How to Incorporate Your Startup

Acquire a better understanding of the benefits of incorporation and the steps you need to take to incorporate your company

Thursday, February 24, 2022
8:00pm to 9:30pm ET
Online. No travel needed.

Course Description:

It is much wiser to incorporate your startup early and do it the right way, in order to avoid costly mistakes in the future. Incorporating is a daunting task for first-time founders and it is something founders often delay since its benefits are not immediately apparent. Creating a legal entity allows founders to lay the corporate foundations for the startup to thrive.

This course will walk you through the process of creating your company and what documents you have to prepare. By the end of the course, you will acquire a better understanding of the benefits of incorporation and the steps you need to take to incorporate your company.

Course Description

What this course covers:
  • What is the best legal entity for a startup?
  • Where to incorporate?
  • The process of incorporation
  • Documents to prepare for incorporation
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Action of Incorporator
    • The Bylaws
    • Board Consent
    • Stock Purchase Agreements
    • Notice of Stock Issuance
    • Confidential Information and Inventions Assignment Agreement (CIIAA) for each of the founders
    • 83(b) Election and Instructions

Who is this course for?

  • Researchers, students, and faculty wanting to create startups around their research
  • New startup founders
  • University TTOs and commercialization officers that assist researchers to form startups


Tony Stanco, JD, LLM

Tony Stanco, Esq. is the founder and executive director of the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer and co-founder of National Angels USA. Previously he was the director of the Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer and Commercialization (CET2C) of The George Washington University. Mr. Stanco was a senior attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission. He also has worked on innovation policy, including start-up creation and funding by angel investors and VCs. At School of Engineering and Applied Science at The George Washington University, Mr. Stanco worked with universities and governments around the world on innovation policy, startup finance policy, software policy, Open Source, cyber-security, and e-Government issues. Mr. Stanco has appeared before the US Congress, various US defense and civilian agencies, the World Bank, the European Commission, United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank, and Organization of American States. Mr. Stanco teaches the Lab to IPO course dealing with start-up formation and funding. He has an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center in securities regulation and is licensed as a lawyer in New York state.

Course Registration

Enrollment Fees:
  • $149/person
  • This course is a 90-minute lecture with Q&A
  • Includes a comprehensive checklist of requirements to incorporate your company

Payment Policy:

  • All registrations must be made online and by credit card. We do not accept Purchase Orders or checks.
  • Payment for all registrations must be made by institutional or personal credit card and paid in full prior to the Virtual Conference.
  • Receipts of registration will be sent to you via email upon completion of registration.

Refunds and Cancellations:

  • Cancellations and Refunds: Notification of cancellation must be submitted in writing to Cancellations received more than 48 hours in advance will be subject to a $25 cancellation charge. No refunds will be given within 48 hours of the event.
  • Substitutions are allowed at any time but must be submitted in writing to within 48 hours in advance.


  • Fees change without notice. We exercise dynamic pricing which can change daily. Actual pricing is established each day at the point of registration. All prices are quoted as information only and we reserve the right to change them without notice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What background knowledge is necessary?

No specific background is required. This course is ideal for researchers, entrepreneurs, and university personnel engaging in creating startups.

Do you have discounts for startups/universities enrolling more than 1 person?

Contact to discuss discounts for multiple attendees.

I may not be available for the day of the course will a recording be available?

Yes, the recording will be made available and it will be posted after each lecture.

How can I access the online class?

This course is online. You need a computer with web access for the visual/audio. You may also dial-in using the audio-only telephone number. The call in details and instructions on how to join the course will be sent to you via email before the course. Once registered to the course you will receive a reminder email 24 hours before the start of the webinar with instructions on how to join.

Is there a fee if I wish to engage with NCET2 for additional help in building my startup?

If you wish to engage with us for assistance beyond the course, please email us at and we can discuss with you services to help you develop your company.

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