Professional Course

Entrepreneurship: Law and Finance

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8 weeks
8 weeks
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Course description

Entrepreneurship: Law and Finance

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from Northwestern University.

For entrepreneurs, starting a business holds the promise of endless opportunity. But it also holds challenges that can stifle a new venture before it can realize its full potential. Understanding the challenges that a young business may face offers the best chance of building a sustainable company.

The Entrepreneurship: Law and Financeonline short course from Northwestern Pritzker Law offers you the tools to establish a new venture. Designed to follow the natural life cycle of a new business, this course offers vital skills through a detailed, ongoing case'll engage with the legal aspects of entrepreneurship, learning to understand and select types of business entities, and navigate foundersrsquo; agreements, contract drafts, and trademark'll also learn to build a team based around clear business roles, and manage employment relationships. Finally,you'll gain insights into financing your venture growth, including how to secure funding or future venture capital, in order to secure the long-term success of your business.

Who should attend?

Is this course for you?

If you’re an executive or senior manager interested in launching a new venture, this course will augment your management skills with an understanding of the legal and financial aspects of entrepreneurship. If you’re a seasoned professional, the course will offer you these same skills, while providing you with an understanding of people management as it relates to new businesses. The fundamental nature of this course makes it ideal across a broad range of industries: if you work in information technology, finance and banking, manufacturing, retail, and biotech and healthcare, this course will offer you new skills to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities. If you’re in the legal profession, the course will give you an overview of the financial and management knowledge needed to build a thriving business.

Training content

Explore each step of the entrepreneurial process as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

Module 1

Leaving an employer to start a new venture

Module 2

Entity selection

Module 3

Founders' agreements

Module 4

Trademark law and branding

Module 5

Employment relationships, worker classification, and team building

Module 6

Contract drafting and review for start-ups

Module 7

Seed and early stage financing

Module 8

Venture capital financing and exits

Course delivery details


  • 8 weeks Excluding orientation
  • 6–8 hours per week Self-paced learning online

Certification / Credits

Learn about the legal and financial aspects of entrepreneurship, and earn an official certificate of completion from Northwestern Pritzker Law.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you'll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The skills and knowledge to embrace entrepreneurship and launch a new venture.
  • An understanding of new business financing, including how to secure funding or future venture capital.
  • The confidence to navigate the legal obligations of a new business, such as choosing the right business entity, determining founders’ agreements, and understanding contract drafts and trademark law.
  • The knowledge to build an effective team by understanding the intricacies of employment relationships, and assign worker roles within your organization to meet business needs.
  • Unlimited access to 2U’s Career Engagement Network, offering you exclusive resources and events to support your professional journey and drive your career forward.

Why choose GetSmarter?

  • Data-driven course selection
  • Outcomes-based design
  • People-mediated delivery
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