The Startup Valuation and Financial Analysis Specialization teaches two of the most often used methods to find the value of a startup. You’ll learn how to find the value of founder’s ownership before and after additional funding, how to read financial statements and make pro-forma statements, and how to determine the financial health and status of a startup and estimate future earnings and value. You’ll then use various investment criteria, such as Net Present Value (NPV) and Individual Rate of Return (IRR), to make a decision about whether and where to invest your money.
Specific topics include: the time value of money, discounted cash flows method, multiple method, financial statements analysis, free cash flows, capital budgeting decision rules and current trends. The Capstone Project will find the value of startups using the methods taught in the course.
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Is financial aid available?
Can I take the course for free?
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
The four courses will take 14 weeks and the capstone project will take approximately 3~4 weeks. Therefore the Specialization can be competed in 17~18 weeks.
What background knowledge is necessary?
No prior knowledge of Accounting or Finance is required.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
All courses can be taken in order of preference.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You will close look at an environment the startup faced. Also, you will describe financial projections making the best use of the previous contents. Overall, this analysis encourages you to determine the value of your business.
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