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The Basics of Food Venture Formation + Financing–Summer 2019

Set up your food venture for success!

START DATE: JULY 15th!
The Basics of Food Venture Formation + Financing

Course 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.

What You Will Do: 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.

How You Will Do It: 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.


Your Instructor


Don Buder
Don Buder

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.


For over three decades Don has tried to provide every client with the three basic services: to find cost-effective solutions to legal and business problems; to offer advice that is direct and practical; and to keep the parties involved in any negotiation focused on their common business objectives. He believes that a lawyer is effective only if he can protect his clients’ interests without frustrating their business judgment. Don holds a BA in history from Princeton University, a MIA from Columbia University, and a JD from UC Berkeley.


Course Curriculum


  Starting the Right Business
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  Identifying the Stakeholders
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  Examining Options for Funding
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  Planning for an Effective Exit
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  Course Wrap-Up
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts July 15th–with new content being released every week–for five weeks. We design our courses with busy people in mind–and encourage you to take the course at a pace that works best for you. The forums will remain available until September 20th, allowing you ten full weeks to engage with your fellow learners.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. The forums won't remain active past September 20th, but you can always access the content!
What will I get at the end of the course?
In addition to the incredible opportunity to learn from subject matter experts–connect with your fellow food system learners–and build your network–you will also receive a certificate of achievement and a badge that you can post to your LinkedIn profile or other social media.

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