September 11, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
September 25, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
October 9, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
October 23, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
November 6, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT


Preti Flaherty 
One City Center
Portland, ME 04101

Driving Directions 


Laurie Johnson 
Maine Center for Entrepreneurs 

Equity Pathways 

This series of five workshops will focus on the various ways your company can prepare to raise capital to grow your business

Equity Pathways Workshop Series
Fall 2019

Wednesday, September 11th  4-6 pm.
Preparing to Raise Capital—What Startups Need to Know
There are many steps a startup can take prior to seeking outside capital that can help maximize its capital raise opportunities. This workshop will walk you through what investors will expect to see – from financial models, pitch decks, executive summaries and business plans, to cap tables, reference lists, deal structures and exit options. Is your corporate legal work in order? We’ll also discuss the various legal issues to consider when preparing to raise capital.
Presenters: Kristy Abraham, Mariana Baron, & other(s) TBD

Wednesday, September 25th  4-6 pm.
Non-Equity Financing for Startups
Many entrepreneurs, particularly small business owners, rely on debt and other non-equity sources of capital to finance their ventures. We’ll discuss the different non-equity avenues available to startups, including traditional bank financing options, awards, grants, SBA loans, GoFundMe and other sources to fund your business without selling your equity. Equally important, we’ll address the legal considerations for each of these options.
Presenters: Sara Moppin

Wednesday, October 9th 4-6 pm.
Raising Equity Capital and Securities Law Basics
This workshop will include a general overview of applicable securities laws and traps for the unwary when raising equity capital.
Presenters: Megan Arguelles

Wednesday, October 23rd 4-6 pm.                   
Come to Terms: Understanding Term Sheets
This workshop will teach you the language of an equity term sheet as well as the long-term implications of the most important deal terms. You’ll learn about the four broad categories of deal terms (economics, exit/liquidity, protection, management and control) and review the major terms in each. Three sample term sheets will be reviewed and discussed: convertible note, seed, and common. Discussion will touch on implications of issues like the balance of pre-money valuation with liquidation preference.
Presenters: John M. Sullivan, Managing Partner

Wednesday, November 6th 4-6 pm.
Equity Compensation of Employees, Advisors, Directors
This workshop will teach you about the various methods of compensating directors and key employees. You will learn about the advantages of the compensation forms, how investors view such structures, and the pitfalls to avoid in using equity to incentivize people that are key to your success.
Presenters: Emily White & other(s) TBD


These workshops are made possible thanks to our sponsor: