Venture Capital II: Starting and Running a Venture-Backed Company

Details

Course Code:
LAW 401
Units:
3
Grading:
Law Honors/Pass/R credit/Fail

Description

This class will focus on the legal and non-legal tactical details of entrepreneurial endeavors. The legal specifics of corporate formation, tax, and contracts are well covered by a variety of other courses at the Law School and will only be reviewed briefly in this course. Instead, the course will examine the life stages (formation, financing, execution, and exit) of a venture-backed company from the entrepreneur's perspective. Students who are interested in either starting companies or working with startup founders as their legal counsel will solidify their foundations in this course. There will be no textbook – course materials will include PowerPoint slides, readings from various entrepreneur and venture capital blogs, sample business plans, and other sources. Grades will be based on class participation (10%), short reflection papers and/or short problem sets (15%), and a 60 minute oral business plan presentation with accompanying slide deck and written business plan. This course is limited to 16 students with students who have taken VC I receiving priority in enrollment. Prerequisites: A modest background in financial analysis or Excel, such as might be obtained in QM finance (Law 467), is a prerequisite for this course. Venture Capital I will be helpful but is not a prerequisite. Elements used in grading: Class participation (20%), and a 60 minute oral business plan presentation with accompanying slide deck and written materials (80%). CONSENT APPLICATION: To apply for this course, students must complete and submit a Consent Application Form available on the SLS website (Click Courses at the bottom of the homepage and then click Consent of Instructor Forms). See Consent Application Form for instructions and submission deadline.

Future Offerings

2015-2016 Spring

Venture Capital II: Starting and Running a Venture-Backed Company LAW 401 Section 01 Class #16403

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 16

Past Offerings

2014-2015 Spring

Venture Capital II: Starting and Running a Venture-Backed Company LAW 401 Section 01 Class #30266

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 16
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