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University of Pennsylvania

Entrepreneurship 4: Financing and Profitability

University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania via Coursera


Start-ups can benefit from a wide variety of financing options on the path to profitability, but how do you know which one to choose? This course explores different financing models, including bootstrapping, organic growth, debt and risk capital, and also provides a clear overview of equity financing including the key types of investors: angels, venture capital, and crowdfunding. You’ll learn about terms, and term sheets, exit modes and what exit strategy might be best for you. By the end of this course, you’ll have an understanding of what success looks like and how it can be financed. You’ll also be ready for the capstone project, in which you will get feedback on your own pitch deck, and may even be selected to pitch to investors from venture capital firms.

Taught by

David Bell, Ethan Mollick, Laura Huang, David Hsu, Karl T. Ulrich, Lori Rosenkopf and Kartik Hosanagar


4.3 rating, based on 6 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Background: I have worked at a startup for the past 3 years, so I was already familiar with the concepts.

    Content: was good and interesting. I particularly liked seeing examples of how this applied to some real life scenarios at startups. In general, I find that to be the highest value add of the Wharton Entrepreneurship specialization.

    Difficulty: easy. So long as you're paying attention, you should be able to grasp the concepts and learn them.
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    Derek Stevens

    Derek Stevens completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This class has very interesting material. My only critique is that it’s to easy at times, and I find myself wishing there was more assessments or projects.
  • Sanaa Hamad Hamid Al-shukili

    Sanaa Hamad Hamid Al-shukili is taking this course right now.

    I loved it. He has a wonderful business. I hope to benefit more in the area of ​​finance and profit. I would like to own a large company with very high income.
  • Farhan

    Farhan is taking this course right now, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    I am very happy to attend and Study this Free apportunity in business entrepreneurship course i understand the basic concept to solve every problem in My business.
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