VIRTUAL Startup Investing 101 with John Millspaugh

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Legal Basics for Startup Investing:

A discussion about typical legal documents and issues in startup investing.

VIRTUAL Startup Investing 101

Startup Investing 101 is an educational program for individuals who have the financial capacity to invest $5,000+ in a startup at the pre-seed or seed stage.

Each month, attendees learn something new about startup investing, meet fellow funders and founders, listen to pitches, and have the opportunity to invest directly into a startup.

The Startup Ladies is a leader in helping founders secure PRE-SEED funding. Pre-seed money is the first “round” of funding typically sourced from friends, family, accelerators and some angel investors. Pre-seed money allows the founder and her team to achieve defined benchmarks. Examples of key milestones and expenses include hiring key staff, developing and testing a product or service, gaining traction by accruing emails and followers and/or acquiring customers. Reaching the milestones helps the founder secure additional funding in later rounds so the company can continue to scale.

Unless a founder is independently wealthy, she can operate for only a limited time with her own savings. Securing pre-seed capital is extremely difficult for founders without access to networks of affluent people conditioned to write checks for risky ventures. This problem is even greater for entrepreneurs who are women.

In 2019, women received less than 3% of the $136.5 billion invested into U.S. startups, despite the fact that their companies yielded higher ROIs than their male counterparts.

To read more about how PRE-SEED funding helps women succeed click here.


​12:00 pm - Welcome

12:05 pm - Presentation

12:45 pm - Pitches from Startup Ladies members and Q&A

1:30 pm - Wrap up


Founders, investors, small businesses, non-profit leaders


John Millspaugh is a partner in the Business Services Group. His practice is focused on complex transactional matters such as mergers and acquisitions; venture capital, private equity, debt and other financing transactions; joint ventures and strategic alliances; product development and supply agreements; antitrust matters; and other general corporate and contract matters for national and international corporations. He regularly provides business and finance counsel, in addition to legal counsel, to entrepreneurial businesses ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

John also has experience representing clients in federal regulatory matters before the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Commerce. He has significant experience in domestic and cross-border deals, and is skilled in structuring transactions, supervising deal teams, drafting agreements and negotiating effectively while maintaining collegiality. He has assisted clients with women-owned and minority-owned businesses (MBE/WBEs) certifications, as well as Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) certification.


*Please Note: this event is open to Members and special guests only. Members and special guests will receive a calendar invitation with a Zoom link.

Not an Investor Member yet but interested in attending? We would love to meet you! Please send us an email introducing yourself so that we can give your more information about getting involved:


We believe that diversity and inclusivity make our startup culture more fun, experienced, and intellectually stimulating.  Anyone (including men) are invited to participate in ALL Startup Ladies educational programming, events, and membership.

The Startup Ladies strive to uphold the highest ethical standards of inclusiveness and respect. In the event of a violation of these standards, we reserve the right to ask you to leave an event or to terminate your membership.

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The Startup Ladies is a membership organization that identifies, educates, connects, and increases investment in women entrepreneurs starting up and scaling businesses.



We identify new entrepreneurs by building relationships with key business leaders throughout the country committed to elevating women of every age and background while providing a safe space for entrepreneurs and investors to learn and connect. We create community through our Meetups which allow attendees to connect with experienced executives and fellow budding entrepreneurs.



We educate first-time founders through "Startup Study Halls" and first-time funders through "Startup Investing 101" programming. Through our “Startup Study Halls - Mental Wellness for Entrepreneurs” program, we provide a deliberate way to talk about mental health in a professional setting. The goal of this program is to promote emotional, psychological and social well-being for entrepreneurs.



We increase investment in women-owned companies by hosting pitch events, “Founders & Funders” events, educating new investors, and making connections between founders and angel investors.


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