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Get Started Series

You have an idea for a company. You probably have some questions
 
  • There's a lot to do. Where do I start?  Is there a start up to do list?
  • How do I validate my idea to decide if it is a good, feasible idea?
  • What are common mistakes early-stage companies make that I should avoid?
  • How do I build a team when I have no funding?
  • How do I get funding so I can grow my company?</p>
 
We tackle  these questions in detail in the Get Started series of seminars and workshops at OTBC.  Each seminar 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.
 
Schedule:
 
Open Office Hours - Online Google Hangout    
Fridays, 9am to 10am.   Learn More & Register
Startup 411 - How to Start     
Feb 20, Mar 20   4pm-6:30pm Learn More & Register
How to Validate you're Startup Idea 
Thursdays: Feb. 27; Apr 24  7:30am-8:30am Learn More & Register
Avoid Common Mistakes and Protect your Company  
Thursdays: Mar 6, May 1, 7:30am - 8:30am Learn More & Register
About Stock  
Thursdays: Mar 13, May 8.  7:30am-8:30am Learn More & Register
Create a  Realistic Funding Plan  
Thursdays: Apr 3, May 15.  7:30am-8:30am Learn More & Register
Create an Effective Investor Pitch 
Thursdays: Apr 10, May 22.  7:30am-8:30am Learn more & register
 
 
More Information

Startup 411 - How to Start
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.  Deliverables:  a startup to-do list, and a directory of startup resources that shows you where you can find help, no matter what kind of a startup idea you have.  Included Tools: Startup Checklist; Oregon Entrepreneur Resources Directory.

 
How to Validate you're Startup Idea
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.  Included tools:  Lean Business Model Canvas.

 
Avoid Common Mistakes and Protect your Company
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
Early on, team compensation is likely to be in the form of  ownership in the company.  It's important to understand how that works.  This seminar tackles these common questions:  What if you have an LLC instead of a corporation?  What is common versus preferred stock? How do you decide how much stock 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
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
We suggest that entrepreneurs not worry about pitching until your company is investor ready.  But when the time is right, create 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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