Startup Breakfast Club: Legals 101 for Startups

Ministry of Awesome's Startup Breakfast Club is your monthly morning caffeine hit where you’ll find valuable social networks, gain business insight, and find the critical support to power your venture forward. 

If you’re launching a startup, developing a new product, considering hiring your very first employees, grappling with trademarks, or engaging with potential funders - you absolutely need to ensure you are setting firm foundations for your growing venture.  

Come along to the next Ministry of Awesome Breakfast Club for a quick 101 overview of NZ business law as it pertains to a startup founder. 

You’ll walk away knowing what you should look for in your first legal advisor, what questions to put to them in your first meeting, what your legal obligations are as an employer, and how to manage IP, trademarks or shareholder agreements depending on your business idea, product or service.

We'll be joined by:

  • Amanda Douglas
  • Steven Moe 
  • Jason Rogers

There’ll be free flowing coffee and breakfast as usual, so secure your spot by registering for this FREE event today!

You won't want to miss this great opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and to learn from industry veterans who have been through the start-up and can help you along your journey. Startup Breakfast Club is ALWAYS sold out in advance so register early to make sure you don’t miss out. Register by Tuesday 26th of March. 


Amanda Douglas 

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Amanda leads the Employment and Health and Safety practice at Wynn Williams. She acts for employers and employees on a variety of Employment Law matters, with a particular focus in the dispute resolution area. This includes disciplinary steps, claims through the ERA and Employment Court, negotiations and mediation. Amanda also provides advice on employment agreements and organisational restructuring including for start ups. She has a good ability to obtain a pragmatic negotiated outcome to many disputes. Where resolution is not possible, she presents a well- considered case to the ERA or Court. Amanda also advises on health and safety matters, and regularly presents on employment and health and safety matters.


Steven Moe

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Steven Moe is a lawyer with nearly 20 years experience advising companies, tech start-ups, social enterprises and others.  He brings a wealth of varied experience having practised as a lawyer for 11 years in Tokyo, London and Sydney. He is a Senior Associate at Parry Field Lawyers and host of Canterbury focused seeds podcast which has almost 100 interviews with entrepreneurs and many locals doing good in various ways.  Returning to New Zealand 3 years ago he looks to discover legal solutions for businesses with a focus on start-ups and empowering those doing good where he has particular expertise published the book “Social Enterprises in NZ: A Legal Handbook". 


Jason Rogers

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Jason is a partner for James & Wells' Patent Team. His focus is on high-end intellectual property strategies for patent, design and copyright rights. He specialises in patent drafting and prosecution, intellectual property due diligence, intellectual property infringement advice, and intellectual property commercialisation. Jason's background gives him an understanding of his client's technology and how it can be captured, protected and exploited to realise the true value of a client's business. He has co-invented two inventions relating to nutritionally balanced food and beverage products, which have been granted four patents in New Zealand and Australia. Outside of the office Jason loves the outdoors. He enjoys jet skiing, fishing, golfing and hiking.