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 the second annual Student Entrepreneur Business Expo. Plus, Sustainability Collaborative returns for their monthly unConference-style session.
Don’t forget about the six Info Tables during the latter half of the Café. Speaking of which; 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,
Thursday, July 9, 2015
3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café Session sponsored by Thales Group
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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
The principle conduit for the private sector into the Department of Homeland Security will be in the Café. Their office represents the Secretary’s policies and priorities for engagement with industry, and we 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