This course focuses on the financing decisions of entrepreneurs. The first part of the course emphasizes identifying and valuing entrepreneurial business opportunities. The second part addresses how and from whom entrepreneurs raise funds and how financial contracts are structured to manage risk and align incentives. The third part addresses ways in which entrepreneurs “harvest” success and value.
Teaching notes emphasize principals and tools, and class cases cover firms in many industries and countries. The course is valuable for prospective entrepreneurs and investors, growth company managers, corporate finance specialists and consultants.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Professor Sorensen's research focuses on Private Equity, Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship, emphasizing the value created between investors and their portfolio companies. Recent research includes studies of the matching of VC investors and start-ups, the risk and return of entrepreneurial investments, VCs’ learning about industries and technologies, the effects of CEO type on deal success, the effects of PE on innovation, and the...