- Positioning Yourself for Financing, presented by Fox Rothschild
- This session will address optimal capital structure, considerations with public and private financings, founders’ stock, initial seed financing, strategic alliances and equity incentive arrangements for management and key employees. We will also look at terms sheets between entrepreneurs and investors; nondisclosure agreements and other confidentiality issues; valuation, dilution, preferred stock and more.
- Why and How to Engage a Board of Directors for Your Startup, presented by University of MN: Office of the Vice President for Research; Office for Technology Commercialization; Office of University Economic Development; Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship
- If done right, an active and engaged board of directors can create a significant, positive impact on the success of the startup. This panel will discuss why a board is important, how to go about setting one up and how to use the expertise that you have on the board.
- Special Situations in Capital Financing, presented by Lindquist & Vennum
- The path from Series A to Series B rarely follows a straight line and companies may need to explore out-of-the-box approaches to addressing their capital needs. Learn about these approaches, including MNvest and other crowdfunding capital raises, bridge financing, pay-to-play provisions, and venture debt, and how to successfully avoid common pitfalls.
- Non-Dilutive Federal R&D Funding: An Overview of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs.
- Non-dilutive funding is a vital resource for early-stage companies to advance the development and commercialization of new technologies in an environment where risk capital is scarce. Non-dilutive funding also drives collaborative R&D projects that enable companies to gather critical data, validate assumptions and inspire key opinion leaders, all of which helps to de-risk follow-on investment.
- Eleven federal agencies participate in the SBIR program and five agencies participate in the STTR program, when combined provide more than $2.5B each year to support technological innovations with the potential for commercialization. Depending on the agency and the proposed project, a single project could receive more than $1.5M in non-dilutive funding to support the early stages of a new product or service. More importantly, products or services funded with SBIR/STTR funding possess sole-source procurement rights in federal government contracting.