I have drawn the short straw and am working to revise our Venture Finance course in our ENT Major. We know it is time for a change, and I know there are much better venture finance instructors than myself.
Calling on all Venture Finance Jedi-will you please share your best practices with me?
Our past approach has been primarily taught from an Accounting perspective and the majority of the content focused on building proforma financial statements-mostly from scratch.
Thoughts on a New Approach
We think we need a greater focus on how financial scenarios affect decision making (i.e. impacts of different business models and milestones on valuations), term sheets, and a faster approach to financial modeling using both debt and equity (proformas).
I should also share this is an Undergraduate ENT course that takes place the Senior year.
Please email me at email@example.com.
Syllabi and supporting materials are much appreciated!
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Matt Marvel, Ph.D.
The George A. Ball Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship
Ball State University
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I don't teach venture finance per se but I do include a module in our ENT capstone undergrad course. This is the book I use, which has very approachable content for seniors: https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Sand-Hill-Road-Venture/dp/059308358X
Dr. Kevin P. Taylor
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship | School of Business Administration
Entrepreneurial Finance is a new area for me, so I read some books and articles to help me work through the material. This happened during COVID so I made videos of my lectures and put them on YouTube.
If you like, feel free to use any of the playlists I have created:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg-LtUcDlT68Z-zm0IOf1sgCKlviju_AM (Basics of Accounting for Entrepreneurs)
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg-LtUcDlT6-qJmZSHX5k_xLf7KR9WOZZ (Introduction to New Venture Finance)
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg-LtUcDlT69CrhIZZ-35GVsSobZj4I1i (Introduction to Entrepreneurial Finance)
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg-LtUcDlT6_op0blksqcuipfjoIutbcV (Incubators, Accelerators, and Crowdfunding)
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg-LtUcDlT68kkzLmreRdvmqfGctpfAIx (Business Angels)
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg-LtUcDlT68ZLHH1SOAxTVLcN-ZlX0lX (Introduction to the Basics of Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Corporate Venture Capital)
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg-LtUcDlT6-610XxQPCxl7GCKd-gifvg (Introduction to Public Sources of Funding)
I hope these are somewhat helpful. I wanted to cover more material in the course, but this was enough for a 15 week semester, especially when you consider the corresponding activities.
R. Duncan M. Pelly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
Director of International Programs Director of the Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Director of International Business Programs McMurry University 1400 Sayles Blvd Abilene, TX firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the textbook written by my colleague Denise Lee "Entrepreneurial Finance: A Practical Approach" (2020): https://chicagobusinesspress.com/book/leeentfin.
Denise is a CPA, a founder of 6 companies, and a 10-year+ instructor of entrepreneurship, that is why she looks at the process of starting a business holistically: from pre-launch, launch, operation, and exit/sale. Additionally, she discusses the processes of succession planning and wealth management.
The textbook also includes complete examples of pro forma financial statements and business valuations framed as problems for students to solve; an instructor manual, lecture slides and test banks.
For an example syllabus, feel free to contact Denise directly (email@example.com).
--------------------------------------------- Tatiana R. Stettler Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
College of Business Administration
Kent State University Kent, Ohio 44242-0001
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