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Rice Alliance Technology Entrepreneur Workshop 2011

2011 Technology Entrepreneurship Workshop – July 20-21, 2011
How to Launch a Successful Start-up Technology Company: “Essentials for Entrepreneurs and the Early-stage Technology Company” – 2-day Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs
Event Date:
July 20-21, 2011
Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University

Register today – this event has sold out for nine straight years
– Early Registration ends July 12, 2011
Click Here to Register
(Only $95 for current Rice Alliance members or $25 for full-time Rice faculty, staff, or students)
This 2-day entrepreneurship course describes, in depth, the key steps required to commercialize technology and successfully launch a new technology company.  The workshop will be taught through a series of lectures and presentations from venture capitalists, investors, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the technology entrepreneurship community.

The instructors for the course include active venture capitalists and angel investors in the Houston region.  The course provides a unique opportunity to learn first-hand what is required to get funding for your emerging company and to meet the individuals who make these investment decisions on a daily basis.

The course has sold out every year, so we recommend early registration as there is limited seating available.
Registration:  Click Here to Register

More Info: Click here

Course Fee: $95 – Current 2011-2012 Rice Alliance members
$25 – Full-Time Rice Faculty, Staff, and Students
$195 – Early registration – general public; non-members (Early registration deadline – July 12, 2011)
$250 – Registration (after July 12, 2011)

Course benefits:

•          Learn how to raise money, when to raise it, and from what sources

•          Meet individuals who can help you make your company a success

•          Understand the life cycle of a new venture and what is necessary for a successful launch

•          Develop strategies to address legal issues and protect IP

•          Discover novel approaches to raising capital and chart a unique financial course

•          Obtain resources and contacts to help shape the organization’s structure and philosophy

•          Understand what a venture capitalist does, what they expect, and how to manage them as investors

•          Be able to effectively communicate the entrepreneur’s vision to various audiences

Who should attend?

•          Technology entrepreneurs who want to start a new business or have already founded a company and want to ensure its success

•          Scientists, engineers, researchers, faculty, physicians and healthcare professionals who want to obtain the tools necessary to commercialize their technology and launch a new business

•          Graduate students, post-doctorate and undergraduates in science, engineering and life sciences who are interested in entrepreneurship

Feedback from Past Attendees:

“One of the best workshops attended – have attended quite a few.”

“Complete systematic coverage of entrepreneurship needs from real practitioners at all levels.”

“Excellent instructions in all aspects. I now feel prepared to start a company.”

“I feel that I can now confidentially engage in starting down the path of creating my very own company.”

“The best aspect of this course was to learn from the VC’s what they look for in a start-up looking for capital/funding.”

“Very hands on—the speakers didn’t waste a lot of time on theory but rather focused on the “how-to”.”

Topics and Modules include:

Day 1 – Wednesday, July 20

Attributes of an Entrepreneur

Typical Timelines for Technology Startups

Creating a Compelling Value Proposition

Organizational Structure

Marketing and Branding

Intellectual Property Strategy – how to protect your IP most effectively; efficiently

De-risking your Technology Start-up

Angel Capital – when to seek angel funding; how to get it

Day 2 – Thursday, July 21

Venture Capital – when to seek venture capital; how to get it

Financial Modeling

Negotiating your Deal and Allocating Equity

Building a Successful Management Team and Establishing Corporate Governance

The Pitch and the Presentation – how to make a successful pitch to investors

Landmines to avoid on the road to success – overcoming the common obstacles to success

Speakers Include:

Jack Gill, PhD, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Vanguard Ventures, Gill Foundation of Texas

Dan Watkins, PhD, Managing Partner, DFJ Mercury (early stage venture capital)

Mary Helen O’Leary, CFO, Sternhill Partners (venture capital)

Michael D. Hansen, President, Houston Angel Network

; Managing Director and Principal, Buffalo Jump Energy Corporation

Keith Kreuer, Partner, Redhouse Associates

Marc Nathan, Bulldog Financial

Tom Kraft, PhD, Director, Technology Ventures Development, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

S. Michael Dunn, Managing Partner, Philips & Reiter, PLLC

Laura Capper, Founder and CEO, CAP Resources

William Ramey, Partner, Novak Druce + Quigg LLP

Ernie Davis, Office of Technology Transfer, Rice University

Christopher Melson, CEO, VendorSafe Technologies

Richard Scruggs, President, Salient Pharmaceuticals

Registration: Click Here to Register (Early registration deadline: July 12, 2011.)  
More Info and Full Agenda: Click here

Note: this course has limited enrollment and has sold out every year before the registration deadline

Rice Alliance members receive a 50% discount to attend this workshop.   To join as a Rice Alliance member for the 2011-2012 season or for questions, see the information below or contact the Rice Alliance at or 713.348.3443.

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