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Entrepreneurship Essentials (E2): Managing Disputes Among Cofounders

It’s one of the most common entrepreneurial dilemmas — how to deal with co-founder conflict. If you’re a founder, chances are you’re familiar with these types of dilemmas, or rather, it’s just a matter of time until you experience one. While one might assume that two heads are better than one — the more resources, more human capital, more access to financial capital, and bigger networks — the more friction that occurs. So, knowing how to engage in conflict is essential to surviving and thriving as a startup.

Join the Polsky Center, in partnership with MUFG Union Bank, on April 21 for a presentation that will give you foundational tips on how to embrace, prepare for, and manage conflict within co-founder relationships, namely:

  1. Get to know conflict; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
  2. Embrace conflict; fighting fair.
  3. Too much conflict; establish boundaries and more.


// Myra Castañeda, cofounder of Amity Chicago, has first-hand experience with the ups and downs and specific challenges of the startup world. Her company has counseled multiple businesses, as well as startup accelerators and incubators such as 1871, Techstars, WiSTEM, and The Food Foundry. We’ve seen the deep and lasting effects of relationship skills and self-care – or lack thereof – on the success or failure of businesses, and we are personally invested in improving the startup community in general, one company at a time. As licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, we have expertise and experience in individual and relational therapy, a specialty within clinical psychology. We have both undergone years of rigorous training and education in our field at a top university, spent over 3000+ hours with clients, and passed a challenging licensing exam to prove our mettle. We bring therapeutic expertise and evidence-based practices borne out of scientific research to you and your business in a way that is unique in the coaching world.Given our wealth of varied experiences and training, we bring a bit of everything into our work. We are therapists, coaches, consultants…basically, we wear many hats.

Thank you to MUFG Union Bank, N.A., for support of programming to reach small business owners. For more information, please visit: MUFG Union Bank.

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