Raising funding is a big part of building a successful, scalable business. But it can be complex. Where do you find capital? What’s the best type of investment model for your startup? How do you cover the investment legally? How do you put a founder’s agreement in place? When should you consider IP protection of your idea?
SPARK Deakin and The Venture Law Clinic have assembled a panel of experts who will talk about these topics and other legal issues you need to consider when scaling your startup. We’ll also take a look at the rise of Chinese investment in the startup scene and what this means for Australian entrepreneurs.
Dr Claudio Bozzi
Claudio is a lecturer in School of Law where he established the School's Clinical Legal Education program and directs the Venture Law Clinic. He is Executive Director of the Centre on the Legal Profession which undertakes research into the roles and responsibilities of the legal profession in a changing social and economic environment. Claudio is also a barrister at the Victorian Bar specialising in maritime law and advisign commercial and corporat clients.
Adam is currently the Programme Lead for both of the University of Oxford’s VIEW Entrepreneurship courses, and is the main lecturer on the university’s Summer Intensive mini-accelerator programme. He is also a serial entrepreneur in his own right, having built various businesses over the last 20 years. Highlights include personally raising a $29m investment round, launching the world’s first online investment platform for new media projects and building a consultancy firm from zero to $1.7m turnover in under a year.
Simeon Michaels (via Skype)
Simeon is the Head of Global Legal & Strategic Advice at Beeinventive (Flow Hive Technology). Through a Kickstarter campaign, Flow Hive raised more than $US2 million ($A2.7m) in a day. By then end of their campaign had raised $US12.2 million ($A16.9m) and had to make 24,000 orders to be sent to 140 countries.
Co-Founder of Dashcord, a native marketing and events application for Salesforce customers. Dashcord makes it easier to scale, manage, and analyse the lead-to-customer pipeline and run marketing and event management activities directly of out Salesforce. Jeremy is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP).
General Manager & Partner at Startmate, Australia's leaing startup acclerator. Prior to Startmate, Oscar was a Principal at Quid, a San Franscisco machine learning startup backed by the Founders Fund. Prior to that, Oscar was a Product Manager at Better Place, a $1Bn electric car startup, working in Israel, California and Australia.
Dr Erjiang Fu
Co-Founder & CEO of ACASE, Australia-China Association of Scientists and Entrepreneurs. ACASE is a not-for-profit organization in Victoria and runs entrepreneurship training and events for scientists and engineers. With its strong connection with China, ACASE has found investment and market partners for Australian start-ups. Dr Fu has a PhD degree in science and has an extensive experience in research commercialization and startups.