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RSM2057H – Venture Capital Strategy

General Information


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Applicable Emphases:
(m) = Main, (s)= Supplemental

  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Business Design (s)
  • Strategy (s)

Applicable Major(s):
(c) = Core, (r) = Recommended

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (c)

Target Audience

This course is intended to appeal to students interested in the managing or financing of entrepreneurial ventures, as well as those interested in institutional investing and private equity. Students with public policy interests may also find the course rewarding.


12 regular sessions

Course Mission

This course seeks to train students to evaluate the strategies of venture capital firms, to recognize and evaluate investment opportunities, and to understand the structure and dynamics of entrepreneurial finance. 

Course Scope

This course covers all aspects of entrepreneurial finance from the point of view of the venture capitalist, including raising funds, forming limited partnerships, selecting and valuing potential investments, writing term sheets, choosing syndicate partners, monitoring investments and managing ‘exit’ events. In addressing these issues, it draws on recent research in competitive strategy, organization theory, financial economics and economic sociology. Though built on rigorous theory and evidence, the focus of the course is nonetheless highly practical.  It will include several guest speakers from the venture capital industry.

Evaluation and Grade Distribution

ComponentDue DateDeliveryWeight
Class ParticipationOngoingIn Class10%
Two Case Write-UpsBefore class on
relevant date
Online Submission20% (10% each)
Problem SetMid OctoberOnline Submission10%
Deal Negotiation Assignment (2-person team,
randomly assigned)
Mid OctoberOnline Submission10%
Evaluation of Startup (5-person team)Late NovemberOnline Submission30%
Final Exam or Final PaperExam WeekOnline Submission20%

Required Resources

Case and reading packet.

Last Updated: 2022-07-08 @ 3:17 pm