Analyzes and makes recommendations on investment opportunities through learning the fundamentals of venture investing and performing due diligence on real companies. Explores the venture investing process from the entrepreneur's and the investor's point of view. Students present their recommendations to the Investment Committee of the W Fund. Offered: jointly with FIN 459.
This course covers two areas: 1) performing timely analyses and screening on business proposals; and 2) communicating your results in a clear, concise, and coherent fashion. This overall process is consistent with evaluating proposals in a number of different settings besides venture funding, e.g. banking and investment banking; mergers and acquisition; and corporate business development.
Student learning goals
Learn the Basics of Screening for Early Stage Venture Investments
Create concise presentations geared for investment decision makers
General method of instruction
Actual learning by doing - Evaluate companies looking for funding Supervision / Consultation - With instructor and Venture Capital Associates
Class assignments and grading
Assignments and Project are centered around submitting your due diligence report.