WSGR Entrepreneur Bootcamp 2017
Introducing the Technology & Life Sciences Entrepreneurs Bootcamp, an exclusive half-day program designed for those in the process of – or considering – starting a new venture. Get practical information on the legal and business issues facing today’s entrepreneurs.
Presented by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Silicon Valley’s premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide, with the support and cooperation of Northwestern Engineering’s Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The Garage, and McCormick School of Engineering.
TENTATIVE BOOTCAMP AGENDA (DETAILS PENDING)
10:00 a.m. Registration & Networking
10:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks & Overview
Our presenter will provide an overview of the start-up process and financing trends of new entrepreneurial ventures
10:30 a.m. Forming and Organizing the Start-up & Founders Stock
We will explore (i) some of the early decisions related to formation of the start-up entity, including timing, documents, and choice of entity and (ii) strategies for allocation of founders’ stock and composition of the board of directors.
11:15 a.m. Intellectual Property (Patents and Licensing)
The presenter will discuss the importance of developing an IP strategy that fits the business, and the relationship between IP protection and the commercialization objectives of your business.
12:30 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:30 p.m. Business Plans, Fundraising, Valuation & Term Sheets
This session will include a discussion of how to organize the business plan as a critical planning tool and provide practical guidance for preparing an executive summary, including financial projections and budgets. We will also explore strategies for approaching the investment community and understanding alternative sources of funding. Then, we will examine the methods commonly used to determine a company’s valuation and address how investors utilize them to value early-stage companies and technology projects. The speaker will help you understand investor expectations, including board seats, liquidity, registration rights, and non-compete agreements, and discuss key provisions to include in term sheets and negotiation strategies for achieving the best-case investment scenario.
2:30 p.m. Case Studies
The speaker will present case studies of 2 real-life start-ups as examples of lessons learned.
3:00 p.m. BREAK
3:15 p.m. Moderated Panel
Listen to a panel of Chicago entrepreneurs and VCs as they talk about the journey from idea to innovation, all the way to realization.
4:15 p.m. Networking Reception
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
• What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking on the Evanston Campus is free on weekends. Please refer to the campus parking map here.
The event is free of charge but you must register to attend.