The Basics of Food Venture Formation + Financing

The Basics of Food Venture Formation + Financing

Online Courses

Jul 15 - Aug 18

5 weeks

Brief Description

You know the statistics—20% of new businesses will fail in the first year. A poor understanding of the legal and financial requirements can doom even the best-intentioned start up. This short-form course will cover five practical steps for new and emerging entrepreneurs who want to start a sustainable and scalable food business. Grounded by real-world examples of the challenges faced by food business leaders, this course will help you ask the questions you need to consider in the planning phase. You will identify the stakeholders and examine funding options. You will explore what you need to know to start the right business—and you will make your plan for an effective exit. Participants will learn from an expert in the field and will work through a series of targeted activities. You'll have the opportunity to learn from and share ideas with one another, with support from a course navigator whose expertise is in mentoring start-ups at all levels of engagement.

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

Registration Coming Soon
Date July 15-August 18
Price: $149 USD
Special Rate: $379 USD (by enrolling in all three Online Courses, including this course, The Building Blocks of Brand Development, and Insights from Food Experience Design)

CIA alumni prices are available. For more information, contact our Admissions Team at admissions@foodbusinessschool.org or 1-866-242-9876.


This course is all online, asynchronous, and self-paced.

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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 help answer 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, 20% of new business ventures fail within the first year. This course will cover practical steps for new and emerging entrepreneurs.

Overview

The Basics of Food Venture Formation + Financing provides essential guidance and frameworks necessary to set up any food-related venture for success. This foundational course will help you ask the questions you need to consider in the planning phase of your business.

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

  • Asking the Right Questions
  • Starting the Right Business
  • Identifying the Stakeholders
  • Examining Options for Funding
  • Planning for an Effective Exit

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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