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Leveraging Anti-Dilution Provisions to Protect University Equity in Startup Ventures

Format: Webinar, On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 ~ 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)

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Price: $197

Universities often utilize anti-dilution provisions to protect their equity interests in early-stage companies. Frequently, this anti-dilution right is structured to be operative until the company raises its initial round of institutional capital, generally through the Series A round.

The venture ecosystem shifted dramatically over the last two years with enduring changes that will continue to impact dealmaking in 2024. As they navigate this challenging environment, early-stage companies are increasingly utilizing convertible instruments, such as SAFEs and convertible notes, to delay determination of valuation until a more favorable fundraising climate emerges.

However, this results in an increasingly complex process when it comes time for conversion of these instruments at a financing round, particularly if there are multiple convertible instruments in play, and can have a significant impact on the ownership stakes of both universities and their faculty founders. The wrong outcome can lead to adverse consequences and potentially jeopardize the successful completion of the financing deal.

Understanding how the university’s anti-dilution rights operate when convertible securities convert in a financing round is essential not only for the university, but also for both entrepreneurs and investors to foster clarity and alignment among all parties. That’s why we’ve tapped Kate Schulhaus, PhD, who manages start-up equity for The Ohio State University’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development, to lead this critical and practical webinar:

Leveraging Anti-Dilution Provisions to Protect University Equity in Startup Ventures

During this detailed program, Dr. Schulhaus will delve into the crucial strategy of utilizing anti-dilution provisions as a protective mechanism for preserving the university’s equity interests in start-up companies and provide valuable insights into understanding, negotiating, and managing anti-dilution clauses effectively. Here are the key points she’ll cover:

  • Understanding dilution and the impact on ownership
  • Strategic insights to negotiate and structure anti-dilution provisions
  • Modeling the range of impacts that anti-dilution provisions have on ownership when conversion of convertible securities occurs at a Series A round
  • Mechanisms to actively manage the university’s anti-dilution rights
  • Plus: Get all of your questions answered during the interactive Q&A portion of the program!

Enroll today and you’ll receive the knowledge, strategies, and practical tools necessary to leverage anti-dilution provisions effectively, empowering you to navigate the complexities of protecting the university’s equity interests in startup ventures amidst the dynamic and evolving landscape of early-stage venture capital financing.

After the live session, keep the on-demand video for future training and education.

Meet your presenter

Kate SchulhausKate Schulhaus, PhD
Office of Innovation and Economic Development
The Ohio State University

Kate’s current role focuses on management of equity and equity-related rights obtained by Ohio State through licensing deals.

 As part of Ohio State’s Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, the team works closely with Ohio State innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors to facilitate the creation of new ventures to accelerate the translation of scientific innovations into products for the benefit of society. Kate earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences with a specialization in Cancer Biology from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Minnesota.

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Orders for all live programs will include up to five additional lines at no additional charge for staff within your organization who can attend remotely, and all live programs will include our digital package – the on-demand video and transcript. These will be delivered soon after the live program with no extra fee. 

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We know your schedule may not mesh easily with the time of this live webinar in the United States. All of our live programs include a digital package that consists of the on-demand, streaming video of the presentation, plus a transcript and the original program materials. This is available to all registrants at no extra charge so you can share it whenever you wish throughout your organization.

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Cost for this live program is $197 and includes up to five additional lines at no additional charge for staff within your organization who can attend remotely. We are also including our digital package – the on-demand video and transcript – at no extra charge so you can share it whenever you wish throughout your organization.

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