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Launch a Space Finance Program: How Securitizations Will Drive Space Travel
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Launch a Space Finance Program: How Securitizations Will Drive Space Travel

Gain a practical understanding of structured financial products by engaging in the modeling and calibration process using Excel. This project offers a comprehensive learning opportunity, combining theoretical knowledge with practical application, empowering students to navigate the complexities of structured finance with confidence and proficiency.

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8 weeks, 2-3 hours per week
No experience required
No experience required
Some experience required
Degree and experience required


Are you intrigued by the dynamic world of finance, where decisions made today can shape the economies of tomorrow? Welcome to our space finance project, where we dive deep into the intricate mechanisms of securitized financial markets, investment strategies, and risk management techniques. Embark on a journey that challenges your intellect and sharpens your analytical skills as we explore topics ranging from capital structure optimization to rating agency arbitrage. Through hands-on exercises, real-world case studies, and collaborative discussions, you'll gain invaluable insights into the principles that drive global financial systems. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or just beginning to explore the world of finance, this project promises to equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the complexities of today's financial landscape.

Under the supervision of an experienced industry expert, you'll learn how financial analysts assess risk and investors decide where to put their money to work. You'll become familiar with Excel modeling, scenario analysis and the structured products methodology. All this will happen in an environment that simulates the operations of a real investment team.

Session timeline

  • Applications open
    March 11, 2024
  • Application deadline
    April 7, 2024
  • Project start date
    Week of July 8, 2024
    Week of
    April 22, 2024
  • Project end date
    Week of

What you will learn

  • Master MS Excel
  • Understand securitization technology
  • Know basic concepts in finance
Build Projects are 8-week experiences that operate on a rolling basis. Selected participants engage in weekly live workshops with a Build Fellow and 2-15 other students.

Project workshops

Introduction to Securitizations
Understanding Space Finance
Excel Model Basics
Modeling the Asset Cash Flows
Modeling the Loan Cash Flows
Modeling the Note Cash Flows
Scenario Analysis
Risk Assessment and Project Presentation


  • Quantitative Skills: A strong foundation in mathematics and statistics is essential for understanding financial concepts and conducting analysis. Students should be comfortable with calculations involving algebra, calculus, probability, and data analysis techniques.
  • Financial Literacy: Familiarity with basic financial concepts such as time value of money, risk and return, valuation methods, and financial statement analysis is crucial for success in a finance course. Students should have a grasp of fundamental financial principles and terminology.
  • Critical Thinking: The ability to analyze complex financial data, evaluate investment opportunities, and make sound financial decisions requires strong critical thinking skills. Students should be able to assess the implications of various financial strategies, weigh the risks and benefits, and develop logical arguments based on evidence and reasoning.

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Florian Georg
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Florian is a Finance Fellow at Open Avenues Foundation, where he works with students leading projects in Structured Finance.

Florian is a Portfolio Manager at Bracebridge Capital where he works on managing a relative value credit portfolio.

Florian has 11 years of experience in Finance and Banking. Florian held prior positions at Goldman Sachs, the Bank for International Settlements and UBS.

He holds a degree in Finance and Banking.

A fun fact about Florian: He used to be in the Swiss army.