Who will benefit from this course?

  • Venture investors

    For experienced venture investors, hone your skills and improve your performace. For newer investors, quickly build your knowledge and skills.

  • Traditional investors

    Venture investments are very different from traditional investments. Learn to avoid the mistakes many new investors make when investing in start-ups.

  • Entrepreneurs

    Lack of understanding about venture capital can result in failed fundraising or in bad deals for start-ups Learn to think about start-ups like a VC.

What will I learn in this course?

Venture capital investing is hard. Even top VCs have failure rates of more than 50% across their portfolios. The difference between success and failure can come down to the performance of 1 or 2 investments out of 30. Venture investors must know how to identify potentially successful ventures, how to structure deals with entrepreneurs and how to generate the high returns that characterize successful venture capital investing. In our VC courses you will earn the key skills for successful VC investment: evaluating high-potential investment opportunities, using financial projections to arrive at proper valuation for start-ups, and structuring and negotiating good investment deals. Our courses are hands-on, interactive and experiential and the learning can be applied immediately beyond the online classroom. Here you will have an opportunity to sample some of the content from our full-length entrepreneurship courses and programs. Here you can view 7 videos and read 7 articles that are included in our regular programs. These samples should give you a flavor of the approach to learning that we take - based on our real-world experience in the SEA enterprise ecosystem for the last 20 years.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • A message from the instructor

    • About the instructor

    • Connecting to my network

    • About Expara

    • Reading list for investors

  • 2

    Understanding Risk and Return

    • What is the relationship between risk and return?

    • Risk and return

    • Why fear risk?

    • Risk and return - Small versus scalable business

    • Reading: Risk and return

    • Reading - Two types of entrepreneurs

    • Reading - Fear and failure

  • 3

    Welcome to venture capital world

    • Welcome to venture capital world

  • 4

    Why do investors invest in VC?

    • Highest returning asset class

    • VC is the highest returning asset class

    • VC improves portfolio diversification

    • Reading - Why do investors invest in VC funds?

    • Reading - Top VC fund managers can consistently outperform

  • 5

    Why VC now?

    • Why VC now

    • Why venture capital now

    • Reading - Is moores law over?

    • Reading - Amaras law

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