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Venture Capital Teaching Guide
What are the fundamentals of raising venture capital for the aspiring enterprise? What kinds of venture capital exist, and which are best for your organization? And what are the hidden costs? Here, students of entrepreneurship will learn the basics of fundraising, the skills to garner funds, and get a sense of the fundraising process, including best practices for managing investment resources for future growth. In this lesson, students will learn:

  • Module 1: How to Finance a New Venture
  • Module 2: Venture Capital: To Raise or Not to Raise?
  • Module 3: Tactics for Finding Investors
  • Module 4: Selecting an Investment Partner
  • Module 5: Negotiating with VCs: Terms, Expectations, and Milestones
  • Module 6: Effectively Managing Venture Capital Resources
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    Module 1: How to Finance a New Venture

    Core Teaching Message: These videos explore the various types of venture capital available, including self-funding (also called bootstrapping), angel investors, venture capitalists, corporate venture capitalists, loans, and grants. In addition to defining these terms, students of entrepreneurship will gain an understanding of the pros and cons for each.

    Overview of Teaching Videos: Beginning with a taste of the various flavors of financing, the following video clips drill down to define each term, give hints on how to achieve financial goals, and discuss how best to elongate the runway with the resources acquired.

     

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    Module 2: Venture Capital: To Raise or Not to Raise?

    Core Teaching Message: Although venture capital remains one of the most high profile entrepreneurial financing options, it should be used judiciously. Venture investors can be valuable partners that allow the organization to scale gracefully. They can also provide advice in navigating uncertain territory and critical networks for human capital and customers. But securing capital does not come without charge. Entrepreneurs must, in part, relinquish control to their new partners, and young organizations can be pressured to generate financial returns quickly - sometimes too quickly - for true longevity.

    Overview of Teaching Videos: The videos provide a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages associated with venture finance.

     
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    Module 3: Tactics for Finding Investors

    Core Teaching Message: Certainly there's a challenge and a knack to raising money from venture capitalists swept up in a tidal wave of plausible, fundable ideas. What's the best way to make your pitch? Here, Silicon Valley's best thinkers share their insight and real-life experiences getting noticed, making connections, and closing the deal.

    Overview of Teaching Videos: These videos advise entrepreneurs on how best to communicate with VCs, and how to focus their proposals and business strategies on real customer value.

     
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    Module 4: Selecting an Investment Partner

    Core Teaching Message: Once the burgeoning entrepreneur has turned heads in the venture community, selecting the right VC is as important as having the right idea at the right time. VCs bring financial security to firms, provide access to their network of industry contacts, and share their vision. And selecting the right VC can be the turning point that shapes a startup's future success.

    Overview of Teaching Videos: These videos highlight the relevance of bringing the right VC to the startup. But beyond just dollars, a shared strategy and point of view with your investors is the best method to lock in a solid long-term partnership.

     
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    Module 5: Negotiating with VCs: Terms, Expectations, and Milestones

    Core Teaching Message: If a VC shows interest in financing an organization, the next step is inking the contract and finalizing the deal terms. Eyeing this next-step in funding with realistic goals in mind and a toolbox of wise negotiating tactics is important for a thriving new business.

    Overview of Teaching Videos: The following videos emphasize proactive contract negotiating strategies for the first-time entrepreneur. They advise business strategists to identify and envision realistic outcomes of negotiable - and non-negotiable - terms. Silicon Valley thinkers also suggest that entrepreneurs should be acquainted with the terms of the contract before stepping into a conversation with their investors.

     
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    Module 6: Effectively Managing Venture Capital Resources

    Core Teaching Message: No matter how the first round of funding was acquired, once the check has been cashed the growing organization needs to allocate resources wisely. Dollar value should be focused on achieving realistic key milestones, as these demonstrable steps toward success are going to be the showpieces that will earn subsequent funding rounds.

    Overview of Teaching Videos: In these videos, entrepreneurs are advised to adopt a cautious approach while raising - and spending - money. Proving to investors that an organization's leadership is properly cautious and goal-oriented will likely result in more generous funding opportunities in the future.

     
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