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Build a realistic financial forecast
1h 28min

Build a realistic financial forecast

Learn the basics of financial forecasting for startups, including how to construct key financial statements, such as the Cash Flow Statement and the Profit and Loss Statement. Hear directly from founders about the challenges of financial forecasting and discover their top tips. This course includes a worked example and a Financial Forecasting Tool that you can download and use to build your own financial forecasts.
1h 28min

Learn - core concepts

2min
2min
This is the first of a series of four films on the topic of startup financial forecasting.
5min
5min
This is the second in our series of four films on the topic of startup financial forecasting.
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7min
This is the third in our series of four films on the topic of startup financial forecasting.
8min
8min
This is the fourth in our series of four films on the topic of startup financial forecasting.
5min
5min
This document explains the highlights of the Cash Flow Statement using a concrete example.
8min
8min
This document explains the highlights of the Profit & Loss Statement using a concrete example.

Hear - advice from founders

4min
4min
Several startup founders discuss the importance of financial forecasting, share some lessons and offer valuable advice.

Explore - optional knowledge from the web

3min
3min
Learn about the time value of money and how to determine the value of your business using The Net Present Value method.
5min
5min
Profit Margins can tell you a lot about a business and how to improve its performance.
4min
4min
This film explains the basics of where to get funds for your startup.
1min
1min
A simple explanation of the difference between loans and overdrafts and the benefits of each.
2min
2min
This film will help you get to grips with the basic process of VAT accounting.
3min
3min
In this short text and the accompanying video, the history of accounting standards is briefly described.
3min
3min
Several experts explain the art of pricing in this short clip.
2min
2min
Robart Dolan of Harvard Business School talks about the concepts of perceived value and pricing.

Apply - tools and examples

45min
45min
A simple-to-use spreadsheet that takes you through the process of building your sales, costs and investment forecasts.
15min
15min
An example financial forecast for an ICT startup case that uses our simple-to-use financial forecasting tool.
15min
15min
An example financial forecast for an e-commerce startup case that uses our simple-to-use financial forecasting tool.
15min
15min
An example financial forecast for an engineering startup case that uses our simple-to-use financial forecasting tool.
15min
15min
An example financial forecast for a Lifescience startup case that uses our simple-to-use financial forecasting tool.
10min
10min
Play this fun game to test your knowledge of the different terms you might encounter on the Profit & Loss Statement.
3min
3min
A multiple-choice quiz to test your knowledge of the Cash Flow Statement.
3min
3min
A multiple-choice quiz to test your knowledge of the Profit and Loss (P&L) Statement.
5min
5min
Here, we provide a short summary of financial key terms, their definitions and their common synonyms.