This Week: April 13 – 19, 2014

Friends,

This Thursday, meet with visiting experts and investors to find resources to grow your startup. You can also learn about Healthbox’s Accelerator, discover how the City of Cambridge can help entrepreneurs offset the cost of attending The Capital Network’s Accelerated Education Program, chat about the future of immigration policy with fwd.us, or join MassVentures’ Jennifer Jordan to learn how to construct a compelling and concise opening statement that grabs your listeners’ attention and gets them focused with you.

And, like every other Thursday, connect with members of the entrepreneurial community and pay it forward in the process.

Until then!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café in Session

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

Mark Allio is Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center’s (MSBDC) Boston office and its Minority Business Center. MSBDC is part of a national public business assistance program representing a three-way partnership between the Small Business Administration, Massachusetts Office of Business and Technology, and UMass Boston. The Center provides free one-on-one business advisory services to entrepreneurs and business owners, entrepreneurial training workshops, and special assistance in gaining access to capital.

A former two-time entrepreneur, non-profit administrator, and strategy consultant, Mark regularly meets entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds, providing them with ongoing practical perspective to help them realize the American Dream. More than 2,500 entrepreneurs have attended his workshops on a variety of topics of entrepreneurial interest. Sign up here for 15 minutes with Mark.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Stephen Davis

Meet with Stephen Davis, a business growth strategist who has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs for over 20 years.  He is Founder of CXO Advisory Group, a company that works with businesses, entrepreneurs and service providers to accelerate revenue growth. Steve helps you strategize to build a profitable, efficient business capable of growing to scale. Reserve 30 minutes with Stephen here.

3:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Info Table: Healthbox Boston

Healthbox launched its first accelerator program in Boston in August 2012 to help entrepreneurs navigate the healthcare industry’s complexity and grow sustainable businesses. Healthbox has become a driving force of lasting change for the healthcare industry, working with leading healthcare organizations that recognize the need for innovation coming from both inside and outside established institutions. Applications for the Boston 2014 accelerator program are currently open and Healthbox staff will be on hand to answer questions about the program and healthcare innovation. Stop by their table to learn more about their program and get more tips to compose a strong application.

4:30 – 6:30 P.M. |Info Table: Cambridge Entrepreneurship Assistance Program

Are you a Cambridge entrepreneur or startup owner thinking about venture capital or angel funding to grow your business? If your answer is yes, then visit their table in the Café to learn about the Cambridge Entrepreneurship Assistance Program (CEAP). CEAP will provide five (5) eligible Cambridge early-stage entrepreneurs in the clean energy, high-tech, and life sciences clusters with the opportunity to participate in The Capital Network’s Accelerated Education Program.

Program applications will be taken on a rolling basis until the deadline of May 16, 2014. Stop by their table to chat and learn about the eligibility requirements for their program.

5:00 – 6:30 P.M. | Info Table: TiECON East 2014: Breaking Boundaries

TiECON East is the largest startup conference on the East Coast which brings together established and early stage startups from Technology, Life Sciences, Education, and Cleantech under one roof. The conference occurs on May 29 – 30, 2014 at the Cambridge Marriott located in the heart of Kendall Square.

5:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Info Table: FWD.us

FWD.us is an organization started by key leaders in the tech community to promote policies to keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy—including comprehensive immigration reform and education reform. Stop by to chat if you are interested in the future of tech, politics, policy, or immigration reform.

6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | In a Nutshell with MassVentures’ Jennifer Jordan

Does your business plan or your executive summary read like War and Peace? Pitching investors requires that you communicate your points quickly and effectively. Your narrative needs to be concise, compelling, and cogent. The beginning of that story is also important, you need to introduce your start-up, the problem that you’re solving, and garner your audience’s attention quickly with one or two lines, but how do you do that? Join other attendees and Jennifer Jordan in an intimate workshop session to brainstorm, construct, refine, and practice your opening statement.

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