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Preparing the Pitch: Summer Startup Series

August 15, 2016 - 4:00pm
2242 W Harrison 2nd floor

Summer Startup Series 2016 

Mondays from 4 - 6pm in May through August

at HTI, 2242 W Harrison St, #201, Chicago, IL  60612

To help innovators get an overview of the path to launching a complex science-based technology venture/startup, EnterpriseWorks Chicago and PROPEL have partnered with Argonne National Laboratory to design a series of seminars as an introduction to legal, financial and business plan issues that early stage startups need to know.  These seven topics are structured as "fireside chats" by subject matter experts to create a community environment for entrepreneurs to meet each other and network.  Complex science-based technology sectors covered include therapeutics, medical devices, med tech, energy storage and engineering-related technologies.  

August 15, 4-6 pm:  Preparing the Pitch

Networking with and pitching to investors.  We'll start by discussing networking basics then practice the investor pitch.  Entrepreneurs often recognize that the best mechanism for attracting both talent and capital is networking, not working in isolation.  Topics include how to meet, talk, explore, engage as many people as you can.  We'll then move to practicing the investor pitch, finding your voice and selling your story, the importance of the company's narrative and how best to pitch to different audiences whether they are investors, customers, employees or otherwise.  Panelists include experts on networking, startups and investors, including Cate Brady, Adam Elhofy, Bill Houston and LeAnne Tourtellotte.  To register, click https://goo.gl/h2EHkR.

Other Events in This Series:

May 16, 4-6 pm:  Funding Basics

From friends, family and fools to the ultimate IPO.  Panelists discuss the risk-reward profile of different funding sources to help entrepreneurs understand the appropriate forms and sources of funding at different stages of development.  Presented by panelists Kapila Viges of EnterpriseWorks Chicago, Barbara Goodman of PROPEL/iBIO Institute and Susan Tomilo of Sikich Investment Banking.  To register, click https://goo.gl/8aRgCl.

May 23, 4-6 pm:  Forming a Company

Legal experts present the various legal structures and introduce topics such as shareholder agreements, board of director structure and compensation. Presented by representatives from Perkins Coie.  To register, click https://goo.gl/NiuL5w.

June 13, 4-6 pm:  Intellectual Property Basics

An overview of intellectual property, including patents, copyright, trademark, and additional intellectual assets. Designed to answer questions about how patents are applied for, issued, and managed. Additional discussion will be given to building an intellectual asset portfolio and licensing. Presented by representatives from McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, the Office of Technology Management at UIC, and Technology Development and Commercialization at Argonne National Laboratory.  To register, click https://goo.gl/9SE9Md.

June 20, 4-6 pm:  Demystifying Investors

Attorneys and investors present an overview of what venture capital is, the motivations of venture investors, how capitalization impacts legal and finance structure of a company and how investor relationships drive strategy.  Topics will include the basics of Capitalization Tables, Investor Requirements and Investor Relationships.  Presented by a panel of financial and strategic investors, including Konstantin Kostov (private investor), Anne Sissel of Baxter Ventures and Bruce Zivian of Perkins Coie.  To register, click https://goo.gl/3osSuf.

July 11, 4-6 pm:  Management Teams

Who do you want on your team?  Who should be driving?  Topics include diversity and depth in expertise and skills needed to start and grow a high-tech venture.  Various scenarios for leadership acquisition and transition are explored.  Panelists will represent successful entrepreneurs and seed-stage investor/Board members, such as Tom Cox of McCarthy Duffy, Rob Metz of Horizon Pharma and Harry Rowland of Endotronix.  To register, click https://goo.gl/En4Pje.

July 18, 4-6 pm:  Operating the Back Office of a Startup

Experts lead the conversation on startups considerations related to liability, employment agreements, accounting, insurance and other related issues required to operate. Presented by representatives from HUB International and TriNet.  To register, click https://goo.gl/zPoQLX.

All workshops in this Startup Series are free, but advanced registration is required. 

For questions, contact PROPEL:  PROPEL@ibioinstitute.org

or EnterpriseWorks Chicago: ewchicago@uillinois.edu

or Argonne National Laboratory (CJ Guron):  cguron@anl.gov