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OEN/OTBC 2-part Series: Startup 411 – How to Start Your Startup

December 1, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Got an idea for a startup, but don’t know where to start? This workshop, held jointly by OEN and OTBC, will provide you with:

A checklist of how to get started
A review of common mistakes first-time entrepreneurs often make and how to avoid them
An overview of startup funding options (and realities)
An overview of resources available to entrepreneurs
Answers to some of the basic questions that always come up, including protecting your idea, finding co-founders, and more!

Part 1 – Tuesday, Dec 1, 12-1:30pm: Business Model, Strategy, and Funding

The first workshop will focus on concrete steps to take to start a company, including practical advice on how to assess your startup idea and identify early-stage funding. The presenter is Steve Morris, Executive Director of startup incubator OTBC, and manager of the Westside Startup Fund.

Part 2 – Thursday, Dec 3, 12-1:30pm: Setting Up and Legally Protecting Your Company
How do you set up and legally protect a business?  This workshop will follow up on the prior session and focus on setting up a legal entity for your business, establishing founders’ ownership and protecting the company’s intellectual property rights.  The presenter is Neal Nathanson, partner at Perkins Coie LLP.

Cost: FREE, registration required

Workshop Leaders

Steve Morris
Executive Director, OTBC
A veteran of three startups, Steve has more than 25 years of management experience in the software, service, and semiconductor test industries at companies such as Hewlett Packard, Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics, Credence Corporation, and Teseda Corporation. In addition to leading OTBC, he serves as the Managing Director of OregonStartups.com.

Neil Nathanson
Partner, Perkins Coie
A startup attorney in the firm’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice, Neil advises some of the region’s hottest startup companies, as well as more established emerging growth companies, in venture, angel, crowdfunding and other private and public equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and corporate governance. He coordinates the firm’s resources to deliver the key legal services expected by a startup, including trademark, patent and other intellectual property procurement, technology licensing and other commercial contracts, hiring, compensation, option plans and other employee issues, and compliance with privacy and security regulations. Neil also represents venture capital funds, strategic investors, angel investors, and private equity firms on their investments in tech startups.


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