EGR 395: Venture Capital and Finance of Innovation

Venture Capital and Finance of Innovation with Shahram Hejazi

Venture capital is a driving force behind innovation and entrepreneurship, although the unique working details of venture capital firms and their processes are well-kept secrets. Early stage investors not only fund startups but also enable innovation through mentorship and partnership with the entrepreneurs. Understanding how these investors think and operate is critical to students who are interested in entrepreneurship, as well as to those who would like to pursue venture capital.

This course meets Fridays from 1:30 pm to 4:20 pm.


Sample Reading List

Andrew Metrick, Venture Capital and Finance of Innovation
Mahendra Ramsinghhani, The Business of Venture Capital
Frank Fabozzi, Entrepreneurial Finance and Accounting for High-Tech Compani

Reading/Writing Assignments

Weekly selected readings assigned.Every week, students are required review the 3 assigned startup companies and be prepared to discuss why your team would invest or not invest. They are also required to submit a 200 words summary.



Mid Term Exam - 20%
Quizzes - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 40%

Other Requirements

Other: 40% final project

Prerequisites and Restrictions

EGR 395, ECO 461 are considered equivalent courses and cannot be taken multiple times for credit.   

Other Information

Not Open to Freshmen.