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Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
Cambridge Startup Funding: Pre-seed to Exit
Improve funding outcomes for your new business venture
19 April 2023
Registration closes
25 April 2023
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Length: 6 weeks
Language: English
Effort: 7-10 hours per week, self-paced online learning
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Why Study Startup Funding?
The University of Cambridge's Startup Funding: Pre-Seed to Exit six week online programme goes beyond what first-time entrepreneurs and seasoned founders leading high-growth companies must understand when raising capital – especially at a venture’s earliest funding stages (seed to Series B). The programme will cover exactly how to fund a venture and navigate critical inflection points along a company's growth trajectory to achieve either a successful exit, or long-term operational viability.

This programme walks you through, step-by-step, how to improve your funding outcomes for your entrepreneurial project. You will learn how to structure your project so it is more investable, communicate the investment merits of your project, be more efficient in the fundraising process, and improve the terms of investments.

University of Cambridge has been responsible for over 140 startups since 2011, and these companies have raised over £1.9b in equity investment across more than 400 rounds. Notable spin-outs include gene therapy company Quethera, voice-controlled AI platform VocalIQ, and AI cyber defense company Darktrace.
"This programme equips you with knowledge that fuses together the two important perspectives that drive successful development for start ups—the fundraising skill set and the managerial competencies and skills that will help you balance the steps forward and the decisions needed to go from pre-seed through exit."
Stylianos (Stelios) Kavadias, Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation and Growth
Co-Director of Entrepreneurship Centre, CJBS
Academic Director, Advanced Leadership Programme
Is This Right For You?

The Cambridge Startup Funding: Pre-seed to Exit programme is designed for entrepreneurs looking to acquire direct experience in:

  • Developing a plan for an investable project

  • Accurately assessing the financing stage of a new venture

  • Using a framework to develop a funding roadmap for a new business based on a venture development framework

  • Identifying the right investor for a project at each development stage of the new venture

  • Developing an effective pitch deck to secure funding

Programme content
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What you will gain
  1. Proof of knowledge through the prestigious Certificate of Completion issued by the Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  2. A powerful professional network from building connections with a global cohort of leaders, influencers and programme participants
  3. Coveted industry knowledge from market-driven curriculum designed and delivered to the standard of an elite academic institution
  4. Acquisition and retention of new skills supported by an AI-driven learning platform, individual and team-based programming, and individual success coaching
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University of Cambridge Judge Business School
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Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation and Growth,
Co-Director of Entrepreneurship Centre, CJBS,
Academic Director, Advanced Leadership Programme
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How you will learn:
  • Digital videos or audio content, augmented by material created exclusively for the course
  • Quizzes and exercises designed specifically to help you understand and retain new information
  • Dialogue with expert instructors and your peers via discussion forums and small group sessions
  • Simulations and other carefully crafted interactions to provide an engaging learning experience
  • Real-life examples that place information in context to help you understand how the concepts delivered in the programme material can be applied to your work environment
  • AI coaching to improve your and your team’s collaboration
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We teach executives as they work - in cross-functional teams. Learners participate in interactive simulations and team projects which reinforce applied learning and enhance collaboration and complex problem solving skills. If you are looking for an individually-paced course, this course is not for you.
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