Webinar: LLCs VS Corporations as Startup Structures

The webinar includes a deep dive on each of the following topics: • Governance and structural concerns of LLCs, including organizational documents, founders’ agreements, and management provisions • Tax issues, including partnership provisions and conversion opportunities for LLCs • Investor concerns on LLCs, particularly from the venture capital lens • Accounting issues on tax and…

Webinar: Startup Licensing 101 – The License, Part 2 (The “Lawyer” Parts)

For many entrepreneurs, licensing from a university may be a new experience. This series of webinars provides information that will be helpful for academic entrepreneurs contemplating their first (or perhaps subsequent) license from an academic institution. Presented by an attorney who represents many academic startups, including their investors, along with two academic technology transfer veterans, these webinars bring views from both sides of the table and best practices for a fruitful and efficient negotiation.

Webinar: Angel & Accelerator Funding for University Startups

Join OUP for a webinar discussing models, structures, and best practices in raising pre-seed and seed funding for university startup companies from angels and accelerators. Our panel of experts will review their own models, which are distinct from each other in both the areas in which they invest as well as the additional value they provide. Other topics covered will include raising pre-seed and seed amounts, timing and structures for the raises, how to meet with these types of investors, the roles potentially played by these investors with the startups, and much more.

Webinar: Approaches to Software Licensing

Software-based technologies present challenges to the most experienced university technology managers when it comes to licensing. These technologies are often not patentable, released under an open source license, or the software is frequently rewritten – making the original code less valuable. Therefore, faculty frequently don’t disclose software, and companies commonly avoid licensing software IP from the universities.

Webinar: Best Practices in Licensing International Startups: The UK, China, & Israel

A discussion on the differences in licensing to startups based out of Israel, China, and the UK by experts who have worked in these regions. David Ai, formerly of City University in Hong Kong, Amir Naiberg, formerly of Yeda Research and Development Co, in Israel, and Teri Willey, formerly of Cambridge Enterprise, will talk about particular variances in license clauses and startup structures that US tech transfer offices may encounter when licensing to entities incorporated in these countries.

Webinar: University Accelerators and Incubators

Over the past several years, there’s been a proliferation of universities launching internally-driven accelerator programs, with the goal of providing inventors of early stage technologies an opportunity to develop their startup idea within an academic setting. The core concept behind a university accelerator is to offer funding, mentorship, and other resources to startups sometimes too nascent to attract seasoned talent and institutional funding. But such accelerators require large amounts of capital and an experienced team to administer programming, evaluate startups ideas, allocate funding, and provide company-building services amongst other tasks.

Webinar: Small Molecule vs Antibody Development Challenges

Therapeutics remain the primary focus for life science venture investments. As we all know, pre-clinical development of therapeutics is complicated, time consuming, and capital intensive. In the early stages of development, multiple aspects of a therapeutic product need to be optimized to enhance its drug-like properties. However, given the limited time and resources in the academic setting, what aspects of development should inventors focus on? Before diving into drug development, inventors should ask themselves: What is feasible in an academic setting? What is valued more by the investors? Should it be performed in-house or be out-sourced? How much would it cost?

Webinar: How VCs Evaluate CEOs

Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) and venture investors Osage University Partners (OUP) invite you to view a seminar on the following topic: “The behind-the-scenes view on how VCs evaluate potential startup CEOS.”

Drawing from 25 years of venture capital experience, Osage University Partners (OUP) managing partner Marc Singer 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.

Webinar: Understanding Equity Economics as the Startup Grows

Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) and venture investors Osage University Partners (OUP) invite you to join a seminar on the following topic: “Understanding the real economics of university startup formation.”

OUP principal John Lee will take you step-by-step through the life of a company, illustrating the different types equity, the pros and cons of each equity type depending on different company outcomes, and the economic effect this has on founders’ shares. Data will be presented to support the conversation around founders’ equity, the right allocation between faculty vs. post docs vs. grad students, and how much equity one needs to give away to attract and keep your top talent.

Webinar: Venture Capital & University Startup Financial Trends of 2018

We’re almost halfway through 2018, which means it is once again time for OUP’s annual financing trends webinar. Which sectors have had the greatest investment and which are facing funding challenges? How do these trends apply to advancing academic technologies? What does the beginning of 2018 imply for the rest of the year and what lies over the horizon?