Venture capital and other sources of private equity play a critical role in the founding and development of new enterprises. In this course, we will review all aspects of starting and operating a venture capital firm. At the end of the course, students will better understand how the venture capital industry works; what types of businesses venture capitalists invest in and why; how contract structures protect investors; how venture capitalists create value for their investors and for the companies in which they invest; and how the North American venture capital model ports to other contexts.
Priority will be given to students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship stream of the Specialist program in Strategic Management. Additional students will be admitted as space permits.