Sometimes it seems like the main aim of starting a new business is obtaining funding - certainly if you read the entrepreneurial blogs and social media that may appear to be the case.
While obtaining investment from an angel investor or venture capital firm will almost certainly catapult the growth of your business, there is also a downside to obtaining investment - and one that is often not spoken about until it is too late
What does it mean to you as a founder when an investor gets involved? How much control do you lose? Who sets the direction of the organisation? These and other questions are answered in this mini course.
After the programme, you will be better informed on the pro's and con's of getting investment and be much better prepared to negotiate a deal that matches your needs as well as those of the investor.
Professor Simon Gifford is an industry professional who has assisted multinationals and public sector organisations around the world in his role as a strategy consultant. Clients have included the likes of Barclays, Arcelor, Kimberley Clark and American Express to name a few.
He is also an entrepreneur who has launched a number of businesses, the latest venture being that of Mashauri which is an online education platform used by universities to provide their students with experiential entrepreneurial education. His current role there is Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he also sits on the advisory board as a mentor to various startups and scale-ups.
He is an adjunct professor at IE Business School and other institutions where he lectures on entrepreneurship, strategy, M&A and decision making.