Maybe you’ve heard the term, convertible note. Ben Franklin Technology Partners often uses this vehicle for its investments in companies. However, there’s a lot more to it than just being a loan. Dave Lishego of Riverfront Ventures and Innovation Works will lead us through key terms and considerations of convertible notes, their pros and cons and provide examples to illustrate these concepts.
Developing an intellectual property (IP) strategy that can drive business value for your early-stage, high-growth, company is a critical but often overlooked activity. IP, in its many forms, defines what differentiates a company from its competition. The overall business strategy must drive the strategic development and acquisition of IP assets. Business owners must develop an IP strategy that augments their business strategy and rely on their legal counsel to implement that strategy. In this session, learn the basics of what IP is, what an IP strategy is, and how to build an IP strategy based on your business strategy and what makes your company unique.
Whether you are just starting to develop your business plan or are running your business now, strong positioning is critical to your business’s success, particularly in crowded markets. Presenter Annie Hughes, Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Penn State Harrisburg, will discuss how to identify your positioning strategy and competitive advantage by analyzing your target customer base and competitive market.
Join Startup Alleghenies for a two-hour introduction to social media marketing for startups and small businesses.
No matter what term you use to describe them (seasonal, interim, contractual, freelance, or consultant in the white-collar world), there can be serious repercussions when temporary or contract workers are misclassified. Independent contractor status can save you big on taxes and benefits. But you must get those classifications right—now more than ever!
Join US for our Women in Tech “Party With a Purpose” Happy Hour.
Our purpose is to build a scholarship fund for women in STEAM careers. Bring your friends and a $5 minimum donation and “Party With a Purpose”.
Google is constantly bringing new products to their local search for business designed to deliver leads in the form of a call, visit or purchase. Find out how to get the most out of local search on Google to drive leads and traffic to you business and best your competition.
Start the New Year right in preparing yourself for your 2019 fundraising plans. As a way to jumpstart that effort, Ben Franklin Venture Investment Forum is hosting its next Capital Call webinar meetup on February 13, 2019. Our guest speaker this time around is Jayson Tischler, Principal at Rittenhouse Ventures. Rittenhouse Ventures is a Philadelphia-based, emerging-growth venture capital firm that partners with entrepreneurs to deliver right-sized investments, deep expertise, regional relationships, and successful financial outcomes.
Federal Opportunity Zones are a new community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide.
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