MMM094A-Financing for Creative Entrepreneurship

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Maksim Belitski


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Why do entrepreneurs often fail to enter a market? Entrepreneurs with innovative products often find access to finance and sharing equity problematic. This module introduces students to the various forms of financing for entrepreneurship (e.g. debt, equity financing, non-for-profit and alternative financing) and introduces an entrepreneurial ecosystem approach to demonstrate how entrepreneurs can act to attract finance to pursue profitable opportunities. 


Using the entrepreneurial ecosystem approach, which refers to the system of social and economic incentives created by various economic agents, and affecting the entrepreneur decision-making (Mason and Brown, 2014), the module will critically examine the nature, role and importance of different sources of finance for entrepreneurial ventures (and applied to creative industries), assess their availability, costs and benefits for an entrepreneurial firm at different stages of growth. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to: 

Demonstrate a critical understanding of theoretical and practice elements underpinning entrepreneurial finance. 

Apply theory to create a crowdfunding pitch for angel investors, venture capitalists, private equity and other ecosystem stakeholder. 

Analyse a firm’s financial statements, including the use a comprehensive set of financial ratios, to evaluate a company’s performance to conduct a cash flow analysis and a project appraisal.

Assess and compare the stakeholders and resources within the entrepreneurial ecosystem of a region / country in order to better understand the financial mechanisms in creative industries (McRobbie, 2016) and decide on the market making strategies.

Additional outcomes:

Students will have to work both independently, and in groups, leading to the development of time-management and team working skills. 

Preparatory guidance and formative assessment will be provided for group work. Such skills are important for future employment and professional development. 


Outline content:

- Introduction to Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, stakeholders and the role of Entrepreneurial Finance (for creative and other sectors)

- Corporate VCs, Business Angels and Venture Capital as a source of entrepreneurial finance

- Government and Universities as a source of entrepreneurial finance 

- ‘Alternative’ forms of financing, including peer-to-peer lending, B-to-B lending, equity and reward based crowdfunding.

- Investment decision making in markets with perfect information when successful entrepreneurs need to demonstrate good judgement in making risky innovations according to assumptions on costs, revenues and profit margins known as “Casson’s synthesis” (Casson, 1997).

- Investment decision making under uncertainty

The module content is designed to provide a better contextualisation for ICM263 Venture Capital, which has a more technical approach

Global context:

The course uses cross-country comparisons of entrepreneurial finance which makes the outcomes generalizable for both developed and developing countries.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will consist of lectures (10x2) and seminars (3x1). During this time the main topics on the syllabus are covered. Students’ contributions to discussions during these sessions are welcomed in order to promote knowledge exchange of relevant work experiences. 

Seminars will incorporate individual cash flow and investment appraisal analysis; group work and presentation on a case study with calculation and a comprehensive set financial analyses to evaluate a company’s performance. Seminars end with question and answer session. 

Students are expected to read key references and to do a significant amount of independent research using the Internet, journals, and academic references


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 3
Guided independent study 77
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

2 Hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One individual task of 2,500 words, covering a major area in the syllabus (60%) due in week 12.

One group presentation of 10 min on a case study covering a major area of equity crowdfunding and financial analysis (40%) due in week 15.


Formative assessment methods:
Verbal feedback will be provided during lectures and tutorials.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A weighted average mark of coursework and examination of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-submission of written assignment in August/ September of the same year. The final mark is capped at 50%.  Presentation mark not included in the reassessment.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Reading list:

Audretsch, D. and Belitski, M.  (2016) Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Cities - Establishing the Framework Conditions. Journal of Technology Transfer, special issue on “National Systems of Innovation” doi: 10.1007/s10961-016-9473-8

Belitski, M. and Heron, K (2017) Expanding Entrepreneurship Education Ecosystems, Journal of Management Development, doi 10.1108/JMD-06-2016-0121

Berman, K. and Knight, J. (2008): Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs, Harvard Business Review Press, 1st Edition, 284 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4221-1915-0.

Casson, M. (1997). Information and organization: A new perspective on the theory of the firm. OUP Oxford. (library code 338.7-CAS) 

McRobbie, A. (2016). Be creative: Making a living in the new culture industries. John Wiley & Sons. 

Mason, C. and Brown, R. (2014). Entrepreneurial ecosystems and growth oriented entrepreneurship. Final Report to OECD, Paris, 30(1), 77-102.


Last updated: 22 October 2018


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