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Convertible Debt Instruments for Startup Financing

Most start-ups initially fuel the idea behind the business with capital raised from friends and family. This “seed round” financing is often only enough to prove the concept of the business, but perhaps not enough cash to...more

The ReSET – The Curse of the Elevator Speech

TEDCO celebrates Maryland’s innovation economy with its Entrepreneurs’ Expo, a day-long series of keynotes, breakout sessions, networking and deal making among 700 of Maryland’s entrepreneurs. Originally published on...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - January, 2017 #5

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Startup Funding Trends Point to Double-Digit Growth and an International Future - If the season’s got you down, the always awesome David Rose is out with a...more

Creative teaming arrangements to jump-start early stage companies: How to create a win-win in NewSpace

by Hogan Lovells on

Much of the buzz about NewSpace focuses on exciting space-related startups led by entrepreneurs with new ideas, young work forces, and Silicon Valley positive attitudes. This is all true, but legal practitioners in this area...more

DHS Final International Entrepreneur Rule to Take Effect July 16, 2017

by Baker Donelson on

On January 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule implementing the discretionary parole for entrepreneurs program, which was proposed this past August. The final rule, effective July 16,...more

DHS Finalizes Entrepreneur Parole Rule, Expanding Options for Foreign National Entrepreneurs

On January 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule entitled “International Entrepreneur Rule.” This rule follows President Obama’s November 14, 2014 promise to use existing statutory...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - January, 2017 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Securing Your Series A Round in 2017: Five Things to Do Now - Series A deals declined in 2016, but you can still beat the odds with the right planning and...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - December 2016

by Mintz Levin on

Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, Our client, Benji Cohen, was running an Energy Markets Division at Macquarie when he had a lightbulb moment. Everywhere he looked valuation models were being put together in...more

House Passes Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act

On Monday, December 5, the Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act, H.R. 6427, was passed by the House by a vote of 391-2. This legislation combines six measures that have been previously passed by the...more

Foreign Entrepreneurs Series: Part 3 – U.S. Tax Considerations and Planning

This is the third part of our foreign entrepreneurs series. Previously, we discussed the visa options available to foreign entrepreneurs and the importance of making immigration analysis a first-step in the startup process. ...more

Medical Device Investor Forum - Oct. 27-28 in Irvine, CA - Knobbe Medical

OCTANe, an Orange County-based non-profit life sciences and technology accelerator organization, has announced the agenda for its 11th Annual Medical Device & Investor Forum (MDIF), which will be held on October 27-28, 2016,...more

USCIS Proposes a New Rule for International Entrepreneurs, October Visa Bulletin, and More...

by Clark Hill PLC on

On August 26, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposed new rule for international entrepreneurs. Under the rule, entrepreneurs will be considered for parole (temporary...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - September, 2016 #3

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Long-Term Success Starts With Managing Your Startup's Runway - This week’s post is all about fundraising. Managing your startup’s money can be just as...more

Immigration Update: Entrepreneurs May Have a New Way to Start Up in the United States

by Baker Donelson on

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule that could provide an unusual type of immigration benefit called "parole" to individuals seeking a key role in start-up entities in the United States backed...more

International Entrepreneurs New Proposed Work Authorization for Founders of Start-Up’s And a Comparison to Other Visa Options

On August 31, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed an “International Entrepreneur” (I.E.) rule that would allow qualifying foreign investors to develop and grow their start-up companies in the United...more

Proposed International Entrepreneur Rule Gives Startup Founders Temporary Stay in U.S.

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week proposed a new rule that will allow certain immigrant startup founders to receive “parole” or temporary permission to...more

U.S. Immigration Proposes Solution for International Entrepreneurs

by Carlton Fields on

Current visa options limit the ability of foreign national entrepreneurs to start and grow companies in the United States. As a result, the United States is less able to attract the world’s very best and most innovative...more

The “Shark Tank Visa”: Proposed Rule Opens Door for Foreign Entrepreneurs

by Burr & Forman on

Last Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced a proposal that would allow foreign entrepreneurs to enter the United States to operate high-growth, job-creating startup enterprises. As with other...more

Venture Capitalists and Immigration Proponents Likely Disappointed by USCIS Proposed Entrepreneurial Parolee Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS proposes a regulation to grant special “parole” entry to certain foreign entrepreneurs backed by venture capitalists and angel investors. The rule is long and complicated, while the benefit granted...more

An Emerging Trend in Early-Stage Company Financing? – After Years of Growing Ubiquity of Convertible Notes, a Return to Priced...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

After years of increasing acceptance of and reliance on convertible note financings as a mechanism for funding early-stage companies, we have noted a clear emerging trend away from such transactions (and others like them,...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May 2016 #3

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Don’t Expect New Crowdfunding Rules to Create a Startup Boom - Equity crowdfunding went live this week under the SEC’s recent rulemaking, but many...more

Foreign Entrepreneurs Series | Part 1: Putting the Start-Up Cart before the Visa Horse / Nonimmigrant Visas

Navigating the legal landscape when starting a business can be tricky, and this is especially true when doing so in a country foreign to your own. In this post and others to follow, we will discuss some of the issues faced by...more

How to Build a Startup, Chicago-Style

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Building a startup in Chicago differs from building one in Silicon Valley. Chicago investors, both individuals and committed venture funds, tend to be more reserved and practical, whereas coastal venture investors are more...more

6 Tips for Chicago Startups Seeking Funding Outside Chicago

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Chicago startups have more local funding options than ever before. However, many founders remain hungry to obtain funding from elsewhere—especially from the venture-rich east and west coasts. Trouble is, for reasons both...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February 2016 #4

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Has this year's startup funding slowdown been overblown? Debate continues over the perceived downturn in the market for venture capital, as a new...more

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