The leaves are changing colors, the air is turning cold, and you know it's time to incorporate your startup or learn about intellectual property. Enter Entrepreneurs Unpluggd: known for candid, high quality entrepreneurship education events, we are putting on a Startup Law Summit aimed at giving you details from and access to top startup lawyers in Chicago.
Following our usual intimate and informal, "unpluggd" style, attendees will get the low down on issues to consider prelaunch, intellectual property for tech startups, fundraising issues and much more.
In addition to speakers and lots of Q&A, there will be a legal clinic where entrepreneurs can ask their burning questions and get real answers from experienced attorneys in a small group.
Held at the IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law (565 W. Adams St.) , the Law Summit is the best opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn about relevant legal issues for their businesses.
|9:00am||Check In and Breakfast|
|9:30am||Welcome and Agenda|
Failing Up: How Not to Hinder Your Success or Prevent Your Successful Failure.
How do you prevent a developer going rogue? How can you make sure equity splits are fair and not contested later? Jude Sullivan shares legal and business scenarios that could cause a startup to stumble before it gets off the ground, and discusses steps to take so that any stumble doesn’t inhibit future ventures.
|Mark Ryerson, Jude Sullivan, Joseph Barber|
Running Hard After the Doors of the Business are Open
Contracts are your life blood, finding the next infusion of cash, and do you have time to wash the dishes. Once your business has started and the doors are open, you need to work on your business and in your business. Jeff’s presentation will provide a method for avoiding contract disputes through good legal practice and guidance on the routine legal issues that are critical to business stability. He will also discuss working on the business as you consider the next step – whether more cash or a strategic partner.
|Jeff Van Winkle|
|11:00am||Angel Financing The ins and outs of seed financing. Requirements, valuation, common vs. preferred, crowdfunding and much more...||Craig Bradley|
|11:30am||Founders Agreements and Disputes Heather's presentation will highlight fundamental points that you should address in a founders agreement (such as control, deadlock resolution, and how to deal with a founder who isn't pulling her weight), how to avoid founders disputes, and how to minimize the impact of a founders dispute when it occurs.||Heather Harper|
|12:00pm||Worker Classification and Building a Team. In this section Esther will discuss the distinction between independent contractors and employees and interns.||Esther Barron|
|1:00pm||Legal Clinic Entrepreneurs will break up into small groups to have an intimate and informal session with an attorney. Groups will be based on questions submitted at time of registration.|
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Entrepreneurs Unpluggd is an organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses and turn their ideas into reality. We've produced dozens of entrepreneur focused events with thousands of attendees, featuring an amazing roster of speakers.
We leave the fluff at home and are dedicated to providing value through sharing real lessons learned by real founders. As past speakers have said, "it's the sort of thing you don’t normally talk about in the company history section on your website."