Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Early Stage Financing

Degree programme International Business Administration
Subject area Business and Management
Type of degree Bachelor
Winter Semester 2023
Course unit title Early Stage Financing
Course unit code 025017052002
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory optional
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2023
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Katharina EHRENFELLNER
Requirements and Prerequisites

Basics of the module Accounting & Finance

Course content



  • Life cycles of companies
  • Elements of a financial plan
  • Differences between equity and debt financing
  • Outline of instruments of self-financing and debt financing
  • In-depth presentation of mezzanine financing instruments
  • Alternative funding, crowdfunding, venture capital


Learning outcomes



  • Students know the representation of a companys life cycle.
  • Students can name essential instruments of equity and debt financing
  • Students know essential parameters for corporate ratings.
  • Students know the central components of a financial plan.
  • Students know terms and definitions in the context of startup financing, for example venture capital, business angels, seed financing etc.



  • Students understand the relationship between credit-worthiness and refinancing costs.
  • Students are able to evaluate advantages and disadvantages, opportunities and risks of financial instruments.
  • Students are aware of special financial requirements in the early stages of the company and are able to explain them.



  • Students can create a financial plan.
  • They can specifically apply instruments necessary for the startup phase.



  • Students are able to evaluate opportunities and risks depending on financing alternatives of the business environment.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, discussions and educational conversations, exercises and case studies

Assessment methods and criteria

40 % Attendance and Participation during the Sessions

60 % Post-assignment in groups



Recommended or required reading

Brealey, Richard A.; Myers, Stewart C. (2011): Principles of Corporate Finance. 11. Auflage. Maidenhead. Berkshire: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

Hahn, Christopher (2013): Finanzierung und Besteuerung von Start-up-Unternehmen. Praxisbuch für erfolgreiche Gründer. Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.

Schneck, Otmar (2006): Handbuch Alternative Finanzierungsinstrumente. Weinheim: Wiley.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)