Free Webinars

Below are 10 different webinars which can enrich your life and business. Click on the links to quickly scroll to that webinar.

ONAMI Science Entrepreneur Expert Series: Working with University Licensing Offices

Presented By
Andrew Watson of Oregon Health and Science University, Brian Wall of Oregon State University, Joe Janda of Portland State University, and Chuck Williams of the University of Oregon, with Oregon’s top university licensing officials

Technology licensing negotiations are an important and often daunting prospect for inventors and entrepreneurs. Understanding university needs and objectives in advance, doing the homework on your business opportunity, and thinking ahead to future financings and company transactions will help you set accurate expectations and reach agreement more easily.

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Intellectual Property – A Business Perspective

ONAMI Science Entrepreneur Webinar Series 2: Intellectual Property – A Business Perspective

Presented By
Augie Sick, ONAMI Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Sick’s deep experience in biotechnology and life sciences stems from an 18-year career at Invitrogen Corporation & Life Technologies, now part of Thermo Fischer Scientific. Today, he advises start-up and early-stage biotechnology companies on operations management and deal expertise. Key topics include:

  • How intellectual property is secured and protected
  • How intellectual property is managed
  • How intellectual property can be leveraged to create and maintain a sustainable competitive advantage

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Organizing the Team – Company Formation

ONAMI Science Entrepreneur Webinar Series 3: Organizing the Team - Company Formation

Presented By
Michael Tippie, ONAMI Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Structure the company correctly so you don’t have to start over and do it again. Tippie's background is in operations and venture financing, with a specific focus on life sciences. He has been instrumental in facilitating acquisitions, public offerings, and venture funding with numerous early-stage companies. Key topics include:

  • Critical and candid questions you must ask yourself at the beginning
  • Know who you are and what you want now and in the future
  • Defining who you need on your team

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Top Legal Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

ONAMI Science Entrepreneur Webinars: Top Legal Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Presented By
Jon Summers, Partner at White Summers Caffee & James LLP

Technology and market development are essential work for science startups. But just as important is company financial and legal structure. Early mistakes or poor choices can be costly or fatal later. There is a lot to decide: corporate form (LLC, C-Corp, S-Corp), equity ownership and vesting, compensation arrangements, employee and contractor agreements, IP/invention assignments and more. Veteran startup and venture fund attorney and CPA Jon Summers will help you start off in the right direction.

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Finding Customers - Marketing Basics

ONAMI Science Entrepreneur Webinar Series 1: Finding Customers - Marketing Basics

Presented By
Len Blackstone, ONAMI Marketing Consultant and Strategist

Blackstone has helped grow companies for over 30 years, working with organizations ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurial startups. He is a master marketer whose work has gained national media attention, such as on 60 Minutes. Key topics are:

  • Ideas are extremely important; and also, over-rated
  • Perspective determines perception; the perception is the reality
  •  Three steps to gain better customer understanding
  • Five questions you should always ask customers

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Preparing Realistic Financials

ONAMI Science Entrepreneur Webinars: Preparing Realistic Financials

Presented By
Susan Preston, Manager, Seattle Angel Fund; Co-Manager Element 8 Fund; General Partner, CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund; Chair, Angel Resource Institute and Woman First Enterprise (ARI)

What is the purpose of detailed financial statements when your company is pre-revenue, and everyone knows the revenue projections are wrong? Veteran angel investor and fund manager Susan Preston will show you how to use the three basic financial documents (balance sheet, income, and cash flow statements) to show investors that you have done your homework and are ready for serious consideration.

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How America’s Seed Fund, powered by NSF, supports science-based startups

ONAMI Science Entrepreneur Webinars: How America’s Seed Fund, powered by NSF, supports science-based startups

Presented By
Ben Schrag, Senior Program Director, SBIR/STTR, at National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invested about $200 million this year into hundreds of startups and small businesses founded around innovative, high-risk technologies. These firms are working on the next generation of game-changing innovations in fields from synthetic biology to the internet of things to autonomous vehicles to bio-based materials. For most of these firms, NSF support represents the first outside funding into the company, and over three-quarters of them have five or fewer employees.

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Locating the Money – Funding Opportunities

Locating the Money – Funding Opportunities

Presented By
Skip Rung, ONAMI President

Prior to founding ONAMI in 2003, Skip established an innovation consulting practice in 2001. Before that, he was a senior executive and R&D director at Hewlett-Packard’s Corvallis facility. Key topics will include:

  • Early steps toward “fundability”
  • Business funding ladder overview
  • Non-dilutive funding, especially SBIR
  • Early stage equity capital, especially angel funding
  • Oregon assistance resources and programs
  • ONAMI as a possible startup partner

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How Venture Capitalists Due Diligence on Your Company

ONAMI Science Entrepreneur Expert Series: How I do Due Diligence on Your Company

Presented By
Eric Boothe, Principal at Elevate Capital

What happens behind the scenes when you contact an early-stage investor group (e.g. angel or VC firm) seeking your first round of funding? Investors are very careful with their investors and limited partner’s money. Assuming you have caught their interest, you should anticipate a lot of questions, document requests, independent market-technology-IP evaluation, and reference checks on key personnel.

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Rounding up Capital and a Lead Investor

Rounding up Capital and a Lead Investor

Presented By
Eric Boothe, Principal at Elevate Capital

Returning presenter Eric Boothe of Elevate Capital will present the ideal route to raising a round, including what it means to "soft circle" and "hard circle" money, and how to solicit and lock-in a lead investor. This session includes extra Q&A on this challenging part of launching a company.

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