CREDITS 2 (LV) 3 (ECTS) - 30 Contact Hours

The course provides and introductory insight into the legal, financial and organisation aspects of venture capital industry. The students get introduced to the concepts of intellectual property and its market value, raising capital, investment funds, specific traits of venture capital-backed businesses, as well as means of intellectual property protection. It attempts to explain the rationale behind modern company valuations (why are some ventures valued billions without generating any cash anyway?), venture capital investment into early stage/start-up businesses and emphasizes the modern shift towards viewing the intellectual property assets as the major drivers for company’s value.

The course is focused on offering practical knowledge on VC and, while not differentiating between seminars and lectures, rests on and urges active student participation during throughout all sessions.