University of Maryland, College Park

New Venture Finance: Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs

Delivered online

University of Maryland, College Park
Enrolment Date(s):
180 days max
$50 per month

Course description

This course is for aspiring or active entrepreneurs who wants to understand how to secure funding for their company. This course will demystify key financing concepts to give entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs a guide to secure funding. Examine the many financing options available to get your new venture funded. Learn the basics of finance, valuations, dilution and non-dilutive funding sources. Understand capital structure for new ventures, term sheets and how to negotiate them, and the differences between early-stage versus later-stage financing. Develop an understanding of how to develop winning investor pitches, who and when to pitch, how to avoid common mistakes that limit the effectiveness of the pitch, and how to ‘get to the close’.

Key questions answered within the course include:

* When to raise outside capital?

* What kind of investors invest by stage and where to find them?

* What are your fundraising options?

* What are the key components of the term sheet?

* How to perform company valuations?

* How to pitch to investors?

* What techniques help the entrepreneur ‘get to the close’?

With this course, students experience a sampling of the ideas and techniques explored in the University of Maryland’s master’s degree in technology entrepreneurship, an innovative 100% online program. Learn more at

Entry requirements

If you pay for this course, you will have access to all of the features and content you need to earn a Course Certificate. If you complete the course successfully, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page – from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. Note that the Course Certificate does not represent official academic credit from the partner institution offering the course.