Entrepreneurship

February 2021

ProMed Ltd

By John Mullins, Robert M Johnson

For Sid Worley, it was decision time. He had spent the last two years courting the management and the family owners of his largest competitor, and finally (and unexpectedly) they had indicated that they would…

February 2021

Valuing Privately Owned Companies: Valuation Techniques – Technical Note

By John Mullins, Robert M Johnson, Steve Pesenti

It is commonly said that the valuation of companies is more of an art than a science. The essence of this statement is that arriving at a valuation is a matter of judgment, balancing the…

February 2021

Finance for Entrepreneurial Companies: Financing Instruments – Technical Note

By John Mullins, Robert M Johnson, Steve Pesenti

Despite today’s growing attention to bootstrapping and the use of customer funding in the financing of new ventures, many new ventures, be they a startup or a plan to grow an existing business, will…

January 2021

Pharma UK: The Transdermal Technology – Compact Case

By Julian Birkinshaw

Pharma UK was the UK subsidiary of Pharma, a major international pharmaceuticals company with expertise in oncology, hormone replacement drugs and fertility. Pharma UK was responsible for selling drugs in the local marketplace. However, it…

November 2019

BanaPads: To grow or not to grow? That is the question

By Luisa Alemany, Nicholas Andreou, Alma Gutierrez

In the summer of 2018, Richard Bbaale sat in a rural village in Uganda, looking over a banana plantation. He recalled the inspiration behind BanaPads as he contemplated what to do next. It had…

August 2016

ONk: Dining at the Funding Buffet

By Gary Dushnitsky

The idea for ONk originated in 2012 when six-year-old Mike asked his father, Sam Ke, one night, “Can we make a computer that is simple and fun?” Soon afterwards, a team of three – Alex…

November 2018

Patch: Financing the Entrepreneurial Business

By Gary Dushnitsky

Heading into Old Street Tube station in London on a chilly January day, Freddie’s mind was racing with ideas. He had just come out from another meeting with Forward Partners, a well-known, London-based venture capital…

May 2021

Dollar Shave Club: Disrupting the Shaving Industry (Spanish)

By Nader Tavassoli, Karin Kollenz-Quétard, Jamie Anderson

The case describes how Dollar Shave Club proved to be a disruptive force in the shaving industry, one dominated by Gillette for over a Century. It did so without a single patent to its name,…

November 2019

Trip4real: Negotiating Series A

By Luisa Alemany, Carlos Trenchs, Lourdes Urriolagoitia, Suzanne Jenkins

On 25 March 2014, Trip4real founder Gloria Molins was on her way to Barcelona airport, where she and her small but passionate and audacious team would meet up and fly to San Francisco to pitch…

January 2020

Sofar Sounds: Charting the next stage of growth

By Julian Birkinshaw, David Mather, Bryan Stroube, Aharon Cohen Moliver

This case traces the development of a live entertainment company, Sofar Sounds, from a conversation among three friends about their frustrations with live music events, through early success and now to a point where the…