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Private Equity and Venture Capital

Taught by Sridhar Sethuraman

The rapid growth of Institutional Capital deployed within emerging markets, incl India, has created significant opportunities for entrepreneurs across a variety of sectors, incl the social impact sector. Institutional Capital denotes all types of capital including Grants, Angel, Seed Venture Capital Private Equity and Long-Term Hedge Funds.

The course provides insights into the journey of Private Investments (Grants/ Seed/VC/PE) in emerging companies in India. It traces investor decisions across the lifecycle of private investments from Angel stage to the final destination of a Buyout by a strategic OR listing on public markets. The course will include practical application of all theoretical concepts learnt in other Business, Finance and Accounting courses incl. Business Strategy, Risk -Return, IRR & NPV.

The course focuses on nuances involved in investments in unlisted assets at various stages in the life cycle. We provide distinct perspectives of investors at various stages of the enterprise. We explore specific examples of investor decisions that causes them to invest with entrepreneurs. We will discuss the most important aspects of unlisted investments and equip students with the tools and knowledge to identify and make better-informed decisions from the perspective of an Institutional investor. If time permits, we will also provide the counter perspective of the entrepreneur at each of the stages.

The course will include India-specific case studies and a sharing of experiences of successful investors and entrepreneurs in India. The course covers several industries incl Real Estate, Fin Tech, Social enterprises and Ecommerce.

This course will thus offer students the opportunity to hear of, and participate in, the opportunities and challenges facing institutional investors.

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