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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 7, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 2
'From Start-Up to IPO' Lecture Series Begins Today

A 12-part lecture series called "From Start-Up to IPO" will be offered this fall at the Emerging Technology Center at Johns Hopkins at Eastern.

Geared to principals of new and future companies, those in a senior management position or strategic employees with stock options, the program is sponsored by the state Department of Business and Economic Development, Technology Development Corp., Emerging Technology Centers, Maryland Incubator Association, Johns Hopkins' Enterprise Development Organization and George Washington University's Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute.

The series will address the practical and legal issues that participants will deal with every day in creating a successful hi-tech or biotech company. Lectures and readings will enable attendees to identify the major issues in organizing a business venture around intellectual property, including employment agreements, stock options, angel and venture capital, IPOs and tech transfer from university/government labs.

Instructors are Tony Stanco, of the Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute at George Washington University and former senior attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Ray Dizon, of Maryland's Department of Business and Economic Development. Leading angels, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, consultants and government officials will be invited to speak throughout the series.

Lectures will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays on the third floor of JH@Eastern. The topics are as follows:

Sept. 7: Overview and Google IPO case study. Sept. 14: patents. Sept. 21: copyright and trademarks. Sept. 28: trade secrets and licensing agreements. Oct. 5 and 12: founders and employment agreements, stock options, nondisclosure agreements and noncompetes. Oct. 19: partnerships, corporations and LLCs; shareholder agreements; directors and executives. Oct. 26: angels and venture capital. Nov. 9: negotiating angel/venture capital, terms sheets and stock purchase agreements. Nov. 16: the IPO process. Nov. 23: federal and state securities law. Nov. 30: government programs for start-ups, SBIRs, GSA Schedule and partnering with universities.

There is no fee, but attendance is limited. To reserve a place, call Desiree at 410-327-9150.


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