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.


UC San Diego/WSGR Entrepreneurship Series

January 17, 2019
Topic: Forming and Organizing a Corporate Entity/Business Plans

We will cover 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. Additionally, we will cover drafting and organizing business plans.

WSGR Speaker: Zach Myers

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March 7, 2019
Topic: Forming and Organizing a Corporate Entity/Business Plans

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

WSGR Speaker: Matthew Bresnahan

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March 21, 2019
Topic: Licensing

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

WSGR Speaker: Miranda Biven

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April 25, 2019
Topic: Fundraising - Angel, Bridge, and VC Fundraising

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

WSGR Speaker: Rob Kornegay

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May 16, 2019
Topic: Exits - M&A and IPOs (90 minutes plus lunch)

We will explore strategies for preparing and executing a successful exit.

WSGR Speaker: Jason Skolnik

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June 20, 2019
Topic: Regulatory Issues for Start-Ups

We will review common regulatory issues facing life sciences and medical device start-ups.

WSGR Speaker: Dr. Charles Andres

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