Venture Startup Formation: From Inception to Seed Funding

Stanford Continuing Studies

Stanford Continuing Studies

Disclaimer

Coursalytics is an independent platform to find, compare, and book executive courses. Coursalytics is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or otherwise affiliated with any business school or university.

Full disclaimer.

About the course

So you’ve decided to be a startup founder—congratulations! Modern software development provides a unique opportunity to build lean startups that rapidly iterate on innovation at a low cost. But it’s no secret that early-stage inception is the most volatile, high-risk phase for startups. From team formation to first funding, countless hurdles exist to create a viable venture-backed software business. This course addresses common questions such as: What should I look for in co-founders? How do I successfully build a minimum viable product (MVP) and achieve product/market fit? What do customer traction and go-to-market really mean? How do I structure my pitch deck to raise VC funding? Using lectures, case studies, short videos, class exercises, supplemental readings, and guest speakers, we will cover key building blocks of forming a new software venture. Topics to be covered include inception (team roles, mindset), discovery (MVP problem/solution fit), business model (pricing/revenue model), go-to-market (early traction, sales strategy), and fundraising (pitch deck, term sheet). To provide a hands-on experience, students will be encouraged to form teams and present a new venture startup pitch as a final capstone project. Aspiring entrepreneurs (pre-formation) and early-stage founders (pre-seed and seed) are the target audience for this course.

Experts

Shawn Kung

Shawn Kung is a serial entrepreneur who has led products for successful startups including Aster Data Systems (acquired by Teradata) and Tenable (Nasdaq IPO). He is an angel investor or mentor at Y Combinator, 500 Startups, Alchemist Accelerator, and GSVlabs, and a venture partner at AV8 Ventures...

Videos and materials

Venture Startup Formation: From Inception to Seed Funding at Stanford Continuing Studies

This course has no confirmed dates in the future. Subscribe to be notified when it is offered.


Something went wrong. We're trying to fix this error.

Thank you

Someone from the Coursalytics team will be in touch with you soon.

Disclaimer

Coursalytics is an independent platform to find, compare, and book executive courses. Coursalytics is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or otherwise affiliated with any business school or university.

Full disclaimer.

Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.

We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.