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 2015 Start Smart Law Seminars

Start Smart: F-1 Visa

Thursday, January 29, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Gates 6115
Presenter: Panel Discussion
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Students with an F-1 Visa can legally start businesses as well as work on a startup team. Come learn the details of how to do this without violating your student status.  

Panel discussion includes: David Kalson, Cohen & Grigsby, Director of the Emerging Business Group; Larry Lebowitz, Cohen & Grigsby, Director of the Immigration Group; and Linda Gentile, CMU, Director, Office of International Education.


Start Smart: Business Formation Seminar and Workshop

Thursday, February 5, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Building, Room 111
Presenter: David Lehman, K&L Gates
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This seminar will cover the basic legal issues involved in 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 where startups that are pre-company formation will have the chance to meet with law students who will develop a 'roadmap' covering recommended structure, operating agreement and other formation issues.*

*Startups interested in participating in the workshop should contact, kit@cs.cmu.edu
*Law students interested in participating in the workshop should contact, SAD111@pitt.edu.


Start Smart: Raising Capital (Part 1)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Newell Simon Hall 3305
Presenter: David Lehman, K&L Gates
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Learn about the legal issues associated with raising capital through friends and family, seed and series A, B, C, etc. The presenter, David Lehman, Partner at K&L Gates, will discuss the following:

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

*NSF I-Corps Site Program Required to Attend*


Start Smart: Raising Capital (Part 2)
Negotiating a Term Sheet

Thursday, March 5, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Newell Simon Hall 3305
Presenter: David Lehman, K&L Gates & Henry Snyder, K&L Gates
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David Lehman and Henry Snyder, partners at K&L Gates, will address the business and legal issues associated with investments in start-up companies, including strategies in negotiating these arrangements, valuation, founder and investor rights, vesting, management and exits.

In this interactive workshop participants will be divided into two groups - one to represent the investor, 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.

*NSF I-Corps Site Program Optional to Attend*


Start Smart: Protecting Your Company's IP

Thursday, March 19, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Building, Room 111
Presenter: Mike Lazzara, K&L Gates & Lauren Shuttleworth, K&L Gates
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This seminar led by Mike Lazzara and Lauren Shuttleworth of K&L Gates, will cover how not to infringe on another's IP, how to handle IP created by your employees, including non-compete clauses and which to use: copyright, patents, trademarks or trade secrets.

After this seminar immediately follows the workshop, which answers the question do you have an invention or product that you think can be patented? Bring your laptop to this session to get an introductory overview of how to do different types of patent searches and tips on how you can describe your invention to avoid infringing on other patents.

*NSF I-Corps Site Program Required to Attend*


Start Smart: Startup Personnel: Employees,  Interns, Volunteers and Contractors

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Building, Room 111
Presenter: David Lehman, K&L Gates & Mike Pavlick, K&L Gates
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Learn about the different types of startup personnel, including students working on projects, unpaid internships, independent contractors and employees. David Lehman and Mike Pavlick of K&L Gates will cover important information about contracts with employees and independent contractors, as well as employee equity issues.


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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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