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Course content

This course provides a general introduction to financial management as experienced by an entrepreneur. Thus the course is broadly scoped covering many different subjects including financial planning and management, sources of risk capital, fundraising and evangelizing your venture to attract partners and investors. The purpose of the course is to build the students’ knowledge and ability to financially manage and fund an attractive investment opportunity.  


Learning outcome

After you have completed this course, you will:

  • Have advanced knowledge on financial planning and management, including income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements and working capital management
  • Have advanced knowledge on financial modelling, investment analysis and valuation methodologies
  • Have advanced knowledge on different sources of risk capital including seed- and venture capital funds, how these types of investors operate, what they are looking for and how they structure their deals.
  • Be able to plan and manage the finances of new ventures and to carry out investment- and valuation analyses on individual projects and companies
  • Be able to seek funding from different sources of risk capital funds including developing effective fundraising strategies, attracting interest from investors and negotiating sound terms.
  • Be able to recognize a great business opportunity from the average
  • Be able to sell your business propositions effectively to external stakeholders (i.e. potential investors, partners and senior employees)


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification is required.

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with ENT4310 - Business economics and marketing (discontinued)


The core of the course is a series of lectures, readings and group exercises. The group exercises are organized assignments between classes.

Teaching takes place on a weekly basis throughout the semester, three hours per week. You are expected to participate in all team and group exercises and simulations, when in class.

Due to the significant amount of group work and in-class activities in this course, attendance of the lectures is mandatory. You will need to attend at least 80 percent of the lectures in order to attend the exam.


There will be one group financial plan that will count for 40% of the grade and one oral group pitching exam that will account for 15% of the grade. In the group exams the students in each group are given the same grade. In addition there will be 3 individual quizzes during the semester at the end of each section of the course, each counting for 15% of the grade. 

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: ENT4310 - Business economics and marketing.

Special examination arrangements

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