Equity Pathways

  • Wed, Sep 11, 2019 4:00 PM – Wed, Nov 6, 2019 6:00 PM
  • Preti Flaherty (map)

Equity Pathways Workshop Series
Fall 2019

Wednesday, September 11th  4-6 pm.Preparing to Raise Capital—What Startups Need to Know
Presenters: Kristy Abraham, Mariana Baron

Wednesday, September 25th  4-6 pm.
Non-Equity Financing for Startups
Many entrepreneurs, particularly small business owners, rely on debt and other non-equity sources of capital to finance their ventures. We’ll discuss the different non-equity avenues available to startups, including traditional bank financing options, awards, grants, SBA loans, GoFundMe and other sources to fund your business without selling your equity. Equally important, we’ll address the legal considerations for each of these options.
Presenters: Sara Moppin

Wednesday, October 9th 4-6 pm.
Raising Equity Capital and Securities Law Basics
This workshop will include a general overview of applicable securities laws and traps for the unwary when raising equity capital.
Presenters: Megan Arguelles

Wednesday, October 23rd 4-6 pm.                   
Come to Terms: Understanding Term Sheets
This workshop will teach you the language of an equity term sheet as well as the long-term implications of the most important deal terms. You’ll learn about the four broad categories of deal terms (economics, exit/liquidity, protection, management and control) and review the major terms in each. Three sample term sheets will be reviewed and discussed: convertible note, seed, and common. Discussion will touch on implications of issues like the balance of pre-money valuation with liquidation preference.
Presenters: John M. Sullivan, Managing Partner, Preti Flaherty

Wednesday, November 6th 4-6 pm.
Equity Compensation of Employees, Advisors, Directors
This workshop will teach you about the various methods of compensating directors and key employees. You will learn about the advantages of the compensation forms, how investors view such structures, and the pitfalls to avoid in using equity to incentivize people that are key to your success.
Presenters: Emily White & other(s) TBD


  • Wed, Oct 16, 2019 5:00 PM Tue, Nov 19, 2019 7:30 PM

Are you a food or beverage producer?


This Workshop Series is designed to help you navigate the complex retail and foodservice buying environments so you can sell more, locally and beyond. Buyers from Hannaford and Sodexo will share the secrets to success.

Each 1½ hour workshop will cover:

• Path to placement
• Requirements and costs of doing business
• Key drivers to ongoing success



WHEN: Wednesday 10/16, 5-7:30pm*

WHERE: Pierce Atwood, 254 Commercial St, Portland

PRESENTER: Kim Kuusela, Local Merchandising Specialist, Hannaford Supermarkets



WHEN: Tuesday 11/19, 5-7:30pm*

WHERE: Pierce Atwood, 254 Commercial St, Portland

PRESENTERS: Maeve McInnis, The Maine Course Director, Sodexo and Jennifer Allen, Regional Account Manager, Sodexo

$20 per workshop (or $30 to attend both)
*includes meal and networking.

Seating is limited.

SBIR/STTR Funding Workshop

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Maine Center for Entrepreneurs (map)

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs are the largest source of early-stage, high-risk technology funding  in the United States. Eleven federal agencies participate in this program to provide over $2.4 billion for early stage research and development projects leading to commercialization of resulting products, processes or services. The programs are designed to benefit entrepreneurs and small businesses — while increasing the competitiveness of the U.S. economy — by funding the development of innovative products and services. These are highly competitive programs that allow small businesses to play a role in the national research and development arena.

Learn about, and how to access and apply for these programs in this workshop with Karen West, the Maine Technology Institute’s SBIR consultant.

This event is sponsored by Maine Center for Entrepreneurs so it’s free for everyone to attend!
Limited seating is available, so RSVP now!