Financial Essentials and Intelligent Projections for Entrepreneurs

  • Dates: 24 September  – 23 October
  • Venue: Online (Zoom)
  • Participants: aged 18+ (max. 20 participants)
  • Register here: Complete the form

Is this course for you?

This programme is perfect for anyone aged 18+ considering a business idea or self-employment, regardless of your financial knowledge level.

  • Experienced in Finance? Reinforce your skills with exercises and discovery learning.
  • New to Finance? Enjoy fast-paced, engaging learning with user-friendly support materials.
  • All Participants: Seamlessly apply knowledge and techniques to real business situations.

Why take this course?

Over 50% of businesses fail in their first two years.

Many failures would be prevented by using simple financial tools and techniques to design sustainable business models and react quickly and intelligently to emerging threats and opportunities.

This course provides those tools and skills, delivered by Director at FaB Practice Ltd, Jack Foley, an economist and trainer focused on helping entrepreneurs use simple financial techniques to avoid going into business with flawed business models.

What makes this different?

There are many vocational and academic courses providing valuable information about bookkeeping, accounting and finance but we target specific knowledge and skills essential for new ventures:

  • Business/Financial Modelling: Design and validate your business model
  • Intelligent Financial Projections: Quantify your business’s prospects
  • Confident Financial Pitching: Present your business to potential funders with confidence

Our programme blends business modelling apps, discovery learning exercises, online classes, and tutor support, offering better outcomes in less time. You’ll have access to all tools and resources even after the course ends.

Programme Outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and tools to:

  1. Manage profit and cash flows effectively.
  2. Design and refine sustainable business models.
  3. Create five-year projections to explore opportunities and valuations.
  4. Pitch your business confidently using a provided template.

Course Content

The programme has four stages:

  1. Launch session (2 hr)
    Introduction and Overview (30 min.)
    How to do your projections – achieving our endpoint (60 min.)
    Q&A, review, introduction to Financial Essentials and information about continued learning and support (30 Min.)
  2. Independent Learning (3 weeks) where participants use:
    The FaBLinker applications to build financial projections
    The “Financial Essentials” independent-learning tools explained in Q&A section of the launch session
    The “Submission-Pitching Template” to organise and summarise their work.
    The E-mail support system provided to deal with individual issues and questions
  3. A “flipped classroom” session (up to 2 hrs)
    To enable participants test their business model and projections in a peer group setting moderated by an accomplished trainer and SME
  4. A precise endpoint where:
    Participants submit the results of their project work using the “Submission-Pitching Template” and receive private feedback from the course leader.
    Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a “Certificate of Completion” from UM and DoTheFinancials


  • Start Date: 24 Sept. Online Introductory Session (2-hours)
  • Distance Learning and Online Tutorial Support: 25 Sept. to 15 Oct.
  • Online Flipped Classroom (2-hours) 8 Oct.
  • Submission of completed “Pitching in the language of Finance” document 15 Oct
  • Individual feedback by email and Zoom (when sought) 16 to 23 Oct.


€10 administrative fee (this is a sponsored pilot programme so there are no additional costs).

You will receive:

  • Ongoing access to all areas and resources on the DoTheFinancials website
  • The opening session
  • Email support during the distance learning element
  • The “flipped classroom” session
  • Individual feedback on participants’ submissions


All participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.


Click here to apply and pay online


  • Participants must be 18+ and have access to a computer with internet.
  • This course is open to 20 participants.


This initiative is organised as a collaborative effort between DoTheFinancials (DTF) and the Foundation for the Promotion of Entrepreneurial Initiatives (FPEI).

This initiative is sponsored by CreditInfo Malta.

Last modified: 15/07/2024