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International Summer School

International entrepreneurial finance summer school

Course overview

Gain an understanding of the techniques and concepts involved in financing entrepreneurial start-ups.

You’ll discover how financial instruments work, the valuation principles they rely on, and the implications they have for corporate governance. You’ll also delve into the financing landscape and instruments including venture capital, private equity early stage financing and more informal ‘business angel’ financing.

By the end of the summer school course, you’ll have:

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Course information

Eligibility Minimum English requirement
Level Level 4, equivalent to 1st year of a degree
Duration 3 weeks
Contact time 45 hours
Extra cost £0
Equivalent to 3 to 4 US semester hours or 7.5 European ECTS credits. Learn how they’re recognised
Fees Fees to book your summer school place

Who this course is for

You need an interest in business and finance to apply.

What you’ll learn

You’ll gain analytical and critical appraisal skills and an understanding of:

Course lead

This Southampton Summer School course is led by Professor Bruce Hearn, a visiting professor of accounting and finance. He has held visiting professorships in leading universities around the world and has over 12 years’ professional experience in the City of London. Find out more about Professor Bruce Hearn.

Contact us

Please contact the Summer School Team on +44 (0)23 8052 8895 if you have any questions.

To ask us anything about Southampton Summer School, email us:

Field trips you’ll take

No field trips for this course, which focuses on teaching and lab work.

Topics you’ll cover

Week 1

Day 1: Introduction into entrepreneurial firms and their lifecycle.

Day 2: Entrepreneurial corporate governance I.

Day 3: Entrepreneurial corporate governance II.

Day 4: Equity versus debt financing.

Day 5: Assessment of group presentations.

Week 2

Day 1: How to structure a business proposal

Day 2: Introduction to Bank-based financing

Day 3: International entrepreneurial finance environment

Day 4: Company valuation principles

Day 5: Practical Excel-based exercises in company valuation

Week 3

Day 1: Business Angel valuation techniques

Day 2: Practical Excel-based exercises in Business Angel valuation valuation

Day 3: Venture Capital valuation techniques

Day 4: Practical Excel-based exercises in Venture Capital valuation valuation

Day 5: Assessment – Exam.

Teaching and assessment methods

For each daily 3 hour teaching session, you’ll have a mix of:

  • mini-lectures
  • individual and group exercises and mini-case studies
  • Excel-based computer laboratory work to use practical valuation techniques

You’ll get summative assessment of:

  1. A mid-term student group presentation.
  2. An end of course written exam.

Both elements give you half of your final mark.

Reading list

Brealey, Myers & Allen, Principles of Corporate Finance.

This popular book has many issues and editions. One of these is:

Richard A. Brealey, Stewart C. Myers, Franklin Allen Edition 10, illustrated McGraw-Hill/Irwin 2011 ISBN, 0071314172, 9780071314176

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