This Thursday’s theme night, #VeteranEntrepreneur, is the first event in our new series, “The Veteran Entrepreneur”, created in partnership with Suburban Integrated Facilities Resources. The Feature Events are TCN UpStart Roundtable with serial entrepreneur and veteran Win Burke, now of iGetBetter; Keynote Speech from Coleman Nee, former Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services; and “The Veteran Entrepreneur” Series Panel. Meanwhile, get advice and feedback during four sets of Office Hours including veteran Bill Madden (now at Seraph Group), and learn about supporting organizations at six Info Tables around the Café.
And, like every other Thursday, pay it forward while making new connections and finding resources to grow your startup.
Hope to see you Thursday,
Thursday – Mar. 26, 2015
3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café in Session
TCN UpStart Roundtable, a monthly gathering at Venture Café, 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, connect with U.S. Army veteran and serial entrepreneur Win Burke of iGetBetter.
Former Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services, Coleman Nee, will join us for our inaugural event of The Veteran Entrepreneur series to share his remarks as a military veteran, entrepreneur, and long-time advocate for veterans. Coleman Nee spent many years as Undersecretary and Secretary of Veterans’ Services where he championed efforts to provide veterans and their families with earned benefits, access to workforce training, and healthcare services. Mr. Nee was also instrumental in the State’s progress to eliminate homelessness among veterans, and he oversaw the Massachusetts Women Veterans’ Network, which supports over 28,000 woman veterans.
This panel discussion will dive into the entrepreneur’s experiences, decisions, and lessons learned surrounding the launch and initial growth of their companies. More specifically, along the lines of: What propelled them to take the leap into entrepreneurship? What did they feel their greatest risks and challenges were and how they overcame them? What role, if any, did their military experience serve in their efforts to start their companies? And perhaps, why and how do military veterans make successful entrepreneurs?
- Ingrid Centurion, CEO, Centurion Technologies Consulting LLC
- Erik DeGiorgi, Principal & Co-Founder, MediaVue Systems
- Brendan English, Founder & CEO, RailPod Inc.
- Dave Gowel, CEO, RockTech
Moderator: Chris Pratt, Executive Vice President, Suburban Integrated Facilities Resources
3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Bill Madden
Bill Madden: Director, Business Development for Seraph Group. Bill is a former Captain in the Marine Corps, serving from 1994-1999 as a Platoon Commander in infantry and reconnaissance platoons. He graduated from Harvard before serving in the Marines, and earned his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth afterwards. Bill has spent time in consulting with McKinsey, and as a financial advisor with Goldman Sachs before his current role at Seraph Group.
Seraph Group is a structured angel fund that seeks strong entrepreneurs looking for seed stage funding, and accredited investors looking to invest in an innovative alternative to traditional angel investing. They have a nine-year track record of strong returns, and an outstanding network of over 200 notable, seasoned investors from across the country.
Reserve 30 minutes with Bill here. Bill’s Office Hours tomorrow are full.
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.
iC Office Hours this Thursday are full. Their next available appointments are on April 9.
Reserve 15 minutes with iC 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. Joe’s Office Hours tomorrow are full.
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. Marty’s Office Hours tomorrow are full.
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Association for the United States Army (AUSA)
Come speak with the Association of the United States Army which is the advocate voice for the Army in Congress and the Department of Defense. Membership in this patriotic, worldwide association based in our Nation’s Capitol allows you to contribute your support to defending our national security. Many of us would love to serve in uniform but, for various reasons, can not. This is your chance to be marching in step with the greatest fraternity in the world!
For more information about AUSA and how to join, go to www.ausa.org.
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | MassChallenge
MassChallenge is the world’s largest startup accelerator and the first to support early stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Every year, MassChallenge selects 128 of the highest impact ventures from every industry and any stage to participate in a four month startup competition where they receive free office space, mentorship, professional education, opportunities for fundraising, and more – all with no equity taken.
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center (NVBRC)
Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center (NEVBRC) is a nonprofit organization which assists veterans in starting, operating and maintaining small businesses. We provide expertise together with their resource partners to train, mentor, and assist our nation’s veterans in this regard. As a Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) covering the U.S. Small Business Administration Region 1, their service area covers all six New England states.
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | RallyPoint
RallyPoint is the only online military community dedicated to helping service members and veterans achieve success in their lives and careers. Founded by former Special Forces officer Yinon Weiss and Army Captain Aaron Kletzing, it is the premier military network run by veterans in the USA.
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Small Business Administration (SBA)
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) provides veterans, and their dependents, info on programs, resources and organizations to assist them with starting or growing their business. Their programs include business advisory services, access to capital, government contracting and exporting.
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | VetsinTech
VetsinTech is a national non-profit organization that supports our current and returning veterans with re-integration services and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. ViT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for their veterans interested in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment – the 3E’s!