. Super good course!

By Zeming Y

Jul 18, 2017

Very good course, however the contents are a bit rushed so some points were not explored in detail. Nevertheless it will provides anyone with a great learning experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

By Gautam K

Feb 20, 2016

Excellent course. A must for someone who wants to gather knowledge about the Private Equity and Venture Capital sector. A big thanks to Professor Stefano for explaining all concepts with an ease.

By Antoine L

Oct 2, 2020

Interesting course with P.E fundamentals well structured and explained by PDF documents, online video and exercises. Interviews of P.E profesionnals are getting outdated and should be reniewed.

By Rui V

Sep 16, 2019

Not as technical as I was expecting, having the first 2 (of 4) weeks being contextual, even if relevant. Week 3 & 4 more to the point with examples of real applications. Very nice introduction!

By Sipetile S

Mar 13, 2016

This is an excellent course for an introduction to Private Equity and Venture Capital. This was invaluable to me as an entrepreneur with hardly and business background (Degree-wise). Thank you!

By Sirin T

Nov 27, 2018

This course was really helpful for understanding the basics of Private Equity and Venture Capital. All the topics are covered in detail, I personally got benefited a lot from Valuation Module.

By Cheung C H

Jun 20, 2017

Good explanation of topics but a bit lacking in illustrating calcuations. Also, including a separate topic for dealing with accounting and tax considerations of private equity investments is

By kannan v

Aug 20, 2020

I learning was great. The knowledge acquired will be useful for me improve career. The skill sets learned in this course like valuation of PE in excel will enhance my teaching ability

By Kapil K

Jun 20, 2020

What a clear & well formatted course. A great start for anybody looking to enhance fundamentals on the subject of Private equity. Would have loved more details on Week 4 subjects.

By Thomas P

Sep 3, 2019

Great intro to PE and CV, easy to take on even by just focusing on the slides.

Examples are a bit too IT focused and some of the content seem to be a couple of years old already.

By Lotte W

Mar 10, 2022

Would be great if it could be updated, still has references to 2015.

Also, more case studies would be great. But overall very interestinng and easy-to-follow lecture! Thank you!

By Lon W

Oct 31, 2021

Has some good introductory content. The speaker is Italian and his accent is a little difficult. However, there is a transcript below the video you can use to follow along.

By Rafael T

May 23, 2017

Overall, a really good course. I think it might spend too much time on the theoretical side and not enough on the practical side (company valuation). Either way, very good.

By Balakrishna A

Nov 30, 2016

Good course for angel investors and entrepreneurs to understand how private equity and venture capital works. It provides a sound introduction to this very exciting topic.

By Miguel T M

Apr 28, 2020

This course is useful to learn the basics of Private Equity, especially how the rules determine how the funds work, it gives good insights for the private equity approach