Thursday, November 14 at 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET


This webinar covers why stock options are so important for venture-backable startups and how to use them to build your team so you can receive funding. A common dilemma facing startups is that they hear investors invest in teams, but how are they supposed to build a team without venture funding? An apparent Catch-22. The venture industry's answer is to use stock options. Stock options allow you to put the team together and start working so that investors have a team to invest in.


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



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Stock Options


stancoTony Stanco, JD, LL.M.
Executive Director, NCET2
Former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Senior Attorney



 Tony Stanco, Esq. is the founder and executive director of the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer and co-founder of National Angels USA. He works with researchers and universities to create and fund start-ups. Mr. Stanco was a senior attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Previously he was the director of the Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer and Commercialization (CET2C) of The George Washington University. 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. He has an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center in securities regulation and is licensed as a lawyer in New York state.


About NCET2:

Since 2016 we have been working with our Fortune 500 Corporate Members to discover market-aligned startups for their corporate business units. In 2018, we expanded our corporate membership program to include development (of startups that are too early for corporates) and funding (through our angel group, The National Angels). We created these programs under the Corporate-Startup Development Program in response to our corporate membership in support of their startup scouting and development activities.

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