75336 - Due Diligence Laboratory

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  • Teacher Andi Duqi

  • Credits 3

  • SSD SECS-P/11

  • Language English

  • Campus of Forli

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Economics and management (cod. 9203)


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The purpose of this laboratory is to analyze the steps of the evaluation process (due diligence) employed by venture capitalists in the evaluation of the investment proposals they receive. At the end of the course, students learn how to effectively structure and evaluate the investment proposals underlying the business plans received by venture capitalists.

Course contents

The laboratory is in English and is focused on one of the main important phases for Private Equity Financing: the Due Diligence.

The laboratory will apply the concepts learned in the related theoretical course of Private Equity. We will use the Laboratory of Due Diligence to implement various applications and simulations, strictly connected to the theoretical concepts explained in the course:

- how to make a business plan & business plan simulation (from a VC point of view)

- simulations of the due diligence process applied to various business cases;

- simulations of the negotiation process between the venture capitalist and the target firm


Lerner, J., Leamon, A., Hardymon, F. "Venture Capital, Private Equity, and the Financing of Entrepreneurship", 2012, Wiley.

Higgins, R.C., Koski, J.L., Mitton, T. "Analysis for Financial Management", 2019, McGraw Hill.

Cumming D., Johan, S. "Venture Capital and Private Equity Contracting, An International Perspective", 2014, Elsevier.


Teaching methods

The Due Diligence course has a very practical approach and therefore it is necessary that you follow the theoretical course, in order to apply each concept into the laboratory.

Assessment methods

A written report on the due diligence of a company that you can select.

The passing grades for students are in the range 18-30 cum laude (30L). These grades are based on the following evaluation criteria:

18-23: The student has sufficient preparation and analytical skills, spread however, over just few topics taught in the course, the overall jargon is correct.
24-27: The student shows an adequate preparation at a technical level with some doubts over the topics. Good, yet not too articulated analytical skills with the use of a correct jargon.
28-30: Great knowledge about most of the topics taught in the course, good critical and analytical skills, good usage of the specific jargon.
30 cum laude (30L): Excellent and in depth knowledge of all the topics in the course, excellent critical and analytical skills, excellent usage of specific jargon.


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