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OTBC "Get Started" Series

From: Steve M.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 8:56 AM

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You have an idea for a company. You probably have some questions. You’ll find answers in the Get Started series of seminars and workshops.  Each program provides practical advice and tools you can use to help you start you company.

And we'll have Open Office Hours via Google Hangout for seminar attendees on Friday mornings so you can ask questions, get clarifications, and talk about your headway.

Startup 411 - How to Start Feb. 19, Mar 20

This overview workshop presented by OTBC and the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network is an overview of how to start, common mistakes to avoid, and an introduction to startup funding.   Included Tools: Startup Checklist; Oregon Entrepreneur Resources Directory.

How to Validate you're Startup Idea Feb. 27

In this session we will discuss  how to capture your critical business model assumptions, and how to test those assumptions so you can decide whether your idea is attractive enough to pursue.  We walk through the process of completing a one page business model canvas, and discuss exactly how to validate your canvas assumptions.  Included tools:  Lean Business Model Canvas.

Avoid Mistakes, Protect your Company Mar 6

This seminar describes steps you should take to protect you company ownership and your company's intellectual property (IP).  We provide information about IP protection (copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets) and we describe steps you should take to protect your company stock.  Throughout, we'll provide examples of the common mistakes that early stage entrepreneurs make, and how you can avoid those mistakes.

About Stock Mar 13

Stock, stock compensation, dilution. You’ll want to understand how all that works.  This seminar tackles these common questions:  What is common versus preferred stock? How do you decide how much ownership goes to each team member?  What happens if a team member doesn't work out?  How is founder ownership diluted when the company takes on investors?  How do you minimize dilution?  Can founders retain control? How do investors determine you company's value?  Included Tools: Stock (Capitalization) Spreadsheet for forecasting value and dilution.

Create a  Realistic Funding Plan Apr 3

When you are at the Idea stage, it's not likely that investors will be willing to invest.  This seminar reviews the sources of funding that are available to early stage funding.  We then describe the kind of headway investors typically require before they are ready to invest. Included Tools: OTBC Sources of Funding graphic.

Create an Effective Investor Pitch Apr 10

We suggest that entrepreneurs not worry about pitching until your company is investor ready.  But when the time is right, you’ll need a truly effective pitch that combines the right preparation, content, delivery and follow-up.  In this seminar, we describe how to do that.  Included Tools:  OTBC Pitch Checklist

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