About this program
This program is brought to you by GetFundedAfrica, a team of people dedicated to helping African businesses raise venture capital. Our practical experience is brought to bear in this 12-week, self-paced online program that aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the field of venture capital, from both entrepreneur and investor points of view.
Over the course of the program, you will gain insight on how to raise funds for your business as well as how to invest in businesses. We will explore the funding process, gain insight into the different types of investors and investment avenues, and leverage a combination of content including videos, lecture notes, exercises, case studies, and class discussions to make your online experience engaging & fun.
Is this program for you?
The coursework of this online program is aimed at those who are planning, or currently involved in, a new business and would like to gain a comprehensive understanding of venture capital financing. It’s also ideal for current or aspiring investors wanting to break into the industry. Investors will learn to analyze different funding opportunities, while entrepreneurs will learn how to effectively present and prepare their venture as they go about the fundraising process.
What this program covers
This online program is unique in the way it approaches entrepreneurship from a funding standpoint and takes a ‘two-hats’ approach to venture capital, exploring it from both the founder and investor perspective.
As an entrepreneur, you’ll learn how the entire financing life cycle works, and discover how to attract investors, create a business model, demonstrate traction and reach an agreement on a deal. As an investor, you’ll learn critical skills you can draw on to evaluate a venture based on information such as its financial projections. You will learn how to assess a company and its industry, and be able to use this understanding to make informed decisions about investments.
About the certificate
At the end of this program you will earn an official certificate of attendance from Remsana Academy.
Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the program handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the program.
- Lectures 49
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 12 weeks
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Certificate No
- Assessments Self
Module 1: The Investment readiness overview
Gain an understanding of the nature of venture capital and the economic importance to Africa
- History of the venture capital industry
- Key definitions and concepts involved in venture capital
- Economic importance of venture capital
- Framework for evaluating startup ventures
- How entrepreneurs and investors experience the funding cycle
- What a specific project venture will deliver in terms of commercial and societal value
Module 2: Investor types
Explore the types of investors in venture capital
- Recognize the different types of early stage investors
- Identify the advantages and disadvantages of accepting funding from family, friends, founders, and angels
- Review of the advantages and disadvantages of crowdfunding
- Distinguish between the different models of crowdfunding
- Analyze later-stage professional investors
- Classify the types of investors into a comprehensive investor map
- Assess specific case studies from the perspective of different types of investors
Module 3: Fundraising
Learn about fundraising, financial projections, and ‘financial ask’
- Identify the key components of fundraising
- Determine how to construct financial statements
- Calculate the financial projections for a project venture
- Analyze the financial projections of a specific project venture
- Decide on a ‘financial ask’ based on financial projections
- Create the financial projection slides for an investor pitch deck
Module 4: Valuation
Discover how valuation occurs and why it is important
- Introduce the concept of valuation
- Identify the characteristics of ownership and its challenges
- Interpret valuation methods
- Analyze the drivers of valuation in practice
- Assess appropriate comparables of companies through a comparables analysis
- Critique of Venture Capital Valuation and Discounted Cash Flow calculations
Module 5: Venture capitalists
Explore the role of venture capitalists, venture capital funding, and venture capital firms.
- Introduction to the structure and objectives of venture capital firms
- Explanation on the limited partner perspective
- Articulate key concepts related to returns in the venture capital industry
- Investigate the internal structure of venture capital firms and the skills required to make professional investment decisions
- Analyze the daily life of a venture capitalist
- Assess a project venture through due diligence
Module 6: Negotiating deals
Discover how to negotiate a deal to reach agreement.
- Identify common vs preferred shares
- Outline the various stock options available for project ventures
- Articulate the function of the convertible note
- Investigate the role of control within project ventures
- Analyze the terms in a term sheet and their purpose
- Assess the process of closing a deal
- Recommend a term sheet for a specific project venture
Module 7: Staged financing
Learn about staged financing and how ventures deal with financial difficulties.
- Outline the advantages and disadvantages of staged financing
- Identify the challenges for financing growth
- Analyze the role of debt and debt management in a project venture
- Evaluate the options companies are faced with when in financial difficulty
- Create a response plan to solve the financial crisis of a specific project venture
Module 8: Understanding Exit
Explore the process of ‘exit’ from the perspective of the entrepreneur and the investor
- Recognise the initial public offering process
- Review practical examples of the initial public offering process
- Interpret the difference between acquisitions, buyouts, and secondaries
- Assess how investors and entrepreneurs decide on an exit
- Create a comprehensive investment recommendation
- Review what has been learnt about venture finance and life after exit