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Fundamentals for Startups Lecture Series

Overview

Fundamentals for Startups is our popular lecture series open to anyone interested in learning about entrepreneurship and creating a startup. From raising capital to scaling to exit strategies, these presentations feature experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts who share startup-related information, experience, and insights. The sessions take place weekly during the academic year over the lunch hour and are open to the general public as well as the UW community. All sessions are recorded, archived and searchable on CoMotion’s website.

We are exploring ways to begin hosting in-person events again. For this fall series, all CoMotion Labs members are invited to attend in person and join us for a box lunch. Others may join us virtually. RSVP using the links below.

Fall lineup

  • 10/1 | How to Find Your First Five Customers
  • 10/8 | Roadmap to Scale Financial Reporting
  • 10/15 | DoD as a Customer: An Introduction to the U.S. Department of Defense
  • 10/22 | Top 10 Deal Terms Every Early-Stage Company Should Understand
  • 10/29 | Immigration Options for Startups – Current Laws and New Developments
  • 11/5 | People Leadership 101: Fostering a Solid Foundation for Success

October 1, 2021 | How to Find Your First Five Customers

12-1 pm

Speaker

Alex Salazar

Description

Nothing happens until someone sells something. In this session, we’ll cover how to make the hardest sale, the first five, and what to do when you don’t have much of a product, you are unsure what customers want, and you are not ready to hire a salesperson.

Link to come after registration.

October 8, 2021 | Roadmap to Scale Financial Reporting

12-1 pm

Speakers

Cassie Binford

Matt Medlin

Matt Medlin

Description

Cassie and Matt will discuss key financial reporting requirements for pre-revenue companies to help founders raise money and avoid costly mistakes. These topics include cap table organization, bank/credit card reconciliations, and setting up financial systems for scale.

Link to come after registration.

October 15, 2021 | DoD as a Customer: An Introduction to the U.S. Department of Defense

12-1 pm

Speakers

Scott Aughenbaugh

Justin Dunnicliff

Description

Scott Aughenbaugh and Justin Dunnicliff from the National Security Innovation Network will give an introduction on working with the Department of Defense (DoD) for startups. Their talk will focus on the importance of customer discovery, the breadth of DoD as an organization, current capability needs and their commercial analogs, opportunities that early-stage companies should be exploring including SBIR and STTR, and the soon-to-be-launched Pacific Northwest Mission Acceleration Center.

Link to come after registration.

October 22, 2021 | Top 10 Deal Terms Every Early-Stage Company Should Understand

12-1 pm

Speakers

From Cooley LLP

Sonya Erickson

Gittings Photography

Ashley Brown

Description

As an entrepreneur starting to explore conversations with investors or partner companies, understanding deal terms is crucial. Join Cooley attorneys Sonya Erickson and Ashley Brown, who will break down the Top 10 deal terms you need to understand before signing on the dotted line.

Link to come after registration.

October 29, 2021 | Immigration Options for Startups - Current Laws and New Developments

12-1 pm

Speakers

Tahmina Watson

Description

An overwhelming amount of American startups and enterprises have immigrant founders/co-founders. The United States immigration system is complex and can present a barrier for entrepreneurs, founders, and investors looking to bring their ideas to America. Learn about different visa types and immigration pathways for startups, including law and policy developments, from expert immigration attorney Tahmina Watson.

Link to come after registration.

November 5, 2021 | People Leadership 101: Fostering a Solid Foundation for Success

12-1 pm

Speakers

From HR Consulting at OneDigital

Jennifer Olsen

Description

Launching a new company is an exciting journey. Entrepreneurs balance the people culture and cultivate the passion for all things related to the product or service to make things happen. Today, people strive to work for companies where the CEO pays as much attention to the growth and development of the team as they do to the quality of their offerings. Join Jennifer Olsen, Principal – HR Consulting Practice at OneDigital, for an informational session about the tactics and strategies required to set a firm foundation for your people leadership practices.

Link to come after registration.

Past Fundamental for Startups videos

Access valuable content designed to help startups and entrepreneurs thrive. Each recorded lecture is 30-40 minutes followed by Q&A.

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Anyone interested in startup creation is encouraged to attend our Fundamentals for Startups lecture series. It occurs on Fridays over lunch during the school year and features experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts who help close the gap in startup knowledge. It is open to the general public so go ahead and sign up below to get notified about the next series.