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Coursera -- Entrepreneurship 4: Financing and Profitability

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You can register on Coursera for Entrepreneurship 4: Financing and Profitability at https://www.coursera.org/learn/wharton-entrepreneurship-financing-profitabilty 

About the course

Start-ups can benefit from a wide variety of financing options on the path to profitability, but how do you know which one to choose? This course explores different financing models, including bootstrapping, organic growth, debt and risk capital, and also provides a clear overview of equity financing including the key types of investors: angels, venture capital, and crowdfunding. You’ll learn about terms, and term sheets, exit modes and what exit strategy might be best for you. By the end of this course, you’ll have an understanding of what success looks like and how it can be financed. You’ll also be ready for the capstone project, in which you will get feedback on your own pitch deck, and may even be selected to pitch to investors from venture capital firms.

Syllabus

WEEK 1
Business Models and Keeping Customers
This module was designed to introduce you to some of the key activities you can do in order to reach and sustain profitability. You'll learn the most important rule of entrepreneurship, the different kinds of business models, how to determine who your best cus... More
4 videos, 1 reading
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Graded: Building a Business Model and a Customer Base Quiz
WEEK 2
Financing, Valuation, and Terms
In this module, you'll learn the five most common methods of financing, and explore the financing process in depth. You'll also learn strategies for valuing your own company, and how venture capital and angel investors use valuations in negotiating milestones,... More
4 videos, 1 reading
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Graded: Financing Methods and Valuation Quiz
WEEK 3
Private and Public Financing, and Calculating Breakeven
This module was designed to give you a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of both public and private financing, and to provide you with some simple but powerful tools for estimating how much capital you will need. You'll learn about the added bene... More
5 videos, 1 reading
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Graded: Choosing Financing, and Calculating Breakeven Quiz
WEEK 4
Elements of the Pitch and Exit Strategies
In this module, you'll learn the three key elements of your pitch to funders, and the examine the most common methods of exiting the entrepreneurial phase. You'll learn the structure and best practices for an executive summary, your pitch deck, and your pro-fo... More
4 videos, 1 reading
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Graded: Strategies for the Pitch and the Exit Quiz

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