1. This is the sequel to SPARK’s popular IP–1 session in October 2012. In this installment, we will provide the keys to technology licensing and university technology transfer. Jeanne Moploney of Dykema Gossett PLLC will start by explaining the essentials entrepreneurs need to understand about technology licensing. Brian Copple from the UofM Tech Transfer Office will then talk about the many opportunities that exist for entrepreneurs to acquire cutting edge technology from universities, and how to work with university tech transfer offices.

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  2. For most startups and early stage technology companies, raising investment capital is the first and most daunting task. Lack of adequate capitalization strains the already difficult tasks of launching a new product or service into the marketplace and building an operational business. Particularly in bootstrapped start-ups, diversion of management resources to fundraising tasks usually lengthens time to market, which feeds back into a need for even more capital to support the launch. In the process of increasing the investor ask, valuation and terms become more difficult, and investor skepticism about the business can become a self-fulfilling prophesy.

    Of course, certain aspects of the capital raising process are inescapable. There is no substitute for working very hard in presenting to investors, scheduling meetings, managing follow-ups, and handling the mental (and business) management of rejection and delays in the investors' decision making and the due diligence process.

    Let us suggest, though, that much heartache can be reduced, and the entire process, including these time-consuming parts, can be streamlined and accelerated by developing and following a Capital Fundraising Plan (CFP).

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  3. SPARK proudly presents another installment of intellectual property (IP) law for entrepreneurs and business leaders via its Business Law & Order series. In this session, we have assembled an All-Star line-up of IP experts to discuss the basics of intellectual property, registration, enforcing and maintenance so that you can protect and grow your business’s portfolio of intellectual property assets.

    The future of Michigan’s economy is counting on innovative, business-minded people to create jobs through new technology, niche marketing concepts and smart service models. To be successful over the long run, these businesses will need to take full advantage of the legal tools provided through IP so that imitators do not threaten market share beyond what is unavoidable. Find out how!

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  4. When forming a business one of the first decisions an entrepreneur will make is choice of entity. This session will cover the possible legal structures for your business activities, including the advantages and disadvantages of each type of entity in terms of limited liability, management of the business, employee compensation and tax matters. Learn the basics of Corporate Formation and understand the pros and cons of incorporating in Michigan and Delaware.

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  5. This event of the Business Law & Order series covers the rules of the road for making promises, managing expectations and avoiding stupid fights, all with well chosen words.

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Starting a new business is complicated: there are many t’s to cross and i’s to dot. The nine session Business Law & Order Legal Series will give entrepreneurs insight into some of the most important legal issues they must consider during business formation.


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Starting a new business is complicated: there are many t’s to cross and i’s to dot. The nine session Business Law & Order Legal Series will give entrepreneurs insight into some of the most important legal issues they must consider during business formation. Some of these issues include: proper business structure, intellectual property protection, founders and key employee compensation, considerations regarding employees versus independent contractors, doing business overseas and commercial agreements. The sessions will help new business owners understand their options and make better decisions relating to the structure, organization and management of their business.

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