Startups and Innovators

The Startups & Innovators team at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll focuses on representing startups and entrepreneurs. We provide practical, timely, and cost-effective legal advice, so our clients can focus on launching their business.

We take an interdisciplinary approach to solving our client’s problems. The Startups & Innovators team includes attorneys with corporate, tax, securities, intellectual property, and employment law expertise. We regularly work with companies at all stages of development and in a wide range of industries, including agriculture, biotechnology, electronics, information technology, and software. Our unique approach allows us to leverage our collective expertise to answer your most pressing questions.

How do I form my business?

After forming your idea, the next step is to legally form and organize your company. Whether you want to form a limited liability company, corporation, or other business association, the Startups & Innovators team will provide direct and relevant guidance so that you may organize your company in a strategic, effective, and tax-efficient manner. We understand that the entity selection process is the foundation from which your company will operate and expand.

How do I fund my business?

From its initial organization to operations and expansion, your business will require funds. Whether you are interested in equity funding or debt financing through financial institutions, venture funds, or angel investors, the Startups & Innovators team will provide clear and precise guidance to help your business obtain necessary funding. We have in-depth experience in counseling clients of all sizes in all types of funding sources, including equity, debt, and alternative financing, including government loans, grants, and tax credits. Our goal is to competitively position you within your market and keep you operating as efficiently as possible.

How do I protect my idea?

You have invested time, energy, and creativity into nurturing your idea to fruition. Your investment should be well protected. The Startups & Innovators team will help identify your intellectual property and develop a plan to safeguard and protect it so your business can succeed. We will use our expertise in patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and contracts to help secure your intellectual property with the goal of increasing your startup’s value.

How do I build my team?

After you have solidified your idea, protected your interests, and formed your organization, you will need people to help your organization grow. The Startups & Innovators team will help identify key risk issues in the growth of your business. Whether it includes employees or independent contractors, the growth of your team is our shared goal. We understand the risks and rewards of growth and are ready to help.

Download the Startups and Innovators Brochure

Sub-Practice Groups

Attorneys Who Specialize in Working with Startups and Innovators

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Jared S. Adam (319) 731-2310
Brian D. Bergstrom (319) 731-2236
William J. Daly (Chair) (319) 731-2224
Laurie L. Dawley (319) 731-2371
Dean R. Einck (319) 365-9461
Mark P. A. Hudson (319) 731-2230
Tim Klima (319) 731-2343
Jonathan C. Landon (319) 365-9461
Brett D. Papendick (319) 731-2365
Elizabeth L. Souer (319) 365-9461
Jason R. Sytsma (Chair) (319) 365-9461
Sarah C. Thielen (319) 365-9461

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