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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....

Top reviews


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 Annica J

Dec 7, 2015

Love it. The professor structured the class very well and simplified a complex topic which was very much appreciated.

By Samuel K

Nov 6, 2021

V​ery good content and content delivery. Touches on all important aspects to build on actual contemporary knowledge.

By Tom H

Mar 9, 2021

The best course I have done on Coursera in terms of depth, materials and assessment. Foundations covered excellently

By Romain S

May 25, 2019

Excellent course. It helped me to know more about Private Equity. I liked the approach both technical and practical.

By Alberto C

Jan 19, 2017

It's great, I was able to understand Private Equity and it is vital for my work, even though I'm a Computer Engineer

By Adeel F D

Aug 8, 2021

Pretty good, really interesting, coming from a CFA L1 background study i had no problems with it excpet for week 4.

By Jonas E

Apr 19, 2021

Great hands-on and well-structed course! Highly recommended for everyone interested in PE/VC or finance in general.

By Juan L

Feb 3, 2019

A very interesting course which helps anybody to achieve a wide and deep understanding related to the PE &VC world.

By Stella K

Feb 21, 2016

A holistic overview of PE and VC structure. Very recommended to those who want to get an idea of what they are and

By Dheesh V

Dec 4, 2020

The course was new to me but it felt easy because of the videos and the slides. Even the interviews were helpful.

By Ravi K

Nov 4, 2020

phenomenal experience while learning from this course. Got the the things at a great level that I was hoping for.

By jonathan

Mar 26, 2020

Great material, clear, simple but giving all the necessary jargon and knowledge to better understand the industry

By Mike F

Oct 8, 2016

First course in PE, very interesting, practical example are very pleasant. Thank you ! Now i'll try the simulator

By Pierre-Hugues S

Jul 7, 2016

Very good course which covers widely the role and the activity of a private equity firm both in Europe and US&UK.

By Giuseppe R

Mar 27, 2021

it's a very interesting course that explains perfectly the world of Private Equity and Venture Capital!

5 stars!

By Renato M J

Nov 5, 2020

The course is very helpful in getting a general perspective on the nature of Private Equity and Venture Capital.

By Aurore G

May 25, 2020

Very insightful content, covering a broad range of topics, with captivating interviews and engaging discussions!

By Ashish G

Apr 15, 2020

Best starter course for PE and VC. The resources are the best ever seen. Thanks a lot Professor and Coursera <3.

By Qin L

Aug 8, 2019

Very practical based on real VB world and not hard to understand even if you don't have professional background

By Andrea R

Feb 20, 2016

Really nice course with a mixture of slides, presentations, interviews and exercises. I definitely suggest it.

By Dussuchal

Oct 19, 2015

Congratulation for this amazing course about Private Equity and Venture Capital, it is very quite interesting !

By Henry A

Jul 14, 2020

Overview of all the important technical topics within VC and PE. Highly recommend this course for startupers!

By Darshil S

Jul 13, 2020

Brilliant course, recommended for everyone who wants to be a big player in the world without the stock market.

By Marina J

May 14, 2019

Good course for a starter in Private Equity, overview of the different cycles, formats and basics of modelling

By Matthew S

Jul 24, 2017

Enjoyed the class and the discussions. Cool to get perspective on how PE works in different parts of the world