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University Startups and Spin-Offs : Guide for Entrepreneurs in Academia by Manuel Stagars

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CHAPTER 8

The Financial Model

Although researchers are generally comfortable talking about their technology and its features at length, they are often much less well-versed in the business and financial aspects of their undertaking. Entrepreneurs need to be in a position to answer a few key financial questions about their venture. What are we producing that has a value in the market? Will the market pay us enough to be profitable? How exactly are we transferring money from customers into our bank account? The business-model canvas answers the first question, but the other ones require a financial model made with spreadsheet software.

When you sit across the table from venture capitalists, they will grill you about your financial model. You should ...

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