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University of Leeds

Starting a Business 6: Funding Your Business

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A successful business requires funding to get it started. There are many ways to get your business up and running, from the informal such as personal savings and borrowing, borrowing from friends and family, to the more formal avenues like bank loans, raising equity to crowd-funding. This course will help you consider the finance options available for businesses, and how to fund the expansion of a business.

This is the final course in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.

Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications.

The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.


  • Funding your business
    • Welcome
    • Funding your business
    • The team's business challenge
    • Summary
  • Realising your vision
    • About week 2
    • Your turn
    • Your business plan
    • What's next?

Taught by

Emilee Simmons


4.9 rating, based on 12 Class Central reviews

4.7 rating at FutureLearn based on 7 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    I have completed all 6 of the Starting a Business courses in order to help support me in starting my own business up, alongside the other workshops, etc. I am attending. I have found them all very interesting, informative, well presented and thorou…
  • Anonymous
    As the final step in this course of 6 modules it rounded off very well the whole experience. Dr Simmons presents her material in a clear and concise manner and is a pleasure to listen to. She shows the student that everything to do with the funding has to be taken into consideration and how to do that by the exercises that are set.
  • Anonymous
    Overall an informative course, creates a solid foundation for further studies, however, one must buy the course to take the test and receive a certificate.
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed learning about the funding options for my business in this course.

    The only drawback that I’d find is that more information could have been given re how to approach Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors, e.g. telling us about the documents needed to approach these investors and how to create a Pitch Deck.

    Apart from this, the information given re crowdfunding was invaluable!
  • Anonymous
    I enrolled all of these series of the course. All of the case studies and also suggestions from the expertise are insightful. I hope I can start my business and become successful ones. Thanks a lot, FutureLearn and the University of Leeds. I'm very grateful to be a part of this amazing course.
  • Anonymous
    This has been a great Course series starting a business yes it is rellay helpfuly for me I understand all about a business. Thank You all University of Leeds.

    Warmly wishing to students and staff University of Leeds a very Merry Christmas.
  • Anonymous
    This has been a great journey of the Starting a Business series and I have been able to think through very important issues I need to consider to grow my business and get it off the ground.I am eternally grateful.
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    Ayot Adhiambo
    This has been a great journey of the Starting a Business series and I have been able to think through very important issues I need to consider to grow my business and get it off the ground.I am eternally grateful.
  • Anonymous
    This course, Funding Your Business is fully provide me to get the business idea and to consider the fund resources as carefully. Then the course raises me up next level.
  • Anonymous
    This is a very useful course and helped me to think about funding in relation to starting a new business. I would highly recommend this course series.
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