Feb. 21 Workshop: China opportunities for U of M startups

U of M faculty, graduate students, and post-docs are invited to a startup seminar and networking event for researchers interested in bringing their ideas to market. Participants will hear from entrepreneurs, OTC Venture Center staff, and business advisers--all with real-world experience in turning an invention into a successful new company. Attendees will also learn about the unique opportunities and challenges offered by the China market, including sourcing products and components from China and how to engage investors.

No charge. Includes complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
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This is a workshop for all faculty, post-docs, and graduate students at the University of Minnesota

Join us for a free startup workshop and networking event, hosted by the Office for Technology Commercialization (OTC) Venture Center. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the opportunities and challenges offered by the China market.

At the event, you will:
Learn ways to tap the demand of the China market
Discuss sourcing products and components from China
Learn the opportunities and challenges of engaging investors from China

It is becoming increasingly common for investors representing the China market to offer investment capital to startups. For resource strapped new companies, these offers can seem appealing. While there is a lot of opportunity in the China market, not all of these offers are legitimate or are beneficial to the startup company. Our goal is to help you get some insight into what is real, if you should move forward, and how you should move forward.

Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres are provided.

Registration & Networking 5:00 - 5:15
Welcome 5:15 - 5:30

- Russ Straate, Associate Director, Venture Center
Keynote Presentation 5:30 - 6:00

- Paul Kegley, Schwegman Lundberg and Woessner IP Law
Can you protect your invention in the Chinese market?
Panel Discussion with Q&A 6:00 - 7:30

- Jon Brodd, CEO, Vigilant Diagnostics
- Siew Neo, Founder, Global Bound LLC
- Joel Cannon, CEO-in-Residence, OTC
- David Knapp, VP, R&D Boston Scientific
- Kevin Nickels, Technology Licensing Officer, OTC (moderator)

Adjourn 7:30

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