This Week: October 19-25, 2014

Visit us Thursday to develop your patent strategy and to attend the first meetup of Managing an E-Commerce Business (MEB 1.0).  Also, choose from 6 different advisors during office hours, learn about the Boston Data Festival, and embrace serendipity as you make new connections in the Café.

Hope to see you Thursday,
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Location in italics.

Feature Events

4:30 – 6:00 P.M. | Develop a Killer Patent Strategy to Achieve Your End-Game
Havana Conference Room

Do you have an end-game in mind for your business?  Your patent strategy helps you get there – and your end-game informs your strategy.  Learn from Lisa Adams a member  of Mintz Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC and a leading patent strategist, who has represented the likes of General Electric and Johnson & Johnson, on how to shape your portfolio to make the most of launching a product, selling your company, or licensing your patented technology.  Potential investors, acquirers and partners know the critical value of patents and are impressed by smart strategies which protect and leverage portfolios.  You will not be bored by the basics, but learn through real life examples, walk away with implementable ideas, and be positioned to begin thinking strategically about your IP portfolio.

6:00 – 7:45 P.M. | Managing an E-Commerce Business
Havana Conference Room

Join the founders of Boston’s top e-commerce companies in the first Managing an E-Commerce Business meetup series (MEB 1.0).  This event will bring together entrepreneurs from the apparel, food, technology and consumer product goods industries to discuss the trials and tribulations they’ve experienced in starting and growing their e-commerce businesses.

Info Table

5:00 – 7:45 P.M. | Boston Data Festival
Café Table

Boston Data Festival runs Nov. 3 – 9 and brings together the meetup community, entrepreneurs, VCs and others to highlight its data-centric scene.  Stop by their info table in the Café to learn about the events occurring throughout the week.

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Mark Allio – Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
Café Table

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.

Reserve 15 minutes with Mark here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | David Fogel – Beacon & Mass Medical Angels
Café Table

Chat with David Fogel, Managing Director at Swifton CFOs LLC and a member of both Mass Medical Angels and Beacon Angels.  Come learn about financial challenges faced by emerging businesses.  Swifton provides emerging businesses with strategic financial leadership (“outsourced CFOs”).  David’s expertise lies in constructing a reliable financial framework to attract investors.

Reserve 30 minutes with David here.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Joe Caruso – Bantam Group
Veracruz Conference Room

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.

Reserve time with Joe here.

3:00 - 6:00 P.M. | Mimi Evans – Fast Turtle Ventures
Café Table

Meet with Mimi Evans, formerly a technology executive and CEO/Founder of salesquest.com which was acquired by OneSource Information Services.  She is currently an Angel Investor and Advisor to early-stage start-ups.  If you want to grow your business organically or get the attention of investors, her focus is around business development, securing early customers and monetization.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack – SCORE Mentors 
Acapulco Conference Room

Marty Sack has mentored more than 200 start-ups over the last two years as a volunteer for SCORE.  He brings with him the mentoring resources of more than forty additional successful executives, CPAs, small business owners, and other experts in diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free mentoring services.

Marty is the now retired co-founder of LunchDates Dating Service. He also founded and led a national job publication for 26 years, and he was the executive director of a Cambridge based non-profit for 18 years.

Reserve 30 minutes with Marty here.

4:00 - 6:00 P.M. | George Mabry – CommonAngels Ventures
Huatulco Conference Room

George 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.

Reserve 30 minutes with George here.

This Week: October 12-18, 2014

Friends,

Gather at the Café in Cambridge on Thursday for a career engineering seminar and office hours with visiting advisors.

This Wednesday at District Hall, learn about international partnership opportunities during Japan, NTT and Boston – Partnering for Innovation.  Hear reflections on successful partnerships from CEOs of both Kinvey and SixApart and gain insights from NTT executives during the panel discussion and subsequent Q&A.  Learn more and register here.

If you’re interested in sponsorship options for Venture Café, please email Kevin@vencaf.org to discuss event and annual sponsor options.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

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

Feature Event

5:30 – 7:45 P.M. | Career Engineering 101
Havana Conference Room

Do you wish you could find a career that you are truly passionate about?
Do you doubt you are “good enough” to make your dream career happen?
Are you tired of the self-doubt, self-consciousness, anxiety, lack of confidence, and self-sabotage?

This interactive seminar dares you to step outside of your current mindset to see yourself and your passions from a new and exciting perspective.  You will learn the tools to cultivate a mindset that works for you, not against you.  Using principles of neuroscience, positive psychology, and life coaching, this seminar challenges you to find a “you” that you can believe in whole-heartedly, and shows you how to confidently pursue the career that is right for you.

Featured Speaker
Dr. Samantha Sutton of Samantha Sutton Ph.D. Life Solutions is a life coach who holds a Ph.D. in science and engineering from MIT.  With her unique combination of science and coaching, she has created a ‘life engineering’ methodology to teach you how to achieve a career you love, build great relationships, master your time, and overcome negative emotions like anxiety and anger that have you paralyzed.  Samantha has coached thousands of individuals at top-tier academic institutions, and she has been featured on USA Today, the Huffington Post and many others.

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Bill Larrenaga
Café Table

Bill is a senior financial executive and retired Partner of KPMG LLP.  He has extensive experience working with senior management and Board of Directors in high tech, manufacturing and retail and distribution industries.  He has led client service teams in providing risk based, process driven internal audits that provided value and has served as resource partner for Sarbanes-Oxley Assistance Services.  He can help you organize your financial operations and business plans.  Please bring your business plan, organization chart, information about your market, and any other pertinent information.

Reserve 30 minutes with Bill here.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Joe Caruso
Veracruz Conference Room

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.

Reserve time with Joe here.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Steve Davis
Huatulco Conference Room

Meet with Steve 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 Steve here.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Jerry Blakeley
Acapulco Conference Room

Jerry is a serial entrepreneur who sold his last company in 2007.  Since then, he has worked as a Counselor for SCORE, providing free mentoring services to startups and in-business clients wanting to grow their businesses.  He can help with validation of new business ideas, business roadmaps, and marketing plans.  His experience includes sourcing test and measurement products in Asia and distribution in the USA and overseas and he has setup offices in Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong where he travelled widely and often.

Reserve 20 minutes with Jerry here.

This Week: October 5-11, 2014

Friends,

Join us Thursday for Youth CITIES Mini-Hack, a workshop on Essential Business Tools, and office hours with visiting experts.

Meanwhile, at District Hall:

Innovation and the City occurs Tuesday and Wednesday.  Attend to learn how cities globally are reshaping their economies around innovation and entrepreneurship.  Connect with the practitioners, policymakers and scholars that are leading the way.  Keynote addresses are free and open to the public, but registration is required for admission.

Learn about international partnership opportunities during Japan, NTT and Boston – Partnering for Innovation on October 15, 5:30 P.M.  Hear reflections on successful partnerships from CEOs of both Kinvey and SixApart and gain insights from NTT executives during the panel discussion and subsequent Q&A.  Learn more and register here.

If you’re interested in sponsorship options for Venture Café, please email Kevin@vencaf.org to discuss event and annual sponsor options.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

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

Feature Events

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Youth CITIES Mini-Hack
Havana Conference Room

Monthly Mini-Hacks, organized by CIC, Youth CITIES, and Belmont High School teacher Josh Goldfine, aim to build solutions to local community issues.  Each session addresses one topic by employing a range of decision making and problem solving styles.  After a collaborative discussion, each participant will share an elevator pitch version of what is believed to be the best solution.  Mini-Hacks are open to middle or high school teens, college students, entrepreneurs, educators, and other professionals.  

Please RSVP here.

6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Essential Business Tools
Havana Conference Room

There are countless tools available to small businesses, including email marketing, project management, and social media marketing, to name a few.  Understanding what tools are available and which are right for your business can be time consuming.  In this workshop, they’ll will discuss some valuable tools to help you accomplish your business goals more efficiently.

Office Hours

3:00 – 4:30 P.M. | Maia Heymann – CommonAngels
Café Table

Maia Heymann is Senior Managing Director at CommonAngels.  She’s worked with dozens of companies in both Palo Alto and Boston during her 20+ year career as an angel investor, venture capitalist, and tech banker.  Her portfolio of personal investments includes over 24 companies.  Currently she sits on the boards of Apperian (representing CommonAngels), Fiksu, and Wymsee.

Schedule 30 minutes with Maia here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Ed Friedman & Len Hafetz – Investors Collaborative
Acapulco Conference Room

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.

Reserve 15 minutes with iC here.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Joe Caruso – Bantam Group
Veracruz Conference Room

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.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack – SCORE Mentors
Café Table

Marty Sack has mentored more than 200 start-ups over the last two years as a volunteer for SCORE.  He brings with him the mentoring resources of more than forty additional successful executives, CPAs, small business owners, and other experts in diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free mentoring services.  Marty is the now retired co-founder of LunchDates Dating Service.  He also founded and led a national job publication for 26 years, and he was the executive director of a Cambridge based non-profit for 18 years.  

Reserve 30 minutes with Marty here.

4:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Doing Business in Europe: What You Need to Know about EU Law
Café Table

Two attorneys of Dutch law firm Brantjes from Amsterdam discuss various aspects of EU law that may apply to expanding your business into Europe.

Learn about incorporating a subsidiary, labor laws, protection of intellectual property, and the latest changes in data protection and privacy laws.

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | MassCEC Catalyst Program Awards & InnovateMass
Café Table

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in partnership with the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, invites you to apply for MassCEC Catalyst Program Awards.  The Program stimulates the commercialization of clean energy technologies developed in Massachusetts by awarding up to $40,000 to help entrepreneurs to demonstrate the feasibility of clean energy technologies.  Applications are due November 3 and more information on the awards available here.

Also, InnovateMass a competitive program that provides awards to applicant teams that offer the most innovative, effective and impactful clean energy solutions to tough energy and environmental problems here in the Commonwealth.  InnovateMass program funding helps companies and their technologies move closer to commercialization, signaling to the marketplace that the technology is approaching readiness for manufacturing and sales.

This Week: September 28 – October 4, 2014

Friends,

Join us Thursday in Cambridge for Founder Roundtable, a new event from Venture Café coming this Fall, and Sustainability Collaborative with special host Green Cambridge.   Also, get advice during office hours, find resources to grow your startup, and help us grow a more inclusive innovation ecosystem.

  • This Wednesday at Microsoft NERD: Venture Café and Microsoft present our 3rd Civic Tech Conversation.  This conversation will address the application of technology to enhance education systems.   Register here.
  • October 7 & 8 at District Hall: Venture Café Foundation presents its second Innovation and the City conference.  Attend to learn how cities globally are reshaping their economies around innovation and entrepreneurship.  Connect with the practitioners, policymakers and scholars that are leading the way.  Learn more here.

If you’re interested in sponsorship options for Venture Café, please email Kevin@vencaf.org to discuss event and annual sponsor options.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

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

Feature Events

6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Founder Roundtable
Havana Conference Room

Join us to meet other founders and to sign up for our Founder Roundtables launching this Fall.  Mingle with other founders and chat about experiences and challenges.  The roundtables will allow you to engage in more specific conversations and get valuable advice from others who are dealing with similar challenges.  To help arrange appropriate matches, please apply here.

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Sustainability Collaborative
Cancun Conference Room

This month, the Sustainability Collaborative welcomes Green Cambridge to host the conversation. Green Cambridge is a local nonprofit community group working to create a more sustainable city and to protect the environment for the health and safety of all. They’re dedicated to number of different initiatives which include: promoting renewable energy adoption, mandating net zero emissions buildings, promoting commercial recycling, implementing a plastic bag ban in Cambridge, increasing food waste composting, and helping to install rain barrels.

Join President Quinton Zondervan and Green Cambridge board members to share ideas, learn more about initiatives underway, and get more involved in greening Cambridge.

Questions? Contact Sierra at sflanigan@ecomotion.us.

Office Hours

3:00 – 4:30 P.M. | Maia Heymann – CommonAngels
Café Table

Maia Heymann is Senior Managing Director at CommonAngels.  She’s worked with dozens of companies in both Palo Alto and Boston during her 20+ year career as an angel investor, venture capitalist, and tech banker.  Her portfolio of personal investments includes over 24 companies.  Currently she sits on the boards of Apperian (representing CommonAngels), Fiksu, and Wymsee.

Schedule 30 minutes with Maia here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Ed Friedman & Len Hafetz – Investors Collaborative
Acapulco Conference Room

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.

Reserve 15 minutes with iC here.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Jerry Blakeley – SCORE Mentors
Cancun Conference Room

Jerry is a serial entrepreneur who sold his last company in 2007. Since then, he has worked as a Counselor for SCORE, providing free mentoring services to startups and in-business clients wanting to grow their businesses. He can help with validation of new business ideas, business roadmaps, and marketing plans. His experience includes sourcing test and measurement products in Asia and distribution in the USA and overseas and he has setup offices in Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong where he travelled widely and often.

Reserve 20 minutes with Jerry here.

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | MassCEC Catalyst Program Awards
Café Table

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in partnership with the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, invites you to apply for MassCEC Catalyst Program Awards.  The Program stimulates the commercialization of clean energy technologies developed in Massachusetts by awarding up to $40,000 to help entrepreneurs to demonstrate the feasibility of clean energy technologies.  More information on the awards available here.

Applications are due November 3. Visit their info table to learn more.

This Week: September 21 – 27, 2014

Friends,

Our feature event this Thursday at Venture Café in Cambridge is TCN UpStart Roundtable with Olivia DuFour.  We’re also pleased to host several office hours plus info tables for both FWD.us and Kauffman Foundation’s Founders School.

Plan for the following upcoming events:

  • October 1 at Microsoft NERD: Venture Café and Microsoft present our 3rd Civic Tech Conversation.  This conversation will address the application of technology to enhance education systems.   Register here.
  • October 2 at Venture Café: Join us for our kickoff informational meeting in the Havana conference room to meet other founders, share experiences and challenges, and to sign up for our Founders Roundtables launching this Fall.  During the roundtables, you can engage in more specific conversations and get valuable advice from others who’re dealing or have dealt with the same challenges.  Please apply here to help us check for an appropriate match.
  • October 7 & 8 at District Hall: Venture Café Foundation presents its second Innovation and the City conference.  Attend to learn how cities globally are reshaping their economies around innovation and entrepreneurship.  Connect with the practitioners, policymakers and scholars that are leading the way.  Learn more here.

Also, if you’re interested in sponsorship options for Venture Café, please email Kevin@vencaf.org to discuss event and annual sponsor options.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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

Feature Event

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | TCN UpStart Roundtable with Olivia DuFour
Cancun Conference Room

TCN UpStart Roundtable, a monthly gathering, brings together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs.  This free series from The Capital Network, Venture Café, and Silicon Valley Bank is a great opportunity for you to ask burning questions about starting a company and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs in a casual setting.  This Thursday, hear from Olivia DuFour, PinkKiwi.co.

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Mark Allio – MSBDC
Café Table

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.

Reserve 15 minutes with Mark here.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Joe Caruso – Bantam Group
Veracruz Conference Room

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.

3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Sissi Liu
Café Table

  • Do you have the next big idea but aren’t sure how to go about launching your business or putting together a business plan?
  • Do you have a great business plan but don’t know why you aren’t able to attract investment?
  • Do you have a product but can’t seem to get traction with customers?

Meet Sissi Liu, a cleantech startup mentor with experience in venture investing and entrepreneurship.  She has invested in and served on boards of cleantech companies as well as mentored budding entrepreneurs.  Currently, Sissi heads up business development for the North American region at Joule, which is focused on solving the energy crisis by converting waste CO2 into valuable fuels and chemicals.  Join her to chat about your business challenges and generate ideas for solutions to overcome them.

When you sign up for office hours with Sissi, please submit a one-page summary of your business, technology, market, and go-to-market strategy. Please also include bios of the leadership team.

Reserve 30 minutes with Sissi here.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack – SCORE Mentors
Café Table

Marty Sack has mentored more than 200 start-ups over the last two years as a volunteer for SCORE.  He brings with him the mentoring resources of more than forty additional successful executives, CPAs, small business owners, and other experts in diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free mentoring services.

Marty is the now retired co-founder of LunchDates Dating Service. He also founded and led a national job publication for 26 years, and he was the executive director of a Cambridge based non-profit for 18 years.

Reserve 30 minutes with Marty here.

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | George Mabry – CommonAngels
Huatulco Conference Room

George 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.

Reserve 30 minutes with George here.

Info Tables

4:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Kauffman Founders School
Café Table

The Kauffman Foundation will be at Venture Café to share its free online education for entrepreneurs “Kauffman Founders School”.  Learn about this resource, ask questions, and share your most pressing founding questions.

5:00 – 7:45 P.M. | FWD.us
Café Table

FWD.us is a non-profit founded to mobilize the tech community in support of policies that keep the American Dream achievable in the 21st century, starting with comprehensive immigration reform. On Sept 30th, FWD.us is launching its Boston Chapter which will bring together passionate, talented supporters in a political accelerator format that offers FWD.us’ resources and guidance to fuel advocacy and engagement. Check out FWD.us to renew your commitment to tech-driven political reform.

This Week: September 14 – 20, 2014

Friends,

Join us for a seminar on the differences between a sweepstakes and illegal lotteries.  Also, get advice during office hours with our visiting experts and learn about supporting organizations at their info tables in the Café Thursday.

Meanwhile:

Join us for a conversation with Antonio (“Tony”) Parham, the Commonwealth’s first Government Innovation Officer (GIO), at the next TEC@FoleyHoag event at District Hall starting at 5:30 p.m. on September 17.  Learn more here.

Venture Café and Microsoft present our 3rd Civic Tech Conversation on October 1.  This conversation will address the application of technology to enhance education systems.   Register here.

Innovation and the City returns to District Hall on October 7 & 8.  Attend to learn how cities globally are reshaping their economies around innovation and entrepreneurship.  Connect with the practitioners, policymakers and scholars that are leading the way. Discover more here.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

3:00 – 8:00 | Venture Café In Session

Feature Event

4:00 – 6:00 | Playing a Game of Chance: Understanding the Differences Between Sweepstakes, Contests, and Illegal Lotteries

Sweepstakes and contests are a great way to promote your business. However, there is a fine line between conducting legal sweepstakes or contests and conducting an illegal lottery.  In this seminar, you’ll learn about:

  • What constitutes an illegal lottery
  • Ways to structure contests / sweepstakes to comply with federal & state laws
  • State registration requirements
  • Penalties for conducting an illegal lottery

Please RSVP here.

Office Hours

3:00 – 4:30 | Maia Heymann – CommonAngels

Maia Heymann is Senior Managing Director at CommonAngels.  She’s worked with dozens of companies in both Palo Alto and Boston during her 20+ year career as an angel investor, venture capitalist, and tech banker.  Her portfolio of personal investments includes over 24 companies. Currently she sits on the boards of Apperian (representing CommonAngels), Fiksu, and Wymsee.

Schedule 30 minutes with Maia here.

3:00 – 5:00 | 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.

Reserve 15 minutes with Mark here.

3:00 – 6:00 | Joe Caruso – Bantam Group

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 – 6:00 | Steve Davis – CXO Advisory Group

Meet with Steve 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 – 6:00 | Jared Cosulich – Pivotal Labs

Jared Cosulich is the Director of the Boston office for Pivotal Labs.  He is an expert in user experience, agile software development, pair programming, and test-driven development.  He can provide advice about developing software in a more agile fashion, growing an effective engineering team, and focusing a product roadmap to test assumptions more effectively and zero in on product-market fit.

Reserve 30 minutes with Jared here.

3:30 – 5:30 | Jerry Blakeley – SCORE Mentors

Jerry is a serial entrepreneur who sold his last company in 2007. Since then, he has worked as a Counselor for SCORE, providing free mentoring services to startups and in-business clients wanting to grow their businesses.  He can help with validation of new business ideas, business roadmaps, and marketing plans.  His experience includes sourcing test and measurement products in Asia and distribution in the USA and overseas and he has setup offices in Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong where he travelled widely and often.

Reserve 20 minutes with Jerry here.

3:30 – 5:30 | Brad Curley – Boston Harbor Angels

Brad Curley is an experienced angel investor (Boston Harbor Angels), board member (Sialix), and advisor (CPA, KPMG) to early stage companies.  Get feedback while discussing fundraising alternatives and also strategies about raising seed stage, angel, and VC capital.

Sign up for his office hours here.

4:30 – 6:00 |Jennifer Jordan – MassVentures

Chat with Jennifer Jordan, Vice President of MassVentures, an early-stage venture capital fund dedicated to investing in Massachusetts high growth technology companies.  MassVentures is currently focused on Series A investments in software, data, analytics, crowdsourcing, and the intersection of healthcare and IT.  Please bring a high level pitch deck, covering at least:
a.) The problem you are addressing
b.) The size of the market
c.) The team
d.) The product offering
e.) The exit strategy

Schedule time with Jennifer here.

5:00 – 6:00 |LearnLaunch Accelerator

Chat with LearnLaunch Accelerator (formerly LearnLaunchX), Boston’s edtech accelerator program.  Their next session starts February 2015. Participant companies will receive seed funding, workspace, and intensive mentoring and collaboration from experienced professionals in the learning and education space.  Applications are open from September 15 – October 24.

Info Tables

5:30 – 7:30 | Entrepreneurship 4 All (formerly Merrimack Valley Sandbox)

Meet Lianna and Emil from Entrepreneurship 4 All (EforAll).  Discover how to get involved with their upcoming Pitch Contests & Accelerator Program.  Also, learn how they’re promoting their motto of “Entrepreneurship For All” by helping launch a diverse range of ventures including a vegan ice cream business, a device that tracks the wear of running shoes, and a non-profit that provides basic necessities to homeless youth.

5:30 – 7:45 | StartOut

StartOut is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating great business leaders by fostering Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender entrepreneurs.  Since it’s founding in 2009, StartOut has produced over 200 events with more than 15,000 participants nationwide to inspire, educate and support LGBT entrepreneurs.  Stop by their table to learn more about their organization.

April TCN UpStart Roundtable with Ken Deckinger

Originally posted by Matthew Glidden on 4/5/2014

At this April’s TCN roundtable for entrepreneurs, Ken (of JessMeetKen.com) discusses his founding experience in the worlds of on- and off-line dating, when to self-fund instead of seeking outside investment, and how his own relationship led to his current business. Joe Caruso of LaunchPad Venture Group hosted our panel.

TCN UpStart Roundtables are monthly gatherings at the Venture Cafe that bring together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. This free series with The Capital Network, Venture Cafe, and Silicon Valley Bank is a great opportunity for you to ask burning questions about starting a company and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs in a casual cafe setting.

This Week: September 7 – 13, 2014

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Friends,

Join us Thursday for office hours with our resident experts and the City of Cambridge’s Community Development Department.  Also, remember the Law of two feet as you choose between our feature events:

  • Youth CITIES & Impact Hub Boston Mini-Hack
  • Community Table by Food Sol at Babson College
  • mosaicHUB’s Essential Business Tools

At 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 15, Venture Café hosts Uruguay Innovation, a special public reception to learn about partnership opportunities in Uruguay.  Uruguayan delegation includes leading company and government officials, including the Ministry of Industry.  Reserve your ticket here.

Then, at District Hall:

Gather for a conversation with Antonio (“Tony”) Parham, the Commonwealth’s first Government Innovation Officer (GIO), at the next TEC@FoleyHoag event starting at 5:30 p.m. on September 17. Register here.

Innovation and the City returns on October 7 & 8.  Attend to learn how cities globally are reshaping their economies around innovation and entrepreneurship.   Connect with the practitioners, policymakers and scholars that are leading the way.  Learn more here. 

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

3:00 – 8:00 | Venture Café In Session
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Feature Events

4:00 – 6:00 | Youth CITIES Mini Hack
Café Kitchen

Monthly Mini-Hacks, organized by CIC, Youth CITIES, and Belmont High School teacher Josh Goldfine, aim to build solutions to local community issues.  Each session addresses one topic by employing a range of decision making and problem solving styles.  Join this month’s special joint Mini-Hack with Impact Hub Boston featuring a 2012 MassChallenge winner.  After a collaborative discussion, each participant will share an elevator pitch version of what is believed to be the best solution.  Mini-Hacks are open to middle or high school teens, college students, entrepreneurs, educators, and other professionals.  Please RSVP here.

5:30 – 6:30 | Community Table by Food Sol at Babson College
Cancun Conference Room

Community Table is a two-year-old social innovation developed by Food Sol at Babson College for accelerating relevant and actionable exchanges among food and beverage entrepreneurs.  The Table operates on the fundamental belief that all eaters have agency in the food system, and therefore the potential to support food entrepreneurs.  So if you eat food, you are welcome at this Table.

6:00 – 7:00 | mosaicHUB’s Essential Business Tools Workshop
Havana Conference Room

There are countless tools available to small businesses, including email marketing, project management, and social media marketing, to name a few.  Understanding what tools are available and which are right for your business can be time consuming.  In this workshop, they’ll will discuss some valuable tools to help you accomplish your business goals more efficiently.

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 | Investors Collaborative
Acapulco Conference Room

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.

Investor Collaborative office hours this Thursday are full, but 15 minute appointments from 3:00 – 5:00 P.M. on 9/25 are available.

3:00 – 6:00 | Joe Caruso – Bantam Group
Veracruz Conference Room

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 – 6:00 | Steve Davis – CXO Advisory Group
Huatulco Conference Room

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 – 6:00 | Marty Sack – SCORE Mentors
Café Table

Marty Sack has mentored more than 200 start-ups over the last two years as a volunteer for SCORE.   He brings with him the mentoring resources of more than forty additional successful executives, CPAs, small business owners, and other experts in diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free mentoring services.

Marty is the retired co-founder of LunchDates Dating Service. He also founded and led a national job publication for 26 years, and he was the executive director of a Cambridge based non-profit for 18 years.

Marty’s Thursday office hours are full.

4:30 – 5:30 | City of Cambridge
Café Table

The City of Cambridge is interested in supporting local residents and entrepreneurs to grow in Cambridge. This month, staff from the Economic Development Division will be in the Café talking about the city’s upcoming Career Expo and other resources available.

This Week: August 31 – September 6, 2014

Friends,

This Thursday, join us for Sustainability Collaborative and network with people familiar with Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) grants following their panel discussion about how to best utilize the equity-free program from the Federal government, one of the biggest funders of early-stage small companies.

And, like every other Thursday, seek advice during office hours, start conversations and share stories, or take casual meetings in the Café while finding resources to grow your startup.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

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

Feature Events

5:00 – 6:00 P.M. | SBIR Panel
Location: Havana Conference Room

The Federal Government is one of the biggest funders of small companies, particularly early stage companies, through their grant programs and especially through Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) grants.  Each Federal agency that spends more than $100 million on extramural research and development has to contribute 2.8% of their research budget to these awards.  So for big agencies like the NIH and DoD these budgets are substantial  – in 2010 Health and Human Services, which includes the NIH, had an SBIR budget of over $600 million while the DOD’s was approaching $1.2 billion.

For many emerging companies these funds allow the entrepreneurial founders to develop the technology to a stage at which they can demonstrate the technology and attract other funding.  And a major benefit for these entrepreneurs is that this funding is a grant – there is no equity taken and no loan to be paid back.  The process of getting an SBIR award though can be slow and there are many rules on how the money can be spent.

This workshop will review the SBIR program, the pros and cons of the funding, what you need to do before you apply, tips on improving your chances of winning, and, importantly, what you need to know and do when you get an award.  Our panel of SBIR experts will outline the program and be there to answer your questions as to how you can take advantage of this funding.

6:00 – 7:30 P.M. | Jameson and Co. - Understanding the Strings Attached to Government Funding Awards
Location: Huatulco

Federal government grants and contracts (SBIR/STTR, BARDA, BAA, APRA-E, R01, R23, U01) are a great non-dilutive way to build your business, but come with financial and regulatory strings attached. Learn how to navigate the minefield from the straight talking CPAs with the national reputation who happen to be locals.

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Sustainability Collaborative
Location: Cancun Conference Room

Venture Café Foundation has partnered with EcoMotion to bring the Sustainability Collaborative to monthly Venture Café gatherings during the first Thursday of each month. Sustainability advocates are given the chance to share and participate in a collaborative discussion around sustainability innovation in mini unConference style.

Join them to engage in meaningful discussion and connect with like minded innovators and entrepreneurs.

Questions? Contact Sierra at sflanigan@ecomotion.us.

Office Hours

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Joe Caruso
Location: Veracruz Conference Room

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.

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Tina Weber & Brett Chisholm: Let’s talk Marketing and Sales
Location: Café Table

Tina Weber and Brett Chisholm of A Starting Line will be on hand to chat marketing and sales.  Brett has deep experience with helping startups take products to market and corporate technology sales; while Tina has helped a variety of clients in industries ranging from fashion e-commerce such as Ralph Lauren, Oscar De La Renta, and Rue La La; to healthcare/pharma such as Blue Cross Blue Shield and Abbott Laboratories with marketing technologies.

Reserve 30 minutes with Tina and Brett here.

This Week: August 24 – 30, 2014

Friends,

This Thursday, join us for a special theme night focused on the food and beverage industry. Afterward, branchfood hosts an after party at Firebrand Saints.

And, like every other Thursday, start conversations and share stories while also finding resources to grow your startup.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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

Feature Events

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | TCN UpStart Roundtable with Tracey Noonan – Wicked Good Cupcakes®
TCN UpStart Roundtable, a monthly gathering, brings together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. This free series from The Capital Network, Venture Café, and Silicon Valley Bank is a great opportunity for you to ask burning questions about starting a company and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs in a casual setting. This Thursday, hear from Shark Tank winner Tracey Noonan of Wicked Good Cupcakes.

6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Panel: What’s Next in Food & Bev?
Whether it’s procuring, eating, or enjoying the social aspects of its consumption, food is important. TechStars CEO David Cohen said, “If there’s a bigger market, I don’t know what it is.” CB Insights noted that $146 million went into food and beverage deals in 2013. The New York Times recently claimed that delivery startups are all the rage today and pointed out that John A. Deighton, author of a Harvard Business School case study on Webvan-the largest dot-com flop in history-said he’s been asked to teach it three times in the last year. Given this attention on the industry and growing investor interest, what can savvy and hungry (pun intended) entrepreneurs glean from this?

Ask Venture Café Founder and Founder/CEO of CIC Tim Rowe about his “Five T’s of business” and the second word you hear after “Team” is “Trend”–followed by “Twist”, “Teflon®”, and “Trillions”.  So, what’s next in food and bev?

Join us for an interactive discussion as we ask our panelists about nascent and proliferating industry trends. Also, start thinking about other related topics and questions that you’d like the panel to address because you’ll have the chance to bring them up.

Panelists:
Rachel Greenberger, Director, Food Sol at Babson College
Darnell Adams, Managing Director, Crop Circle Kitchen
Lauren Abda, Managing Director, The Food Loft
Andrew Share, Partner, Nixon Peabody

7:00 – 7:45 P.M. | Showcase
• Asulia
A MassChallenge participant, Asulia makes delicious fusion veggie foods. Their dumplings have 2-3 servings of veggies in every box. A percentage of profits support girls’ education in developing countries.

The Craic and Blonde
At The Craic & Blonde their vision is to not only excite audacious palates with Haitian flavor, but also increase awareness of the beautiful Haitian culture! They’re offering pikliz (pick-lese), a traditional spicy relish that is used like hot sauce. Try a simple avocado salad by combining ripe avocado with pikliz and salt. Use pikliz as a topping on your eggs, oysters, grilled meats (it’s exceptional on burgers and hot dogs!), sandwiches, seafood, in Bloody Marys, and more…the list is as endless as your imagination!

CogniTea
CogniTea is a cognitive and energy boosting tea specifically crafted to help you focus and feel alert. They created the tea as a healthier and smarter replacement for coffee and energy drinks, without the crash, jitters or headache. It’s made with 100mg of L-Theanine, an amino acid extracted from green tea, that is scientifically shown to promote these positive mental effects.

CookRadar
CookRadar is building a social homemade food-related community together and a homemade food marketplace to facilitate the connection of people and the sharing of traditional food and recipes.

• Follow The Honey
Follow The Honey travels the world bringing the finest of “transparency of source” honeys and bee-inspired offerings to you and your sweet ones. In addition to raw untreated honeys, the Harvard Square store offers beeswax candles, mead kits, honeyed chocolates, books both scholarly and esoteric, propolis tincture, beauty products & more–your all purpose gifting honeypot.

• KIND Snacks
There’s healthy. There’s tasty. Then there’s healthy and tasty. At KIND, they believe you deserve both—they call it our brAND philosophy. That’s why you’ll find all of their snacks are pretty much the nirvana of healthful tastiness. What began with just 8 bar varieties in 2004 has grown to over 22 bars and 6 Healthy Grains snackable clusters, and a multitude of new recipes being perfected and refined to their standards in the KIND kitchen.

So whether your snacking style is choosy or adventurous (or a little bit of both), here’s something to celebrate: they’ll always be thinking up new ways to delight your taste buds and keep your body happy.

• Phfeast
Phfeast is a unique social loyalty program because all dining rewards earned are donated to local families, children, and others in need.

RSVPicnic
RSVPicnic modernizes a classic picnic experience. They feature a prix fixe, small batch menu from Artú in an electic mix of hand selected vintage baskets and luggage pieces. They’ve also teamed up with the Wine Bottega, in the North End, to select the perfect pairing for your meal.

SomethingGUD
A public benefit corporation, Something GUD delivers fresh local food right to your door. Shop online and order from the best local farmers, fisherman, bakers & foodmakers.

Info Tables

4:00 – 7:00 P.M. | The Food Loft
Located at 535 Albany Street, The Food Loft is a collaborative co-working space dedicated food and food-tech entrepreneurs.  It’s also home to Harvard Common Press, a James Beard Book Award publisher and an investor in several food-tech startups including Yummly, Crowdly, and recently acquired Caviar (Square).

4:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Crop Circle Kitchen
Crop Circle Kitchen (CCK) operates Boston’s only non-profit shared-use commercial kitchen and culinary business incubator. CCK aims to promote entrepreneurship, create sustainable employment with meaningful access to career advancement, improve access to local, healthy food, and strengthen the regional food economy.  For the past five years, CCK has achieved this mission by providing hourly rental of a fully-equipped shared-use kitchen in Jamaica Plain to around 30-40 food businesses monthly, and by integrating technical assistance to support businesses as they start up and grow.

CropCircle Kitchen is proud to announce the opening of CCK Pearl, a 36,000 sq ft food production facility located on Quincy St. in Dorchester, an addition to their current shared kitchen space in Jamaica Plain. This new facility includes a commissary for contract processing, a large sharedkitchen space for rent, and individual tenant spaces for lease. CCK Pearl is designed specifically for business owners looking to take the next step in growing their food business – it has the capacity to support medium sized food businesses as they grow.

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | J.D. Kemp
JD is Co-Founder of Crop Circle Kitchen and FoodEx. An in-the-trenches entrepreneur with passionate interests in the food system, economic development, sustainable agriculture, and the application of technology to under-served industries and cultures. He loves to find the core issues that link business, social, economic, and environmental opportunities; and then to forge and fund business plans to harvest these opportunities in unison. Through these two ventures and beyond, JD has helped launch over 120 small food businesses since 2008.

Email us to reserve 20 minutes with JD.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | 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.

Reserve 15 minutes with iC here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Chris Bergen – Nixon Peabody
Chris Bergen is an attorney with a corporate practice that includes the representation of private equity funds, portfolio companies and venture capital investors. Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, Chris worked as an associate in the corporate department of a leading international law firm based in Boston.

Chris is available to offer advice about:

  • Seed investment rounds and negotiating terms of equity investments
  • Obtaining funding and negotiating commercial contracts
  • NP Capital Connector — how participation in the program is a great way for emerging companies to get noticed and obtain financing

Email us to reserve 15 minutes with Chris.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Rob Coulter - Nixon Peabody
Rob Coulter has extensive experience in helping entrepreneurs from their earliest pre-formation discussions through multiple preferred equity financing rounds and beyond. Specifically in the F&B space, Rob has advised on general corporate concerns as well as with niche-specific issues such as a craft brewer that required a lot of focused attention on distributor contracts and a restaurateur that needed guidance in the areas of real estate and land use. The regulatory overlay can be particularly dense in the F&B arena and Rob has helped entrepreneurs prepare for and effectively navigate these issues. Rob believes that in the early stages, it is important to structure a company so that it can accept future investments without a lot of unnecessary legal work and he can guide entrepreneurs with that goal in mind as well as help them keep an eye on issues like governance and protecting intellectual property. If a company is looking for growth capital or even executive talent, NPCC can help facilitate introductions and Rob looks forward to sharing more with the attendees on how they can take advantage of this great complimentary resource his company has to offer.

What Rob can speak about during office hours:

  • helping entrepreneurs from their earliest pre-formation discussions through multiple preferred equity financing rounds and beyond.
  • general corporate concerns as well as with niche-specific issues such as distributor contracts and real estate and land use.
  • how to navigate regulatory issues
  • how to structure a company so that it can accept future investments without a lot of unnecessary legal work and
  • important issues such as governance and protecting intellectual property.

Email us to reserve 15 minutes with Rob.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Scott Sanders
Scott Sanders is a sales, marketing, and analytics professional in the food and consumer packaged goods industry. He is director of CPG Analytics for Pivotstream, where he specializes in sales and marketing insights. He also has has provided consulting services for several clients, including Market Performance Group, a strategy consultant and sales management services company.

Scott has long been involved in the consumer goods industry through his family’s syrup manufacturing business. Scott started there while in high school and is still providing consulting services for them today for their Bosco Chocolate Syrup brand. Early in Scott’s career, he created a public relations campaign that resulted in the placement of Bosco on Seinfeld, where it became embedded in American pop culture as George Costanza’s ATM code.

In addition, Scott managed marketing analytics strategy for clients at Acosta Sales & Marketing, a consumer packaged goods sales agency that outsourced sales departments for about 25% of the U.S. grocery industry. His clients have spanned a wide range of blue-chip companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Ahold (Stop & Shop/Giant Food), Heinz, Clorox, Dr Pepper Snapple, Georgia-Pacific, and Welch’s.

Scott has a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School.

Email us to reserve 30 minutes with Scott.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | 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.

Reserve 30 minutes with Joe here.

3:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Ron Sarni
Ron Sarni is Development Director at Co-Creation Ventures and President and Founder of Boston Food Truck Alliance. The Alliance’s mission is to further advance, support and proliferate the mobile food truck industry in the greater Boston area.

Co- Creation Ventures is Stock Pot Malden’s incubator and venture capital fund for multicultural food entrepreneurs, specializing in food trucks and focused on local economic development in the diverse community of Malden, Massachusetts. They’re backed by a small, brilliant group of socially conscious angel investors who built the fund to help launch and/or grow multicultural, unique and promising food businesses. Their in-house staff of consultants and food business experts provide tools, consulting and business planning services, marketing assistance, and administrative support to help their independent food entrepreneurs flourish. They welcome applications for coaching and/or investment money from aspiring and existing food entrepreneurs, particularly those with a commitment to diversity and the local economy.

Stock Pot Malden Kitchen is a Malden-based commercial kitchen/commissary that leases licensed, state-of-the-art kitchen space to food trucks, food product entrepreneurs and caterers. As of August 2014, they’re still accepting new tenants seeking commercial kitchen space.

Email us to reserve 15 minutes with Ronald.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack
Marty Sack has mentored more than 200 start-ups over the last two years as a volunteer for SCORE. He brings with him the mentoring resources of more than forty additional successful executives, CPAs, small business owners, and other experts in diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free mentoring services.

Marty is the now retired co-founder of LunchDates Dating Service. He also founded and led a national job publication for 26 years, and he was the executive director of a Cambridge based non-profit for 18 years.

Reserve 30 minutes with Marty here.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Ron Ackman
Rob Ackman has spent the last 30+ years as a Marketing Manager/Director in the quick serve and full serve restaurant industry with such brands as Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway, Applebee’s, Uno’s and TGI Fridays.  He has worked with small and large franchisees to help them build sales and profits. Additionally, Ron is member of SCORE’s Boston chapter.

Reserve 30 minutes with Rob here.