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Spinning out of a University: the Dos and Don’ts of Startups for Academics

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Stephanie Richards, J.D.; Sabrina Poulos, J.D.

Launching a startup is already a challenging task - but launching a university spinout has special considerations. Luckily, Duke University has a dedicated group to help guide you: the Office for Translation & Commercialization (OTC).

The OTC team has expertise in translating university inventions to the market and also partners with outside law firms on various commercialization processes. Come hear from Stephanie Richards, J.D. (Duke Law '13) and Sabrina Poulos, J.D., Partners at Goodwin Procter LLP, discuss commonly seen early pitfalls in university spinouts and how academic entrepreneurs can avoid them.

Possible topics of conversation include:

Starting a company and not having dedicated counsel with relevant experience
Not having written employment or consulting contracts
Not understanding what appropriate % should be for founders equity, management, future investors, etc.
And many more!
Bring your questions and we'll endeavor to answer them.

This seminar is open to all: students, faculty, staff, and beyond.

Sponsored by: Duke University Office for Translation & Commercialization (OTC).


This in-person seminar will be conducted at: Bostock Library 127 - The Edge Workshop Room


Light refreshments will be served.