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Venture Cafe Presents: Sherry Lassiter and The Fab Foundation

Sherry Lassiter is the President of The Fab Foundation based out of MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms. The Fab Foundation supports a network of fab labs around the world whose mission is to provide access to tools, knowledge, and financial means to educate, innovate, and invent using technology and digital fabrication. In her discussion with Venture Café Presents host Christine Dunn, Ms. Lassiter discusses the global fab lab network and how it supports entrepreneurship and education.

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Venture Cafe Presents: Danielle Olson, Founder of Gique, Talks STEAM

Danielle Olson, Founder of Gique, discussed creative ways of combining STEM concepts and the arts in her conversation with Venture Cafe Presents host Christine Dunn at the recent Venture Cafe Female Founders Night.

Visit Arc Point Strategy for the full video:http://www.arcpointstrategy.com/venture-cafe

Venture Café Presents: Allexe Law Fosters Deliberate Leadership for Growth

In her conversation with Venture Café Presents host Christine Dunn at Venture Café’s Female Founders Night, Allexe Law, Founder of ArtScience Group, discussed ways she helps business executives and entrepreneurs develop deliberate leadership strategies and skills to foster growth.

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This Week: April 17 – 23, 2016

Friends,

The times they are a’changin. – Bob Dylan

Like a startup that’s rapidly expanded its product line, we’ve found this weekly blog post ballooning with information about everything that’s happening with our local programs.

So, we’re killing this multi-year experiment, freeing up time and resources to do better, more important things. You’ll still see blog posts for certain events from Venture Café Boston, such as the monthly Café Nights at District Hall (Wednesday, June 21) and Roxbury Innovation Center (next Tuesday, April 26, is Veteran Entrepreneurs, developed in collaboration with District Hall Founding Sponsor, Suburban IFR), and certain Venture Café Thursdays like our upcoming Life Sciences theme night next Thursday, The Hybridization of Life Sciences and Big Data, sponsored by IBM.

After that, fret not, as all of our events for Venture Café Thursdays are listed on our calendar: vencaf.org/calendar. (Click here to jump to this Thursday’s schedule.)

That said, if you feel strongly about not seeing this post on a weekly basis, per our credo being a living document and also our love for experiments, we will always welcome your feedback: info@vencaf.org.

Now, about Venture Café Boston’s “products”, there’s District Hall, bookmark here for events at District Hall. There’s Roxbury Innovation Center (RIC), bookmark here for events at RIC including our upcoming Café Night at RIC focusing on Veteran Entrepreneurs on April 26. Then, in partnership with the City of Boston, IBM, and Gust, we run  StartHub.org which serves the greater Boston ecosystem. Our other offerings include Innovation Visitors Bureau for those interested in innovation communities and Captains of Innovation for established businesses looking to work with startups.

Of course, this “product” discussion wouldn’t be complete without including the global network: @VentureCafeSTL, @VentureCafeRdam, and now, @VentureCafeMIA; plus, the awesome teams behind each. Should you ever find yourself any of those places on a Thursday—except Miami, for now—you can experience our core product: Venture Café Thursdays.

Open every Thursday from 3-8 P.M. These Thursday gatherings offer opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs to engage in serendipitous collisions and features an extensive Office Hours program and serves a platform to help startups get to the next level by developing and hosting events on topics of interest within each community. Speaking of which, we’re always open to event suggestions and requests for events.

Please find an abbreviated schedule for this Thursday’s session in Cambridge below. Click through each event for more information about it and to save it to your calendar. And, don’t forget to reserve your Office Hour appointments now after browsing our roster of adept advisors holding Office Hours in the Café this Thursday.

Hope to see you Thursday,

The Venture Café Boston Team
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Thursday – April 21, 2016

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

Feature Events

5:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Overview of Seed Stage Financing Structures

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Expanding Internationally – How, when, and why?

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Chuck Goldstone – it’s about the story

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Massachusetts Small Business Development Center – Margaret Somer

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack – SCORE

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Joe Caruso – Advocate for Entrepreneurs

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Steve Davis – CXO Advisory Group

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | George Mabry – Converge Venture Partners

Info Tables

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | 2016 NEVY Awards

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Cleantech Open Northeast

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | MassTech Intern Partnership + TechGen and NewCo Boston

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Open Data Science Conference

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | StartHub

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | YouthCITIES Student Pitch Voting

 

Venture Café Presents: Jacquie Kay Connects Innovation Ecosystems and Social Impact Communities

In her conversation with Venture Café Host Christine Dunn, Jacquie Kay, Managing Partner of the Sun Walking Group, discusses the importance of making connections between innovation ecosystems and sustainable social impact communities globally and locally. She sees her work as helping to frame enterprises, providing access to funding and financing, and bringing together real-life situations with innovative solutions.

Visit Arc Point Strategy for the full video:http://www.arcpointstrategy.com/venture-cafe

This Week: April 10 – 16, 2016

Friends,

We’re looking for an awesome person to join our team at District Hall as Event Coordinator, please see here for more information and to apply. While last week was excellent, building on Richard Branson’s recent post about Virgin’s business philosophy, onward to this week!

SCORE Boston’s Kristin Polito’s Office Hours this Wednesday are full. Then, Venture Café Thursday offers five Feature Events to choose from, including the recurring monthly gatherings of Youth CITIES Mini-Hack and Sustainability Collaborative discussing Youth Engagement in Sustainability Planning. There’s also Next Level Business Forum, and two sessions from our Workshop Series:

Check out our roster of adept advisors holding Office Hours in the Café on Thursday and don’t forget to reserve your appointments beforehand as they tend to fill up quickly. We’re also hosting Info Tables from 5:30 – 7:30 P.M. for:

  • Open Data Science Conference
  • StartHub
  • TiE StartupCon
  • Toastmasters

Hope to see you this week,

Wednesday – April 13, 2016

6:00 – 9:00 P.M. | Office Hours with SCORE’s Kristin Polito

Thursday – April 14, 2016

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

Feature Events

4:30 – 6:00 P.M. | Youth CITIES Mini-Hack

5:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Startup Workshop: Building an Authentic, Relevant Personal Brand

6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Sustainability Collaborative: Youth Engagement in Sustainability Planning

6:00 – 7:30 P.M. | Next Level Business Forum

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Life Science Product Development Workshop – Clinical/R&D/Fundraising Strategy

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Investors Collaborative – Len Hafetz & Ed Friedman

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack – SCORE

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Joe Caruso – Advocate for Entrepreneurs

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Andreas Randow – turning your product into a functional company

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Sissi Liu – cleantech advisor

Info Tables

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Open Data Science Conference

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | StartHub

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Toastmasters

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | TiE StartupCon

 

Venture Café Presents: Alessandra Brown on Innovation in Roxbury

In her conversation with Venture Café Host Christine Dunn, Alessandra Brown, Venture Café’s Program Manager for the Roxbury Innovation Center, discussed the ways in which this unique platform is reaching out to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. Through its many programs, Alessandra and the Roxbury team are helping to build a strong ecosystem of support to empower members of the local community

Visit Arc Point Strategy for the full video:http://www.arcpointstrategy.com/venture-cafe

This Week: April 3 – 9, 2016

Friends,

This week we offer two Café gatherings, including the first District Hall Café Night (#dhcafenights) in Boston (75 Northern Avenue) this Wednesday from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M. and Venture Café Thursday, sponsored by Catalonia Trade and Investment.

Join us at District Hall on Wednesday for open networking, workshops on Connecting with Boston’s Innovation Ecosystem (with Venture Café Executive Director Kevin Wiant) and Building Your All-Star Team (with The Tech Connection CEO Melissa James), and ending with a special keynote featuring GE Ventures‘s Marni Rutkofsky (Director of Strategy & Marketing Advanced Manufacturing), Steve Taub (Senior Investment Director Advanced Manufacturing), and Andrew Lackner (Senior Investment Director Energy). There’s also Office Hours in the earlier part of our gathering, and numerous Info Tables during the latter part of the evening. (Jump to Wednesday’s schedule here.)

Then, this week’s edition of Venture Café Thursday is sponsored by Catalonia Trade and Investment. They’re hosting Bio-IT Startup Showcase during the earlier portion of the Café and an Info Table throughout the entire session. Other Feature Events on Thursday include: Where do mature companies go when they aren’t accelerating or incubating?, and Baby BOOM or Bust: Planning for our grandparents through design and technology.

You can also visit Info Tables at Venture Café Thursday to chat with representatives from Bavarian US Offices for Economic Development, Open Data Science Conference, StartHub, TiE StartupCon, and DigiFabCon.

Or, get advice and find resources to grow your startup during 11 different sets of Office Hours, including two new additions to our roster of adept advisors: Ed Greer from Dow’s Ventures and Business Development group, and Lou Madge from Amazonia Partners.

Hope to see you this week,

Jump to Venture Café Thursday’s schedule here.

Jump to Thursday’s roster of Office Hours here.

Wednesday – April 6, 2016

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Café Night @ District Hall #dhcafenights

Feature Events

4:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Connecting with Boston’s Innovation Ecosystem

5:15 – 6:15 P.M. | Building Your All-Star Team

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Connecting GE Ventures to the Boston Startup Community

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Joe Caruso

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Ned Lomigora

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

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Ramesh Advani

Info Tables

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Boston’s Big IDEA

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Boston Event Solutions • the Briar Group

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | CIC

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Fort Point Arts Community

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | General Assembly

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | StartHub

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Venture Café Foundation

Thursday – April 7, 2016

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café Thursday in Session sponsored by Catalonia Trade & Investment

Feature Events

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Catalonia Trade & Investment Bio-IT Startup Showcase

6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Where do mature companies go when they aren’t accelerating or incubating?

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Baby BOOM or Bust: Planning for our grandparents through design and technology

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Bill Larrenaga – The CFO Center

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Chuck Goldstone – it’s about your story

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Hal Charnley – pragmatic perspectives and advice

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Jacquie Kay – Sun Walking Group

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Lou Madge – Amazonia Partners

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Massachusetts Small Business Development Center – Margaret Somer

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Tim Clewley – New England Sales Consultants

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack – SCORE

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Steve Davis – CXO Advisory Group

4:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Ed Greer – Dow Ventures

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Ned Lomigora – Cape Ann Development Group

Info Tables

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Catalonia Trade & Investment

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Bavarian US Offices for Economic Development

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | DigiFabCon

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Open Data Science Conference

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | StartHub

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | TiE StartupCon

Venture Cafe Presents: Netia McCray, Founder of Mbadika

Netia McCray is the Founder and Executive Director of Mbadika (www.mbadika.org), a non-profit organization focused on increasing relations between international innovators and leaders in various fields in order to develop new ideas to tackle the enormous range of problems facing the world today. In her discussion with Venture Café Presents host Christine Dunn, Ms. McCray discussed Mbadika’s educational workshops and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) kits to equip aspiring young innovators and entrepreneurs around the world.

Visit Arc Point Strategy for the full video:http://www.arcpointstrategy.com/venture-cafe

This Week: March 27 – April 2, 2016

Friends,

Go here for events at District Hall, including our first Café Night on April 6. Go here for events at Roxbury Innovation Center, including two sets of Office Hours this Tuesday.

This week’s edition of Venture Café Thursday is co-sponsored by IBM and Cambridge Trust Company. We’re pleased to partner with them to host the latest edition of our Female Founders series. Join us for a electric night of panels, break-out groups, workshops and info tables focused on the future of female founders.

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This event will showcase women entrepreneurs who are advancing equality of opportunity for the next generation of women in business, technology and science by working to build a more inclusive innovation community.

Get involved in the conservation! Be a part of the discussion! Get engaged in the dialogue! Reserve your space to participate in a dynamic breakout group. Go here to reserve your space in a breakout group or panel and to get a complete summary of the evening’s events, plus an opportunity to submit questions for our second panel in advanced.

Also, check out our roster of adept advisors holding Office Hours in the Café on Thursday and don’t forget to reserve your appointments beforehand as they tend to fill up quickly.

Hope to see you this week,

Tuesday – March 29, 2016

1:00 – 3:00 P.M. | Office Hours at Roxbury Innovation Center: E Dovi. Abbey

2:00 – 4:00 P.M. | Office Hours at Roxbury Innovation Center: Joe Caruso

Thursday – March 31, 2016

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café Thursday in Session: Female Founders co-sponsored by Cambridge Trust and IBM

Feature Events

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Panel: Empowering the Next Generation of Innovators -RSVP: bit.ly/vc-ff

5:00 – 6:30 P.M. | Female Founders Breakout Sessions –
RSVP: bit.ly/vc-ff

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | TCN UPSTART Roundtable: Women Founders with Felicia Jadczak from She Geeks Out

6:45 – 7:45 P.M. | Panel: The Future of Female Founders –
RSVP: bit.ly/vc-ff

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Jacquie Kay – Sun Walking Group – RSVP: bit.ly/vc-jkoh14

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | New Leaf Legal – Jessica Manganello & Shannon Sadowski – RSVP: bit.ly/vc-nloh6

3:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack – SCORE – RSVP: bit.ly/vc-msoh4

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Joe Caruso – Advocate for Entrepreneurs – RSVP: bit.ly/vc-jcoh

4:30 – 6:30 P.M. | Jennifer Jordan – MassVentures – RSVP: bit.ly/vc-jjoh1

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Hyejin Lee – user experience design – RSVP: bit.ly/vc-hloh1

Info Tables

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Association for Women in Sciences (AWIS)

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Babson WIN Lab

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Center for Women and Enterprise

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Innovation Women

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | MassChallenge

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | StartHub

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | WEST

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Wonder Women of Boston