If you’re heading to the Smart Fabrics conference in San Francisco tomorrow make sure to check out the two pre-conference workshops.
Both workshops are geared towards entrepreneurs developing wearable technology products and systems.
Workshop #1 – 8:30- 12:00 pm – THE NEXT WAVE – ENTREPRENEURS IN FASHION TECH
Who should be there?
The target audience for the seminar consists of (i) those considering or already launching or engaged in start-up businesses based on intellectual property in the fashion space, (ii) those interested in investing in such businesses and (iii) those companies who are or will be strategic partners to such businesses.
What will be discussed?
1. Anatomy of the industry. What is fashion-tech and why has it suddenly become popular? Who are the entrepreneurs and how important is “hard” science? Who are the investors and how important is geography?
2. Sources of startup ideas and technology. How common are first time entrepreneur versus large company spin outs or university R&D? The large role of e-commerce.
3. Sources of Capital. Where do these businesses find initial funding? What is the attitude of the institutional venture community toward the space? How are active are strategic investors?
4. Transactional Vocabulary. A review of basic terms and standard practices in seed financing and venture investment transactions. An additional short discussion of key strategic deal terms.
5. Common pitfalls for Founders. We will discuss tax traps, employee equity and other similar danger zones for young companies and their investors.
Raymond Thek, Member of the Firm, Lowenstein Sandler
Workshop #2 — 1:30 – 5:00 pm – DESIGN PRINCIPLES FOR WEARABILITY
Designing takes on new meaning in the information age. Join this workshop for a hands on method for applying Human Centered Design to wearable/textile based projects. You’ll come away with a toolkit of methods you can apply. Bring specific problems or challenges to the workshop and we’ll think through how to take a Human Centered Approach to solving them.