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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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June 2023 Workshop Schedule 


Legal Aspects of Raising Financing

Join our interactive webinar on the Legal Aspects of Raising Financing. Gain a comprehensive understanding of key legal considerations in fundraising for startups and businesses. Topics include term sheets, securities types (common/preferred stock, convertible notes, SAFE, Warrants), negotiation levers, company valuation, liquidation preferences, participating vs. non-participating stock, preemptive rights, drag-along rights, information rights, anti-dilution protection, protective provisions, due diligence, and regulatory compliance. Presented by an experienced startup expert, this webinar equips you with knowledge to navigate fundraising complexities.

Presenter: Anthony Millin, Founder and Co-Chair of NEXT powered by Shulman Rogers

Tuesday, June 6 | 10:30-11:30 AM

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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, June 7, | 12:00-1:00 PM

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Startup Funding for UMD Faculty and Graduate Students

The University of Maryland offers access to over $1 million in funding to startups founded to commercialize University innovations. 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.

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

When: Friday, June 16 |  11:00 am -12:00 pm

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Navigating Conflicts of Interest at UMD: Keeping Your Research Above Question and Your Career on Track

Conflicts of interest (COI) are a common occurrence in a university environment, and managing them is crucial to maintaining the integrity of research, scholarship, instruction, and administrative functions. Join us for a workshop led by the University of Maryland’s Conflict of Interest Committee Chair and members, where you will learn about what constitutes COI, how and when to disclose potential COI, and the importance of following a COI management plan to ensure research integrity.

During this workshop, we will cover a range of topics including university policy, what constitutes a COI, how to disclose potential COIs, and managing potential conflicts. We will also address tricky situations that may arise and provide information on the resources available at UMD to help you navigate conflicts of interest.

The goal of this workshop is to provide you with the knowledge and awareness to help keep your research results above question and your career on track. By attending this workshop, you will gain a better understanding of the importance of managing conflicts of interest and how to do so effectively. We encourage all researchers to attend and look forward to seeing you there.

When: Wednesday, June 21 | 12:00-1:30 PM

Presenters: COI Committee at UMD

Patrick G. O'Shea, PhD; Professor, ECE, IREAP; Chair, Conflict of Interest Committee, University of Maryland

Beth Brittan-Powell, PhD; Director, Research Compliance Initiatives, University of Maryland

Felicia Metz, JD; Associate Director, UM Ventures, University of Maryland

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Export Control Considerations for Startups

Join us for an informative webinar on export control considerations. This webinar is designed to provide participants with an overview of export control regulations and how they impact various industries and organizations.

Our expert speakers will guide you through the basics of export control, including the types of items and technology subject to control, the different types of controls, and how to identify potential risks and compliance issues. You will also learn about the different agencies responsible for enforcing export controls, including the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Whether you are a current or aspiring business owner, this webinar is the perfect opportunity to learn about export control issues and how they can impact your startup.  


Adam Grant, Director, Research Security Office, University of Maryland

When: Thursday, June 22 | 12:00-1:00 PM

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Funding and Equity in University Startups, Part 5: Cap Tables and Exits

The next webinar in Osage University Partner’s Funding and Equity Webinar Series will focus on cap tables over funding rounds and what happens to equity at exits. Our panelists, Manny Stockman and Anurag Agarwal, will run through a sample cap table as it evolves from founding through possible exit scenarios. They will explain differences that may occur in high tech versus life science financings, and they will show how terms reviewed in the OUP valuations and term sheets webinar from February 2023 impact the cap table and resulting exits. Attendees will learn how dilution, increased valuation, down rounds, option pools, and liquidation preferences affect equity ownership and the possible outcomes for investors, founders and employees.


Manny Stockman, Partner, Technology, Osage University Partners.

Anurag Agarwal, Partner, Life Sciences, Osage University Partners.

When: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 | 1:00-12:00 PM

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Watch videos of previous workshops on our YouTube channel.

Watch videos of previous workshops on our YouTube channel.

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