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When to Disclose a Discovery or Invention
- Why should I disclose to the University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF)? Can I "apply for a patent" and still publish? Find out here: Great ideas happen every day
- Who owns my discovery? Find more information from the UIRF Inventor Information
Venture Formation and Startup
- Want an overview of the venture startup process? Download the UIRF Venture Cheat Sheet , which maps out the steps in three pages. It even includes descriptions of each step.
- Download a detailed discussion of the UI process from disclosure to licensing, including descriptions of UIRF's processes with the New Ventures Guide.
- What do I have to do to incorporate (do I choose an LLC, or C-corp)? Forming a Company (Step-by-Step)
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries describes how today's entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses while minimizing cost and time requirements. The UI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) program can assist in applying the Lean Startup approach to your software product development.
Investors and Due Diligence
- For a concise intro to the fund raising process check out Venture Capital 101
- Good investor slide decks are important. Here are two guideline example presentations for you to download: A Great Pitch Power Point and Investor Presentation Template. Credit is given to the authors in each deck.
- How to Protect Your Startup Founder’s Shares
- Prepare Your Startup Team for Investor Due Diligence
Accountants and investors speak their own language. Knowing a few of these terms will make your discussions easier, and avoid misunderstanding. To view some of these terms visit the
Financials Balance Sheet Glossary.
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