Join us in congratulating the following companies within our community for getting into MassChallenge’s 2015 class: Agora, Cabbige, Danger!Awesome, Energy Harvesters, Irhal, LearnLux, My Exit Strategy, Real Food Solutions, Resilient Coders, and Splitzee.
As before every Thursday, choose from nine sets of Office Hours and reserve your spots now so you can make Thursday’s Feature Event: MosaicHUB Founders Roundtable. However, be sure to apply beforehand.
Afterward, visit Info Tables to speak with representatives from MA eHealth, swissnex Global Pitchfest, Tuft Biomedical Business Club, and UMass Lowell M2D2.
Hope to see you Thursday,
Thursday, May 28, 2015
3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café in Session
6:00 – 7:00 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!
3:00 – 4:30 P.M. | Maia Heymann, Senior Managing Director, CommonAngels Ventures
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.
Maia’s Office Hours on Thursday are full.
Schedule 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.
Investors Collaborative’s Office Hours this Thursday are full. The next available appointments are on June 25. Reserve 15 minutes with iC 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 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.
3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Massachusetts Small Business Development Center – Mark Allio
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.
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.
• Cluster workshops & Conference exhibitions w/lightning talks
• Startup profiles & database
• Opportunity matching (f2f & online)
• Newsletter & Analytics
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.
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.
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 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.
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..
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | MA eHealth
Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) is a state agency focused on driving statewide adoption of Health Technology and Economic Development in Digital Health sector.
MeHI is in the process of launching a set of initiatives that would connect people and resources across the Digital Health ecosystem, create new opportunities for entrepreneurs to test their products in real time settings and open big data in healthcare to entrepreneurs and researchers to spur innovation.
If your idea/product/service/startup touches Digital Health, they would like to invite you to explore their programs and how your startup can benefit from them with improved access to resources and customers.
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. | swissnex Global Pitchfest
Join swissnex Boston, venture lab, HULT Business School and MassChallenge to see impressive company presentations at the Global Pitchfest 2015! As part of the Venture Leaders Boston Bootcamp, 30 entrepreneurs from all over the world will be going head-to-head for the title of Global Pitchfest Champion.
Have you launched a startup in the Boston area and want to present your idea to a broad audience, get more visibility for your business and win awesome prizes? Apply to the global pitchfest and fight against the Swiss National Startup team in front a big crowd in the Hult Business School in Cambridge.
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Tufts Biomedical Business Club
The Tufts Biomedical Business Club (TBBC) is a student run organization whose mission is to cultivate business leaders in the health and life sciences. TBBC is a growing community of graduate, medical, dental and nutrition students, postdocs, physicians, scientists and alumni. It provides members with opportunities to learn about consulting, business development, entrepreneurship, intellectual property and more.