This Week: April 20 – 26, 2014

Friends,

Please enjoy Patriots’ Day tomorrow and for those running the marathon, good luck!

This Thursday, while you meet with visiting organizations and investors to find resources to grow your startup and connect with members of the entrepreneurial community, please remember to pay it forward in the process.

Until then!

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

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

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Investors Collaborative

Investors Collaborative (iC) provides venture capital to select early stage companies in a wide range of industry sectors including software, IT, biotechnology, clean technology, healthcare, energy, communications, hardware, and professional services. They seek to help individuals developing innovative technologies build world class companies. Click here for 15 minutes with iC.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Joe Caruso

For the last 20 years Joe Caruso has served has been an “Advocate for entrepreneurs” as a mentor, coach, and personal advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurs. In recent years, he has served an investor, advisor and active director with dozens of companies, public and private. He also maintains an active consulting practice dealing with structuring and negotiation of acquisitions, strategic partnerships and financings, and issues related to dispute resolution. Sign up for office hours with Joe here.

3:00 – 7:30 P.M. | Info Table: Cleantech Open Northeast

Meet Cleantech Open Northeast staff and learn how this cleantech-specific accelerator program can help your startup gain access to mentorship, money, and an instant network of supporters. Applications are due May 1st – please visit their table in the Café to ask questions about the accelerator and discover how to maximize your chances of acceptance.

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours: George Mabry

George Mabry is an active consultant, mentor and angel investor in the Harvard, MIT, and Boston entrepreneurial communities. With degrees in computer science and business, George co-founded a biotech market research company that was acquired by a global biopharmaceutical service provider in 2008. If you are seeking feedback on your business concept, come prepared with high-level materials to explain your idea, including information on the market, team, and how you are addressing the problem/opportunity. Sign up for office hours with George here.

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Info Table: U.S. Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) is dedicated to helping U.S.-based companies increase market opportunities in international markets.  The ITA has the opportunity to create new platforms that specifically assist tech startup companies to tap into the market potential of foreign economies.  Their goal is an exchange of information and ideas that will enable the ITA to add value to the U.S. startup ecosystem. They’re here to share information about the many resources and services that are currently available to U.S. startup firms and to learn about the challenges and barriers that are specific to tech startups marketing their products and services abroad. Stop by their table in the Café to chat and make valuable connections to grow your startup.

6:00 – 7:30 P.M. | Youth CITIES Networking

Youth CITIES (Creating Impact Through Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability) is a nonprofit that teaches the entrepreneurial mindset to middle and high school students. Their flagship program is a 10-week Saturday crash course on how to start a venture, where entrepreneurial and community leaders share their personal experiences and teach the students how to recognize and create opportunities. One critical skill for the students is learning how to tell their story in a networking environment. Join a bunch of teens, coming from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, as they dive into a real networking experience and apply what they’ve learned about connecting with people and presenting their business ideas. Pay it forward by helping these aspiring young entrepreneurs feel welcome, contribute to their experience, and vote for the teen who best presents their idea at Youth CITIES’ table in the Café.

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