Building a Business, Session 3: An Introduction to Entrepreneurial Finance for Startups
Building a Business is open to all students and staff at the University of Oxford and runs in Michaelmas term. Applications can be made through our skills and career development platform, Inkpath, allowing you the opportunity to track your progress throughout the programme and set future goals. More information on Inkpath and how to create an account can be found here:
Building a Business is a programme open to all current University of Oxford students who are either in the early stages of exploring their own potential ventures or hoping to improve their own businesses. This foundational programme will give you the opportunity to understand and learn more about what it takes to run your own business.

Over the course of five weeks, you will learn the business fundamentals of customer development, how to market your idea and also to demystify financial literacy. This experience is designed to give you the tools and confidence to pursue your own potential ventures.

The programme is supported by EnSpire Oxford, a University initiative, and delivered by the Entrepreneurship Centre.

Session 3 Details:
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between funding at the seed stage and funding at a later stage? Do you wonder where a venture capitalist’s valuations even come from? Then this will be the session for you.

Edward Keelan is a partner with Octopus Ventures, one of the UK’s most active and recommended venture capitals. He’s also an alumnus of the Saïd Business School Executive MBA and a regular speaker on entrepreneurship and early-stage finance.

In this talk, you’ll learn:

an understanding of key financial terminology to help kick-start your own venture
tips on how to finance your ideas and turn them into a reality
the answers to any burning questions you may have about your own finance model, in the question and answer session.
Date: 30 October 2023, 17:30 (Monday, 4th week, Michaelmas 2023)
Venue: Saïd Business School, Park End Street OX1 1HP
Venue Details: NMLT/Rhodes. Entrance Hall & The Nest
Speaker: Edward Keelan (Said Business School)
Organising department: Saïd Business School
Organisers: Maria Zubeldia (Head of the Entrepreneurship Centre), Leah Thompson (MPLS Division)
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Part of: Building a Business
Booking required?: Required
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Cost: Free
Audience: Members of the University only
Editors: Victoria Porritt, Laura Nicosia