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Examines the strategic and financial issues facing start-ups and venture capital investments. This course examines the entrepreneurial process, focusing on financing - how new ventures are funded, applying the perspective of both the venture seeking financing and investors considering how to identify and manage good opportunities. Topics covered include the history and current direction of the venture capital industry; alternative financing sources, notably venture capital and angel investors; business planning methods; screening new venture opportunities; valuation techniques; capital raising practices and methods; management of new ventures; and harvesting or exit strategies, including IPO's and mergers. Students will be able to attend investor forums, and guest lecturers will supplement the course content.