Set up personal 1:1 meetings with our Entrepreneurs In Residence (EIRs) to discuss your idea further. Sign up now for an appointment with an EIR.
Whether you are looking for cofounders or looking to join a team, come to our team building mixer on November 3, 2015from 6:00-7:00 PM on the second floor of the Hives, Batten Hall. It will be an exciting opportunity for interested students to meet cofounders and discuss ideas. Or, join our New Venture Competition facebook group to connect with potential team members.
Need advice on what business entity to form? How to protect your intellectual property? Through the generosity of several local law firms, including Foley Hoag, Wilmer Hale, Hinckley Allen, Brown Rudnick, and Goodwin Procter, the Rock Center is able to offer legal advice to students developing business plans for the New Venture Competition. These half-hour sessions — while no substitute for engaging counsel — can help to identify legal issues and hurdles that may arise and point you to specific issues that might be of concern. To set up an appointment time please email the Rock Center.
Legal Workshop Series
In preparation for the New Venture Competition, the Rock Center hosts a series of workshops on critical legal issues facing entrepreneurs and startup companies generally. Each of these sessions are given by one or more Foley Hoag lawyers experienced with working with startup companies and specializing in the particular issues being addressed.
Date: November 16, 2015, 5:00 PM, Rock 105
This session will cover why and when to incorporate, choice of legal entity, optimizing corporate structure for later investments, allocation of equity among co-founders and other early stage equity holders, and other threshold legal issues confronted when starting a business. Please click here
to access the deck from the session.
Date: February 18, 2016, 5:00 PM, Rock 105
Topic: Financing Deal Terms
This session provides an in depth look into critical deal terms that arise in the context of raising capital in seed, angel and venture financing. Convertible debt vs. preferred stock financing, pre- and post-money valuation, liquidation preference, anti-dilution protection, corporate control, information and registration rights, and other key features of financing will be covered. Actual term sheets are used as a guide to the discussion.
Date: March 9, 2016, 5:00 PM, Rock 105
Topic: Intellectual Property
Need advice on how to protect your Intellectual Property? This NVC Legal Seminar will cover IP basics, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, methods of developing and protecting IP, strategies for building an IP portfolio, and the role of IP in corporate transactions. Come by The Rock Center and learn the central role IP assets play in a company's valuation, and how this impacts fundraising and exits.
Date: March 23, 2016, 5:00 PM, Rock 105
Immigration laws are in constant change. This Legal Seminar will cover basic strategies regarding securing the proper visa status and uncovering legal traps in immigration, particularly the challenges faced by ventures founded by and employing foreign nationals.