Minor Programme

Financing Entrepreneurial Startups and Innovative Firms

This module will provide students a good understanding of various financial management decisions made in practice. They will know how firms interact with diverse categories of investors and capital markets; how financial decisions are affected by global, economic, social and technological considerations; and how these decisions can subsequently affect firm performance. The module will consist of weekly lectures and practice sessions. Lectures will primarily be used to explain theoretical concepts, financial management principles, and methods available to conduct investment analysis. Lectures will be complemented with sessions in smaller groups to work on projects, exercises, real-life cases and assignments, and thus enable students to study the required materials and to improve their writing, presentation and project management skills. Students will develop analytical and problem-solving skills by means of collecting, processing and analysing financial information using a spread-sheet program. A few guest lectures will broaden students’ insights on global financial management and investment practices.

Bachelor second & third year

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences

Applied Sciences 


Quartile 2B

For students of (International) Business Administration or a related bachelor’s programme who completed at least 60 EC at their home programme.


IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT 80

To be paid at home institution

The Courses

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. explain different ways in which entrepreneurial start-ups, small- & medium-sized enterprises and multinational firms organize and manage major financial management functions;

2. describe the organization of international financial markets & institutions;

3. apply different valuation techniques, the modern portfolio theory and asset pricing models to financial assets like stocks, bonds and options;

4. undertake analysis to make asset allocation decision, design investment portfolios and financial models, and evaluate portfolio / investment performance;

5. analyze problems related to financial planning, capital structure, dividends & share repurchases, mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and risk management; and discuss the impact of these decisions on firm performance / value;

6. apply tools, methodologies and IT techniques used in making financial decisions; 

7.  distinguish between the operations of purely domestic and multinational firms, and explain the differences related to capital budgeting, capital structure, cash and risk management in global context;

8. describe how investors and firms deal with new financial innovation, financial technology, e-finance, and new trends in financing and investment such as crowd funding, socially responsible investments and emerging markets investment;

9. describe how human behavior and psychology influence investment decisions.

How to apply

To apply for an exchange programme, you will have to follow these seven steps:

1. Pre-application phase: 6 - 4 months before arrival

2. Nomination: 6 - 3 months before arrival

3. Application phase: 6 - 3 months before arrival

4. Assessment phase: 4 - 2 months before arrival

5. Acceptance or rejection: 3 - 2 months before arrival

6. Preparation to arrival phase: 3 - 1 month(s) before arrival

7. Upon arrival and during your stay at the UT

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University of Twente

The Netherlands

Entrepreneurship has been part of the University of Twente’s DNA for over many decades: seeing opportunities where others don’t, taking risks when no one else would and setting up successful teamwork to achieve ambitious goals.

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