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Office Hours: Investors Collaborative
May 28 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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 March 12. Reserve 15 minutes with iC here.

Office Hours: Jacquie Kay
May 28 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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.

Reserve 30 minutes with Jacquie here.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
May 28 @ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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.

Office Hours: Maia Heymann of CommonAngels Ventures
May 28 @ 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

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.

Schedule 30 minutes with Maia here.

Office Hours: Marty Sack
May 28 @ 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

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.

Sign up for his office hours here.

Office Hours: Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
May 28 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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.

Office Hours: Trond Undheim, Lead, MIT Startup Exchange (STEX)
May 28 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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.

Products/services include:
• Cluster workshops & Conference exhibitions w/lightning talks
• Startup profiles & database
• Opportunity matching (f2f & online)
• Newsletter & Analytics

Reserve 30 minutes with Trond here.

Venture Café in Session
May 28 @ 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A weekly program offered by The Venture Café Foundation. Venture Café opens its doors to the entrepreneurial, innovation, and creative communities around Greater Boston every Thursday.

Mix and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs, find serendipitous connections, get advice and feedback during office hours, and attend entrepreneurship- and innovation-focused events.
Café-goers are expected to participate in a manner consistent with the Café’s Credo.

To support The Venture Café Foundation’s mission and to act as a community hub, Venture Café reserves the right to dis-invite any individual that its management feels, in their sole judgment, detracts from achieving its mission.

Follow @VentureCafe on Twitter for the latest updates.

www.vencaf.org

Office Hours with George Mabry
May 28 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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.

Reserve 30 minutes with George here.

Info Table: MA eHealth
May 28 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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.

Info Table: Swissnex Pitchfest
May 28 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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.

Info Table: Tufts Biomedical Business Club
May 28 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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.

Info Table: UMass Lowell M2D2
May 28 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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.

Office Hours: Dr. Sheldon Borkin
May 28 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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..

Reserve 30 minutes with Sheldon here.

MosaicHUB Founders Roundtable
May 28 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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!

Sign-up for more information and to join the roundtable here.

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Thu
2015
Office Hours: Ash Egan
Jun 4 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

CommonAngels Ventures (CAV) is one of Boston’s leading early stage funds, composed of leaders in the tech community. Meet and get feedback from Ash Egan, Analyst at CAV. Ash helps CAV support its current portfolio of 30+ companies, enjoys exploring the Boston tech ecosystem, and is always interested in assisting entrepreneurs however he can.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone
Jun 4 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

It’s about the story. Startups often falter, not because their technologies aren’t good, but because the stories they tell about them aren’t. We’ll chat about both content and intent: Stepping back to find the right message for each audience (be it investor or market), making it clear and engaging, making it memorable (differentiating it from others competing for attention), and moving audiences to action. Bring your decks, your goals, your challenges, and an open mind about finding and articulating a compelling story. You’ll chat with Chuck Goldstone, who for more than two decades has helped organization find their voice.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Jacquie Kay
Jun 4 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Jun 4 @ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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.

Office Hours: Marty Sack
Jun 4 @ 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

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.

Sign up for his office hours here.

Office Hours: New Leaf Legal
Jun 4 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

New Leaf Legal, focuses on creatively developing Corporate, Entertainment, and IP infrastructures for their start-up clients as well as helping established companies embark on new and entrepreneurial paths. Stop by the Cafe to talk shop!

Reserve 30 minutes with New Leaf Legal here.

Office Hours: Steve Davis
Jun 4 @ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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.

Venture Café in Session
Jun 4 @ 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A weekly program offered by The Venture Café Foundation. Venture Café opens its doors to the entrepreneurial, innovation, and creative communities around Greater Boston every Thursday.

Mix and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs, find serendipitous connections, get advice and feedback during office hours, and attend entrepreneurship- and innovation-focused events.
Café-goers are expected to participate in a manner consistent with the Café’s Credo.

To support The Venture Café Foundation’s mission and to act as a community hub, Venture Café reserves the right to dis-invite any individual that its management feels, in their sole judgment, detracts from achieving its mission.

Follow @VentureCafe on Twitter for the latest updates.

www.vencaf.org

Info Table: Artisan’s Asylum
Jun 4 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Artisan’s Asylum will be tabling to offer local artists information about resources available to them.

Info Table: CIC
Jun 4 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

CIC, a sister organization to Venture Café and the physical space within which Venture Café operates, is hosting the Café on June 4th to meet people who may be interested in joining their team.

CIC’s mission is to change the world through innovation by developing ecosystems that allow exceptional entrepreneurs to innovate faster and better. This is done by providing the physical infrastructure through space and services and by cultivating a supportive, vibrant community to allow for and encourage success.

CIC is expanding locally, domestically, and abroad and is hiring in an array of different fields including architecture and design, operations, recruiting, expansion, finance, IT, and more! If you or someone you know is interested in working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, you may be interested in attending. There will be CIC team members onsite to meet you and answer your questions.

Info Table: CIC
Jun 4 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

CIC, a sister organization to Venture Café and the physical space within which Venture Café operates, is hosting the cafe on June 4th to meet people who may be interested in joining their team.
CIC’s mission is to change the world through innovation by developing ecosystems that allow exceptional entrepreneurs to innovate faster and better. This is done by providing the physical infrastructure through space and services and by cultivating a supportive, vibrant community to allow for and encourage success.
CIC is expanding locally, domestically, and abroad and is hiring in an array of different fields including architecture and design, operations, recruiting, expansion, finance, IT, and more! If you or someone you know is interested in working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, you may be interested in attending. There will be CIC team members onsite to meet you and answer your questions.

Info Table: Deborah Davidson from Catalyst Conversations
Jun 4 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Deborah Davidson connects scientists and artists in partnerships that spur fascinating talks and projects. She is a font of knowledge and a wonderful resource to hear more about the local art and innovation scene.

Info Table: Emery Wenger
Jun 4 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Local artist, Emery Wenger, will be staffing an info table in Venture Café on the topic of being a professional artist and how to monetize your art! Come meet Emery and ask him about what he does, how he does it, and perhaps learn how to apply this to your own creative goals.

Info Table: Molly Akin
Jun 4 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Molly Akin, Director of Marketing & PR at Cambridge Arts Council, joins us to provide information and resources regarding the local arts community. Come talk to her about upcoming events and more!

Sustainability Collaborative
Jun 4 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Cambridge is IN IT to WIN IT, and is counting on your ideas to help the City win a $5 million prize! The Georgetown University Energy Prize pits 50 cities across the country against each other for two years to develop game changing approaches to energy efficiency. Seth Federspiel from the Cambridge Energy Alliance will introduce the Prize and then turn it over to you to brainstorm the big, innovative, and transformative technologies, services, and strategies needed to reduce energy use throughout the city. Creative thinkers from all disciplines welcome!

The Venture Café Foundation has partnered with EcoMotion to bring the Sustainability Collaborative to monthly Venture Café gatherings.

Stay tuned for more information about this month’s Sustainability Collaborative.

Questions? Contact Sierra at sflanigan@ecomotion.us

The Future of 3D Printing & Art
Jun 4 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Sarah from FabLab will be speaking to the public about the future of 3D Printing and Art. Logistics will be as follows:

6:00-6:45 pm: Lead discussion/talk about 3D printing and art in Havana
6:45-7:30 pm: Take folks back to Acapulco for 3D printing demonstrations

FEATURED EVENT | Cleantech in the Developing World
Jun 4 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

In 2015 the developing world is the new frontier of Cleantech markets. During this panel, hear from 4 entrepreneurs who are taking their products abroad and learn how these pioneers are facing the unique dynamics, new challenges, and diverse customer segments of the developing world and changing the face of resource use globally.

Connecting the Innovation Community