ENTR 493

Finance for Entrepreneurs

2 Undergraduate credits
Effective December 15, 2015 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course blends financial theory and current industry trends and practices to instruct students on various aspects of financing an entrepreneurial venture. Major topics include attracting seed and growth capital from sources such as venture capital, investment banking, government, and commercial banks. Among the issues discussed are valuing a company, going public, selling out, acquisitions, bankruptcy. Course format includes: case analysis, writing a financial plan, and readings.

Special information

Note: Recommended course to be taken before this course: ENTR 490 Entrepreneurship and Venture Creation. This course was previously ENTR 353.

Learning outcomes


  • To develop your capacity to think strategically about how much money is needed, when, where, and how that money can be obtained on acceptable terms.
  • To provide an understanding of financing sources, strategies, and mechanisms from pre-start, through the early growth stage, to the harvest of the venture.
  • To understand what the venture is worth, and how to negotiate what to give up.

Fall 2020

Section Title Instructor
50 Finance for Entrepreneurs Ramaswamy, Rama G Books Course details