Structuring Your Company
Location: Microsoft Technology Center, 5 Wayside Rd, Burlington, MA
Attendees will have the option to join us in-person at the Microsoft Technology Center in Burlington, MA or online via Zoom.
ENET’s panel of legal experts will discuss fundamental legal issues that founders and executives of early-stage companies must address to insure vital protections and the building of value. These issues are compounded by changes in technology, commerce, and the law.
What is the preferred form of entity and where should it be established?
What is the preferred method to protect the company’s Intellectual Property by use of various forms of patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets, either alone or in combination?
How should founders’ equity be apportioned through stock options and what restrictions should apply?
What compensation and benefits should be included in employee agreements including consideration of Non – Disclosure Agreements, the changing environment for Non – Compete Agreements, as well as Assignment of Invention Agreements?
These issues and their benefits and pitfalls will be discussed and presented with you, the business professional, in mind.
This is a hybrid event. You may choose to participate in-person or online.
In-person Participation (check-in begins at 6:00 PM):LOCATION: Microsoft Technology Center, 5 Wayside Road, Burlington, MA 01803.
PARKING: Free parking is available.
REFRESHMENTS: Pizza will be served.
COVID POLICY: You are required to provide proof of vaccination or self-attest to having received a negative COVID-19 test within the previous week via HealthCheck. Attendees who do not upload proof of vaccination must wear a face covering onsite.
Online Participation: Zoom links will be sent to all registrants after registration.
COST AND RESERVATIONS: This event is free for ENET members and $10 for non-members. Click here to learn how to become a member. To expedite sign-in for the event, we ask that everyone — members as well as non-members — pre-register. Pre-registration is available until midnight the day before the meeting. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register in person at the door while seats are available.
October 4, 2022
6:00 pm Networking
7:00 pm Introduction, ENET Chairperson’s announcements
7:10 pm eMinute Pitch, up to 3 startup pitches
7:25 pm Expert Panel, 4 expert speakers on the night’s topic
8:10 pm Q & A Moderator and Audience Q & A with the speakers
8:30 pm Networking, panelists will be available afterward for responses to individual questions.
Kent Gregoire, Founder and CEO of Symphony Advantage, serial entrepreneur, angel investor.
Kent Gregoire is one of the first certified conscious capitalism global consultants and he is the Founder and CEO of Symphony Advantage. which has provided advisory and consulting services to executive level managers for over 35 years. In addition, Mr. Gregoire is also a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor in purpose-driven companies. Mr. Gregoire launched his first manufacturing company at age 14. Since then, he founded or led more than a dozen organizations. He has been involved in all phases of their business cycle from startup to growth to repositioning. He also led many of these to successful exits and raised tens of millions of dollars in capital.
In his consultancy work, Mr. Gregoire is known as the ‘CEO to ‘CEOs’ who focuses on a win-win approach that delivers exponential value to all stakeholders, including leaders, shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, and the environment. Mr. Gregoire is a coveted speaker who has shared his powerful insights in venues such as the United Nations, FintechSouth, and many others. Mr. Gregoire is a published author in the Harvard Business Review as well as in Inc.com and Forbes. He is also the incoming president of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization U.S. East Bridge chapter and a member of the Conscious Capitalism Senior Leadership Network.
David Powsner, Intellectual Property attorney, Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C., Boston Harbor Angels Angel Investor
Attorney Powsner is an Intellectual property attorney and Boston Harbor Angel Investor. He is an active angel investor and advisor to high-tech companies on a range of complex matters. His physics degree from MIT and experience in computer programming, combined with his legal experience, enables him to understand, analyze and provide practical guidance on patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark, licensing and litigation matters.
Attorney Powsner represents companies with products in a variety of tech markets, from medical devices to computer software to networking to consumer electronics.
Mary Beth Cicero, MBA, CLP, Co-Founder & CEO of 3Daughters, Inc.
Mary Beth Cicero is Co-Founder and CEO of 3Daughters, Inc., Evolutionary Women’s Healthcare for Women, developing a newly designed nonhormonal intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception. She has over 40 years of executive leadership skills and was formerly the President of MarketSense Ltd., with prior business development, marketing, pharmaceutical sales at both smaller and large biotech/pharmaceutical firms. Ms. Cicero has an extensive network of C-suite, high level corporate development professionals and investors, thought leaders, clinicians and patients, as well as patient advocacy groups. Her educational background includes a BS in Biology cum laude from Boston College and an MBA from Babson College. Ms. Cicero is a Certified Licensing Professional™ (CLP).
Moderator and Co-Organizer:
Kristin King, MBA. Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy, Defibtech, LLC
Ms. King is an accomplished MedTech executive, serial intrapreneur, investor and strategic advisor to startups developing biotech solutions. With over 20 years of experience spanning technical topics, marketing topics, and investing as she is a proud member of Boston Harbor Angels, she offers multi-disciplinary expertise in transforming technologies from early concept to successful global divisions at leading Medical Device companies and startups.
William Mansfield, Esq., Secretary of Boston ENET, Member of Boston ENET’s Executive Committee and Managing Attorney at Mansfield Law
Attorney Mansfield is a registered patent attorney licensed by the USPTO in all 50 states and he is an attorney in Massachusetts and New York and his high bar exam scores in those two states have allowed him to waive into the D.C. Circuit. He won the prestigious CALI Award for perfect grades in an IP course, and he has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam covering all types of engineering. He assists clients with corporate and intellectual property law using trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, licensing, patents, trade secret protection (including non-disclosure agreements, non-solicitation agreements, non-compete agreements, and assignments of IP rights), strategic partnerships, and succession planning. He also creates and review leases, employment contracts, term sheets involved in raising capital for his clients, and other contracts. From 2004, he has worked on legal matters and he has counseled entrepreneurs and startups since 2009 through Mansfield Law. He has worked on patent prosecution, especially business method, business process, electrical, mechanical, fintech, AI, telecommunications, life science and medical device, and e-commerce patents. He has filed for global IP protection and works with a network of foreign IP professionals. His Twitter handle is @patentmansfield, his telephone number is 857-333-1876, his website is https://www.protectyourpassionalways.com/, and his e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.