About this Specialization

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From entrepreneurs to executives, this Specialization provides an opportunity for you to learn how to advance business innovation in your company and gain insights from leading faculty in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. In the first course, you will learn how to valuate entrepreneurial ventures—including high-growth startups—using Excel spreadsheet models. You will also learn how to discern between the tradeoffs of different financing strategies: loan investments, venture capital, angel investing, and crowdfunding. The second course will teach you how to manage a startup’s financing strategy, where you will learn how to build capitalization tables (or “cap tables”) in Excel. Cap tables will help you explore different financing strategies for your startup company and determine which financing decisions are best for your entrepreneurial venture. The third course transitions to an analysis of blockchain technologies, where you will learn how to identify opportunities to disrupt and innovate business models using blockchain as well as avoid poorly executed applications of blockchain to business. The fourth course will teach you how to use R programming to calculate the return of a stock portfolio as well as quantify the market risk of that portfolio. This Specialization is also an excellent opportunity for professionals interested in Fuqua’s master’s programs to get an inside look into Fuqua’s faculty expertise and courses.
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Intermediate Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 2 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 2 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Startup Valuation Methods

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267 ratings
83 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Financing for Startup Businesses

4.5
stars
86 ratings
19 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Blockchain Business Models

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stars
71 ratings
31 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Financial Risk Management with R

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80 ratings
37 reviews

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • I​t will take learners 4-6 month to complete this Specialization.

  • Y​ou will need beginner-level skills in using Excel and programming in R. Foundational knowledge in finance is also helpful for this Specialization.

  • We encourage learners to take these courses in the order outlined here in the Specialization page.

  • No. Completion of a Coursera course or this Specialization does not earn you academic credit from Duke; therefore, Duke is not able to provide you with a university transcript. However, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page. From there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile.

  • Y​ou will be able to valuate startup companies, explore and evaluate different financing strategies for startups, analyze business opportunities that use blockchain, and assess risk of a stock portfolio using R programming.

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