Entrepreneurial Finance

This online course provides participants with some of the theoretical and practical knowledge around how to raise business finance from different sources, manage funds and relations with investors and how entrepreneurs/investors can extract economic value from their investment. Students undertaking this course will be introduced to different sources of financing and financiers, and will analyse different strategies for attracting, securing and managing finance which may vary according to business model, business type and amount of financing required.






22.6.2020 – 28.6.2020

Introduction to entrepreneurial finance – why entrepreneurs need finance and where to get it (family, friends, business angels, venture capital, crowdfunding, bank loans, …)


29.6.2020 – 5.7.2020

How venture capital works. This topic will give participants insight into how venture capital funds behave and what to expect from them.


6.7.2020 – 12.7.2020

Valuation of entrepreneurial ventures. How to estimate the value of entrepreneurial companies in the case of receiving investment or selling the company.


13.7.2020 – 19.7.2020

When you get an investment – legal clauses and small print. This topic will introduce the term sheet (the main document when receiving an investment), its most common clauses and how to negotiate them with investors.

All participants that successfully complete the course (online multiple-choice questions quiz) will receive a certificate of completion.

You can start the course and proceed according to your own schedule.

The course is composed of both recorded and live online sessions that will be made available weekly. You may download these sessions in your own time. The sessions will be short and rich in content. Participants will also be able to engage with teaching staff and other participants via online discussion forum.

The course will be available until 29 August 2020.

This online course is supported by British Council Creative Spark programme and delivered in partnership with Kingston University London; Goldsmiths, University of London; Donetsk National Technical University and Kharkiv Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education.

Your Instructor

Ivan Zupic
Ivan Zupic

Ivan Zupic is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is teaching Entrepreneurial Finance and The Entrepreneurial Project modules.

His research interests include three main areas: (1) high-growth firms; (2) how digital technology enables open collaborative strategies (e.g. platform strategies, crowdsourcing) and (3) research methods – he is especially interested in bringing methods from machine learning and information systems (e.g. topic modeling, bibliometrics) into strategy and entrepreneurship research. His articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Organizational Research Methods, Management Decision and European Management Journal.

He conducted workshops on business model innovation, lean startup, pitching and market analysis for entrepreneurial teams in ABC Accelerator and CREA summer school. Two student teams coached by Ivan Zupic and his colleagues won the European-wide competition of student entrepreneurial projects from all participating Universities.

Before entering academia he worked as a consultant in the IT industry and editor/journalist in the media. He has extensive experience as a project manager in technology development, interacting with other managers as a consultant and running his own small business.

Course Curriculum

  Introduction to Entrepreneurial Finance
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts on 1 June 2020 and ends on 28 June 2020! However, it is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
The content will be available until 20 July 2020. If you wish to receive a certificate of completion, you will need to answer a multiple-choice quiz by then.

The course is free and you are welcome to enroll!

This course is closed for enrollment.