• Kayon Accelerator @ Amherst Works (map)
  • 11 Amity Street
  • Amherst, MA, 01002
  • United States


This event is free to the public. Space is limited, so please click here to register for the event.


The Kayon Accelerator is pleased to be hosting an engaging discussion with two leaders in the Start-up and Innovation world.  Please join us as and our guests David Kantaros (partner at Foley Hoag) and Michael Gawley (partner at Eisner Amper) as we explore emerging and start-up company legal structure, intellectual property, financing options, and other relevant topics.  

When does a founder grant equity to an employee?  Do venture capital firms offer the best source for early stage funding?  What are my other options? These questions and others will be covered in a wide ranging discussion sure to either inspire you or to convince you to stay at your current day job. 


David W. Kantaros is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he is co-chair of the firm’s Technology Industry Team and a member of the Private Equity & Venture Capital and Transactional & Securities Practices, as well as the Energy and Manufacturing Industry Teams. He represents private equity funds as well as publicly and privately held corporations in the emerging technology and life science industries.  Mr. Kantaros has extensive experience counseling high-tech, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies including advising on all aspects of financings as well as structuring and negotiating technology license agreements. Mr. Kantaros graduated from Brown University (B.A., 1988) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1994).

Michael Gawley is a partner at Eisner Amper in New York City.  Michael Gawley is an Audit Partner with more than 15 years of experience in providing accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services for clients in a range of industries. He is a leader in the firm’s Employee Benefits and Cleantech Groups and is a member of the Technology Group. Michael also provides technical support to the Private Business Services Group.

Michael has diverse experience with both public and private clients. His experience with public clients includes the clean technology, spirits and biotechnology fields; his private company experience includes audit, business advisory and tax services for closely held middle-market entrepreneurial companies in industries such as alternative energy, technology, medical practices, medical devices, and cancer research. His expertise includes SEC filings and initial public offerings. Michael provides mentoring to several start-up entities in the New York City area, in connection with NYU’s Stern School of Business.