San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
**THIS “CATALONIA ACCESS TO SILICON VALLEY” EVENT IS A 4,30-HOUR IN PERSON TICKETED WORKSHOP**
Networking cocktail and refreshments are provided. Space is extremely limited, so please buy your tickets early.
This CATALONIA – SILICON VALLEY workshop is for startup founders, startup executives, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and developers only.
If you are a Catalan startup looking to build a successful, fundable startup, that is READY TO BE PITCHED TO INVESTORS, you won’t want to miss this 4,30-hour workshop in Barcelona!
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 Barcelona to share critical tips and best practices for European startup founders looking to get their startup funded, or just want to create a solid foundation for building a great startup.
Xavi Muñoz Bellvehí, of ECIJA, the leading Spanish media and technology law firm specializing in corporate, private equity, and venture capital law, is co-hosting with Roger, which will bring together both European and Silicon Valley perspectives for this one of kind event!
BONUS: Experienced Catalan VC Ignacio Fonts Cavestany (CEO of INVEREADY) and 2-3 Startup Founders will also be part of an exclusive 1-hr panel discussion session. The startup panelists will just be coming back from a trip to Silicon Valley's Tech Crunch DISRUPT Conference and will be sharing their amazing insights, from founding their company, raising funds, getting involved with the government program that got them to Silicon Valley and their experiences in Silicon Valley.
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, 4,30 hour workshop!
In this CATALONIA ACCESS TO SILICON VALLEY workshop, part of Access Silicon Valley’s Startup Fundamentals series, Roger Rappoport, and Xavi Muñoz of ECIJA, 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.
15:00 to 15:30: Reception
15:30 to 17:00: Roger Rappoport
17:00 to 17:15: Coffee break
17:15 to 18:00: Xavier Muñoz
18:00 to 19:00: Panel with Ignacio Fonts (Catalan VC) + Catalan Startups who made it in SV
19:00 to 19:30: Q&A
19:30 to 21:00 Networking
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.
Connect with Roger here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rogerrappoport
Xavi Muñoz Bellvehí, Partner ECIJA.
Xavi is a corporate/commercial lawyer and advises in many areas covered by the firm. He has extensive experience on matters relating to telecommunications, technology, internet, media, entertainment, gambling and betting and intellectual property.
Xavi is also an entrepreneur who occasionally invests in startup companies and has first person experience in going through and suffering the startup roller coaster.
After studying law in Spain and the USA (junior year), he worked at leading law firms in Spain (Garrigues), Paris (DSParis) and London (with USA firm Steptoe & Johnson). He holds a Masters in Corporate/Commercial law. He is a lecturer at the LLM of ISDE Institute, speaks regularly at international technology conferences, and has published the book “Manual de Derecho de las Telecomunicaciones” and many press articles. He is also Patron and Secretary of the CTecno Foundation. Xavier speaks Spanish, Catalan, English and French.
Connect with Xavi here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/xaviermunozbellvehi
Ignacio Fonts Cavestany
Ignacio Fonts, a native of Barcelona, has spent most of his career as a senior executive of the multinational Hewlett Packard where he worked 25 years and became Vice President of several businesses both in Spain and the USA where he spent 4 years.Today he has fixed his residence again in Spain and he is currently Managing Partner and CEO at Inveready Technology Investment Group, one of the more successful venture capital funds in Spain with investments in Seed projects both in Biotech and IT.
Inveready is a Seed Capital Venture Fund that invests in technology companies based in Spain that aspire to move internationally after a quick pilot of their product or service in Spain. During the last couple of years, Inveready has sold companies in their portfolio to the likes of Intel Capital, Symantec, Javelin Partners, SmartBear or Ibercom.
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ECIJA – The Spanish leading law firm in media and Technology with a strong department in corporate, M&A, venture capital and private client services.
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ACCIO (Catalan Government Trade Commission) - Specializes in the promotion of innovation and internationalization of business and has a network of 36 offices worldwide.
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Barcinno- is the collaborative platform sharing the news, knowledge & events of Barcelona's startup, tech and innovation communities.
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Catalonia Technology Circle Foundation(CTECNO) is a non-proft organization that unites companies and professionals in the sector of information and communications technology.
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