Oxford Entrepreneurship:
Venture Finance Programme

Navigate the venture finance process as an entrepreneur or investor


8 weeks, excluding


7–10 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

You'll walk away with:


A comprehensive understanding of how new ventures, or businesses, are financed, the types of investments available, and what the venture finance process entails.


Practical skills to navigate the funding process from the perspective of both an entrepreneur and investor.


The ability to prepare and present a fundraising pitch deck for potential venture financing, and the skills to evaluate investment opportunities.


An opportunity to network with global entrepreneurs, investors, and venture capitalists while learning online from leading industry experts and faculty from Oxford Saïd.

Programme outline

Over the duration of this programme, you’ll work your way through the following modules:

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: Fundraising
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.

“This course is instrumental in giving the practitioner a perspective of how entrepreneurs and investors navigate their relationship in the venture-building process. Professor Hellmann enables a deep understanding of this process in a lively and enjoyable manner, while the homework is designed to give a sense of the real-world challenges. I strongly recommend this course.”
– Dimitrios Psarrakis, Innovation and Technology Policy Specialist, European Parliament

Your Programme Director

Professor Thomas Hellmann

DP World Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Dr Thomas Hellmann engages across Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, teaching the popular elective on entrepreneurial finance on the Oxford MBA, as well as undergraduate, doctoral, and executive programmes. His research focuses on entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurship, innovation, and public policy. He is the academic director of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Oxford Saïd, and leads the Oxford site of the Creative Destruction Lab, an international acceleration programme for start-ups.

A pioneer of academic literature on entrepreneurial finance, Thomas has been published in leading journals including the American Economic Review and the Journal of Finance and Management Science. He has advised a range of international clients including the World Economic Forum and the Government of British Columbia.

Guest Experts

You’ll also hear from a diverse group of world-leading industry experts and thought-leaders from around the globe.


Adam Hale
Chairman, ScaleUp Institute
Agne Milukaite
CEO, Cycle.land
Caroline Hicks
CFO and Co-Founder, Brill Power


Charles Conn
CEO, Oxford Sciences Innovation
Charlotte Clune
Investment Associate
Husayn Kassai
CEO and Co-Founder, Onfido


Irina Haivas
VC, Atomico
Jeff Lynn
Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Seedrs
Jenny Tooth
OBE Chief Executive, UK Business Angels Association


Katherine Murray
Partner, Avantia Law and Associate Fellow,
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Michael Tefula
Investor, Downing Ventures
Mohammed Tayeb
Co-Founder and COO, Medicalchain


Patrick Pichette
General Partner, Inovia Capital
Saul Klein
Partner, LocalGlobe
Shai Gilat
Founder and COO, ESSE Tech LTD


Srin Madipalli
Founder, Accomable and Product Manager, AirBnb
Shefali Roy
COO at TrueLayer and Fintech Industry Advisor, University of Oxford
William Tunstall-Pedoe
Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneur


An online education that sets you apart

This Oxford Entrepreneurship: Venture Finance Programme is delivered in collaboration with leaders in digital education GetSmarter. Join a global community of professionals who have already had the opportunity to:


Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you learn around your schedule


Enjoy a personalised and supported online learning experience


Earn a certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

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