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Q Founder Series at Feinberg | Fundraising Terms and Structures for Startups: SAFEs, Convertible Notes, and Term Sheets

When: Tuesday, April 18, 2023
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM CT

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, Baldwin Auditorium, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Sonia Kim   (847) 467-0446

Group: Innovation and New Ventures Office

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


This InQbation Lab's Q Founder Seminar will focus on common investment terms and structures for early-stage startups. The presentation will explain the basic principles of SAFEs and convertible notes as well as common legal terms found in term sheets for priced rounds. The talk will also cover the basic legal steps required to raise funding, such as securities filings after a funding round.

Please register in advance.  Lunch will be provided by Quarles & Brady.


Adam Falkof is a partner at Quarles & Brady in Chicago and leads the firm’s startup practice. He has substantial experience with the Midwest’s startup community and has previously launched four of his own startups. Mr. Falkof represents a number leading early-stage startups and has close relationships with technology accelerators, angel investors, and venture capital funds nationwide. He also writes a monthly Midwest startups newsletter that features early stage Midwest startup companies and upcoming startup community events.

Matt Pietruczak is a partner at Quarles & Brady in Milwaukee and is a member of the firm's Business Law Practice Group. He represents companies and their investors in a wide range of important transactions, including private equity, venture capital, growth equity, and mergers and acquisitions transactions. Matt also serves as outside general counsel to companies from early stage startups to large privately held companies. He works with companies from formation to exit, and with private equity sponsors, including leveraged buyout funds and venture capital funds, corporate venturing funds/departments, and family offices in both minority and control investments.

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