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Growing and Protecting Your Business Model

Monday, May 9 2011 3:00PM to 5:30PM

Ted Claypoole, Dan Friel, Fred Wagner
Bechtler Museum 420 South Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202

“Growing and Protecting Your Business Model”


Date: Monday, May 9, 2011

Location: Bechtler Museum

420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202


Time: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm


Building a business around your ideas: business models, inventions, and financing

Come hear from our expert panel:

  • Business/intellectual property attorney Ted Claypoole talk about refining and protecting your business model


  • Inventor/entrepreneur Fred Wagner discuss the nuts and bolts of building around creativity


  • Economist/venture expert Dan Friel analyze options to fund your idea-driven company




Ted Claypoole, Womble Carlyle

As a senior member of Womble Carlyle’s Intellectual Property Group, Ted negotiates and prepares technology agreements, and advises clients on complex intellectual property development and licensing programs. Ted builds strategic technology and marketing alliances, and consults on information security, privacy, and consumer data treatment. His work for current firm clients includes major financial institutions, manufacturers and distributors, hardware and microchip manufacturers, software companies, governments and government contractors. Ted has served as in-house technology counsel for Bank of America and CompuServe, Inc. He is on the Advisory Board for UNC-Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics and serves as co-chair for the Cyberspace Privacy and Data Security sub-committee for the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Daniel Friel

Mr. Friel has more than 20 years experience in the financial services sector with a strong focus on business development, strategic investments, alliance management. For the past decade, Mr. Friel has developed a passion for working with early stage technology companies. Mr. Friel has served as a founder, director, and/or advisor to several companies, including 6fusion, The Targeted Group, Moneta Corporation, Net Direct Systems, CapitalStream, and InQuira. Mr. Friel founded Bank of America’s Strategic Alliances and Investments group charged with identifying emerging technologies and enabling business unit adoption. As President of Banc of America Technology Investments, Inc. and Banc of America Ecommerce Holdings, Inc., Mr. Friel managed the investment of over $125 million in more than 40 portfolio companies. Mr. Friel was SVP and Director of Financial and Economic Analysis at Bank of America, and has taught economics at North Carolina State University.

Fred Wagner, Little Idea

Fred Wagner, an inventor and innovator, launched Little Idea in 2010, an invention development and management company, to help other inventors understand the practical applications of inventions and the invention process.





3:00 pm to 3:30 pm   Registration and Networking

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm   Interactive Program



Program Cost: BIG Members free; guests $45 in advance, $55 at the door


Registration: RSVP to terry@bigcouncil.com or register below.

Directions and Parking:


Parking is $5.00, if you get your parking ticket validated.


Dress Attire: Business casual