MTI Funding Made Easy
Aug
22
1:00 PM13:00

MTI Funding Made Easy

No more deadlines. No silos. No rigid program boundaries. The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) has simplified its funding approach into a process tailored to applicant needs, thereby maximizing its economic impact in the state. Discover the flexibility of MTI’s new funding approach as Lou Simms, Investment Officer at MTI, explains the process 

MTI offers grants, loansequity investments, and services to support Maine’s innovation economy. We support new ideas, products, or methods with the potential to grow and diversify Maine’s economy and increase the number of quality jobs throughout the state through direct support of innovators and through support of programs and infrastructure that encourage innovation. Since 1999, MTI has invested $260 million in over 2,000 projects across Maine. That funding has leveraged over $1 billion in private sector matching funds. In the past fiscal year alone, MTI deployed $58 million in over 150 projects statewide.

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

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Life Sciences Venture Summit
Sep
6
7:30 AM07:30

Life Sciences Venture Summit

Growing Biotech Businesses in Maine

Join us in Portland, Maine for a gathering of life sciences and biotech subject matter experts, including CEO's, entrepreneurs, investors, inventors, economic development leaders and policymakers. The event offers an unparalleled opportunity to meet industry thought-leaders and to learn about the region's current assets, and plans to grow this important industry sector. We are excited to feature leaders from Maine's research universities, medical centers, Biotech businesses and research institutions. We are also hosting a poster session showcasing emerging life science companies and technology commercialization initiatives.

To view agenda or register visit our event page

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Equity Pathways
Sep
11
to Nov 6

Equity Pathways

Equity Pathways Workshop Series
Fall 2019

Wednesday, September 11th  4-6 pm.
Preparing to Raise Capital—What Startups Need to Know
There are many steps a startup can take prior to seeking outside capital that can help maximize its capital raise opportunities. This workshop will walk you through what investors will expect to see – from financial models, pitch decks, executive summaries and business plans, to cap tables, reference lists, deal structures and exit options. Is your corporate legal work in order? We’ll also discuss the various legal issues to consider when preparing to raise capital.
Presenters: Kristy Abraham, Mariana Baron, & other(s) TBD

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

To Register follow link here

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SBIR/STTR Funding Workshop
Nov
13
1:00 PM13:00

SBIR/STTR Funding Workshop

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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!

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