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Starting a Business 6: Funding Your Business

Raising funds in an important when starting a business; find out which source of funding is most suitable for your business idea.

Starting a Business 6: Funding Your Business

Why join the course?

A successful business requires funding to get it started. There are many ways to get your business up and running, from the informal such as personal savings and borrowing, borrowing from friends and family, to the more formal avenues like bank loans, raising equity to crowd-funding. This course will help you consider the finance options available for businesses, and how to fund the expansion of a business.

This is the final course in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsThis is the final course in a series of six, designed to help you on the journey of entrepreneurship. In this course, we consider the importance of being able to raise funds when starting a business. There are many ways to get your business up and running, from the informal-- such as personal savings and borrowing-- to the more formal avenues-- like bank loans, raising equity, and crowd funding. This course will provide you with the opportunity to consider what kinds of funds might help you with your new venture. Through videos, activities, and quizzes, this series of business courses introduce case studies of young entrepreneurs who are already on the journey. They share their business challenges with you and a panel of business advisers.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 secondsThrough discussion and activities, you have plenty of opportunity to define and work on your business plan, as well as helping others.

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What topics will you cover?

  • The options available to raise capital for new ventures
  • Financial support in your locality
  • How to fund the expansion of a business
  • An introduction to crowdfunding
  • Pitch your business idea, product or service
  • The business plan: funding a business

When would you like to start?

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the types of funds that can be raised to help get a business up and running.
  • Identify the factors which impact on the way a new venture is financed eg company type, the market or sector the company is trading within, the aspirations of the founders.
  • Discuss the entrepreneur’s business challenge: How can the expansion of the team’s company be funded?
  • Assess funding for a business plan.
  • Assess whether funding is required to get started.
  • Reflect on how you would approach financial sources.

Who is the course for?

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.

Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications.

The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.

Who will you learn with?

Emilee Simmons

I'm a Teaching Fellow for the Leeds Enterprise Centre at the University of Leeds. My focus is on Social Enterprise and "Intrapreneurship". I also have a background in the Performing & Visual Arts.

Who developed the course?

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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