Entrepreneurial Finance


Course Objective

Upon having successfully passed this course, the student will have
attained a profound knowledge of the theory and practice of the
financing of new entrepreneurial firms (social as well as commercial),
and other entrepreneurial initiatives (spin-offs etc.). In other words:
students will gain an understanding of various sources of finance (such
as venture capital, private equity, crowd funding, etc.). Furthermore,
the students will have practiced the ability to apply this knowledge
through the preparation of a practical assignment.

Course Content

There are many issues entrepreneurs face in setting up and running a new
business, or setting up other entrepreneurial initiatives, not in the
last place with regards to the financing of the venture or other
initiative. This course provides in-depth knowledge of the financial
issues involved in turning opportunities into action.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and team feedback.

Method of Assessment

- individual written examination (60%, two hours, open questions);
- team assignments on case studies in the form of presentation and
reports (40%).

To get a passing grade for the course, students will need to have at
least a 5.0 on the individual written examination and at least a 5.0 for
the team assignments. The total average should be 6 or higher to pass
the course.

A resit is allowed for the assignments and the individual examination.
However, the revision of an assignment is capped at 6. For the resit of
the exam (two hours, open questions) no grade cap applies. Students who
failed the course in the previous academic year must do all assignments

Entry Requirements

A valid registration in the MSc Entrepreneurship.


The reference textbook for this course is:
- Smith, J.K., Smith, R.L., and Bliss, R.T. (2011). Entrepreneurial
Finance: Strategy, Valuation and Deal Structure. Stanford University

All case studies and supplement material will be announced on

Additional Information

This course is only available for students registered for the Master's
programme in Entrepreneurship. For quality reasons, the course cannot
admit other students.

This course is organised by UvA. The course coordinator is Dr. R. Perez
Ribas. For more information, please go to http://studiegids.uva.nl and

General Information

Course Code E_ENT_EF
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator prof. dr. E. Masurel
Examiner prof. dr. E. Masurel
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You cannot register for this course yourself; your faculty's education office carries out registration

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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