Tech Transfer Central

Exit Planning for University Start-Ups

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Originally presented: November 15, 2011

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It may sound counter-intuitive, but one of the most important tasks for newly formed start-ups is developing your exit plan.

Planning ahead for your exit is key to realizing the company’s long-term goals, providing a disciplined structure and timeline for reaching certain milestones and keeping your start-up on the growth trajectory required to attract future funding and acquisition interest. Whether you hope to go public, get acquired, or sell to investors, conducting an exit planning process creates an essential road map.

However, determining the right path and creating a specific plan must be informed by many market factors and legal considerations, and it can’t be done effectively without careful analysis and a clear, realistic vision. Founders and CEOs often lean toward overly optimistic assessments, which can result later in major disappointments, a sense of failure, and turned off investors. Guidance and advice from outside experts is critically important.

That’s why our Distance Learning Division has recruited two outstanding presenters to guide you through the exit planning process – and help you plot your course to the best possible “liquidation event.”

Join Gerard Eldering, founder and president of InnovateTech Ventures, and Ed Nortrup, Partner at GTC Law Group, for this 90-minute, interactive webinar filled with specific take-aways and detailed guidance:

Exit Planning for University Start-Ups

When you attend this high-level session, you’ll hear from two veterans who’ll share their lessons learned in the exit planning process – and their experience in plotting and achieving successful exits. They’ll cover:

  • Legal issues related to:
    • M&A
    • License deals
    • VC/Angel investments
  • How to protect your interests when:
    • Staying privately-owned
    • Going public
    • Getting acquired            
  • How certain university licensing deals can potentially affect your exit
  • Investment strategies and investor relations
    • Valuation issues and nuances
    • Avoiding conflicts with investors
  • When and how to seek a buyer
  •  What steps to take when considering an IPO
  • And much more…

Your Expert Presenters:

Gerard Eldering is founder and president of InnovateTech Ventures, specializing in venture creation based on inventions licensed from universities and research institutions. Gerard has been working in the technology transfer community for more than a decade and is passionate about the creation of professionally managed and funded start-up companies. Prior to launching InnovateTech, he founded and served as Director of the Technology Transfer Office at The MITRE Corporation.

Ed Nortrup is a patent strategy and execution specialist with a broad range of industry experience. A prolific inventor, with 72 patents issued in his name worldwide, he has served in key legal and engineering positions ranging from director of a research and development group to in-house IP Counsel and, most recently, General Counsel. Ed focuses on patent strategy, application drafting, prosecution and licensing, and has written and prosecuted patent applications in a wide range of technologies including software, hardware, optics, electronics, business methods and uses.

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