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Startup Fundamentals Workshops

What: Startup Fundamentals Workshops are offered in collaboration with the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business and Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute at the Clark School of Engineering.  All sessions are offered virtually via Zoom platform and many (but not all)  are recorded and are available on our StartupUMD YouTube Channel

Place: All sessions are offered virtually via Zoom platform. Please see schedule for registration details.

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    September 2022 Workshop Schedule   

I-Corps Info Session

I-Corps Info Sessions are an informal opportunity to meet the University of Maryland I-Corps team and ask questions related to Business Model Generation, Customer Discovery, and Regional I-Corps programs, as well as NSF National I-Corps programs. They are offered monthly and are casual so feel free to bring lunch.

When: Wednesday, September 7, 12:00-1:00 PM

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Startup Guide for University of Maryland Faculty and Graduate Students

The University of Maryland and the State of Maryland have an abundance of resources for aspiring entrepreneurs. This workshop will provide an overview of the resources and programs, and a suggested path to navigate them in the most efficient way. The workshop is designed for faculty and graduate students building startups based on innovations developed in their university labs and offices. The word "innovation" covers a broad range of new concepts, creations etc. : data, curriculum, software, methodologies, materials, devices, and many more research results developed at UMD.

When: Thursday, Sep 8, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM

Presenter: Alla McCoy, Director, Startup Support, UM Ventures

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Accounting 101 for Startups

Accounting concepts and terminology can be confusing to those who did not study it, however understanding the basics is important for all business owners. Join experienced accountants to learn about accounting basics, various financing options, review basics of financial statements with specific focus on startups.

When: Monday, Sep 12, 2022 12:00-1:00 PM

Presenter: Joe Bishop, CPA, Supervising Senior Accountant at Snyder Cohn

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Translational Funding for UMD Researchers: TEDCO's Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII)

TEDCO's Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) was created as a partnership between the State of Maryland and five Maryland academic research institutions and offers up to $265,000 in funding to UMD researchers as translational and startup funding. Phase 1 of the MII program provides $115,000 (no overhead!) that goes directly to the PI's lab for a technology validation project. Phase 3 of the program provides $150,000 in funding to a new startup launched to around the technology. Please join UMD's MII Site Miners to learn how this funding program works and what makes a winning application.

When: Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 12:00-1:00 PM

Presenters: Daniel Nadash and Lawrence Cheng, TEDCO MII Site Miners for the University of Maryland, College Park

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Essential Tax Issues for Startups

Taxes are probably the last thing on a mind of an entrepreneur when forming a startup. However, there are important issues to consider when forming and operating a company, including choice of entity (LLC? C Corp? etc., reporting requirements, sales tax compliance, multi-state tax issues, and, of course, not missing any available deductions to lower tax.  Please join Samuel Handwerger, CPA & MS in Taxation, Lecturer at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland to learn about essential tax issues all startup founders should be aware of. Please join us on Sept. 27th for part 2 and additional topics.

When: Tuesday, Sep 20, 2022 10:00-11:00 AM

Presenter: Samuel Handwerger, CPA, MS in Taxation, Lecturer at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

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Entrepreneurship Journey: Lessons Learned

Gold mining operation in Azerbaijan, waste incinerator manufacturing in Pennsylvania, engineering services in California – a wide range of startup companies founded and operated by Mr. Mehrdad Etemad. Please join us to learn “do’s” and “don’ts” from an experienced entrepreneur who built and operated five startup companies in the US and abroad. Mr. Etemad has many lessons to share on what it takes to identify and assess an opportunity, and how to take it from an idea to a functional revenue-generating company, with many pivots along the way to adapt to ever-changing conditions.

When: Thursday, Sep 22, 2022 12:00-1:00 PM

Presenter:  Mehrdad Etemad

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Special Tax Topics for Technology Startups

In this second session on essential tax topics for startups lead by an experienced tax accountant Samuel Handwerger the following important issues will be covered:

-Tax planning when being funded by private equity
-The R&D Tax Credit
-Opportunity Zone Credits
-Taking advantage of the tax-free Section 1202 provisions
-Other special incentives

Please join us to continue learning about important tax topics for startup founders. Recording of the previous session can be found on the StartupUMD YouTube channel for those who are interested.

When: Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022 10:00-11:00 AM

Presenter: Samuel Handwerger, CPA, MS in Taxation, Lecturer at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

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Funding Sources for the University of Maryland Startups

The University of Maryland offers access to over $600K in funding to startups founded to develop University innovations into products or services benefitting the public. Find out details about funding programs to validate technology, form your startup, enhance R&D and other. We will also discuss some startup opportunities available to any state of Maryland-based startups, or University System of Maryland affiliated startups.

When: Wednesday, Sep 28, 2022 02:00-3:00 PM

Presenter: Alla McCoy, Director, Startup Support, UM Ventures

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A Primer on Intellectual Property Law: The Basic Tools for You to Know

This primer will provide an overview of the various Intellectual Property rights and assisting clients in responding to their questions about those rights, e.g., to protect their ideas (patents), creations (copyrights), brands (trademark) and professional know-how and information (trade secrets). The program will explore the various IP rights including the exclusive rights conveyed to IP owners and more, as well as the vocabulary to use in discussing these matters with your client. Key topics to be discussed:

-What are the various IP rights

-How to file for federal rights

-Famous and current cases

-Interesting issues for each IP right

-How to sue, and what to do when sued for infringement

-What are the damages, my liability for infringement

***This webinar will not be recorded. Live session only.***


Thursday, September 29, 12:00-1:30 PM

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Presenter: Raymond Van Dyke, Van Dyke Intellectual Property Law


  OCTOBER 2022 Workshop Schedule   


Intellectual Property Fundamentals and IP Policy at the University of Maryland Explained

In this introductory workshop you will learn about different types of intellectual property rights: copyright, patents, trademarks, trade secrets. Learn what these rights are, how to obtain them and why, what are associated cots etc. In addition, you will learn how the university treats intellectual property as set in the University of Maryland Intellectual Property Policy.

Monday, October 3, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM

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Felicia Metz, JD, Associate Director, UM Ventures

Michael Wrobel, JD, MBA, Sr. Intellectual Property Manager, UM Ventures


Business Lingo for New Startup Founders

Does this sound like a foreign language to you: market segment, variable costs, cap table, TAM, Margins, LVC, COGS, Burn Rate, Customer Churn, EBIDTA, Product/Market fit, etc.? This workshop will help you understand basic business terminology to prepare you for conversations with investors, business partners, industry experts and others on your journey of building your new startup.

Tuesday, October 11, 12:00-1:00 PM

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Presenter: Alla McCoy, Director, Startup Support, UM Ventures, University of Maryland


Dividing Startup Equity: What Is Fair and Reasonable?

You have a great idea for startup and found trustworthy partners willing to share the risk with you and join your new venture. Discussing how to split equity in the company is a very important part to build healthy working relationships and transparent and manageable expectations among all co-founders. Please join us for a conversation with an experienced serial entrepreneur and investor Tim Jones to learn how to approach and think about this tricky and sometimes awkward subject. 

Thursday, October 13, 12:00-1:00 PM

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Presenter: Tim Jones, Founder and Managing Principal, TBJ Investments


Legal Documents Needed by Startups

What documents do you need to register your company? After you register your startup, it’s tempting to start executing on your company’s business plan. However, there are important documents that need to be established first to create a clear operating and legal structure in place. Learn from experienced attorneys what are most important legal documents your startup needs and why.

Tuesday, October 18, 2:00-3:00 PM

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Presenter: Mark T. Ehrmann, Partner, Quarles & Brady, LLP


The Metaverse and Intellectual Property: From Snow Crash to Cash?

The coming Metaverse offers a Pandora’s box of opportunities for marketers. Large and small companies and corporations are staking out their claims in this new marketplace, establishing commercial beach heads in the upcoming struggle within this abstract domain. Intense patenting and trademarking efforts are now being made to obtain exclusivities. Facebook, Microsoft, Wal-Mart and many others are patenting, and countless brand companies are advertising their wares. Copyright and other issues are also involved. This talk will overview the current efforts to colonize and control this New World.

***Live workshop only. Recording will not be available.***

Thursday, October 20, 2022 12:30-1:30 PM

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Presenter: Raymond Van Dyke, Van Dyke Intellectual Property Law


Famous Intellectual Property Deals in History, Lessons for Today

With every creation and idea there is the ultimate need to leverage it for some gain. Whether an idea, patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret or know how, famous and infamous people in history have made deals to exploit their creations, some good, some bad. In this webinar, we shall look at several such deals in their historical setting and circumstances, and analyze what happened. Hopefully, through the review of these pasts, we are not condemned to repeat the failures. In later webinars, we will examine other deals in history. What you will learn:

-How to better leverage your IP and other assets through historical example

-An understanding that mistakes can and will happen

-How to spot an advance and seize upon it

-Realize that you can be smarter than many prior entrepreneurs

***Live workshop only. Recording will not be available.***

Thursday, November 3, 12:30-1:30 PM

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Presenter: Raymond Van Dyke, Van Dyke Intellectual Property Law


 Watch videos of previous workshops on our YouTube channel.

Watch videos of previous workshops on our YouTube channel.