OEN & OTBC Startup 411: How to Start Your Startup, 2-Part Online Series


[ Update: Part 2 of this series has been moved to Thursday, June 11, to hold space for local and national conversations about race that have emerged this week. For background, please see OEN’s blog. ]

Got an idea for a startup, but don’t know where to start? This workshop, held jointly by OEN and OTBC, will provide you with:

  • A checklist of how to get started
  • A review of common mistakes first-time entrepreneurs often make and how to avoid them
  • An overview of startup funding options (and realities)
  • An overview of resources available to entrepreneurs
  • Answers to some of the basic questions that always come up, including protecting your idea, finding co-founders, and more!

Part 1 – Tuesday, June 2, 12-1:30pm: Business Model, Strategy, and Funding

The first workshop will focus on concrete steps to take to start a company, including practical advice on how to assess your startup idea and identify early-stage funding. The presenter is Steve Morris, Executive Director of startup incubator OTBC, and manager of the Westside Startup Fund.

Part 2 – Thursday, June 11, 12-1:30pm: Setting Up and Legally Protecting Your Company

How do you set up and legally protect a business?  This workshop will follow up on the prior session and focus on setting up a legal entity for your business, establishing founders’ ownership and protecting the company’s intellectual property rights.  The presenter is Ann McQuesten, corporate attorney at Perkins Coie LLP.

Cost: FREE, registration required

Workshop Leaders

Steve Morris presents OEN and OTBCs Startup 411 Workshop

Steve Morris

Executive Director, OTBC
A veteran of three startups, Steve has more than 25 years of management experience in the software, service, and semiconductor test industries at companies such as Hewlett Packard, Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics, Credence Corporation, and Teseda Corporation. In addition to leading OTBC, he serves as the Managing Director of OregonStartups.com.

Ann McQuesten

Associate, Perkins Coie
Corporate attorney Ann McQuesten counsels business clients across a range of industry sectors and stages of growth on matters involving corporate governance, securities compliance, and significant corporate transactions. Ann’s experience includes representing buyers and sellers in mergers, acquisitions, and corporate reorganization transactions. Ann also works with issuers and investors in private and public debt and equity financing transactions.

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Steve Morris presents OEN and OTBCs Startup 411 Workshop



June 11, 2020 12:00 PM
June 11, 2020 1:30 PM
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