New Financing Models for a Changing World

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Since the credit crisis in 2008, banks have been focused on improving their image and balance sheets. The standards for providing loans have been raised to such an extent that Small and Medium Sized companies (SMEs) can hardly fund new investments. Start-ups are having difficulties in raising funds. This trend will continue and therefore SMEs are increasingly sourcing their funds in alternative ways. Other financial institutions too are introducing new and innovative models. In short, the financial world is changing, and new models of financing are becoming more popular. The Covid-19 crisis has made this transition even more necessary.

This course will give students insights in the developments within the financial industry in Europe and beyond, as well as the alternative ways companies are funding new investments. This course is searching for new ways to fund (SME-) companies. Students will learn about alternative sources: How can crowd-funding provide equity and debt?; What is the impact of new technologies like blockchain?; Could banking unions be helpful?; What is the role of pension funds?; What is the impact of peer-to-peer lending? The course comprises a mix of lectures, practical exercises, cases and site visits. The exact programme will depend on the Covid-19 situation and is subject to change. 

Lecturers have extensive experience in the international financial world and in teaching finance and banking courses in an international environment.

This course is a logical follow-up on course B23 'Introduction to Finance and banking' and can be combined with our 'FinTech' course which is offered the following week.

"Amazing. Never thought learning finance could be this interesting, fun and enjoyable (partcipant of summer 2019)".

We plan to teach this course in a physical setting. If this changes we will inform you via this page and via email.

Day-to-day programme (PDF)
Course director
Frans Boumans, MSc MBA


Frans Boumans, MSc MBA

Target audience

This course is open to students with an advanced Bachelor and Master level. A background in Business Studies is not required. Instead, students are expected to have an interest and /or background in either finance or banking, and have to be curious to explore new financials models and innovations. If you have no or limited background in finance or banking, we would advise you to first take part in the 5 days’ course ‘Introduction to Finance & Banking’ (B23) and then take this course as a follow-on. In all cases, a good command of English is necessary.

Aim of the course

The aim of the course is to enable students to understand new financing models in a changing world, within and outside the traditional banking industry. Students will learn about alternative funding sources: How can crowdfunding provide equity and debt; What is the impact of new technologies like blockchain?; Could banking unions be helpful; What is the role of pension funds?; What is the impact of peer-to-peer lending?

Study load

50 hr(s) lectures/field excursions incl. assignments (self-study).


Course fee:
Student fee:
Student fee
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School
Extra information about the fee

The Students' Fee (= discounted price) applies to all students currently enrolled in a Bachelor, Master or PhD programme and to 'Fresh Alumni' of any of these programmes. If this applies to you and you therefore believe that you are eligible for the discounted student fee, please include this in your motivation.

We are currently planning on teaching this course in a physical setting. If this changes we will inform you via this page and via email.

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Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
01 June 2022