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  • Speaker: Dr Pierre Nadeau, Department of Management, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Date: Tuesday, 5 March 2013 from 12:00 to 13:00
  • Location: Room 160, Birkbeck Main Building

In this session, we focus on organizing new ventures, protecting intellectual property, and financing in the early stage. We start with some background on entrepreneurship, its opportunities and risks. We briefly describe proprietorship, partnership, and corporate forms of business organization and contrast benefits, risks, and basic tax aspects of various organizational forms. We discuss the use of patents, trademarks and copyrights and other methods to protect intellectual property and highlight factors that can affect the performance of university spinouts. Then we explain how different types of early-stage financing can be obtained from various sources (e.g. government programs, crowdfunding, angels and venture capitalists) throughout the life cycle of a new venture firm. The interactive session will include short video clips from leading professionals and academics in the fields of technology entrepreneurship and venture capital finance.

Biography of Speaker

Pierre Nadeau is a lecturer in finance at Birkbeck University of London where he received a PhD in Entrepreneurial Finance. He graduated with a B.Eng. (Electronics and Telecoms) in 1981 from the University of Sherbrooke and received a MBA (Finance) in 1984 from the University of Ottawa. He is a member of the American Finance Association, the UK Society for Investment Professionals, Birkbeck Centre for Innovation Management Research and the Editorial Board of Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance (Wiley). His research interests include: entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and private equity, the finance of innovation and risk management.

Pierre is an experienced technology investment and management executive. He was formerly a general partner at Frontiers Capital where he was responsible for a variety of venture capital fundraising, private placements, investments, restructuring and successful exits in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector in Europe. Notable investments and exit transactions include Synad Technologies, Elata, Volantia, Digital Route, Pervasic and Budget Telecom. Prior to that he was CEO, managing director or general manager of a number of leading public and private technology companies in North America and in Europe including Mitel Semiconductor, LSI Logic, Lucent and Nortel.