Snell & Wilmer Launches Venture San Diego in Support of Local Startup Community


SAN DIEGO (January 16, 2024) – Snell & Wilmer announces today the formation of Venture San Diego, a professional group that will support the local startup community through networking opportunities, educational events and pitch competitions. 

Launched by members of the firm’s Emerging Business and Venture Capital and Private Equity practices, the group will build a network of active entrepreneurs, investors, startup lawyers and other professionals looking to actively engage with and push forward the startup community. The group will host monthly meetings focused on networking and presentations aimed at emerging companies and entrepreneurs. 

“This group aims to provide access to capital, mentorship and education so San Diego emerging companies can thrive,” said Bardia Moayedi, chair of the firm’s Technology Industry Group and co-chair of the firm's Life Sciences Industry Group and who is leading Venture San Diego. “Snell & Wilmer is entrenched in the local startup community – including in the life sciences and high-technology sectors – and we are thrilled to help fuel innovation by bridging and supporting the individuals and organizations we serve.” 

In addition to a series of monthly meetings that will run through 2024, Venture San Diego will open up its meeting space for pitch competitions and pitch presentations by group members. Events will be held at the firm’s San Diego office, as well as at different locations in collaboration with other San Diego organizations aimed at early-stage technology ventures.

Venture San Diego events will focus on topics ranging from fundraising and must-have contracts for startups to employment agreements and foundational transactional agreements. The inaugural event will feature Bardia Moayedi, and details are as follows:

Venture San Diego Launch Event - “Formation and Seed Funding for Startups”

•    Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2024
•    Time: 6:30 – 7:00 PM (Registration), 7:00 – 8:00 PM (Presentation), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (Q&A)
•    Location: Snell & Wilmer San Diego Office, 12230 El Camino Real, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92130

2024 Venture SD event schedule:

Date Topic
Wednesday, January 17, 2024 Formation and Seed Funding for Startups
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 Tech Transactions Toolbox Series - IP Primer
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 Term Sheets for VC Financing (Series Seed, Series A and Beyond)
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 Must-Have Employment Agreements and Terms for Startups
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 Must-Have Contracts for Startups 
Thursday, June 20, 2024 Term Sheets for Tech Transactions
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 Tech Transactions Toolbox Series – How to Use NDAs, MTAs and Evaluation Agreements 
Wednesday, August 21, 2024 Leasing 101 for Startups
Wednesday, September 18, 2024 Warranties, Indemnities and Limitations 
Wednesday, October 16, 2024 Tech Transactions Toolbox Series – Hiring Developers, Technical Advisors and Consultants
Wednesday, November 20, 2024 Contract Management and Preparing for Due Diligence 
Wednesday, December 11, 2024 Tech Transactions Toolbox Series – Customer Agreements, Terms and Conditions

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