FIN 475: Financing New Ventures

Note: This course code has changed from B 475 to FIN 475. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.


This class focuses on one of the most compelling issues for new/small/growing/private companies: how to raise capital.

This course is a part of the Business Management Integrated Finance Emphasis program and serves as an overview of all the options available to successfully finance new ventures. Financing alternatives are explored, including debt financing (from venture banks, commercial banks, and SBICs) and equity financing (from angels, private placements, venture capitalists, and public equity markets).


  1. Identifying great business opportunities (investors are most willing to put money into great businesses—so what makes a business great?)
  2. Sequencing of funding rounds
  3. Funding sources (self, crowd, angel, venture capital, debt, government, grants)
  4. Valuation
  5. Exit (harvest: merger, acquisition, IPO)



48 credits completed.

Required Materials

Learning Model Architecture

Each week, you will prepare by learning what is happening in business finance through current news items. You will learn how each type of financing works through readings and videos.

You will teach one another through discussions and group projects that help you share what you have learned and gain from each other's experiences.

Your opportunity to ponder and prove is written into the activities each week as weekly activities stemming from the focus of the lesson each week.


Due Midweek

Each week, you will have a video or materials introducing that week's topics. You will have readings from the class materials, videos, and outside readings about the topic that week. 

Due End of the Week

There will then be an activity to apply or expand upon what you have learned. These activities take time and are often group work, so you need to start them before the due date.


You will have one group that you work with throughout the class. You have activities that require working to create assignments together and giving each other feedback on individual assignments and some discussions. Read the instructions carefully each week for the assignment requirements.

Group accountability reports will be completed periodically throughout the course. Students who do not contribute to (or only minimally participate in) group projects will receive a lower grade than group members who do contribute.

Grading Policies

Follow the assignment instructions and rubrics attached to the assignments. The rubrics provide detailed expectations for each assignment.


Category Name Total Points


-W01 Quiz: Syllabus
-W02 Study: Definition of Opportunity
-W02 Study: Screening Opportunities
-W03 Prepare: Business Plan 1–3
-W04 Study: Funding Life Cycles
-W05 Study: Self-Funding and Crowdfunding
-Midcourse Evaluation 
-W06 Study: Private Placement (Angel Investors)  
-W06 Prepare: Business Plan 4–7
-W07 Study: Venture Capital
-W08 Study: Deals/Terms VC 
-W09 Study: Debt Funding/Grants/Public Assistance
-W09 Prepare: Business Plan 8–10


-W10 Exam: Funding Sources
-W11 Study: Valuation VC Method
-W11 Study: Pre/Post Money Valuation
-W12 Study: DCF
-W12 Study: Multiplier Method 
-W13 Study: Exits, Mergers, Acquisitions, and IPOs 
-W14 Final Exam


Group Activities

-Group Project Peer Rating


Individual Projects

-Generate 20 ideas 
-Create a screening tool 
-Screen your ideas 
-Introduction discussion 
-Identifying funding stages 
-Self-funding/crowdfunding activity 
-Interview an Angel Investor 
-VC industry profile 
-VC firm profile 
-VC-backed company profiles 
-Loans and grant programs 
-IPO summary

Business Plan (Group Projects)

-Team Roles/Tasks Events Business Plan 
-Sections 1–3 Idea Template 
-Sections 1–3 Outline 
-Sections 1–3 Final Version 
-Sections 4–7 Group Preparation 
-Sections 4–7 Idea Template 
-Sections 4–7 Outline 
-Sections 4–7 Final Version 
-Sections 8–10 Group Preparation 
-Sections 8–10 Idea Template 
-Sections 8–10 Outline 
-Sections 8–10 Final Version


-Business Plan Executive Summary 
-Business Plan final completed document and accompanying PPT slides 
-Business Plan presentation

Total Points: 680

Late Work Policy

No late work is accepted in this class, so it is imperative that you watch your class calendar and keep track of your due dates.


The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.