Free Online Course on Understanding Venture Capitalists

The RWTH Aachen University is offering free online course on Understanding Venture Capitalists: How to Get Money for Your Start Up. Introduction to Venture Capital will teach you how to get the money needed to run your startup.

In this six week course, applicants will learn the secrets of successful startup fundraising from veteran entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. This course will start on December 11, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 3-4 hours pw
Subject: Business Administration
Institution: RWTH Aachen University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Course Starts on December 11, 2017

Providers’ Details

RWTH Aachen University is among the leading technical universities in Europe measured by its academic output, the quality of its graduates, and by the quantity of its external funding.

About This Course

Being an entrepreneur and creating a startup requires money. This money is essential to building a prototype, hiring a great team, and launching a new product or service. How do you raise money for your startup? Venture capitalists.

Why Take This Course?

Introduction to Venture Capital will teach you how to get the money needed to run your startup. You will learn who venture capitalists are, how they think and gain an understanding of their motives, investment strategies, and what they’ll expect from you.

Learning Outcomes

  • What a venture capitalist is and why they do what they do
  • How to select and pitch to a venture capitalist
  • Basic knowledge on valuation and negotiation techniques
  • What a Term Sheet is, its clauses, and possible pitfalls
  • What changes when a venture capitalist enters your company
  • How, when, and why a venture capitalist exits your company and how it affects your and your team


Malte Brettel

Prof. Dr. Malte Brettel is professor of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at RWTH Aachen University and adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at WHU – Otto-Beisheim-School of Management, Germany.


No mandatory prerequisites, but basic knowledge of Entrepreneurship and math is beneficial.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
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  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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