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    The concepts, techniques, instruments and institutions involved in raising new venture finance and private equity. Accounting issues involved in achieving successful outcomes. Entrepreneurial finance, venture and corporate venture capital.

    Students learn how to use financial accounting information, apply valuation techniques, evaluate financial health and make investment decisions using an Excel-based learning platform.

    About this paper

    Paper title Finance for Entrepreneurs
    Subject Entrepreneurship
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,482.46
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Pre or Corequisite
    ENTR 411
    Limited to
    MEntr, MAppSc, PGDipCom
    (i) This paper includes a one-week on-campus component. (ii) International students should enrol for the on-campus offering of this paper (iii) students who do not meet the prerequisites for this paper, may apply for approval from the Programme Director to have the prerequisite waived.

    Practising professionals and students from other Master's programmes can request Special Permission to enrol in this paper. For more information, contact


    Teaching staff

    Dr Helen Roberts and guest entrepreneurs.

    Paper Structure
    • Financial statements
    • Monitoring performance
    • The time value of money
    • Managing financial distress
    • Compliance and tax
    • Dept funding
    • Pivot tables
    • Project valuation
    Teaching Arrangements

    Five days (dates to be confirmed closer to paper opening) of intensive teaching on the Dunedin campus: 20th May 2024 (Monday) - 24th May 2024 (Friday)

    Attendance is compulsory.


    To be confirmed

    Course outline

    The course outline will be provided prior to the week of teaching. If you would like to see a copy of the most recent offering please email

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this paper, you should be able to:

    • Know the financial objectives and accounting basis of a business
    • Explain the purpose of financial statements for reporting and management
    • Understand basic business-tax issues
    • Read and understand financial statements
    • Undertake the time value of money, estimate cash flows, the cost of capital and apply these concepts to project and firm valuations
    • Develop skills that can be used to assess different business ventures and determine how changes in input variables can affect the viability of such investments
    • Understand the various sources of equity and angel investing and long-term debt


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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