The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Startup Know-How Talks Series


See the YouTube playlist of our previous Startup Know-How virtual events to learn more about building a startup and subscribe to the IALS YouTube channel!

Spring 2022

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

How to Negotiate on Behalf of Your Startup

Moderator:
Karen Utgoff, IALS Venture Development and I-Corps @ UMass Amherst

Panelists:
Roger Frechette-PhD, Co-founder and Principal, New England PharmAssociates LLC
David Sudolsky-CEO, Anellotech
Matt Whitehead-Partner, Feinberg Hanson LLP
Burnley Jaklevic-PhD, Director, Technology Transfer Office, UMass Amherst

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

How to Talk About Your Technology Without Giving Away the Secret Sauce

Moderator:
Karen Utgoff, IALS Venture Development and I-Corps @ UMass Amherst

Panelists:
Tani Chen-Shareholder at Wolf, Greenfield& Saks, PC
Beth Kahn-Associate Director, New England Innovation Node at MIT
Nele Van Dessel-Co-founder and CEO at Ernest Pharmaceuticals
Ling X. Shen-Senior Licensing Officer in the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) at UMass Amherst

Fall 2021

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

What Every University Researcher Should Know About Intellectual Property

Presenter:
Tani Chen, ScD, Wolf Greenfield Intellectural Property Law

Moderator:
Burnley Jaklevic, Technology Transfer Office

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Putting Together Your First Commercialization Plan

Presenter:
Karen Utgoff, IALS Venture Development and I-Corps @ UMass Amherst

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

How First-Time Founders Can Build a Great Startup Team

Presenter:
Charles Johnson, Clinical Associate Professor, Isenberg School of Management and Managing Director, Maroon Venture Partners

Summer 2021

Friday, August 20, 2021

MLSC Angel Investor Tax Credit Info Session

Presenter:
Cheryl Sadeli, Vice President of Finance, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Create a Commercialization Plan in 90-Minutes-Session II

Presenter:
Karen Utgoff, IALS Venture Development & I-Corps @ UMass Amherst

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Create a Commercialization Plan in 90-Minutes-Session I

Presenter:
Karen Utgoff, IALS Venture Development & I-Corps @ UMass Amherst

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Spring 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021

What University Startup Teams Need to Know About Partnering With and Licensing to Industry Partners

Moderator:
Karen Utgoff, IALS Venture Development & I-Corps @ UMass Amherst

Panelists:
Luciano Bueno-Founder & CEO, GALY
Marcia Dougan Moore-Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations, Arvinas
Sinan Yordem-Global Segment Manager – Urban Mobility & Analytics, 3M

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Securing Your Seed Round

Moderator:
Charles Johnson, Isenberg School of Management and Maroon Venture Partners, UMass Amherst

Panelists:
Jennifer Griffin-VP, Industry Strategy and Investments, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
Liz Roberts-Catalyst Fund & Impact Investments, MassMutual
Matthew Whitehead-Partner, Feinberg Hanson LLC

Relevant Links (PDF)

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Apply for and Win SBIR/STTR Support for Your Startup

Moderator:
Karen Utgoff, IALS Venture Development and I-Corps @ UMass Amherst, UMass Amherst

Panelists:
Julie Bliss Mullen-CEO and founder, Aclarity Water
Daniel Lilly-Small Business Innovation Research Advisor, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
Julian Lustig-Gonzalez-Cofounder and VP Finance, AuCoDe
Vinit Nijhawan-Managing Director, MassVentures

Fall 2020

Thursday, September 24, 2020

How to Create a UMass Startup

Moderator:
Ling Shen, Senior Licensing Officer, Technology Transfer Office

Panelists:
Jennifer Donais-Assistant Vice Chancellor Compliance and Support Services
Thomas Ferguson-Licensing Associate, Technology Transfer Office
Barbara Osborne-UMass scientist-entrepreneur (Veterinary & Animal Sciences)
Karen Utgoff-Director IALS Venture Development and I-Corps @ UMass Amherst

Thursday, October 29, 2020

What Founders Need to Know About Startup Law Before They Have a Startup Attorney

Moderator:
Karen Utgoff, Director IALS Venture Development and I-Corps @ UMass Amherst

Panelists:
Matt Whitehead, Attorney, Feinberg Hanson LLP
Julie Bliss Mullen, CEO and founder, Aclarity Water
Kenneth Carter, Professor, Polymer Science & Engineering and faculty entrepreneur
Rilwan Meeran, Portfolio Manager, Impact Investments, MassMutual

Thursday, November 19, 2020

What University Researchers Need to Know About IP Strategy Before They Create a Spin-Out Venture

Moderator:
Paulina Borrego, Patent & Trademark Research Center and Science & Engineering Librarian, UMass Amherst

Panelists:
Burnley Jaklevic, Interim Director and Senior Licensing Officer, Technology Transfer Office, UMass Amherst
Tani Chen, Counsel, Wolf Greenfield
Nele Van Dessel, CoFounder and CSO, Ernest Pharmaceuticals
Steve Willis, Investment Committee, Maroon Fund
Josh Stockwell, Associate Counsel - Research & Intellectual Property, UMass President’s Office

Additional Resources

Startup Navigator–Helping founders to navigate, especially for first-time pre-startup and startup teams, how to successfully go from concept through to commercialization.