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FIN4470 Entrepreneurial Finance

Course Introduction

Welcome to FIN4470 Entrepreneurial Finance

Your first step? Read the Syllabus
Your second step? Read this Course Introduction
Print out the Assignments and Due Dates in Angel

Lessons. You will need to refer to this many

times in the class.

Entrepreneurial Finance
It is recommended that this course be taken after Principles

of Entrepreneurship (MAN3802); Product and Concept

Development (MAR4836); and Sales, Negotiating & CRM
FIN 3403 Financial Management is a prerequisite for this
There is weekly chapter homework due every Sunday
There are weekly individual chapter quizzes due every
Sunday. You will have 10 questions on each quiz with a 30
minute time limit.
There is a midterm and a final in this course with 25
questions and a 120 minute time limit.
Finally there is a team project to be submitted during Week

This is a Business course that applies important

main stream managerial finance skills. We do not

seek to produce finance wonks but competent
practicing entrepreneurs.
This is not a mechanical course. You will have to

think and draw managerial conclusions. It is

not a mindless number crunching exercise, where
numbers are blindly fed into formulas.
This is also a Quantitative course as is most

everything in business. In this course you will

make decisions to learn how to use your money

Course Success Tips

First be sure you have your pre-requisites. You cannot

take this class without FIN 3403.

On a weekly basis
STEP #1 - Read the Weekly Course Content page. This

page sets the road-map for the weeks materials and may
also include guides

STEP #2 - Do the Readings. Every class has text, and

frequently supplemental, readings. They are vital to

developing an understanding of the topics. Dont be
surprised if you dont get it on the first reading. They are
not novels. The rule of thumb is that two readings may be

STEP #3 - Do the Lecture Presentations (PowerPoints). They

highlight & clarify the important and difficult aspects of the

weeks topics. DO NOT try to rely ONLY on these
PowerPoints Presentations. It will not work.

Course Success Tips

Short Cuts to Avoid
Jumping right into the homework then looking back to

learn whats needed. Do this and you will spend

enormous amounts of time, will get very frustrated, and will
have weak learning results

Relying only on the PowerPoints and avoiding or skimming

over the Readings. At best you will get a very superficial

understanding, will get very frustrated, and will have weak
Test performance.

Course Materials
To assist you with the topics in this course, weve
assembled the following tools:
Text this is one of the leading texts in the field; its proven;

and its one of the most popular in the country

Lecture Presentations specially prepared PowerPoint

materials to add further clarification to Topics. These

materials have been used for more than 8 years at several

Excel guides & tutorials

Team Project
Your team will submit a business financial plan.
Your financial plan needs to include the income

statement, the cash flow projection and the balance

sheet. You will need to prepare ratio analysis,
breakeven analysis and three types of leverage. You
will calculate yearly and monthly loan payments and
provide a pro forma cash budget.
You will want to work on your team project weekly
along with your team group activities.
You will need to communicate with your team in team
discussion in Angel to earn your participation grade.

You will have 2 tests in this class. Tests in this course

are take home, open book, and open notes and

open Excel models The tests are not cumulative. The
tests are not open team or open tutor

The tests will be available in Angel.

The purpose of the test is to give you an opportunity to

demonstrate some standard of performance


Although the tests are take home, they DO have a time

limit. You will have 2 hours to complete the 25 multiple

choice question tests. Many questions are quantitative
in nature; just like your homework. Thus you will need
to study, organize your notes and practice many
problems before starting the exam. Once you open the
exam the timer will start.