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Entrepreneurial Skills for Engineers Unit 5: Entrepreneurial finance

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In this unit, we will be exploring key financial concepts for entrepreneurial ventures.

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This course is authored by the Nathu Puri Institute (NPI) for Engineering and Enterprise, which was established in 2011 at London South Bank University (LSBU). The Institute conducts research and shares its findings on integrated approaches to engineering education, with the aim of fostering confidence and enterprise in learning and practice. This course was written by the Director of the Institute, Professor Simon Philbin, along with Thomas Empson, Robin Jones, Paul Mansell, Mausam Gaurav and Pavan Kumar Sala.

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What you will learn
• Describe the various stages of a successful venture’s life cycle and identify by stage the relevant type of financing and investors.
• Demonstrate knowledge of key financial statements for operating a venture and analyse a venture’s financial performance using key financial ratios.
• Understand the costs of financial capital available to the entrepreneur and construct venture valuation models.
• Understand exit strategies such as going public through an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and alternate exit opportunities.
Who should learn
Engineers with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. Engineers looking to develop new products and services, or setting up a new business area or a new start-up company. Engineers working in large companies as well as entrepreneurial engineers who are looking to set up or have already set up a new company.

Job titles include:
• Engineer (mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, industrial engineer, chemical engineer, etc.)
• Project engineer
• Design engineer
• Process engineer
• Quality engineer
• Project manager, programme manager
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