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There will be no livestream for this workshop. All attendees must PURCHASE TICKETS.

Light dinner and refreshments are provided. Space is extremely limited, so please RSVP early.

This workshop is for startup founders, startup executives, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and developers only.

f you are looking to build a successful, fundable startup, that is READY TO BE PITCHED TO INVESTORS, you won’t want to miss this 3-hour workshop live in Toronto!

Roger Rappoport, a former entrepreneur of 10 years, currently the founder of Access Silicon Valley, and leader of the Emerging Growth and Technology Practice Group at Procopio, a prestigious law firm in Silicon Valley, is coming to Toronto to share critical tips and best practices for Canadian startup founders looking to get their startup funded, or just want to create a solid foundation for building a great startup.


A comprehensive printed workbook (over 100 pages), with reference materials is included in the price of the admission.


Besides building and selling a product, entrepreneurs need to consider many other things:

- How to form a company

- How to hire the right people

- How to compensate the team

- How to split the pie with co-founders and early employees

- How much equity to give investors and at what valuation

- How to raise money and under what terms

- Developing an effective funding strategy (discussing the development of a funding strategy, and the sale of equity, convertible debt, SAFE’s etc.)

- And many more

Often times these issues seem overwhelming, and traps for the unwary or uninformed are numerous.

However, successfully avoiding the most common pitfalls can make a significant difference:

- as to whether or not your startup is fundable

- the sources and types of capital that you will attract

- who controls the company

- how much you will make upon exit

- and your startups overall likelihood of success.

Don't miss this one of a kind, 3-hour workshop!!


In this workshop, part of Access Silicon Valley’s Startup Fundamentals series, Roger Rappoport.will conduct an interactive, informative session with great take away materials and actionable items.

Startup issues that will be covered in this workshop (among others):

- what Silicon Valley investors are looking for, and how to position the company to be most attractive for those investors;

- choices in entity selection;

- creating an appropriate capitalization table;

- co-founders vs early employees (should they be treated differently?);

- appropriate allocations of founders’ stock (including Series FF Preferred Stock) between founders and vesting, repurchase rights and rights of first refusal;

- determining if and when it is appropriate to obtain proxies from co-founders/early employees;

- stock allocation for employees, consultants, board and advisory board members;

- when milestone based vesting, as opposed to time based vesting, is appropriate;

- the assignment of intellectual property, and ensuring that all IP created belongs to the company;

- executing employment/consulting agreements;

- how to develop an effective funding strategy, so that you sell the right security, to the right investor, at the right time; and

- the value of developing an intellectual property strategy early on.


6:00 - 6:30 - Networking, food and refreshments

6:30 - 9:30 - Startup workshop and Q & A


Roger Rappoport

Partner & Leader of the Emerging Growth and Technology Practice Group, Procopio

Founder, Access Silicon Valley

Roger is a former entrepreneur of 10 years and currently a practicing corporate attorney (in Silicon Valley) and the leader of Procopio’s Emerging Growth & Technology Practice Group. He has extensive experience advising emerging growth companies, from inception through exit, and the investors that finance them. Roger’s practice focuses on venture capital and angel investor financings (including convertible notes, SAFEs and other debt financings), mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution, development, manufacturing and licensing transactions, executive compensation, including the establishment of equity incentive plans and general corporate governance.

Roger is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics related to “doing it right” from inception, developing an appropriate funding strategy and negotiating term sheets. Roger frequently advises clients on developing a funding strategy and helps negotiate a company’s seed, angel and venture capital round of financing.

Roger has experience with clients in a diverse array of industries including software (B2B and B2C), hardware, communications, internet, renewable energy, medical devices, med-tech, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.

Roger is also currently the founder of Access Silicon Valley, which is committed to creating access, for founders worldwide, to the best and the brightest investors, entrepreneurs and experts in the Silicon Valley ecosystem. Before attending law school, he was the founder of a company for 10 years.

Roger received his BA and LLB from the University of Cape Town, and his LLM from Harvard Law School.

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Procopio- Ranked among the Best Law Firms by US News & World Report from 2014-2016.

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