SYLLABUS F 08 4310


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FIN/ENT 4310 ENTREPRENEURIAL FINANCE FALL 2008 Instructor: Bill Petty Office: 338—Finance Department Phone number: 710-2260 (office) 751-7483 (home) Email: [email protected] Office hours: 9:00-10:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday; 2:00-3:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Other times as available. COURSE PREREQUISITE: FINANCE 3310. Minimum grade of C COURSE OBJECTIVE AND STRUCTURE (A bit long and wordy, but important!) 1. The course builds on the concepts of finance learned in the basic corporate finance course (FIN 3310) that have relevance to the entrepreneurial venture, beginning with the startup and concluding with the "harvest." While we are interested in the entrepreneur as a person, we are even more interested in the entrepreneurial process, especially as it relates to finance. 2. The central focus of the course is to gain an understanding of the financing of entrepreneurial ventures, including ways entrepreneurs identify and commit the necessary resources to create and finance their ventures. Consistent with financial theory, we will be evaluating decisions and alternatives on the basis of their impact on firm value. To accomplish these objectives the course addresses specific skills, concepts, and know-how relevant for financing and building entrepreneurial ventures. In developing these concepts and skills, we look at the following basic areas: •Understanding the entrepreneurial process •Evaluating the opportunity •Developing the business plan •Financing the venture •Valuing and structuring the deal •Harvesting the venture 3. We will read extensively during the semester. Our reading should be aimed at (1) understanding what each article or chapter is about; (2) understanding the important principles presented by the author; and (3) either modeling the concepts or applying the principles to an actual situation, when possible. As the instructor, my lectures will focus primarily on concepts, rationales, and reasons why, as opposed to conclusions. We will then have significant exposure to business guests who will be speaking from their "rice bowl”, providing us insights on conventional practice, or the "hows" and "whats". The combination should allow a balance in our studies not otherwise possible. 1
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4. Please come to class prepared . The mere act of listening to wise statements and sound advice does little for anyone. In the process of learning, the learner’s cooperation is required. Such cooperation from students does not arise automatically, however. It has to be provided for and continually encouraged. It will be hard work, requiring a willingness to be stretched. However, it can be challenging and fun, if we want it to be. We are on the same team, working together to develop a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship, finance and ourselves. You will never intentionally be embarrassed in class for giving wrong answers. We learn from our mistakes. However, if you come without having done the assigned work, you will detract from the quality of the learning experience for yourself and the
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