Oxford Entrepreneurship: Venture Finance Programme

Gain insight into how ventures are financed from an entrepreneur and investor perspective.

Start date:


  • 8 weeks

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Online


  • £2,200

About the programme

Venture finance is the fuel for the next generation of technology and businesses.

This programme is aimed at those planning or starting a new business or scaling an existing venture and would like to gain a comprehensive understanding of the industry, as well as current or aspiring investors wanting to break into the venture finance industry.

Investors will learn to analyse different funding opportunities, while entrepreneurs will learn how to effectively present and prepare their venture as they go about the fundraising process.

Delivered in partnership with online learning provider, GetSmarter, you will be part of a community learning together through a dedicated Online Campus.


Finance and entrepreneurship are like two different parts of the brain, they work very differently. What we do in this programme is merge them.

Thomas Hellmann


On completion of this programme, you’ll walk away with:

  • A comprehensive understanding of how new ventures are financed from an entrepreneur and investor perspective, and the types of investments available
  • Practical skills to navigate the funding process, assess project valuations, and determine financial projections
  • An opportunity to network with and learn alongside a global cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs and investors
  • Guidance from leading industry experts and Oxford Saïd faculty, and access to the official Oxford Executive Education Alumni group on LinkedIn.

The thinking behind the programme

Our venture finance programme has been developed to provide a holistic understanding of venture finance and investment types, taking participants through the steps taken during the venture financing process. Viewpoints of both entrepreneur and investor are examined to provide the 'Two Hats' perspective.  

This programme is derived from the world-leading research and ongoing emerging initiatives of the Entrepreneurship Centre based at Oxford Saïd. It sits within a vibrant ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship at the business school and wider university, and is showcased by the annual Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum

By combining the fertile environment of Oxford, with the extensive array of guest contributors taken from industries across the globe, participants become immersed in a truly unique learning experience.

Exclusive frameworks are explored with participants on this programme and include:

  • The Venture Evaluation Framework
  • Investor map



Orientation Module

Welcome to your online campus.

Applications to join the programme will be accepted until the end of the orientation module.

Module 1

The Investment Cycle.

Reflect on the nature of venture financing and the role it plays for entrepreneurs and investors.

Module 2

Investor Types.

Explore the types of investors in venture financing.

Module 3


Learn about fundraising, financial projections, and ‘financial ask’.

Module 4

Valuation: Art or Science?

Discover how valuation occurs and why it is important.

Module 5

Venture Capitalists.

Explore the role of venture capitalists, venture capital funding, and venture capital firms.


Module 6

Negotiating Deals.

Discover how to negotiate a deal to reach agreement.

Module 7

Scaling Up and Scaling Down.

Learn about staged financing and how ventures deal with financial difficulties.


Module 8

Cashing In On Success.

Explore the process of ‘exit’ from the perspective of the entrepreneur and the investor.


Meet the faculty

The programme is led by Professor Thomas Hellmann, and is guided by prominent industry thought-leaders, who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the programme.

Experts and contributors

Continuing your development

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Explore the mindset and motivations that contribute to entrepreneurial success.

Led by Professor Thomas Hellmann, the Oxford Entrepreneurship: Venture Creation Programme is designed to help you nurture the practical skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur in any business context.

This is an invaluable opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skill set, both on its own or alongside the Oxford Entrepreneurship: Venture Finance Programme. 

The CPD Certification Service

This programme is certified by The CPD Certification Service. It may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.


Options for organisations

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