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Financing Decisions for Start-ups and Instruments for Entrepreneurs

Learn the principles of entrepreneurship & innovation management

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£12 inc VAT
Study method
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0.7 hours
No formal qualification
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This course aims to provide users the opportunity to develop and enhance their skills and knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation. Topics covered in this module includes: Understanding Intellectual Property; Assessing Market Research; Evaluating Revenue & Cost Framework; Developing a Business Plan; and Gaining an insight on Angel Investors, Venture Capitalist and Government Grants.


0h 43m
    • 1: Course Text 18:00 PDF
    • 2: Financing Decisions for Start-ups Preview 01:54
    • 3: Types of Angel Investors 00:58
    • 4: Attracting Angel Investors 00:45
    • 5: Venture Capitalist 01:45
    • 6: Venture Capital Investment Process 01:24
    • 7: The Stages in Venture Capital Investment 01:41
    • 8: Advantages of Venture Capital 01:24
    • 9: Government Grants 01:55
    • 10: Funding Instruments for Entrepreneurs 00:54
    • 11: Debt Instrument 02:17
    • 12: Mezzanine - Preferred Shares 02:00
    • 13: Capital Market Structure 01:53
    • 14: Advantages and Disadvantages 01:37
    • 15: Knowledge Quiz 04:00

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There are many types of financing options and routes available for entrepreneurs to start or grow their business, including personal savings or from family/friends, loans, angel investors, venture capital and loans. The entrepreneurship can use multiple sources to attract funds, but their abilities are the most important determinant to attract investors. The following sections will discuss some of the early-stage funding options.

Angel Investors
Angel investors are the type of investors who uses their money to fund young start-up private businesses run by entrepreneurs who are neither friends nor family. Angel investors might be professionals such as doctors or lawyers, former business associates -- or better yet, seasoned entrepreneurs interested in helping the next generation. They benefit the entrepreneur in many ways, share their knowledge and expertise and are willing to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in your business in return for a piece of the action.

Upon the completion of this module, users will be able to:
• Understand the theoretical and practical knowledge in entrepreneurship and innovation, including recent developments in the discipline.
• Apply critical thinking to relevant research articles of contemporary relevance in entrepreneurship and innovation.
• Critically analyse information from a wide range of sources to create solutions innovatively to improve current practices.

Who is this course for?

  • Business Managers
  • Students
  • Self Employed Individuals
  • Start-up Companies
  • Executives
  • Entrepreneurs


  • No prerequisites.
  • No materials distributed.
  • No formal assessments required.

Career path

  • Entrepreneur
  • Administrator
  • Business Development Officer
  • Consultant
  • Government Officer
  • Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Project Manager

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Optional extras

Digital certificate

Reed courses certificate of completion is included in course price

Additional information:

Will be downloadable when all lectures have been completed

Digital certificate

Certificate of completion can be purchased with the provider at an additional cost of £3.00

Additional information:

The certificate will be sent via email once the course has been completed. 


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