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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Nutter McClennen and Fish LLP
Seaport West, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA (map)
8:30am – 4:00pm

 Do you want to know more about:
  • Term Sheets
  • Valuation
  • Marketing and KPI
  • Building Your Team
  • Pitching Your Company
Join us on March 10 for all this plus a mentor lunch. It’s a day you can’t afford to miss.
Get a preview of the mentors here to get a jump on who you’ll want to speak with at lunch.

Registration:

Regular: $150.00 advance, $200.00 at the door

AEP Members: $80.00- Join Now

Students: $80.00 – a limited number of scholarships are available to full-time students through  StayinMA 

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Led by leading experts in the field of startup financing, the limited-seat Fast Track is an intensive, interactive full-day seminar designed to provide entrepreneurs and investors an in-depth understanding of what it takes to raise early-stage capital for a startup.
The TCN Venture Fast Track is a dynamic, fast-track version of TCN’s comprehensive roundtables and expert lunches. So if you want an invigorating refresher, or are new to TCN events, this is the event for you!

Agenda

8:30am Registration and Mentor Lunch Sign up
9:15am Funding Strategy
10:00am Break
10:10am Critical IP Issues for Startups
10:30am Tackling Term Sheets
11:30am Mentor Lunch
12:45pm Startup Operations Breakout Workshops
2:00pm Company Valuation and Metrics – top down or bottom up?
3:00pm Pitch Perfect

 

9:15am – Funding Strategies

How do you figure out how much money you need, and when? We’ll look at a case study and talk P&L to help you determine the right market for your product and which funding source is most appropriate to maximize the exit for your company.

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10:10am – Critical IP Issues for Startups

Entrepreneurs build their businesses, their competitive advantage, and their long-term defensibility around a core of intellectual property.  For some entrepreneurs, that will mean a patent portfolio. For many others, however, it will mean a sticky web of trademarks, trade dress rights, copyright, know-how, trade secrets, contractual exclusivity, and non-disclosure agreements. Our experts will help entrepreneurs untangle common and critical intellectual property issues to help them with business planning and with explaining the investment proposition and risks to investors.

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Follow-on IP lunch, free to Fast Track attendees, will be held April 23, 1-3pm. Register here (code to register for free will be given at the Fast Track).

10:30am – Tackling Term Sheets

As an entrepreneur, understanding the parts of an Angel or Venture Capital term sheet can be a daunting task. The session discusses common practices and pitfalls surrounding the use of term sheets and the current market terms for early-stage angel and venture investments.  Some sample term sheets will be reviewed and explained.

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11:30am – Mentor Lunch

The Entrepreneur-Advisor matching lunch is an opportunity for you to ask questions and receive advice from experienced entrepreneurs, strategic professionals, or early-stage investors, all who are active supporters of New England’s entrepreneurial community. Spend the lunch hour in a small group discussion with fellow entrepreneurs and our handpicked advisors to discuss your startup. Come ready with your one-minute pitch and a burning question.

View the full list of mentors here

12:45 pm – Startup Operations Breakout Workshops

Building the Team

It is an oft-repeated truism that angels and VCs value people in your startup more than they value the idea or technology. The largest dilemma entrepreneurs face is how to attract the team that will attract the money without having the money upfront. So which comes first?

Other topics discussed will include:What is a founder’s role on the management team?
Is the current team complete enough for the stage of the company?
Does the current team need someone to play an interim role to fill in a critical need?
At what stage of the company growth would it be appropriate to have management reorganization?

Speakers:

Scaling with sales and marketing, and defining KPIs

You have a working product, your technology seems strong, now sell it! Take your company to the next level with sales and marketing, and hear how to measure your success. Most investors will tell you they need to see traction before they sign a check. Hear from the experts on what that means and how to scale your sales and show real traction!

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2:00pm – Company Valuation and Metrics – top down or bottom up?

Defending your corporate valuation to Angels & VCs is nearly impossible. In this program, we will discuss valuation methodologies, metrics, tactics, and tips for early-stage corporate valuations.

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3:00pm – Perfect Pitch

You never get a second chance at a first impression. Early-stage ventures seeking investment need to know how to target, locate, approach, and close with venture capitalists, angels, and strategic investors. Hear first-hand a successful pitch from an entrepreneur who has closed a funding round (or two) and how the company’s pitch evolved over time.

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Follow-up Lunch TBD to include more IP – free for all Fast Track attendees!

 

Registration:

Regular: $150.00 advance, $200.00 at the door

AEP Members: $80.00- Join Now

Some full scholarships available. Please fill out this form to apply.

Students: $80.00 – a limited number of scholarships are available to full-time students through  StayinMA 

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