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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.

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!

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By Antonio C

May 14, 2017

interesting course but quite fast and without so many details.....I think are more important many more case studies to analyse into the valuations

By Prem A

May 10, 2020

A must course for every finance student and those interested in venture capital and private equity. Thanks professor for this lovely course.

By Mohammed K

May 7, 2020

I believe the math section can be understandable in easier way. Please make it a bit easier for those who can't do the math right away.

By Nnamdi C

Nov 22, 2020

A very challenging and informative course. Clearly showing the many ways that Startups can access venture capital and on what terms.


Oct 24, 2020

The course was really an insightful one, as I was oppurtuned to learn how private equity works and what venture capital entails.

By 孙仁凤

Mar 15, 2020

This course has taught me the basics of private equity and venture capital. It has shown me a new world and is a great course.

By Faraaz M A

May 17, 2020

I loved it!

Thank you so much for this course University of Bocconi. I feel like some parts could've been made simpler though!

By Chew L C

Aug 7, 2020

A well designed course that covers what you need to know about financing needs in different stage of a company life cycle

By Yanal

Dec 6, 2015

Very good course, needs a follow up one for more depth and may be example cases on valuation and structuring syndication.

By Tejas A R

Oct 7, 2018

The course could be updated with recent deal examples, recent developments and a perspective from outside Italy as well

By Blanca A M

Mar 20, 2020

Need to update on emerging technologies an alternative investment methods, ICO, STO, EIO, Tokenization of assets, CBDC

By Olga B

Jun 16, 2020

Great intro and overview of industry. Tests have a lot of errors and would love more reasons behind correct answers.

By Denis L

Nov 24, 2019

really great course to understand PE and VC, gives enough theory but it's also put back into context and real world.

By Yifu L

May 16, 2019

The course is well structured from the academic perspective, but can be improved by adding more real-life examples.

By Ramon J

Oct 23, 2018

good summary course for those who would like to know how PE world operates. The course will benefit from more cases

By Ujjwal S

Sep 12, 2020

This course is very beneficial for me to upgrade my skills and knowledge in life and it also help me in future..

By Kilarapu L H

May 3, 2020

I felt it's more of theory could be more of practical related examples or real-life case studies can be added.

By Viren K

Mar 28, 2020

Sad to see lack of active participation on the forums. Great course overall. Would recommend to all learners.

By Oj

May 24, 2019

Really nicely done, the content is very interesting for someone who finds the startup ecosystem fascinating

By Christos R

Jan 4, 2018

Very nice course covering the fundamentals of the PE industry. Some introductive information regarding M&A.

By Marquin T

Jul 22, 2020

Very good course overall. Would recommend embedding more real world and practical scenarios in the course.

By Yash C

Dec 9, 2015

Great course.

He should mention beforehand that the slides are far more detailed than the video lectures.


May 18, 2020

Nice the content in the videos is nice and i have learn some new points from this course from coursera

By Dimitrios C

Aug 7, 2017

The course gives a very good theoretical background of the topic but it doesn't go deep into details.