Join us Thursday for two Feature Events. First, discover how to navigate the U.S. immigration system during Mintz Levin’s seminar. Then, hear from Myomo’s Steve Kelly during The Editorial @ Venture Café.
Also, get advice and feedback from 11 adept advisors during Office Hours.
Hope to see you Thursday for the last Café session of 2014,
Thursday, December 18, 2014
3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Café In Session
4:30 – 6:00 P.M. | Navigating the U.S. Immigration System for Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs
US visa options for foreign owners and investors in US enterprises are limited. However, there are solutions that can be achieved with careful structuring. At this seminar, Mintz Levin’s Of Counsel Bill Coffman will cover US work visa options for start-ups and entrepreneurs and how foreign national entrepreneurs can navigate the pitfalls of the current system.
Bill’s legal work focuses on immigration and nationality law, as well as outbound emigration and related international law. Bill regularly represents clients in immigration matters before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Labor, as well as before US and foreign consulates.
6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | The Editorial @ Venture Cafe
TheEditorial @ Venture Cafe is a new LIVE interview series with Startups in and around Cambridge, Harvard, MIT and Boston hosted by Heidi Legg, Founder and Editor of the popular online visionary series TheEditorial.com.
This will be a live interview with startup Myomo Founder Steve Kelly for 25 minutes. The interview will then be available as a podcast on TheEditorial.com/HATCH.
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 Ventures), Fiksu, and Wymsee.
Reserve 30 minutes with Maia 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. | Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
Mark Allio is Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center’s (MSBDC) Boston office and its Minority Business Center. MSBDC is part of a national public business assistance program representing a three-way partnership between the Small Business Administration, Massachusetts Office of Business and Technology, and UMass Boston. The Center provides free one-on-one business advisory services to entrepreneurs and business owners, entrepreneurial training workshops, and special assistance in gaining access to capital.
A former two-time entrepreneur, non-profit administrator, and strategy consultant, Mark regularly meets entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds, providing them with ongoing practical perspective to help them realize the American Dream. More than 2,500 entrepreneurs have attended his workshops on a variety of topics of entrepreneurial interest.
Reserve 15 minutes with Mark here.
3:00 – 6:00 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
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. | Mimi Evans
Meet with Mimi Evans, formerly a technology executive and CEO/Founder of salesquest.com which was acquired by OneSource Information Services. She is currently an angel investor and advisor to early-stage start-ups. If you want to grow your business organically or get the attention of investors, her focus is around business development, securing early customers and monetization.
No reservations, first come, first serve.
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Sissi Liu
Do you have the next big idea but aren’t sure how to go about launching your business or putting together a business plan?
Do you have a great business plan but don’t know why you aren’t able to attract investment?
Do you have a product but can’t seem to get traction with customers?
Meet Sissi Liu, a cleantech startup mentor with experience in venture investing and entrepreneurship. She’s invested in and served on boards of cleantech companies as well as mentored budding entrepreneurs. Currently, Sissi heads up business development for the North American region at Joule, which is focused on solving the energy crisis by converting waste CO2 into valuable fuels and chemicals. Join her to chat about your business challenges and generate ideas for solutions to overcome them.
When you sign up for office hours with Sissi, please submit a one-page summary of your business, technology, market, and go-to-market strategy. Please also include bios of the leadership team.
Reserve 30 minutes with Sissi here.
3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Brad Curley
Brad Curley is an experienced angel investor (Boston Harbor Angels), board member (Sialix), 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.
Reserve 30 minutes with Brad here.
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.
4:00 – 6:00 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 biopharmaceutical service provider in 2008. If you are seeking feedback on your business concept, come prepared with high-level materials to explain your idea, including information on the market, team, and how you are addressing the problem / opportunity.
Reserve 30 minutes with George here.