This Week: July 26 – August 1, 2015

Friends,

Did you try our beta Teleportation Station to Venture Café St. Louis last Thursday? We had fun with it and hope you did too.

This Thursday’s Café offers numerous opportunities to get feedback and advice during nine different sets of Office Hours and to speak with representatives from organizations that help entrepreneurs rise to new levels.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

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

Office Hours

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. | Jodi Tatiana-Charles

Bring your marketing and brand questions for a one-on-one consult where Jodi-Tatiana Charles will give feedback and brainstorm ideas with you.

• Mentoring Topics
• Marketing/Branding Strategy
• Media/Customer Acquisition
• Business Model Development/Strategy

Biography
Jodi has enjoyed bringing people and companies together for over three decades. As a strategic marketing/branding specialist she has combined her passion for branding with her love of business development. After working on her Global MBA at Babson College and traveling to 14 countries within a year, and starting two businesses, she continues to be inspired to share her knowledge and expertise with clients worldwide.

Prior to creating two businesses, she led the marketing and branding of MassChallenge at its inception, managed and coordinated the Massachusetts Conference for Women, a one day event providing a forum for more than 7500 women, engaged as Deputy Press Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, produced the award winning NECN program NewsNight hosted by Chet Curtis and Jim Braude, and demonstrated leadership as WXKS Associate Producer for the legendary radio program The Matty in the Morning Show, where she was nominated “Producer of the Year”.

RSVP for 20 minute slots via email.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Jacquie Kay

As an entrepreneur and educator, Jacquie works globally and locally, advising businesses, leaders, and organizations in planning and managing innovation, ventures and projects. She was founder/president of a successful international development firm for 35 years. In 2012, she started up the Sun Walking Group, helping communities frame projects through a “lab” lens and development fund- focused on clean energy and environment. Jacquie connects technical/financial resources, develops partnerships, and establishes networks, in academia/ business/ government. She is on the Conservation Law Foundation Ventures and BDC Capital boards; has an Ed.D. in Planning, Harvard University; and was a Research Fellow/Lecturer at MIT.

RSVP here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Marcus Yee

Marcus has over 25 years of sales and sales consulting experience at IBM working in multiple sales and business development roles. He specializes in sales process consulting to shorten sales cycles to customers and to empower IBM business partners. Prior to his current role of working with startups, entrepreneurs, developers, incubators, and VCs in the Cambridge/Boston area, he managed the relationships of IBM partners that drive multi-millions of IBM annual revenues.

Marcus is available to discuss sales strategies as well as partnering strategies that can greatly impact the successes of startup companies.

RSVP here.

3:00 – 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.

Sign up for his office hours here.

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 – 6:00 P.M. | Steve Davis

Steve Davis is a business growth and sales channel expert – as the Founder of The CXO Advisory Group, provides part-time COO and Chief Revenue Officer services. Steve works with businesses, entrepreneurs and service providers who want to accelerate revenue growth to the next level and seize the most attractive growth opportunities. He has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs over 25 years helping them improve business development, gain sales traction and has coached them on how to build profitable, scalable and efficient businesses in preparation for venture financing. Steve is an active advisor, mentor and coach in the New England, MIT, MassChallenge, Seedcamp and Swissnex startup communities.

Join Steve to discuss operational, marketing, sales and funding strategies that you and your company may be facing.

Reserve 30 minutes with him here.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Brad Curley

Brad Curley is an experienced angel investor (Boston Harbor Angels), board member (Siamab Therapeutics, North Shore InnoVentures), and advisor (CPA, KPMG) to early stage companies. He will be available to discuss fundraising alternatives and also strategies about raising seed stage, angel, and VC capital.

Sign up for office hours with Brad here.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Jennifer Jordan

Stop by and 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, crowd-sourcing, 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

Reserve 30 minutes with Jennifer here.

Info Tables

5:30 – 6:30 P.M. | Startup Leadership Program

The Startup Leadership Program (SLP) is a highly selective, 80-hour, 6-month world-class training program and lifetime network for outstanding founders and innovators. SLP Fellows have founded 1,000 companies that have raised $400 million, and include breakthrough and award-winning startups like Savored, TomNod, Ixigo, NatureBox, SideTour, Micello, Momelan, Novira, Runkeeper, Sensobi, Shareaholic, Solar Junction, Voicetap and Ubersense.

If you would like to learn more about the program and about how it can expand your network and help translate your ideas into exciting businesses, come by the Venture Café and catch up with some of their alumni!

Following their Info Table, an Info Session happens from 6:30-7:30 P.M.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | GREAT Tech Awards

The third annual GREAT Tech Awards will encourage high growth technology companies in the Northeast, USA to select the UK as destination of choice for international expansion.

Six innovative companies, selected by a panel of prestigious judges and advisors, will win a roundtrip flight to London, five nights accommodation at Corinthia Hotel London, accountancy services, legal services, recruitment services, free office space, real estate services, banking services, meetings with investors, property agents, mentors, and government officials, and attendance at the unBound Conference in London.

Applications are open 15 June – 31 July 2015

Competition categories are: Cleantech, EdTech, FinTech, Health, Lifestyle, and Media.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | UMass Lowell M2D2

The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) is a lifeline for the state’s smaller medical device companies, offering inventors and executives easy, affordable, and coordinated access to world-class researchers and resources at the Lowell and Worcester campuses of the University of Massachusetts. Come chat about innovation and entrepreneurship with M2D2 staff.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Boston Data Festival

The third annual Boston Data Festival brings together the data-centric community for an energetic week of events to learn, collaborate, and network. Specific goals are to:

  • Showcase greater Boston as a data-centric region of talented individuals and innovative companies.
  • Highlight the diversity of people, start-ups, and companies dedicated to this domain, as well as the quality of resources available.
  • Help community members achieve their goals, be it to fast-track a data scientist career path or create a big data startup.
  • Reach out to individuals who are unaware of, or daunted by, the myriad of new techniques and technology presented at the data-centric Meetup scene.

This Week: July 19 – 25, 2015

Friends,

We’re pleased to host our first theme night in the virtual reality (VR) space this Thursday. In collaboration with Boston Virtual Reality Meetup, our theme night, Through the Virtual Reality Looking Glass, offers multiple opportunities to experience the realm of virtual reality and to learn more about the field.

Bring your questions for serial entrepreneur, Jim Schoonmaker, currently CEO at EveryScape, and get his advice during TCN UpStart Roundtable. Following TCN’s event, attend the VR Panel Discussion and Presentation; then, engage in the demos occurring throughout our entire space. We’re also hosting a Community Roundtable to get your feedback about how we can best drive entrepreneurship in Boston and beyond.

And, as always, schedule your Office Hour appointments now so you don’t miss out on opportunities to move forward in your endeavor.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

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

Feature Events

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | TCN UpStart Roundtable with Jim Schoonmaker, EveryScape

TCN UpStart Roundtables are monthly gatherings at the Venture Café that bring together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. This free series with 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 cafe setting.

This week they’ll be talking with Jim Schoonmaker of EveryScape.

RSVP here.

6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | VR Presentation and Panel Discussion

A one hour discussion on virtual reality, including current trends and opportunities with the this new communication medium and a look forward at where it will take us. Jeff Bail, lead organizer of BostonVR, will give a brief introduction to VR, an overview of the technology that’s coming to market, and what some of the big players are working on. Discussion will continue with long-time VR expert, Dr. Jeffrey Jacobson; VR entrepreneur, Andy Tsen, and Professor Terrasa Ulm from Becker College. The panel will be followed by an open conversation to complement the many VR demonstrations they’ll have on display.

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Roundtable: Community Feedback on the Future of Venture Café & Entrepreneurship

Join our roundtable discussion about the future of Venture Café on the 23rd of July at 6:30pm. We would like to gather your thoughts about how Venture Café can best drive entrepreneurship in Boston and around the world. All ideas are welcome.

VR Demos

5:30 – 8:00 P.M. | VT MÄK

VT MÄK makes military simulation tools and their VR-Vantage image generator application is integrated with the Oculus Rift. This demonstration includes several other simulation tools which are combined together as a basic flight simulation of an F-35 flying over Oahu. Jump in and take a shot at a MiG-29!

There will be a break for a panel from 6-7 P.M.

5:30 – 8:00 P.M. | VR Wall

This portable 3D projection screen is 6 x 11 feet wide, allowing for a good audience, and a virtual reality-like interaction for one operator. Here, they will show a user-modifiable virtual model of a public plaza to show the value of VR for construction and architecture.

There will be a break for a panel from 6-7 P.M.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Simmetri

A Day in the Life of a Butterfly is an interactive music video experienced in virtual reality. It depicts the last day of a butterfly’s life. The demo was built with Simmetri, an application designed for creating interactive art for screens or virtual reality.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | StreamVR

A community platform for sharing and viewing 360 degree immersive videos. Users with special 360 cameras, which will be hitting the market soon, upload their videos to streamvr.com. Using their app on a virtual reality headset, viewers can look up down and all around in the video, as if they were there.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | VRMol

Bio-molecules are fascinating, yet incredibly complex systems. By using Oculus Rift and Hydra controller, VRMol allows users to explore and interact with systems ranging from single molecules to ribosomes, viruses and cellular organelles, thus better understand immense network of interactions within a living cell.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Into The Rift

This is a course developed game using the Oculus Rift and Kinect to simulate a free-fall experience within a game world. Players fall through sky/space toward a target while avoiding obstacles using head movements and tracked arm gestures as controls. Kinects were also used for 3d scanning of developers’ heads for use as in game 3d models.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Body Rift

Body Rift is an exhibition game for the Americans with Disabilities Act’s 25th anniversary focusing on demonstrating some of the challenges of Body Dysmorphic Disorder in order to increase awareness. Using the Rift, the player will be put into the virtual apartment of someone who has BDD and must attempt to identify the body that others see with only a distorted mirror image to reference. As it is for an exhibition, the time is limited to 5 minutes and the mirror experience is exaggerated, but they hope to immerse people and encourage further personal research into the subject.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Game House

This project is a 3D model of the Game Design faculty offices, built using Unreal 4. It is also playable using the Oculus Rift. The offices are located in a renovated house on campus. They took pictures of the house interior, modeled, textured the art assets, and used assets from different projects from Unreal 4 and put it together using Unreal 4. Operable doors in the interior are scripted in Unreal 4’s visual scripting system, Blueprints.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | VRMT

VRMT is a VR-first worldbuilding sandbox designed to let anyone create, collaborate on, and share their own virtual worlds and experiences. VRMT gives you libraries of props and intuitive tools, to make the virtual creation process as streamlined as possible.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Lost Loot

Lost Loot is a casual exploration and treasure hunting game designed exclusively for virtual reality. Explore a beautiful tropical island and the surrounding ocean, snorkeling in the reefs or diving in the deeper waters. Find ancient underwater ruins and sunken shipwrecks and search them for treasure and artifacts. Watch your air supply, be careful how deep you go, and don’t get bitten by the sharks, or you could start a frenzy!

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Chuck Goldstone

It’s about the story. Startups often falter, not because their technologies aren’t good, but because the stories they tell about them aren’t. We’ll chat about both content and intent: Stepping back to find the right message for each audience (be it investor or market), making it clear and engaging, making it memorable (differentiating it from others competing for attention), and moving audiences to action. Bring your decks, your goals, your challenges, and an open mind about finding and articulating a compelling story. You’ll chat with Chuck Goldstone, who for more than two decades has helped organizations find their voice.

RSVP here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | George Mabry

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 bio-pharmaceutical 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.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Hal Charney

With over two decades of experience as a CEO leading technology companies through their expansion stages, Hal brings pragmatic perspectives and advice to those looking to “get to the next level” with their businesses. Whether it’s building the executive team, raising capital, handling those tricky co-founder issues, or brainstorming your next great idea, Hal is here to help. He’s seen dozens of businesses as CEO, Board member or advisor and believes that 80% of the challenges that every business faces are common across all markets – you’re not alone! He has raised in excess of $100M in venture and private equity and has been involved in over a dozen acquisitions on both buy-side and sell-side. Bring your questions, pitch deck, challenges, and ideas.

RSVP here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | 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.

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.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Jerry Blakeley

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.

Launching with Noise and Standing Your Ground

  • Kickstarter campaign fully funded within 15 hours.
  • 25 media placements (e.g. Mashable and NBC) by the end of the campaign.
  • Selected for MassChallenge 2015 Accelerator program out of 3,000 applicants.

These are just a few of Tania Green’s accomplishments since launching her startup, PMS Bites, only four months ago.

PMS Bites are round chocolate treats made of healthy ingredients, offering a better option for satiating that sweet tooth– particularly for women experiencing PMS cravings. Tune in as Tania shares her action-packed journey in starting a healthy food and lifestyle company. From validating the concept and the (slightly controversial) name, to standing her ground about the positioning of her product (despite some naysayers), to clarifying the biochemical realities behind PMS– a topic that continues to be shadowed with stigma and lampooned by the media– Tania breaks down some of the key ingredients to her latest success.

Host & Producer: Katya Margolin, Content Creator & Multimedia Storyteller

www.katyacreates.com

Guest: Tania Green, Founder of PMS Bites

www.pmsbites.co

Music Credits:

  • “Caged Bird,” RJD2
  • “Sweet Cream In It,” Jel
  • “Vinca Rosea,” MF Doom
  • “Nostrand,” Ratatat

What does it take to be a #FemaleFounder ?

Olivia Dufour with Skye Flanigan

One woman’s story of moving to Boston, founding companies, and understanding her own mission in life. Olivia Dufour moved from Montreal to join MassChallenge working on a sustainability solution for large companies, but, in the process, found self-sustainability. Through several transitions including a large telecom company and a mobile app startup she found her mission to help build female-empowerment starting with fashion.

This Week: July 12 – 18, 2015

Friends,

There’s a lot happening this Thursday including an opportunity to  gain a better understanding of the local angel network during Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton’s panel, Pitfalls, Perspectives and Possibilities of Angel Investments.  Following the panel, join other founders for a lively discussion about MosaicHUB Founders Roundtable. Meanwhile, choose from nine Office Hours, four Info Tables & Sessions, and, don’t forget to pay it forward while networking in the Café.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

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

Feature Events

4:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton VC Panel: Pitfalls, Perspectives and Possibilities of Angel Investments

With the increase in angel groups in the Boston area over the past several years, it has become increasingly challenging for entrepreneurs to navigate the process of raising money from angel investors. Better understanding the angel network and process can be extremely helpful to entrepreneurs.

Please join them for an overview of Q1 2015 Series “A” deals and a lively discussion with our impressive panel of angels and entrepreneurs to address:

  • What criteria do angels use when considering an investment in portfolio companies?
  • What criteria should entrepreneurs consider when targeting various angel groups?
  • What common mistakes do companies make during the due diligence process?
  • How can angels add value to their portfolio companies?
  • How can entrepreneurs engage the angel investors in companies and make use of their expertise once an investment has been made?
  • Exit strategies – how have the exit expectations of angel investors changed over the past several years?

Come hear the panel’s thoughts on these and other issues pertinent to entrepreneurs and then network in the Venture Café.

Moderator:
Scott Bleier, Senior Attorney, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton

Panelists:

RSVP for the event here.

6:30 – 8:00 P.M. | MosaicHUB Founders Roundtable

Are you a founder of a startup? If so, come join other founders for a peer-to-peer discussion group to talk about the challenges you’re facing and to share advice. Leverage the founder community knowledge to grow your business!

Sign-up for more information and to join the roundtable here.

6:30 – 6:45 P.M. | A 30 second – 1 minute intro from each of the participants
6:45 – 7:30 P.M. | A discussion of 2-3 topics brought up by the moderator
7:30 – 8:00 P.M. | An open discussion to network or pair up with founders in your business stage / industry

In respect to the other Founders participating, they ask that you don’t enter the room any later than 10 – 15 minutes after the roundtable begins.

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Chris Salthouse

Chris Salthouse is an electrical engineer with more than 15 years of experience designing biosensors. Come to discuss what is possible with biosensors or wearable sensors. You can also learn about the opportunities to partner with UMass, Amherst through the Institute for Applied Life Sciences, a newly created institute with more than $50M in equipment that industrial users can pay to use for advanced characterization, fabrication, and packaging of sensors.

RSVP here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Katherine Oates

Working on an exceptional MedDevice or HealthTech idea? Want some feedback on your business plan from an experienced investor?

Come meet with Katherine Oates, a former VC investor who now runs the Technology Scouting program at Smith & Nephew. She has reviewed over 500 business plans and has listened to hundreds of pitches.

Smith & Nephew, a global medical device company, is committed to supporting early-stage technologies that could make a big impact on the health of people around the world. Smith & Nephew has businesses in Orthopedics, Sports medicine, Trauma, Gynecology, and ENT (Ear, Noes & Throat).

Reserve 30 minutes with Katherine here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Jacquie Kay

As an entrepreneur and educator, Jacquie works globally and locally, advising businesses, leaders, and organizations in planning and managing innovation, ventures and projects. She was founder/president of a successful international development firm for 35 years. In 2012, she started up the Sun Walking Group, helping communities frame projects through a “lab” lens and development fund- focused on clean energy and environment. Jacquie connects technical/financial resources, develops partnerships, and establishes networks, in academia/ business/ government. She is on the Conservation Law Foundation Ventures and BDC Capital boards; has an Ed.D. in Planning, Harvard University; and was a Research Fellow/Lecturer at MIT.

Reserve 30 minutes with Jacquie here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Jodi Tatiana-Charles

Bring your marketing and brand questions for a one-on-one consult where Jodi-Tatiana Charles will give feedback and brainstorm ideas with you.

• Mentoring Topics
• Marketing/Branding Strategy
• Media/Customer Acquisition
• Business Model Development/Strategy

Biography
Jodi has enjoyed bringing people and companies together for over three decades. As a strategic marketing/branding specialist she has combined her passion for branding with her love of business development. After working on her Global MBA at Babson College and traveling to 14 countries within a year, and starting two businesses, she continues to be inspired to share her knowledge and expertise with clients worldwide.

Prior to creating two businesses, she led the marketing and branding of MassChallenge at its inception, managed and coordinated the Massachusetts Conference for Women, a one day event providing a forum for more than 7500 women, engaged as Deputy Press Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, produced the award winning NECN program NewsNight hosted by Chet Curtis and Jim Braude, and demonstrated leadership as WXKS Associate Producer for the legendary radio program The Matty in the Morning Show, where she was nominated “Producer of the Year”.

Reserve 20 minutes with Jodi via email.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Sarah von Helfenstein

Valuation – the queen of finance & economic disciplines – is largely misunderstood, misrepresented, and misapplied. Yet she is essential for all business decisions – particularly those for dynamic, high growth companies and projects.

Sarah von Helfenstein would like to move you past Go – that “point estimate of value” where most people get stuck – and guide you behind the veil of mystery. Bring your questions. Find out how a meaningful valuation can do far more than wow potential investors or plug a number into a tax return or audited financial statement.

Value + Realism + Insight » Effective Decision Support

Reserve 20 minutes with Sarah here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Trond Undheim, Lead, MIT Startup Exchange (STEX)

MIT Startup Exchange (STEX) is a platform where the world’s most innovative companies and startups can connect to collaborate or partner on new technologies and markets. They are particularly looking for MIT-connected startups that are not aware of their offering.

At the heart of the initiative is an innovation community of:
• 220+ “Global 1000” member companies.
• 172 MIT Faculty who are serial co-founders of startups.
• 1000+ MIT-connected startups (including founded by alums).
• MIT innovation ecosystem players and initiatives.

Products/services include:
• Cluster workshops & Conference exhibitions w/lightning talks
• Startup profiles & database
• Opportunity matching (f2f & online)
• Newsletter & Analytics

Reserve 30 minutes with Trond here.

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack, SCORE

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.

3:00 – 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.

5:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Scott McFadden

Scott McFadden has spent over 20+ years working with large enterprise organizations to optimize the business impact of their technology investments and helping customers adopt solutions leveraging the Microsoft Platform. Over the past few years Scott has worked at the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Cambridge as a Technology Architect collaborating with Microsoft’s largest New England based customers who are leveraging cloud technologies and Azure to transform their businesses. Come chat with Scott to learn more about the special programs and resources that Microsoft offers to support Startups in the region or discuss insights he has with working with numerous Microsoft Partners, Startups, and Enterprise Customers.

Reserve 30 minutes with Scott here.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Dr. Sheldon Borkin

Get advice from Dr. Sheldon Borkin on growing and funding your company. Sheldon leads Strategic Angels which helps larger software companies become involved in the innovation economy. He is a mentor at both Techstars Boston and MassChallenge, and also a member of both Launchpad Venture Group and Investors Collaborative. Sheldon has done three startups resulting in two IPOs (including WebMD) and one acquisition. He is particular interests in enterprise and SMB software companies across verticals, and those with IoT and/or digital marketing technologies.

Reserve 30 minutes with Sheldon here.

Info Tables & Sessions

5:30 – 6:30 P.M. | GREAT Tech Awards

The third annual GREAT Tech Awards will encourage high growth technology companies in the Northeast, USA to select the UK as destination of choice for international expansion.

Six innovative companies, selected by a panel of prestigious judges and advisors, will win a roundtrip flight to London, five nights accommodation at Corinthia Hotel London, accountancy services, legal services, recruitment services, free office space, real estate services, banking services, meetings with investors, property agents, mentors, and government officials, and attendance at the unBound Conference in London.

Applications are open 15 June – 31 July 2015

Competition categories are: Cleantech, EdTech, FinTech, Health, Lifestyle, and Media.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Startup Leadership Program

The Startup Leadership Program (SLP) is a highly selective, 80-hour, 6-month world-class training program and lifetime network for outstanding founders and innovators. SLP Fellows have founded 1,000 companies that have raised $400 million, and include breakthrough and award-winning startups like Savored, TomNod, Ixigo, NatureBox, SideTour, Micello, Momelan, Novira, Runkeeper, Sensobi, Shareaholic, Solar Junction, Voicetap and Ubersense.

If you would like to learn more about the program and about how it can expand your network and help translate your ideas into exciting businesses, come by the Venture Cafe and catch up with some of their alumni!

From 5:30 – 6:30 P.M. alumni and staff will be in the Café. Following their Info Table, they’ll have an Info Session nearby from 6:30 – 7:30 P.M.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Brooklyn Boulders

BKB Somerville is celebrating its 2 year anniversary as a business on July 31st. During their birthday party, they’re celebrating the greater community which has allowed them to flourish, and they’ll have community partners, local area businesses in particular, in their space showing off who they are and what they do. Come learn more about their BKBDay and chat with its organizers about the community they’re building and growing everyday!

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | UMass Lowell M2D2

The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) is a lifeline for the state’s smaller medical device companies, offering inventors and executives easy, affordable, and coordinated access to world-class researchers and resources at the Lowell and Worcester campuses of the University of Massachusetts. Come chat about innovation and entrepreneurship with M2D2 staff.

This Week: July 5 – 11, 2015

Friends,

Our Office Hours roster continues to expand and we hope you’ll join us on Thursday to help us welcome Hal Charney, David Hartzband, and Philip Greenwald to the roster.

Thursday’s Feature Events also offers the chance to pay it forward by helping middle- or high-school students TWICE. First, by helping students tackle an important community issue during Youth CITIES Mini-Hack; then, by providing feedback during include the second annual Student Entrepreneur Business Expo and Sustainability Collaborative.

Image result for thales group logoDon’t forget about the six Info Tables during the latter half of the Café, including one for the Private Sector Office (PSO) within the Department of Homeland Security. Also, a special thanks to Thales Group for sponsoring Thursday’s Café session. Visit their Info Table in the Café to chat with company executives and explore the possibilities of doing business with a leading French multi-national company with 2013 sales of 14.2 billion Euros working in three key markets: defense, aerospace, and security.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

 

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café Session sponsored by Thales Group

Feature Events

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Youth CITIES Mini-Hack   Returning in September!

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 Mini-Hack at Venture Café. 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.

5:00 – 7:30 P.M. | Student Entrepreneur Business Expo

Join high school students from around the world for the second annual Young Entrepreneur Challenge Business Expo. Students teams will be demoing and pitching their business concepts in the hopes of securing YOUR vote! The winning team will receive major advantages in the week long program.

6:00 – 7:30 P.M. | Sustainability Collaborative

The topic of Thursday’s Sustainability Collaborative is Zero Waste! Come learn about how to reduce waste on a personal and organizational level. Brainstorm about ideas for making Venture Café zero waste with Laura Corrales and Eleni Kanatsouli from the Sustainability unBrella. Join them to engage in meaningful discussion and connect with like minded innovators and entrepreneurs.

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.

Questions? Contact Sierra at sflanigan@ecomotion.us

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Bill Larrenaga

Bill is a Director with The CFO Center, the largest international provider of CFO resources, services and solutions to the small and medium sized enterprise sector. Bill was previously a Partner of KPMG LLP, one of the Big Four CPA Firms. 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. He can help you organize your financial operations and business plans. Please be sure to bring your business plan including your high level pitch document, the problems you are addressing, the size of the market, your team, the product offering, etc.

Reserve 30 minutes with Bill here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | David Hartzband

David Hartzband has spent 25+ years designing, developing & deploying large-scale software systems into large & small organizations. He has been one of the chief software architects for (at the tike) the second largest computer company in the world & has also done 3 startups, each of which was VC funded &/or purchased as an exit. More recently, he has been on the research faculty at MIT working on the relationship of technology & organizations. Since leaving EMC as a Vice President in 2003, he has been working in healthcare information systems.

Reserve 30 minutes with David here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Hal Charney

With over two decades of experience as a CEO leading technology companies through their expansion stages, Hal brings pragmatic perspectives and advice to those looking to “get to the next level” with their businesses. Whether its building the executive team, raising capital, handling those tricky co-founder issues, or brainstorming your next great idea, Hal is here to help. He’s seen dozens of businesses as CEO, Board member or advisor and believes that 80% of the challenges that every business faces are common across all markets – you’re not alone! He has raised in excess of $100M in venture and private equity and has been involved in over a dozen acquisitions on both buy-side and sell-side. Bring your questions, pitch deck, challenges and ideas.

Reserve 30 minutes with Hal here.

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. | Trond Undheim, Lead, MIT Startup Exchange (STEX)  Rescheduled for next Thursday.

MIT Startup Exchange (STEX) is a platform where the world’s most innovative companies and startups can connect to collaborate or partner on new technologies and markets. They are particularly looking for MIT-connected startups that are not aware of their offering.

At the heart of the initiative is an innovation community of:
• 220+ “Global 1000” member companies.
• 172 MIT Faculty who are serial co-founders of startups.
• 1000+ MIT-connected startups (including founded by alums).
• MIT innovation ecosystem players and initiatives.

Products/services include:
• Cluster workshops & Conference exhibitions w/lightning talks
• Startup profiles & database
• Opportunity matching (f2f & online)
• Newsletter & Analytics

Reserve 30 minutes with Trond here.

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack – SCORE

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.

3:00 – 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 – 6:00 P.M. | Steve Davis

Steve Davis is a business growth and sales channel expert – as the Founder of The CXO Advisory Group, provides part-time COO and Chief Revenue Officer services. Steve works with businesses, entrepreneurs and service providers who want to accelerate revenue growth to the next level and seize the most attractive growth opportunities. He has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs over 25 years helping them improve business development, gain sales traction and has coached them on how to build profitable, scalable and efficient businesses in preparation for venture financing. Steve is an active advisor, mentor and coach in the New England, MIT, MassChallenge, Seedcamp and Swissnex startup communities.

Join Steve to discuss operational, marketing, sales and funding strategies that you and your company may be facing. Reserve 30 minutes with him here.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Philip Greenwald – Code Undercover

Want to build an app or website but don’t know where to start? Code Undercover will help you navigate the complex world of agencies, freelancers, web technology, and coding. Whether your question is about technology or the app business, they can help you.

RSVP here.

Info Tables

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Thales Group

Thales Group is proudly hosting the July 9th session of The Venture Café.  With over 65,000 employees and about $20B in annual revenues, Thales provides safety and security solutions to the most demanding customers in markets around the world. Many company executives will be in the Café on the 9th, and they look forward to hearing about your innovative companies and ideas!

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Unreasonable Lab Boston

Applications are open for the Boston Unreasonable Lab, a free 5-day accelerator for social entrepreneurs (Sep. 11th – 15th). Visit them at the Venture Café to learn how they will help you design a personalized funding plan, hone your pitch, and meet investors.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | UMass Lowell M2D2

The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) is a lifeline for the state’s smaller medical device companies, offering inventors and executives easy, affordable, and coordinated access to world-class researchers and resources at the Lowell and Worcester campuses of the University of Massachusetts. Come chat about innovation and entrepreneurship with M2D2 staff.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | GREAT Tech Awards

The third annual GREAT Tech Awards will encourage high growth technology companies in the Northeast, USA to select the UK as destination of choice for international expansion.

Six innovative companies, selected by a panel of prestigious judges and advisors, will win a roundtrip flight to London, five nights accommodation at Corinthia Hotel London, accountancy services, legal services, recruitment services, free office space, real estate services, banking services, meetings with investors, property agents, mentors, and government officials, and attendance at the unBound Conference in London.

Applications are open 15 June – 31 July 2015

Competition categories are: Cleantech, EdTech, FinTech, Health, Lifestyle, and Media.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Boston GreenFest 2015

Take a step toward a greener future by participating in Boston GreenFest on August 21-23 at Boston City Hall Plaza Government Center. Stop by their Info Table in the Café to learn about volunteering or other ways to get involved.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Department of Homeland Security Private Sector Office

The Private Sector Office is the principle conduit for the private sector into the Department of Homeland Security. Their office represents the Secretary’s policies and priorities for engagement with industry, and they offer an opportunity for the business community to provide their concerns and support back to the Department’s leadership. As part of their cross-country initiative to engage with centers of innovation on behalf of their operational components, most significantly in support of their cybersecurity mission. But as innovative technology is necessary to protect the nation across all five of our missions, they are always looking for ways to more closely partner with non-traditional performers and established companies alike.

While they’re here, they’d love to discuss with you:

  • Their strategy for engaging with innovators
  • Their Visionary Goals (the big problems they’re looking to solve)
  • Pathways to partnership with the government

On Monday, July 13, they’re hosting a roundtable discussion at CIC. Stop by their Info Table in the Café to learn more.

This Week: June 21 – 27, 2015

Friends,

We would like to thank Basis Technology for sponsoring Thursday’s international-themed Café, which offers you a chance to think and act globally. Start by reserving your appointments for Office Hours now. Then, in between your meetings on Thursday, mix and mingle in the Café before choosing from the cascade of Feature Events, including TCN UpStart Roundtable in the Cancun conference room in the Café and 3 panels in the Havana conference room outside of the Café. Also, during the latter half of the Café, find resources and learn about opportunities to take your startup abroad at Info Tables for GREAT Tech Awards, Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment, Scottish Development International, and Canadian Technology Accelerator located inside the Café.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Global Venture Café sponsored by Basis Technology

Feature Events

4:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Foreign Talent — an agent for growth in the American Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem — Potential and Challenges

Taking creative ideas and converting them into successful businesses has many challenges. An important one is assembling the right talent. Globalization will continue to define most businesses including those with local models, so access to international talent, knowledge and information is paramount for success. This presents wonderful opportunities to grow businesses in the United States and in particular in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by tapping into foreign talent coming to the our country or already studying here.

The panelists will discuss their experiences regarding the formation and expansion of entrepreneurial ventures, the challenges faced by foreign talent, and thoughts on retaining their expertise and drive for joining or launching startups in the United States.

Panelists:
Gustavo BottanOPT4America
Jeff Goldman — Immigration Law Expert
Lucas Gorganchian – MIT Sloan Fellow and Founder of Snowball Marketing
Brittany D. McDonoughMOITI
Felix MoesnerSwissnex
Terry RussellInterface Ventures
Moderator:
Andi DankertFWD.US

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | TCN UpStart Roundtable

TCN UpStart Roundtables are monthly gatherings at the Venture Café that bring together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. This free series with 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 cafe setting.

In line with the Global Venture Café theme, their guest speaker is Thomas Ketchell, CEO of HSTRY. Thomas is a native of Belgium, has built and run his company internationally, and is passionate about immigration reform that supports international entrepreneurs. RSVP here.

5:30 – 6:30 P.M. | International Expansion — When and Where is it Right for You?

Entering foreign markets brings with it growth opportunities for your company as well as many challenges. Hear from several panelists working at young companies, B2B & B2C, that are currently experiencing first-hand global expansion and learn about their process of deciding when to enter, which markets, why and how they developed their initial /current strategy.

Panelists:
Ted Acworth, Vice Founder & CEO, Artaic
Alison Elworthy,VP of Operations, Hubspot
Howard Leyda, Vice President of Marketing & Ecommerce, Coravin
Shekhar Wadekar, Managing Member, coSlide, LLC
Moderator:
Marcia Goldfinger

6:45 – 7:45 P.M. | Building A Global Brand – Tips from the Experts

How can you make sure that your brand transcends cultures and is consistently executed while remaining relevant for your overseas markets? It is a complex and challenging task, but our panel of both B2B and B2C experts have years of experience to share with you. Join us to hear their stories and learn their tips for success.

Panelists:
Carl Hoffman, CEO, Basis Technology
Karen Jasmin, Dir. of Global Marketing Communications, Home Robot Division, iRobot
Brad Rinklin, CMO, Akamai Technologies
Cathy Wissink, Senior Director, Technology and Civic Engagement, Microsoft

Info Tables

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | GREAT Tech Awards

The third annual GREAT Tech Awards will encourage high growth technology companies in the Northeast, USA to select the UK as destination of choice for international expansion.

Six innovative companies, selected by a panel of prestigious judges and advisors, will win a roundtrip flight to London, five nights accommodation at Corinthia Hotel London, accountancy services, legal services, recruitment services, free office space, real estate services, banking services, meetings with investors, property agents, mentors, and government officials, and attendance at the unBound Conference in London.

Applications are open 15 June – 31 July 2015.

Competition categories are: Cleantech, EdTech, FinTech, Health, Lifestyle, and Media.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment

The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) is charged with promoting trade and investment with global partners in Massachusetts and around the world. They offer services to Massachusetts companies and start-ups that seek a global footprint and can discuss grants, professional opportunities, and government support available to innovators and entrepreneurs through the MOITI network.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Scottish Development International

Scottish Development International is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It attracts inward investment to Scotland and assist Scottish based companies to trade overseas. Scotland was once again ranked as the top destination in the UK for business outside of the city of London, and is home to such US investors as IBM, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson, HP, and SAS. Stop by and chat with Jim Dolan to connect with SDI!

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Turkish Consulate: Office of the Commercial Attaché to New England

The Turkish Ministry of Economy opened a new office in Boston to serve New England states. Alperen Kacar, Commercial Attaché, based in the Turkish Consulate in Boston, has been active to meet the increasing demand on partnership opportunities, investment and trade connections between area businesses and Turkish counterparts Please stop by to learn more about opportunities across the Anatolian Peninsula.

6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Canadian Technology Accelerator

Canadian Technology Accelerator hosts over 30 Canadian companies annually, hailing from the ICT, Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing and Cleantech sectors. The program is acclaimed in Canada and part of a greater international network of 12 accelerator programs in North America, India and the UK. Canadian companies receive mentoring, and access to a wide range of industry resources and programming. CTA@Boston actively seeks to make connections with the corporate and investment community. Please come by and say hello!

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Chuck Goldstone

It’s about the story. Startups often falter, not because their technologies aren’t good, but because the stories they tell about them aren’t. We’ll chat about both content and intent: Stepping back to find the right message for each audience (be it investor or market), making it clear and engaging, making it memorable (differentiating it from others competing for attention), and moving audiences to action. Bring your decks, your goals, your challenges, and an open mind about finding and articulating a compelling story. You’ll chat withChuck Goldstone, who for more than two decades has helped organizations find their voice.

RSVP here.

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. | Marcus Yee

Marcus has over 25 years of sales and sales consulting experience at IBM working in multiple sales and business development roles. He specializes in sales process consulting to shorten sales cycles to customers and to empower IBM business partners. Prior to his current role of working with startups, entrepreneurs, developers, incubators, and VCs in the Cambridge/Boston area, he managed the relationships of IBM partners that drive multi-millions of IBM annual revenues.

Marcus is available to discuss sales strategies as well as partnering strategies that can greatly impact the successes of startup companies.

RSVP here.

3:00 – 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.

Sign up for his office hours here.

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.

This Week: June 14 – 20, 2015

Friends,

Please join us in welcoming experienced executive, Hal Charney, and former VC, Katherine Oates, to our Office Hours roster.  This Thursday, they’ll be amongst 7 other adept advisors holding Office Hours in the Café.  Plan accordingly and reserve your Office Hour appointments on the earlier side, so you don’t miss the MBBP & TiE Boston fireside chat with experienced entrepreneurs Deepak Taneja, CTO Identity at RSA, the security division of EMC, and Gaugarin Oliver, President, TiE Boston,  Then, choose between the workshop on building your startup’s team or a roundtable on how to make the most of a hackathon.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

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

Feature Events

4:30 – 6:00 P.M. | Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton & TiE Boston present a Fireside Chat with Deepak Taneja and Gaugarin Oliver

Please join TiE-Boston and Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton for a discussion of important legal issues related to startup companies and a fireside chat and interactive Q&A session with serial entrepreneurs Deepak Taneja and Gaugarin Oliver as they discuss the life cycles of their companies from formation to acquisition.

Please RSVP here.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | UMass Lowell M2D2 Info Table

The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) is a lifeline for the state’s smaller medical device companies, offering inventors and executives easy, affordable, and coordinated access to world-class researchers and resources at the Lowell and Worcester campuses of the University of Massachusetts. Come chat about innovation and entrepreneurship with M2D2 staff.

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | MosaicHUB Build Your Startup Team the Right Way

To build a successful startup you need to build an “A” team, which will serve as a strong foundation to launch, iterate and grow rapidly. Building this “A” team takes more than identifying the skills you need to bring on board. You also need to make sure team members have a complimentary approach to tackling challenges and moving quickly to survive in the startup world.

Come join us to find out if you are a Visionary, Architect, Builder, or Cultivator and what this means to building out your team. Discover what attributes, beyond technical skills, you should look for in a co-founder or other team members.

To maximize the value of your time at this workshop, take the simple 10 minute test beforehand at http://www.myezog.com/surveys.

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Roundtable: Everything You Wanted to Know About Hackathons

What are the benefits of participating in hackathons? How can I find events? How can I come up with good ideas that can be implemented over a weekend?

Working with constraints under a limited deadline, creating something clever and useful, forming a team or going it alone, and public speaking under pressure are all aspects of a well-done hackathon. Doing a hackathon can even be seen as a simulation of creating a startup.

Eric Boehlke of truevis.com will speak on the subject.

Office Hours

3:00 – 4:30 P.M. | Maia Heymann

Maia Heymann is Senior Managing Director at CommonAngels Ventures. 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. | Jodi Tatiana-Charles

Marketing and Branding

Bring your marketing and brand questions for a one-on-one consult where Jodi-Tatiana Charles will give feedback and brainstorm ideas with you.

• Mentoring Topics
• Marketing/Branding Strategy
• Media/Customer Acquisition
• Business Model Development/Strategy

Biography
Jodi has enjoyed bringing people and companies together for over three decades. As a strategic marketing/branding specialist she has combined her passion for branding with her love of business development. After working on her Global MBA at Babson College and traveling to 14 countries within a year, and starting two businesses, she continues to be inspired to share her knowledge and expertise with clients worldwide.

Prior to creating two businesses, she led the marketing and branding of MassChallenge at its inception, managed and coordinated the Massachusetts Conference for Women, a one day event providing a forum for more than 7500 women, engaged as Deputy Press Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, produced the award winning NECN program NewsNight hosted by Chet Curtis and Jim Braude, and demonstrated leadership as WXKS Associate Producer for the legendary radio program The Matty in the Morning Show, where she was nominated “Producer of the Year”.

RSVP for 20 minute slots via email.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | 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.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Trond Undheim, Lead, MIT Startup Exchange (STEX)

MIT Startup Exchange (STEX) is a platform where the world’s most innovative companies and startups can connect to collaborate or partner on new technologies and markets. They are particularly looking for MIT-connected startups that are not aware of their offering.

At the heart of the initiative is an innovation community of:
• 220+ “Global 1000” member companies.
• 172 MIT Faculty who are serial co-founders of startups.
• 1000+ MIT-connected startups (including founded by alums).
• MIT innovation ecosystem players and initiatives.

Products/services include:
• Cluster workshops & Conference exhibitions w/lightning talks
• Startup profiles & database
• Opportunity matching (f2f & online)
• Newsletter & Analytics

Reserve 30 minutes with Trond here.

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack – SCORE

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.

Sign up for his office hours here.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Hal Charney

With over two decades of experience as a CEO leading technology companies through their expansion stages, Hal brings pragmatic perspectives and advice to those looking to “get to the next level” with their businesses. Whether its building the executive team, raising capital, handling those tricky co-founder issues, or brainstorming your next great idea, Hal is here to help. He’s seen dozens of businesses as CEO, Board member or advisor and believes that 80% of the challenges that every business faces are common across all markets – you’re not alone! He has raised in excess of $100M in venture and private equity and has been involved in over a dozen acquisitions on both buy-side and sell-side. Bring your questions, pitch deck, challenges and ideas.

Reserve 30 minutes with Hal here.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Steve Davis

Meet with Steve Davis, a business growth strategist who has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs for over 20 years. He’s 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.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Katherine Oates

Working on an exceptional MedDevice or HealthTech idea? Want some feedback on your business plan from an experienced investor?

Come meet with Katherine Oates, a former VC investor who now runs the Technology Scouting program at Smith & Nephew. She has reviewed over 500 business plans and has listened to hundreds of pitches.

Smith & Nephew, a global medical device company, is committed to supporting early-stage technologies that could make a big impact on the health of people around the world. Smith & Nephew has businesses in Orthopedics, Sports medicine, Trauma, Gynecology, and ENT (Ear, Noes & Throat).

Reserve 30 minutes with Katherine here.

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Dr. Sheldon Borkin

Get advice from Dr. Sheldon Borkin on growing and funding your company. Sheldon leads Strategic Angels which helps larger software companies become involved in the innovation economy. He is a mentor at both Techstars Boston and MassChallenge, and also a member of both Launchpad Venture Group and Investors Collaborative. Sheldon has done three startups resulting in two IPOs (including WebMD) and one acquisition. He is particular interests in enterprise and SMB software companies across verticals, and those with IoT and/or digital marketing technologies..

Reserve 30 minutes with Sheldon here.

This Week: June 7 – 13, 2015

Friends,

This Wednesday we’re pleased to host another Civic Innovation Conversation with Microsoft’s Innovation and Policy Center; and this time, the focus is on how data helps the neighborhoods.

Then, Thursday’s Café offers 7 different sets of Office Hours and opportunities to pay it forward during Youth CITIES Mini Hack where you’ll help youth address local community issues. You can also chat with M2D2 representatives at their Info Table in the Café or attend an Info Session on Startup Leadership Program.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

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

Feature Events

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

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 Mini-Hack at Venture Café. 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 – 7:30 P.M. | UMass Lowell M2D2 Info Table

The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) is a lifeline for the state’s smaller medical device companies, offering inventors and executives easy, affordable, and coordinated access to world-class researchers and resources at the Lowell and Worcester campuses of the University of Massachusetts. Come chat about innovation and entrepreneurship with M2D2 staff.

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Startup Leadership Program Info Session

The Startup Leadership Program (SLP) is a highly selective, 80-hour, 6-month world-class training program and lifetime network for outstanding founders and innovators. SLP Fellows have founded 1,000 companies that have raised $400 million, and include breakthrough and award-winning startups like Savored, TomNod, Ixigo, NatureBox, SideTour, Micello, Momelan, Novira, Runkeeper, Sensobi, Shareaholic, Solar Junction, Voicetap and Ubersense.

Chat with some of their alumni if you would like to learn more about the program and about how it can expand your network and help translate your ideas into exciting businesses.

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Bill Larrenaga

Bill is a Director with The CFO Center, the largest international provider of CFO resources, services and solutions to the small and medium sized enterprise sector. Bill was previously a Partner of KPMG LLP, one of the Big Four CPA Firms. 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. He can help you organize your financial operations and business plans. Please be sure to bring your business plan including your high level pitch document, the problems you are addressing, the size of the market, your team, the product offering, etc.

Reserve 30 minutes with Bill here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Don Greenstein

Don Greenstein, a conflict manager for over 25 years, coaches individuals and teams in creating positive collaboration, when difficult conversations and differences exist among entrepreneurs/business owners. He has helped individuals identify and value differences turning them into strengths while working through stressful, conflict situations. Schedule 30 minutes with Don to discuss how to navigate differences individually or as a team.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Investors Collaborative (iC)

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. | Jodi Tatiana-Charles – Marketing and Branding

Bring your marketing and brand questions for a one-on-one consult where Jodi-Tatiana Charles will give feedback and brainstorm ideas with you.

• Mentoring Topics
• Marketing/Branding Strategy
• Media/Customer Acquisition
• Business Model Development/Strategy

Biography
Jodi has enjoyed bringing people and companies together for over three decades. As a strategic marketing/branding specialist she has combined her passion for branding with her love of business development. After working on her Global MBA at Babson College and traveling to 14 countries within a year, and starting two businesses, she continues to be inspired to share her knowledge and expertise with clients worldwide.

Prior to creating two businesses, she led the marketing and branding of MassChallenge at its inception, managed and coordinated the Massachusetts Conference for Women, a one day event providing a forum for more than 7500 women, engaged as Deputy Press Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, produced the award winning NECN program NewsNight hosted by Chet Curtis and Jim Braude, and demonstrated leadership as WXKS Associate Producer for the legendary radio program The Matty in the Morning Show, where she was nominated “Producer of the Year”.

RSVP for 20 minute slots via email.

3:00 – 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.

3:00 – 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.

5:00 – 7:45 P.M. | Linda Plano

A great pitch gives you an edge
A critical founders’ skills is your ability to translate your value proposition into a compelling pitch. Without one, it’s difficult to be heard above the noise of the legions of other entrepreneurs pitching to the same people for money and resources.

Get Perfect Pitch
Linda Plano, PhD, has worked with nearly 600 mostly high tech entrepreneurs over the last ten years, and they have gone on to raise well over $250M. Come prepared with your current 1-minute elevator pitch that is tuned for the ears of your audience.

Reserve 30 minutes with Linda here.

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