University Social Hour
Mix and mingle with the mHUB community and university students, graduates, professors, and administrators from across the Midwest at mHUB's University Social Hour. Meet our members,take a tour of the space, and enjoy food, drinks, fun, and games. Hope to see you there!
Pete Hinzy Office Hours: Product Design, DFM, and Supply Chain Management
Join Pete Hinzy, Vice President and General Manager at Prater Industries, to seek guidance about Product Design, DFM, and Supply Chain Management. Pete has been involved with multiple start-ups beginning with his first one at age 13 and has had an extensive career in manufacturing, supply chain operations management, and pushing forward innovation at a variety of large and small companies, including BOSCH, Crane Pumps and Systems. There are two 60 minute time slots, so claim your spot!
Contractor Agreements: Process to Hire and Get Hired
Led by Bill Fienup, this discussion will cover the need-to-knows of entering into a contracting agreement from the perspective of a company looking for paid assistance and a contractor wanting to pick-up work. This class will cover the necessary paperwork and sample legal agreements, process to hire and creating a work plan/payment schedule, and best resources to find contractors/contract work.
KiCon 2019 is the first and the largest gathering of hardware developers using KiCad. Talks at the conference will span hardware design, revision control, scripting, manufacturing considerations, proper library management and getting started developing the underlying tools. Additionally, there will be contests, roundtable discussions with the developers and hands-on demos to deepen knowledge of hardware design and using KiCad.
Industry Disruptors: Fireside Chat with Dr. Joe DeSimone
mHUB’s Industry Disruptors is an event series featuring some of the best and brightest innovators of our time. Join us on May 1 for a discussion with Dr. Joe DeSimone, CEO and co-founder of Carbon, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based company working at the intersection of hardware, software, and molecular science to drive the digital transformation of the manufacturing industry.
Lunch and Learn: Cold Calling
The sales process is crucial to a start-ups growth, whether your company is big or small. Cold Calling can have an immediate impact on your bottom line, but most people don't know where to begin. Led by Maureen Wozniak of the BBB, this class will cover the basics of cold calling including: how to get to the decision maker, how to close more business, and what to consider when giving pricing.
Corporate Finance Structure: Debt Financing
Join this discussion about what it means to borrow money from a bank in order to start, grow or expand your business. Learn what it takes to prepare a loan package, how your request will be evaluated by a commercial lender, and what is expected from your business and you as an owner in terms of repayment. How will your credit history play into the equation? What about a personal guarantee? What can be used as collateral? This class is led by Javier Placencia of Wintrust.
Designing for Product Launch Success
Join Jim Shaw for an introductory class on the processes and technologies needed to successfully launch a
product into production. Important Mass Manufacturing and Production-related topics include:
Developing an effective Supply Chain, Engineering Documentation, Cost-Based Decision Making, and
Assembly. Additionally, this class will give you an introductory understanding of several popular
manufacturing processes: CNC Machining, Casting, Forging, Sheet Metal Forming/Stamping, and more!
Start-ups: Hiring and Growing Your Team
You’ve successfully started your company and its demand is growing – that’s great! It is now time to hire your dream team. Join Elevate Performance Solutions and mHub for insight into hiring best practices all while avoiding pitfalls that might waste time, or get you in to trouble. During the session participants will actively learn about writing job descriptions, behavioral interviewing, and integrating the new team members, among other topics
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Equity and Cap Tables: Preparing Your Startup for Funding
Venture funding negotiations are high pressure, This class will set you up with the knowledge and confidence to negotiate the deal you need. In this class, you will learn about venture fundraising options for your start-up and what this means to your cap table and ownership. Taught by Briana Belligio, you’ll walk away knowing all about convertible notes, dilution, vesting schedules, forfeiture and repurchase rights, and distributions, and why they're important to your funding negotiations.