Start Smart Law-Project Olympus - Carnegie Mellon University

Start Smart Law

START SMART is an initiative of Project Olympus at Carnegie Mellon University and the Innovation Practice Institute at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to provide educational seminars and workshops to teach entrepreneurs and start-ups, and future lawyers in the Pittsburgh region the basics of entrepreneurial business law.


Spring 2016 Start Smart Law Seminars

Start Smart: Raising Capital Part 1*

Thursday, February 18, 2016
5:30-7 pm
University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Building, Room 107
Presenter: David Lehman, K&L Gates
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Learn about the legal issues associated with raising capital through friends and family, seed, series A, B, C and more:

  • Structuring investments to maximize growth
  • Opportunities available because of the new JOBS Act
  • Crowdsourcing and proposed SEC regulation
  • Funding from incubators/accelerators, government and foundations

*NSF I-Corps Site Teams required to attend*


Start Smart: Raising Capital Part 2 –Negotiating a Term Sheet Case Study*

Monday, February 29, 2016
5:30-7 pm
Newell Simon Hall 3305
Presenter: David Lehman & Henry Snyder, K&L Gates
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Attend this interactive workshop to learn how to address the business and legal issues associated with making investments in startups, including negotiation strategies, valuation, founder and investor rights, vesting, management and exits. Participants will divide into two groups—one to represent the investor and the other to represent the company. Both will decide independently on the terms they want and then brought back together for the negotiation led by the lawyers.

*Optional for NSF I-Corps Site Teams to attend*


Start Smart: Company Formation

Thursday, March 3, 2016
5:30-7 pm
University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Building, Room 107
Presenter: David Lehman, K&L Gates
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Learn the basic legal issues that can occur with entity formation, including founder arrangements, founder employment arrangements, splitting the founder's equity pie, founder agreements and employee equity. The seminar will be followed by a workshop that will assist startups in the pre-company formation stage with developing a roadmap that covers recommended structure, operating agreements and other formation issues.

If you have a startup and would like to participate in the workshop, contact kit@cs.cmu.edu. If you are a law student interested in participating, contact SAD111@pitt.edu.


Start Smart: Protecting Your Company’s IP + Unraveling Student IP*

Thursday, March 17, 2016
5:30-7 pm
University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Building, Room 107
Presenters: George Dickos, Lauren Shuttleworth Murray, David Lehman, K&L Gates
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Learn about legal issues related to intellectual property, including:

  • Protecting your company's IP
  • Not infringing on another's IP
  • Handling IP created by your employees, including non-compete clauses
  • Determining which IP protection to use: copyright, patents, trademarks and/or trade secrets
  • First to file vs. First to invent: changes in US patent law
  • Handling IP created by CMU and Pitt students

*NSF I-Corps Site Teams required to attend*


Start Smart: Social Enterprise – Profit with a Purpose

Thursday, April 7, 2016
5:30-7 pm
Newell Simon Hall 3305
Presenter: Stephanie Dangel, IPI, University of Pittsburgh Law School
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This is a must-attend event for anyone interested in starting and running a company that blends profit with purpose. Learn about for-profit, non-profit and hybrid social enterprise entities and the legal issues related to each entity choice, including financing and employment issues.


Start Smart: Preparing for an Exit

Thursday, April 21, 2016
5:30-7 pm
Gates 4405
Presenter: David Lehman, K&L Gates
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Acquisitions are the most common form of exit. Learn how to prepare the company for sale, including the due diligence process, sale process and potential auctions, the role of investment bankers, tax implications, typical structures, including earn-outs, employment and non-competition obligations.


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Contact

Kit Needham

kit needham
Entrepreneur in Residence Project Olympus
email: kit@cs.cmu.edu

Stephanie Dangel

stephanie dangel
Executive Director Innovation Practice Institute (IPI) at Pitt Law
email: dangelsaj@aol.com

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