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Learner Reviews & Feedback for New Venture Finance: Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs by University of Maryland, College Park

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About the Course

This course is for aspiring or active entrepreneurs who wants to understand how to secure funding for their company. This course will demystify key financing concepts to give entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs a guide to secure funding. Examine the many financing options available to get your new venture funded. Learn the basics of finance, valuations, dilution and non-dilutive funding sources. Understand capital structure for new ventures, term sheets and how to negotiate them, and the differences between early-stage versus later-stage financing. Develop an understanding of how to develop winning investor pitches, who and when to pitch, how to avoid common mistakes that limit the effectiveness of the pitch, and how to ‘get to the close’. Key questions answered within the course include: * When to raise outside capital? * What kind of investors invest by stage and where to find them? * What are your fundraising options? * What are the key components of the term sheet? * How to perform company valuations? * How to pitch to investors? * What techniques help the entrepreneur ‘get to the close’? With this course, students experience a sampling of the ideas and techniques explored in the University of Maryland's master's degree in technology entrepreneurship, an innovative 100% online program. Learn more at

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Jun 06, 2020

The module was very deep and delivered by an aptly equipped lecturer. As an Entrepreneur it gives clear perspectives on where I should be focusing to effectively raise funding for my venture.


May 10, 2016

I learned a lot about the finances of a startup, how to create a balance sheet, raise fund, evaluate a company, allocate stocks, etc...\n\nI highly recommend this course

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By Edgar C

Jan 11, 2016

Excellent course. My expectations were accomplish.

By Gizem A

Jun 05, 2020

It was an amazing course and amazing professor.

By Tabi T

Jan 10, 2016

This course is must for every entrepreneur.

By Mohamed k A A A

Jul 23, 2020

حقاً لقد حققت فائدة كبيرة من هذه الدورة

By Jaime B

Feb 06, 2016

Simple, well taught, I learned a lot

By Amina S

Apr 01, 2016

Very thought provoking. thank you

By Frédéric V

Jun 10, 2017

As usual, I really learned a lot

By Dosun K

Dec 16, 2015

Thank you for your lecture!

By Miguel R

Dec 10, 2019

I loved the readings

By Lawoko J

Nov 16, 2019

Very good course.

By Georgy K

Jan 03, 2016

Very informative!

By victor d l

Apr 18, 2016

Very good course

By oduro d n

Dec 09, 2015

very helpful

By Abdullah K

Aug 05, 2020

Really nice

By ahmed r s

Jul 10, 2020

its good

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By Todd W I

Nov 20, 2019

This course is quick and easy. IMPORTANT: No information is updated after 2014. All data is from years before that. Contacting the teacher's assistant doesn't work. That's fine since the basics I was refreshing myself on are still the same. I bet there's more up-to-date classes out there and the current trends that are mentioned in this course are very out dated at this point. Also, there are quizzes at the end of each "week", but the second quiz you can write whatever you want in the answer boxes and they'll mark you as 100%. Use this course for the basic information, but you won't be an expert in current new venture funding by taking this course alone.

By Daniel P

Jan 11, 2016

The course summarized the key concepts that an entrepreneur will need to become familiar with in order to survive in the competitive startup environment. The text-book and recommended extra readings were very useful in order to complement the material.