About Founder Fundamentals
Interested in building your entrepreneurial skills to launch your startup?
YSpace, York University’s innovation hub, is partnering with the Markham Small Business Centre (MSBC) to host an 11-week educational program called Founders Fundamentals.
Whether you are a professional services company, brick and mortar or technology startup, the program aims to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to succeed. Spanning across topics such as finance 101, to how to write a business plan, to legal basics and more, this program provides a wide range of learning. In addition, the program connects you with local resources for potential next steps as you progress in your entrepreneurial ventures.
Individuals who attend at least 9 out of the 11 workshops will receive an Innovation York Certificate of Completion, illustrating your dedication to learning about the essentials of launching a successful business.
About the Workshop
We know entrepreneurs think and dream big; and that is what makes them so unique. But, as you are dreaming up the next best idea, it is important to take a step back and to ensure that you build and secure the legal foundation of your business. Your lawyer will help you do this, but it is important to know the right questions to ask and to understand some key legal principles to spot potential issues and to resolve them early.
The goal of this workshop is twofold: (1) to ask and to answer some of the key questions every entrepreneur should ask his or her lawyer at the early stage of starting a business, and (2) to explain in plain English and to help you understand the key legal principles with which you should be familiar.
This workshop aims to cover the following questions and principles:
- Business Structures: Choosing between incorporation, partnership, and sole proprietorship.
- Shareholders Agreements: What they do and why your business may need one. Confidentiality Agreements: Importance, key terms and provisions.
- Hiring Employees and Contractors: The critical differences between employees and contractors.
- Entering into a Commercial Contract: Understanding the critical terms and provisions to consider.
*Please note that this workshop does not constitute legal advice.
About the Presenter
Amee Sandhu, CEO, Founder, Principal Lawyer
Amee Sandhu is the principal lawyer of Lex Integra, where she practices exclusively in the areas of business law and corporate ethics. Lex Integra was one of the start-up businesses that was selected to be in the inaugural cohort of the ELLA program at York University early in 2020. ELLA is the Entrepreneurial Leadership & Learning Alliance and is a business accelerator to advance women's entrepreneurship.
Prior to founding Lex Integra, Amee held roles as senior legal counsel and integrity officer for many years in the engineering and construction sector. She teaches business law to undergrads and mentors young & future lawyers.
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