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Rockridge Venture Law will be taking the (virtual) stage at Startup Week Chattanooga (October 19-23) this year with three attorney presentations. Powered by Co. Lab, Startup Week is a celebration of Chattanooga’s entrepreneurial community. This multi-day experience will feature a number of community-led events that highlight Chattanooga’s growing startup scene and seek to inspire entrepreneurial thinking.

Entrepreneurship is baked into the ethos of Rockridge. Our firm is led by entrepreneur-attorneys, and we maintain a mission to support and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. Join us at Startup Week to see some of the amazing founders, investors, and community supporters who represent Tennessee’s innovative spirit.

Stop by to see Rockridge presentations on the following topics:


  • Shayn Fernandez, Anatomy of a Term Sheet

Video Recording: Anatomy of a Term Sheet

The initial round of investment is often called a seed round. Depending on the stage of the company and the amount of capital raised, the investment may be structured in a variety of ways and investors may range from friends and family to large institutional investors. The terms of the investment are often proposed in a short and non-binding document called a “Term Sheet”. For many, the concepts in the Term Sheet are new or misunderstood but can have a lasting impact on the business.

Join Shayn Fernandez, lead corporate attorney at Rockridge Venture Law, in demystifying the Term Sheet.


  • Shayn Fernandez, Overview of SBA Programs

Video Recording: Overview of SBA Programs

The Federal Government pays trillions of dollars each year to private companies under contracts for the very same goods and services offered to consumers and private entities. The Government also funds the research and development of innovation solutions for commercialization through grants in amounts as high as $1M. Many of these contracts, grants, and opportunities are specifically set-aside for small, women-owned, veteran-owned, and minority-owned businesses by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Join Shayn Fernandez, lead corporate and government contract attorney at Rockridge Venture Law, to learn about the variety of ways to do business with the Federal Government.


  • Lauren Hughes, Dominating the Market: IP Strategy

Video Recording: AVAILABLE SOON

When a business is creating a brand, it should protect it early on through trademark registration. Essentially, by registering your name, logo, or other trademark with a state, federal or international trademark registry, you can protect the goodwill of your business from those who would take that brand for themselves—whether that taking by innocent or intentional. But how can a business use a registered trademark to its benefit?

In this workshop, Lauren Hughes will explore how startups can wield the power of trademarks to eliminate the competition. In short, we’re planning for total market domination.


About Rockridge Venture Law®

RVL® was launched in 2017 to become the preeminent intellectual property and technology firm across the Appalachian Innovation Corridor. We now have offices in Chattanooga, Durham, Jackson and Nashville, and represent clients and interests globally. Our services include all aspects of intellectual property, litigation, M&A, privacy, technology transactions, and ventures.

In 2018 and 2019, we were recognized as B Corp Best for the World for our commitment to triple bottom line business practices. Our pioneering environmental and social impact programs attract top-notch legal talent and assure our clients of missional alignment with their corporate values.

Rockridge uniquely addresses two modern profit drivers: innovation (uptake and development), and corporate social responsibility. We’re Building Today’s Company for Tomorrow’s Economy® by leading clients through the dizzying array of information controls, by helping them to develop and monetize proprietary assets, and by enabling their impactful products, programs, and principles.

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