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StartupUMD Business Fundamentals Workshops

What: A series of hands-on workshops developed collaboratively by UM Ventures, Mtech, and Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship specifically for UMD faculty and graduate students to teach business concepts and skills, startup resources and how to take advantage of them, legal issues surrounding startups and many other practical know-how. 

Place: Due to COVID-19 restrictions all workshops will be conducted virtually.

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Market Research Databases at UMD: How to Access and Use

Trying to figure out the size of your market, competition, industry analysis can be a daunting task. The University of Maryland Libraries offers free subscriptions to many databases on broad business topics, such as industry reports, company information, demographics and statistics, marketing, finance and investment, and many others. Lily Griner, a long-time Business Librarian, will teach how to access and use these resources.

Presenter: Lily Griner, UMD Libraries

When: October 1, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, REGISTER

How to Assess a Potential CEO for Your Startup

Osage University Partners Principal Manny Stockman will take you through the CEO search process, how VCs evaluate potential entrepreneur and some observations about drivers for long-term success as an entrepreneur. The audience will assess mock candidate profiles and learn methods of diligence to choose the right leader for your startup.

Presenter: Manny Stockman, Principal, OUP

When: October 6, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, REGISTER

CEO, CTO, CFO, CMO...CxO: What Do These People Do at a Startup and When Does the Business Need Them?

Building a great startup team is critical to the success of your company as evidenced by the fact that most experienced investors say they invest in people and teams, not technologies. This workshop will help you understand what are the roles that these key positions play within a startup, when do they become needed, and how do they change and evolve as the business grows.

Presenter: Doug Humphrey, Entrepreneur in Residence

When: October 8, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, REGISTER

CEO, CTO, CFO, CMO...CxO: What Do These People Do at a Startup and When Does the Business Need Them?

Building a great startup team is critical to the success of your company as evidenced by the fact that most experienced investors say they invest in people and teams, not technologies. This workshop will help you understand what are the roles that these key positions play within a startup, when do they become needed, and how do they change and evolve as the business grows. 

Presenter: Doug Humphrey, Entrepreneur in Residence

When: October 8, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, REGISTER

Virtual Lunch & Learn: Developing Your Killer Pitch

Lottie Byram from the Dingman Center is joining us this month to share how to make the best first impression on investors and most effectively communicate your product-market fit.

Presenter: Lottie Byram, Dingman Center

When: October 8, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, REGISTER

Registering Your Company: Basics of Corporate Formation

Registering your company brings many questions: what entity should I choose? What documents do I need and why? In this workshop, you will have an opportunity to learn about different forms of entities, including standard issues and tax matters. Basic entity documents will be reviewed, such as formation documents, governing documents, and operation documents (NDAs, assignment of inventions, equity incentive documents, etc.). Financing documents, such as debt, equity, investments, and others.

Presenter: Mark Ehrmann, Partner, Quarles & Brady

When: October 14, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, REGISTER

Understanding an Investment Term Sheet, What Founders Should Know

A discussion regarding the key terms of a venture investment term sheet and the key points that all founders must understand. We will walk through a model term sheet and discuss concepts ranging from valuation and capitalization tables to corporate governance and voting rights.

Presenter: Joseph Ward, Principal, Miles & Stockbridge

When: October 15, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, REGISTER

Environmental Health and Safety Regulations

A workshop on environmental health and safety regulations will be presented by Maureen Kotlas, Executive Director of the UMD Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk and Mary Dorman, Assistant Director, ESSR. The workshop will provide an overview of some of the most common requirements that small businesses are subject to. This includes employee safety and health requirements from OSHA and MOSH, EPA and MDE requirements for regulated waste, requirements that apply to research laboratories, and laboratory fire safety compliance. Attendees will be provided with a list of resources that will be helpful in developing a health and safety program.

Presenters: Maureen Kotlas, Executive Director, ESSR
                   Mary Dorman, Assistant Director, Research Safety, ESSR

When: October 19, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, REGISTER

Should a Strategic Investor Be Considered as an investor for my Startup?

Strategic investors, also known as corporate venture capital, are usually a part of a larger company and invest in startups when there is a potential mutual benefit from such transaction. Learn what strategic investors are looking for, how they make investment decisions, how to find them, and the best way to work with them.

Presenter: Jay Emmanuel, Partner at Capital One Ventures

When: October 22, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM REGISTER

CFIUS Rule Updates: What Technology Businesses and Investors Should Know "Offered by Osage University Partners"

In January of 2020, the U.S. Federal Government issued final rules fully implementing the new powers granted to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Effective February 13, 2020, the Committee started to exercise its expanded ability to review the national security implications of more foreign investments - in particular companies with ‘novel or advanced technology’ including biotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum computing, and advanced materials. New mandatory filing rules are now in place, and the Committee’s new enforcement team – charged with finding unfiled cases within CFIUS’s jurisdiction – is now bringing in far more cases than ever before.

In this webinar, we’ll review:

  • Basics on CFIUS and FIRRMA
  • What were the effects seen during the CFIUS 15-month pilot program?
  • What types of investments are subject to CFIUS review under the new rules?
  • Under the new rules, what questions need to be answered to understand the CFIUS implications of their transaction?
  • What types of businesses and investments have been the subject of CFIUS attention since the establishment of the enforcement team?
  • How could all of these changes affect investments by non-U.S. investment sources?
  • What does this mean for university startups?
  • What should we expect from CFIUS going forward?

Presenters: Stephen Heifetz, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
                    Joshua Gruenspecht, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

When: October 27, 12:00 PM, REGISTER

Startup Financials: How to Keep Track of Your Company Money

Keeping track of your company's finances and doing basic financial planning for your startup can be fairly easy at the beginning, but as your company grows things quickly become more complicated. Learn from a seasoned finance professional what you can do to keep accurate records, generate and understand financial reports, how to choose which tools to use, what can be done on your own, and when it is best to consult professionals and how to work with them effectively.

Presenter: Anthony Cammarata, CEO, and Founder of Startupcannon

When: October 28, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, REGISTER

Founders Equity: How to Divide it Fairly and Keep Your Company Attractive for Investors

Every startup founder faces a dilemma: how to divide equity in the company fairly? Learn from a seasoned entrepreneur what considerations come into play when making this important decision. Find out common mistakes and potential consequences.

Presenter: Doug Humphrey, Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Maryland

When: October 29, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, REGISTER


The History of Technology: From fire to fibre optic

From humankind’s earliest days tools were key to survival.  From the first engineers to today, technology has driven us to new heights, and many cultures have shared in this endeavor.  This lecture will explore many of these contributions and showcase the acceleration of technological innovation through the millennia to today.  Contributions of the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and others, through the Dark Ages to the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution and the Information Age, the Biotechnology Era and other critical revolutions of today, will all be discussed in a lively format, placing various inventors in their times. 

Presenter: Raymond Van Dyke, Technology and Intellectual Property Attorney, Patent Practitioner, Van Dyke Intellectual Property Law

When: November 2, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, REGISTER

IP Strategy  

Most companies need to develop some form of Intellectual Property (IP) strategy using Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and/or Trade Secrets. However, many principals do not always appreciate how these rights can be used as part of an overall integrated IP Strategy. Edell, Shapiro, and Finnan will discuss what it means to develop an IP strategy, as well as how the different IP rights can be used in an integrated and cost-effective manner to protect your company’s intellectual property assets and drive innovation. In this presentation, you will learn how the different IP rights intersect, learn to identify the factors that dictate your IP strategy, receive tips for maximizing your return on investment in IP, and learn common pitfalls that need to be avoided to ensure complete IP protection.

Presenters: Lawrence Eisen, Andrew Haberman & Josh Puvak, Partners, Edell, Shapiro & Finnan, LLC

When: November 16, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, REGISTER


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Watch videos of previous workshops on our YouTube channel.

Watch videos of previous workshops on our YouTube channel.