Start-up finance

Start-up finance focuses on the study of value and resource allocation, applied to new ventures and answers key questions for all entrepreneurs such as: how much money should be raised and what is the best funding source for my case?   

Bachelor - Introductory courses

1CV10 Fundamentals of financial and management accounting – 5 ECTS – Q2

Focus of this course is on companies in terms of goods and cash flows. Goods flow through a company from suppliers to customers. These goods flows cause cash flows in the opposite direction, from customers to suppliers of production resources. The success of a company is measured, amongst others, by the amount of profit gained by the activities. Important topics are consequently: (relevant) costs, cost calculations, revenues, and financial performance and position.

DAB150 Introduction to business design – 5 ECTS – Q4

In this course you will learn the basic components that are of importance to make business of your design ideas. You will gain insight and experience in the four fields that are relevant in the business & entrepreneurship area of expertise. These are User and Market, Design, Technology and Intellectual Property, Design and Branding, Finance and Organization.

Bachelor - Deepening courses

1CK40 Intermediate financing and accounting – 5 ECTS – Q4

Students will be able to create and analyze cash flow and financial statements. They will be able to discuss forms of financing available to firms. They will be able to use investment valuation techniques to make capital investment decisions, taking into account factors like inflation and taxation. Finally, students will be able to discuss a firm's capital structure and recommend appropriate financing options.

Bachelor - Advanced courses

2DF40 - Financial mathematics – 5 ECTS – Q3

This course covers fundamental theories from the world of finance, including classical ideas about the trade-off between risk and return, optimal investments, derivative pricing, and the famous models of the Nobel laureates Markowitz, Black and Scholes. We also consider practical examples, and realistic financial data.


1ZM70 - Entrepreneurial finance – 5 ECTS – Q4

The primary objective of this course is to provide an understanding of a wide variety of issues related to the financing of new technology ventures and provide the students with the analytical skills to perform basic valuations and real option analysis. At the end of the course, students will recognize that understanding the unique aspects of entrepreneurial finance leads to better investment and financing decisions.

4TU MOOC Entrepreneurship for engineers

Are you an entrepreneur, or do you have a passion for building your own technology startup? This course will help and encourage you to start a successful technology-based venture. If you always wanted to become an entrepreneur, or if you are simply interested in putting a new technology to innovative use, this course is for you. This course helps you understand the process of entrepreneurship from a technology-oriented background. The course is made up of modules that are presented by experts in the field of entrepreneurship and technology.


PDSHA080 Technology entrepreneurship – 1.5 ECTS

This course covers one week consisting of eleven half days, which includes an introductory dinner on Monday evening. Activities and topics covered during this week are: Venture idea market for team formation, Teambuilding and venture team role division for business planning purposes, Using the lean business canvas model to conceptualize the venture proposition, Conducting a technology feasibility study, pivoting around risks associated to freedom-to-operate and appropriation of ideas (learning how to use patent data), The entrepreneurial marketing process, core concepts and research for planning, Entrepreneurial Finance, the most basic concepts and their application for planning, How to pitch for a group of experts among which investors are present. At the end of the course participants are expected to report, present and discuss the business proposition composed during the week around the idea selected by the team.