Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will consider the funding of small and medium ventures, from seed funding, through start-up and mezzanine rounds, to a possible Initial Public Offering (IPO). You will explore the sourcing, structuring, negotiation, value creation and exit strategies involved from both the viewpoint of the entrepreneur and the investor. Finally, you will consider the effect of new technologies, such as the internet, cloud computing and blockchain, on the venture capital process, so as to be able to take advantage of new ways of raising capital as the capital market itself innovates and evolves.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGreg Jamieson

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesClass discussion and a comparative analysis of various forms of finance available for entrepreneurial, small and medium sized ventures, case study analysis.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Compare and contrast the various forms and sources of finance available for entrepreneurial, small and medium sized ventures.
02. Analyse the effects of technical innovation in venture capital markets.
03. Advise on the commercial structure of financial contracts and term sheets, including the staging and syndication of deals, board representation, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.
04. Apply valuation techniques appropriate for various types of entrepreneurial firms and financial securities.
05. Compare and contrast the different strategies available for a venture capital investor to exit the investment.
06. Develop a financial business case for a business.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGreg Jamieson

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 32 - 43
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Individual case study 1 (500 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO2

Individual case study 2 (1,000 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO6

Group negotiation simulation 500 words equivalent

N/AOtherGroupNo10 SILO3

2-hour final examination 2,000-word equivalent

N/ACentral examIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO4, SILO5