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About the Course

Who? If you’re an entrepreneur at any stage of your journey, or even an aspiring one, and you need money to start or grow your business, this course is for you. What? This course will introduce, and help you put to use in your startup, the five models through which your customers can – and will, if you ask them! – fund your business. These five time-tested models have been put to use by entrepreneurial superstars like Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and more. Sadly, though, the five models are rarely talked about and not widely understood. Until now! The five models will be brought to life by the real-world stories of an inspiring collection of incredibly creative entrepreneurs from around the world – including successes and failures – through a series of captivating no-holds-barred interviews with founders and others, and investors, too. Why? More than two generations ago, the venture capital community – VC’s, business angels, incubators, and others – convinced the entrepreneurial world that writing business plans and raising venture capital constituted the twin centerpieces of entrepreneurial endeavor. They did so for very good reasons: the sometimes astonishing returns they’ve delivered to their investors and the incredibly large and valuable companies their ecosystem has created. But the vast majority of fast growing companies never take any angel or venture funding. Are they onto something that most of today’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has missed? Indeed, should a business angel or VC be seen as the first port of call for getting your nascent entrepreneurial venture off the ground or growing it faster? Perhaps not. How? You’ll be asked to do a series of exercises – out in the real world – to put your growing toolkit to use in your business or the one you hope to start. Hands-on, practical tools to help your business start and thrive – without venture capital. You’ll join our discussion board of fellow participants, if you like, and learn from others who are putting the tools to work, just as you are. And to suit today’s fast-paced lifestyles, we’ve broken what you’ll get – short lessons, interviews, thought-provoking questions, even some optional things to read – into bite-sized chunks, so you can log in and grab them whenever and wherever you are. And what else? If, after checking out and perhaps completing this course, you find your company in a position where seeking venture capital turns out to be the right thing to do next, John Mullins leads an inspiring and hands-on executive education course at London Business School – this one face-to-face – called Financing the Entrepreneurial Business. There, among a room full of investors and entrepreneurs, you’ll study a series of captivating real-world cases and learn everything an entrepreneur – or an investor, for that matter – needs to know to handle the person who sits across the deal table and take an entrepreneurial business from start-up to exit. See for info....

Top reviews

Jul 18, 2020

A beautiful and well oriented course which helps proving your concept of business by customer funding and no external venture capital. Thank you so much to the course instructor and the whole team.

May 12, 2017

It was an amazing opportunity wherein we had a great chance to both learn about various customer funded models through interviews, guest talks and practice them through assignments in parallel

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By Ismail R

Feb 1, 2017

Good one. But do this course if you are already ready with your idea/prototype.

By Andrea V

May 23, 2020

Thank you John, and all the people that contributed to creating this course!!!

By Zigor K N S

Jun 22, 2017

It was a wonderful learning and give me so many knowlegde!!! Amazing program.

By Ribu T

Apr 17, 2016

Practical frameworks supplemented with cases studies. A must course for th.

By Arjun B

Jun 16, 2020

Well structured with great lectures & interviews to help learn practically

By Seyedsaeid M

Jun 6, 2017

I think this course is one of the best courses in guiding the beginners.

By Manuel B G

Jun 27, 2017

Great, Useful, practical .... excellent choice to improve skills if you

By Alan S R

Dec 11, 2017

Great teacher and interesting interviews with successful entrepreneurs

By Cynthia C

Nov 30, 2018

Great information and great teacher. Thanks for teaching this class!

By Шамиль А

Jan 20, 2017

That's great! Very useful and non-ordinary course from John Mullins.

By Edgar C

Jan 5, 2020

Excellent financial information in order to understand startups.

By Dominic v M

Aug 3, 2016

Thank you for very interesting lectures and inspiring interviews

By Erick P B

Jan 24, 2017

Highly recommended for anyone starting or owning a business!

By Jaime R

Sep 7, 2016

Must do course for any entrepreneur or would be entrepreneur

By Beth L

Jul 5, 2017

By the way of interview, to show the students the real wor

By Mubarak Y

Feb 26, 2019

Just began this course and it's already an eye opener!

By Pablo P

Jul 10, 2017

Exceptional. Very good and complete, and easy to take.

By Partha S

Sep 7, 2016

classic content and methodology. Inspiring Lect'ures.

By Umair N A Q

Feb 28, 2017

Excellent course so far, right course about Finance.

By Pauline P

Apr 20, 2016

This is a world class course. Thank you very much.


Nov 4, 2020

This is a great course. Thanks for the knowledge.

By godman o

Jun 6, 2021

This is one of the great Enterprenureship course

By Nikhilesh T

May 1, 2016

Fantastic course. A must for every entrepreneur.


Jun 21, 2020

very informative and easy understandable course

By Abdul R

Mar 14, 2018

It is a "must course" for every entrepreneur.