Food Venture Formation & Financing

Food Venture Formation & Financing

Online Courses

TBD

5 weeks

Brief Description

Each year, 25% of new business ventures fail within 12 months. Poor understanding of the legal and financial requirements can doom the best-intentioned start up. Food Venture Formation & Financing will teach you how to put in place a solid legal and financial foundation so you will be poised for success. The course will cover the practical steps new food entrepreneurs must take to build a sustainable and scalable business. Grounded by real-world examples of the challenges faced by new food business leaders, this course will teach you how to set up the right legal entity for your business, prepare your company for outside investment, structure financing to your maximum advantage, protect your intellectual property, and minimize legal risks commonly faced by early-stage companies. Click here to download a weekly course sampling.

Don Buder

Lead Faculty


Don Buder is a corporate transactional attorney and strategic legal advisor to early stage and middle-market businesses, including a large concentration of privately-held and publicly-traded food and beverage companies. He has significant experience in the areas of venture financing, mergers and acquisitions, distribution agreements, supply agreements, joint venture agreements, and other commercial transactions.

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Locations, Dates & Fees

All Online

Watch recording of Open House with Don Buder
Click here to see a recording of live Q&A session about this course with lead faculty Don Buder and FBS Dean Will Rosenzweig.

Get in touch!
Contact our Admissions Team at admissions@foodbusinessschool.org or 1-866-242-9876.

This course is made possible with the generous support of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

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Personalized Mentorship
Available to all enrolled learners and our alumni, the FBS 1:1 Mentor Network connects you to top leaders in the food industry. See our full list of mentors and learn more about the platform here.

Have questions?
Contact our Admissions Team at admissions@foodbusinessschool.org
or 1-866-242-9876.

Who It's For

Start-up leaders and early stage entrepreneurs looking to set their new food ventures up for success. Whether you’re off the ground with your new idea but need to button up your financial structure, or seek to match a presentation-ready business plan with a strong legal blueprint—this course will answer all of your legal questions and help you avoid the common mistakes made by first-time entrepreneurs. Appropriate for all types of food related ventures.


“Each year, 25% of new business ventures fail within 12 months”

– U.S. Small Business Association

  • Don Buder

    Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    Advisory BoardLead Faculty

  • Don Buder

    Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    Advisory BoardLead Faculty

Overview

Food Venture Formation & Financing provides essential guidance, frameworks and legal templates necessary to set up any food-related venture for success. Corporate forms, financing structures and strategies, term sheets, IP and trademark, product liability, licensing, sales, distribution and employee agreements are covered in this comprehensive foundational course.

Taught by practicing food industry lawyer, Don Buder, you’ll receive valuable and actionable legal guidance on the following topics:

  • Organizing your company
  • Raising money: friends and family, angel investors, and private equity firms
  • Standard investor documentation: negotiating a term sheet
  • Stock option (a/k/a equity-based compensation)
  • Employment law basics
  • Supply and distribution agreements
  • Protecting your intellectual property and brand
  • Food safety and government regulation
  • Planning for an exit: financial vs. strategic buyers

A partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLC, Don Buder is a corporate attorney and strategic legal advisor to early stage and middle-market businesses, including privately-held and publicly-traded food and beverage companies. He has significant experience in the areas of venture financing, mergers and acquisitions, distribution agreements, supply agreements, joint venture agreements, and other commercial transactions.

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