EGR 395: Venture Capital and Finance of Innovation

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. Please see the Registrar's page for more information. 


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 Companies


Shahram Hejazi

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

Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

Other Information

Reserved Seats

  • Open to Graduate Students Only 3 (L01)

Other 40%: final project.