2018/2019, Semester 2
School of Business (Strategy and Policy)
Modular Credits: 4
This course is an introduction to an otherwise enormous, involved and exciting industry of venture capital (VC). It aims to equip students with an overview of the varieties and processes of venture capital. BMA5128 draws heavily from theory and research but is more importantly practice oriented. The majority of class time will be devoted to case discussions of venture capital scenarios and activities from both multiple perspectives: limited partners, investors and entrepreneurs. Students will be introduced to the various forms of venture capital and the stream of activities that are general to these forms, including fund-raising, deal evaluations, deal making, investment management and exit. Students will also gain an insight to the entrepreneurial process, and understand the respective incentives and motivations of the various players in start-up ecosystems. Finally, the course aims to introduce and get students familiar with industry jargon and procedural norms.
The readings of the course are therefore primarily anchored through a set of case-studies. These case-studies are supplemented by optional but recommended readings that detail best practices and industry norms. Guest speakers (subject to schedule alignments and availability) will provide further insight and immediate contact with the local VC ecology.
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