Venture Science Series: Entrepreneurial Finance

Wednesday 15th December, 2pm - 3:30pm
Businesses formed around early-stage technologies have unique funding needs and constraints, making it a difficult landscape to navigate. This session is focused on learning more about how these ventures can be funded, how to cost them and overcome barriers and challenges involved in getting funding.

Join the PFDC and Imperial Enterprise Lab for a series of interactive workshops and talks that will broaden your skillset and give you exposure to the industry. The series will introduce early career researchers (postdocs and PhDs) to the building blocks of developing an idea or technology for commercial environments, covering ideation, testing an idea, business strategy, building a team, and more*. During this series, you will also develop transferable skills to manage your entrepreneurial journey and succeed.

Key areas

• Think Like an Entrepreneur – Wed 10th Nov 2.00-4.00pm (Online)

• Are We There Yet? An Introduction to Commercial Readiness – Fri 19th Nov 2.00pm-4.00pm (Online) – register here

• Product Market Fit & Testing Your Idea – Thurs 2nd Dec 1.00pm-2.30pm (Online) – register here

• Entrepreneurial Finance – Wed 15th Dec 2.00pm-3.30pm (Online) – register here

• Building the Team – Thurs 13th Jan 2.00pm-4.00pm (Online) – register here

• Business Strategy for Beginners – Thurs 27th Jan 2.00pm-3.30pm (Face-to-face with online streaming) – register here

*Please note IP knowledge, strategy and development will not be covered by the series as this is covered in the course How Intellectual Property Rights Can Impact Your Research. You can also watch the Imperial IP strategy video here and a talk about IP and IP law here.

Postdocs or PhDs who attend the series as a whole course and will be given a certificate at the end, however you are invited to attend only the sessions you feel more appropriate for you. If you are considering participating in Techcelerate or MedTech SuperConnector we strongly encourage you to register for a few of the sessions.

You do not need to have a business idea or technology to commercialise to attend these sessions. They are purely based on developing skills and knowledge. 

Entrepreneurial Finance

Businesses formed around early-stage technologies have unique funding needs and constraints, making it a difficult landscape to navigate. This session is focused on learning more about how these ventures can be funded, how to cost them and overcome barriers and challenges involved in getting funding. Finally, it will open your eyes to the array of funding options available to you, how to decide which is right for you and building that into your plan for growing a business.

Taking participants through all of this is Imperial’s very own Dr Ramana Nanda, Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance and Academic Lead for the institute of Deep Tech Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London, a Research Fellow in Financial Economics at the CEPR and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School.

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