Course Detail

Accounting for Entrepreneurship: From Start-Up through IPO (30121)

Course Description by Faculty

  • Berger, Philip
  • Content
    This course develops and illustrates a set of tools needed to provide accounting and related functions for private, entrepreneurial firms. The class follows the life-cycle of a business that originates as a start-up and will cover the accounting-related financial metrics, and the managerial, financial and tax accounting issues that are needed by an entrepreneur.

    We will cover topics relevant at the earliest stages of a business, such as setting up the initial accounting infrastructure and tracking the company's Capitalization Table, through to the company’s exit. The exit would typically be to a strategic buyer, a private equity firm, or via going public using an IPO, SPAC or direct listing.
  • Prerequisites
    BUS 30000 Financial Accounting or equivalent. Cannot enroll in BUSN 30121 if BUSN 20160 taken previously.
  • Materials
    Readings, class slides and cases in Canvas, and textbook.
  • Grades
    Based on problem sets, cases, class participation and final exam. No pass/fail grades. No auditors.
    • Mandatory attendance week 1

    • Allow Provisional Grades (For joint degree and non-Booth students only)

    • No auditors

    • No pass/fail grades

  • Syllabus
  • Spring 2023Section: 30121-01T 1:30PM-4:30PMHarper CenterC09In-Person Only
  • Spring 2023Section: 30121-02W 1:30PM-4:30PMHarper CenterC09In-Person Only
  • Spring 2023Section: 30121-81T 6:00PM-9:00PMGleacher Center200In-Person Only
Description and/or course criteria last updated: March 27 2023