WHAT IS THE STARTUP SEMINAR? The Startup Seminar is designed to provide a background in the challenges faced by the founders and funders of new ventures. The seminars are open to current students within any of the graduate programs at the University of Virginia (e.g., Darden [MBA & EMBA], Law, Leadership & Public Policy, Education, Engineering, etc.).
The weekly sessions are a mix of case discussions, workshops, and guest panels covering a range of topics: problem identification, design thinking, market context, hypothesis-driven prototypes, business models, investor presentations, founders agreements, intellectual property, sources of funding, etc.
WHO'S IT FOR? Any graduate student at the University of Virginia
WHEN IS IT? Mondays 4:30pm-5:30pm EST from 25 January - 29 March See schedule.
WHERE IS IT? Virtual
HOW DO I SIGN UP? Sign up online
QUESTIONS? Contact David Touve, Senior Director, Applied Innovation, Batten Institute
Spring 2021 Schedule
25 January 2021: Anatomy of a Startup
Our objective for today is to discuss the moving parts of a compelling startup by way of the “buttons” that often get pushed during a startup pitch. Importantly, while a great pitch does not equal a great startup, a great startup has often been able to hit each of these buttons in a compelling way.
1 February 2021: Intellectual Property Primer
Today we will discuss the distinctions among Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents alongside a deeper dive into what can (and likely cannot) be patented. Our guest will be Michael Straightiff, Executive Director of the UVA Licensing and Ventures Group.
8 February 2021: Patent Process
So you wanna patent something, do ya! Michael Straightiff, Executive Director of the UVA Licensing and Ventures Group will join us to provide background on the patent process: from searches for prior art to interactions with patent examiners, and even international filings.
15 February 2021: Incorporation
C Corporation, LLC, Sole Proprietor, Non Profit versus For Profit — how are these types of incorporation different, and why form a company in the first place? During today's session, we will outline and discuss the different types of incorporation, while our guest attorneys will answer your questions along the way.
1 March 2021: Funding Landscape
How might the funding landscape for the commercialization of science be different from that for other startup companies? What are the differences among angel investors, seed funds, venture capitalists? Not to mention, what different types of capital can these individuals and organizations provide? Joining us today to help answer these questions will be Bob Creeden, Managing Director of the UVA LVG Seed Fund and New Ventures.
8 March 2021: Teams and Founders Agreements
Our job for today is to gain some insight into the challenges that can emerge among founding teams as they attempt to agree upon key issues at the birth of a company: (1) roles & responsibilities given team members experience and backgrounds, (2) respective ownership interests in the company, (3) and decision-making when the times get tough.
15 March 2021: Staging Risk and Capitalization
How do investors “tease out” the risk/uncertainties when funding early-stage companies? And, what might be the consequences for founders and early investors as the company transitions through as series of funding rounds in order to grow? A case providing the early history of the relationship between Genentech and VC Kleiner Perkins will provide the story supporting our discussion
22 March 2021: VC Method & Terms
The "derisking" of early stage fundraising also involves are wide variety of opportunities and protections found in the term sheets agreed upon between founders and investors. Joining us to decipher these terms and their implications for the startup will be Bob Creeden, Managing Director of the UVA LVG Seed Fund and New Venture.
29 March 2021: Business Models
Steve Blank has described a startup as simply an organization in search of a scalable, repeatable business model. But what's a business mode? We will use the story of Square as told in the company's IPO roadshow alongside a framework—the business model canvas—to distinguish these various various moving parts and how they fit together.