Startup Knowledge Features
For more information about the Newark and Camden clinics, please visit the Legal Clinics Webpage. Some of the included clinics are:
Intellectual Property Law Clinic (Newark) - This clinic offers intellectual property and entertainment law advice and assistance for non-profit entities, authors, artists, inventors, start-up for profit businesses and microenterprises and Startup Growth charter schools, including intellectual property audits and licenses, copyright, trademark, right of publicity, trade secret, and patent assistance.
Small Business Counseling (Camden) - Students advise clients of the Rutgers’ School of Business Small Business Development Center, including conducting initial interviews, research as necessary, drafting, Startup Growth and counseling small businesses on items that may include evaluating and implementing the form of organization, participating in the development of a business plan, and drafting agreements.
- List of paid legal service providers - These law firms have practices dedicated to early-stage companies. Please note, the list is not an endorsement by Rutgers. It is for informational purposes only and listed in alphabetical order. Each PI is encouraged to use their discretion.
Office of Student Legal Services
Rutgers University Student Legal Services (RUSLS) provides eligible Rutgers University students with professional legal advice and assistance at no cost by attorneys licensed to practice in the State of New Jersey. The RUSLS mission is to give students a place to go to have their questions answered so that their legal issues do not interfere with their academic pursuits.
VLA Patent Pro Bono Program
The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Patent Pro Bono Program will work to match qualified (income restrictions) inventors with experienced patent attorneys to assist with the filing and prosecution of patents. Although this is a pro bono program, some administration costs and filing fees will apply.
This lawyer-run site provides free, in-depth answers to hundreds of FAQs that business owners should be aware of prior to launch. Topics touch on: raising venture capital, protecting intellectual property, incorporating a startup and everything in between.
Building a Business and Creating Business Plans and Pitch Decks
Investor Presentation Template - From our New Ventures Team for Life Sciences technologies This presentation template was created by our New Ventures team specifically for Life Sciences technologies. Start-ups in Life Sciences face a unique set of challenges and business drivers, yet there is a lack of publicly available resources for the field. For Startup Growth non-life sciences start-ups, you can use the framework of the presentation. There are also a significant amount of publicly available resources, as found below.
SCORE's Business Plan for a Startup Template - A very easy to follow instructional template for putting together a business plan.
Bplans: Business Planning - A great repository of information for creating a business plan
DocSend - 200 Startups Who Raised 360 Million - DocSend reviewed the pitch decks of 200 companies that successfully raised $360 Million in Series Seed and Series A rounds. They outline what they found and make good suggestions.
Founders Workbench is a resource to help ease the process of building a business.
SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative - Is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides these executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within urban communities.
Udacity.com Free Course - How to Build a Startup Growth
SBA Business Plan Tool
Start-Up Nation - everything you need to build a business
Business Owners Toolkit
Cleverism Article - How to Write a Good Business Plan
Getting Ready to Pitch to Investors - When ready to present to prospective investors, please carefully review "The Do’s and Don’ts of Convincing Investors to Bet on Your Technology."
Centers for Small Business Development
The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers’ network is committed to guiding established small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to create and expand their business enterprises which will, in turn, result in sustainable growth, job creation and statewide economic development and prosperity. Free or low-cost consulting is available via their website.
Rutgers Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development
New Jersey Small Business Development Centers
New Jersey Business Portal
The NJ Business Portal is a "one-stop shop" for doing business in New Jersey - whether poised to start, grow or relocate a business. Economic growth is a top priority in the Garden State, and the NJ Business Portal aims to reduce the red tape to make it easier to get the information, guidance and resources needed to move forward and achieve success.
New Jersey Incubators
An incubator is an enterprise that is set up to provide office space, equipment, and sometimes mentoring assistance and capital to new businesses that are just getting started. The services provided at each of the following incubators varies. In addition to checking the websites below, please contact the incubator directly for additional information.
Rutgers Camden Technology Campus
Rutgers EcoComplex (Environmental Incubator)
Rutgers Food Innovation Center
The Technology Centre of New Jersey
New Jersey Business Incubation Network
CCIT Life Science Incubator
New Jersey SCORE Chapters
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Because SCORE's work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and thanks to a network of 11,000+ volunteers, they are able to deliver services at no charge or at very low cost.
BioNJ is the "Gateway to Health," a powerful network of 400 Members representing research-based life sciences companies and other contributors to a vibrant ecosystem. As the industry’s voice in New Jersey, BioNJ's mission is to help companies help patients by driving capital formation and fostering entrepreneurship, advocating for public policies that advance medical innovation, providing access to talent and education and offering a cost-saving array of critical commercial resources.
BioNJ Funding Opportunities and Resources
Institute for Life Science Entrepreneurship
Others in the NJ Ecosystem
New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network (NJEN)
Einstein’s Alley (EA)
Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE)
New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA)
National Association of Women Business Owners - Central Jersey (NAWBO-CJ)
New Jersey Entrepreneurship Forum (NJEF)
Entrepreneurship University Programs (Entre Unvi)
Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship (RIE)
New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC)
tTAp Life Science Accelorator
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