Entrepreneurship Seminar Series

UC San Diego Research Affairs –The Office of Innovation and Commercialization is partnering with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), a premier law firm in corporate and intellectual property matters, to bring an eighteen-month Entrepreneurship Seminar series to UC San Diego and the Mesa.

This monthly series is focused on educating innovators and entrepreneurs on the various aspects of technology commercialization, company formation and funding. In addition to staff and students, the Office of Research Affairs welcomes all community members, including other research institutions, to participate in this free seminar series. Please use the links below to reserve your space for one or all of the seminars.


Entrepreneurship Series

Introduction&kickoffUC San Diego/WSGR Entrepreneurship Series: Introduction/Kickoff
Mar 9, 2017 | 02:00PM - 7:00PM

We will a provide an orientation to and high level overview of the following topics all in preparation for the upcoming deeper-dive sessions: Forming the Start-up Entity, IP Strategy (Patents & Licensing); Organizing & Drafting a Business Plan/Executive Summary; and Fundraising.

WSGR Speakers: Jeff Guise , Rob Kornegay, Miranda Biven, Matt Bresnahan

Entrepreneurs Report, Entrepreneurship Series: Introduction Slides
Forming a company IUC San Diego/WSGR Entrepreneurship Series: Forming a Company
Apr 13, 2017 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM

We will explore some of the early decisions related to formation of the start-up entity, including timing, documents, and choice of entity. We will also focus on strategies for allocating stock to different types of scientific founders at formation.

WSGR Speaker: Dan Koeppen

Forming a Company Slides
IP & Patent StrategyUC San Diego/WSGR Entrepreneurship Series: IP/Patent Strategy
May 11, 2017 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM

We will discuss the importance of developing an IP strategy that fits the business. This session will focus on patents, their role in your IP portfolio, the relationship between IP protection, and the commercialization objectives of your business.

WSGR Speaker: Matt Bresnahan and Shihong Nicolaou, UC San Diego IP Manager

IP/Patent Strategy Slides
Hiring and Compensating Employee & Conflicts of InterestUC San Diego/WSGR Entrepreneurship Series: Hiring and Compensating Employees & Conflicts of Interest
Jun 8, 2017 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM

We will cover compensation and equity incentive structures available to founders in order to attract and retain new talent.

WSGR Speakers: Matt Bresnahan, Zach Myers and Jennifer J. Ford, Director - Conflict of Interest

Hiring/Compensating Employees and Conflict of Interest Slides
LicensingUC San Diego/WSGR Entrepreneurship Series: Licensing
Oct 12, 2017 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM

We will review licensing strategies, and outline how to work with the university's technology office.

WSGR Speaker: Miranda Biven and Donna Shaw, Assistant Director - Life Sciences Licensing

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Angel and Bridge Financing & TrendsUC San Diego/WSGR Entrepreneurship Series: Angel and Bridge Financing & Trends
Nov 9, 2017 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM

We will discuss financing trends and strategies for approaching the investment community to obtain sources of funding (with a focus on angel and bridge financing).

WSGR Speaker: Rob Kornegay

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VC Financing & TrendsUC San Diego/WSGR Entrepreneurship Series: Venture Capital Financing & Trends
Jan 11, 2018 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM

We will discuss financing trends and strategies for approaching the investment community to obtain sources of funding (with a focus on traditional venture capital financing).

WSGR Speaker: Dan Koeppen

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Term Sheet WorkshopUC San Diego/WSGR Entrepreneurship Series: Term Sheet Workshop
Feb 8, 2018 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM

An intensive session intended to demystify VC term sheets. This hands-on workshop teaches participants critical elements of terms sheet negotiations between entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. There will be an opportunity for participants to negotiate VC terms via role-play.

WSGR Speaker: Zach Myers

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