Discover the Power of Venture Capital Investing
Did you know that the business of venture capitalism is a *$330 billion industry, a number that nearly doubled since last year? This course takes you inside the fast-paced world of venture capital investing, where money is raised to support new business ventures. Learn how startups raise money from external sources and understand the key concepts and terms of VC investing. Take on the role of an entrepreneur, and craft a convincing pitch to potential investors. If you’ve ever wanted to understand the various roles within this exciting field, this course is for you.
Multi-length courses available throughout the year
For students ages 13 and up
What is Venture Capital?
Learn the Core Concepts of Venture Capitalism
Learn the key terms, roles and concepts of VC. Find out how money, or capital, is raised. Determine the conditions under which startups decide to source money and explore the funding options available. Understand when raising capital is the best option.
Delve Into the Venture Capital Ecosystem
Study how VC firms and their investors make money. Understand the community of players needed to raise capital — the VC ecosystem. Learn about the market research, business models and valuation techniques that are essential to making a pitch.
Who Are Venture Capitalists?
Who are the investors in a VC deal and where do they come from? Learn about the players in the VC world and how startups find investors. Describe the important relationship between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.
Create an Unforgettable Pitch That Funds Your Idea
Identify the key aspects of a high-concept pitch. Create a single-sentence descriptor of your business. Describe your concept details, provide the terms of the “ask” and highlight the potential for your business.
What Happens After the Pitch?
Learn what happens after startups have a successful pitch with a VC firm. Describe the due-diligence process and follow a deal through closing and post-investment support. Learn about exit strategies and what happens when additional investing is needed.
Explore Majors and Careers Related to Venture Capitalism
Topics covered in this course offer a good background for potential college majors and career paths related to venture capital investing, such as finance, business, economics, accounting or portfolio management.
How You Will Benefit
- Define venture capitalism.
- Distinguish VC from other sources of funds.
- Understand the founder’s process of raising money from pitch to outcomes.
- Deliver a pitch as if you’re seeking VC funds.
- Discover the scope of the VC profession and upcoming trends.
- Complete a Final Project to demonstrate what you’re learned.
- Earn a Certificate of Completion from William & Mary.
Three Learning Advantages Designed for You
This online course culminates in a Final Project that allows you to demonstrate what you’ve learned throughout the course, which you can add to your portfolio. For this project, you will:
- Create a six to eight minute recorded presentation, or pitch deck, that you would present to a venture capital firm.
- Assume the role of the founder of a business concept.
- Look to secure funding from a seed-stage venture capitalist. Your pitch should be thorough and compelling enough to share with a real venture capital firm.
You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can support you and deepen your learning experience. You can expect:
- Encouragement and direction on all assignments.
- Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you excel in your studies.
- Brainstorming and ideation to help you prepare for your Final Project.
- 100% online learning that works with your schedule.
- Flexible format: you’ll learn through video lectures. Tune in anytime that works for you.
- 20-30 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support from mentors.
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All course options have the same educational content, learning materials and number of assignments. We are offering a condensed version of the course in order to accommodate students’ individual schedules.
Course Designed by William & Mary Faculty
Professor Graham Henshaw, Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Center & Clinical Associate Professor
Graham Henshaw is a clinical associate professor at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business and executive director of the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center.
Prior to joining William & Mary, Graham was the director of venture development at New Richmond Ventures – a Richmond-based venture capital firm investing in early-stage socially driven startups.
Graham brings to W&M a diverse background in product development, Fortune 500 strategic consulting and entrepreneurship. He leveraged his varied skill set to found Active Innovation Group in 2007. As a strategic consultant, Graham has worked with companies including General Electric, Kraft Foods, Toyota and GlaxoSmithKline to create products, services and messaging consistent with deep consumer insights.
Graham Henshaw earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.S. in mechanical engineering with a minor in industrial design from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
How to Apply
It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are needed. Our application requires basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian. Then, tell us why you wish to take this course. Include your personal story through writing, video, photos — or any medium you prefer.
Note: Please submit all application materials in English.
Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes of your time to answer the questions.
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