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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


Jul 14, 2019

The content of the course is really helpful and touches on the very important subjects in Private Equity and Venture Capital. The delivery by the Professor Stefano Caseli is also fantastic. Thank you!


Oct 26, 2019

Excellent content, and superb slides.

Please 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.

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By Victor C

May 31, 2020

Very good but a bit rushed. Could have taken more time to go over more details and give students a better grasp on the underlying parts. But overall does a good job on giving students an introductory general view of Private Equity.

By Aditya A

Jul 2, 2020

I found the course informative and interesting throughout , including the valuation part of it .

But the course should include more case studies of deals that have taken place to get a better understanding of the PE industry

By Yijuan J

Jun 1, 2018

this course provides a great structure and a good introduction of PE and VC, it will be much better if the course provides more details of the connotations and meaning of some formulas, instead of just listing the formulas.


Jul 23, 2017

Very interesting! Great professor! Well structured and useful information. Would be helpful and interesting to add a list of well known private equity funds and Venture capital players. Thanks a lot for this clear course!


Jun 28, 2020

The instructor seems quite informed and passionate about the subject but it was a little hard following the Italian accent at times. Some concepts were merely glazed over but other than that, the course is a good primer.

By Valerio M

Nov 6, 2015

Really enjoyed the course by Bocconi, clear, well organized, focused on important issues of PE&VC, a major theme in nowadays economic environment. I recommend this course, if you want to improve your knowledge on PE&VC.

By Friso B

Oct 11, 2020

A great course that cover most of the fundamentals of Private Equity and Venture Capital. There could have been more attention given to the quantitative valuation process, but the entire course is extremely worthwhile.

By Vinicio S

Apr 20, 2020

A very interesting course.

I suggest it for all those who wants to be introduced in this subject, but don't believe it is only an overview!

The teacher deepens taxation and managerial aspects and I appreciated this.

By Snehanshu S

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