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ENTR413 Finance for Entrepreneurs

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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.

Paper title Finance for Entrepreneurs
Paper code ENTR413
Subject Entrepreneurship
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (16 May 2022 - 24 June 2022) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,403.61
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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 of intensive teaching on Dunedin campus: Monday 23rd May – Friday 27th May. Attendance is compulsory.


Spinelli, S. & Adams, R. (2016). New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century. 10th Edition. New York: McGraw Hill.
A limited number of copies of this text book are available on Closed Reserve at the Central Library. It is not compulsory to have your own copy.

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

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1st Non standard period (16 May 2022 - 24 June 2022)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-12:50 21
Monday 13:00-16:50 21
Tuesday 09:00-12:50 21
Tuesday 13:00-16:50 21
Wednesday 09:00-12:50 21
Wednesday 13:00-16:50 21
Thursday 09:00-12:50 21
Thursday 13:00-16:50 21
Friday 09:00-12:50 21