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Welcome to the Venture Café Boston Calendar!

Office Hours: Christine Dunn @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Christine Dunn has spent more than two decades working in media and communications. She has worked with and for major media outlets, from Bloomberg to the Boston Globe, and then struck out onto the entrepreneurial path and built an award-winning strategic communications firm, ArcPoint Strategy. Christine most enjoys working with innovators on commercializing their ideas and with entrepreneurs on bringing their ideas to market. Bring your marketing questions for your startup to Christine. To make the most of your time, make sure to bring details about the problem you are trying to solve and the team working on it.

Reserve 30 minutes with Christine here.

Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 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 organizations find their voice.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Investors Collaborative @ Venture Café (Acapulco) 5th floor
Oct 27 @ 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.

Reserve 15 minutes with iC here.

Office Hours: Investors Collaborative @ Venture Café (Acapulco) 5th floor
Oct 27 @ 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.

Reserve 15 minutes with iC here.

Office Hours: Jacquie Kay @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 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, start-ups and projects. She founded two for-profit companies, WPI, Inc. and The Sun Walking Group, and, was founder of the Asian Community Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation. WPI, Inc., for 35 years, under Jacquie’s guidance, was a successful international development firm. In 2012, she started up the Sun Walking Group, a sustainable and strategic planning corporation. Sun Walking assists communities and countries frame projects through a “lab” lens (innovation, R&D, metrics and analytics) focused on clean energy and the environment, Climate Change and socio/economic issues. In addition, Sun Walking assists in developing sustainable funds for local projects. She helped found the Living Systems Lab – Fisherville Mill, (non-profit) – a bio-remediated site creating natural and human habitat, and, was on the founding board of the Thrift Fund for Economic Development. 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 for 30 minutes with Jacquie.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
Oct 27 @ 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 @ Venture Café (Cancun) 5th floor
Oct 27 @ 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Marty Sack has mentored more than 200 start-ups over the last two years and is a regular business mentor at the Venture Cafe. As a Certified SCORE Mentor he brings with him the resources of more than forty additional successful executives, Venture Capitalists, Marketing and Digital Marketing experts, small business owners, and other Professionals from diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free business advice and mentoring services.

Marty is the now retired co-founder and CEO of LunchDates Dating Service. He also founded and was publisher and long time owner of a national job publication, and he was the Executive Director of a Cambridge based non-profit for 18 years.

Sign up for his office hours here.

Office Hours: Tricia Young-Shaw @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tricia Young-Shaw works with aspiring entrepreneurs whose business ideas do not depend on deals with big companies or venture capitalists for success. We are particularly committed to helping those who are in transition explore entrepreneurship as a means of creating opportunity for themselves. What she offers:

-Management consulting services for community businesses looking to scale
-Start-up and management training workshops
-Start-up counseling for aspiring entrepreneurs

Check here for her LinkedIn profile.

Book 30 minutes with Tricia here.

Slow Money Boston Showcase @ Venture Café (Havana)
Oct 27 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Entrepreneur Showcase provides access to sustainable food and farming businesses at different stages of development seeking different levels of financing. Investors of all resource levels are encouraged to attend and learn how to participate in rebuilding local economies based on the principles of soil fertility, sense of place, care of the commons and economic, cultural and biological diversity.

RSVP here.

Venture Café in Session: Savory Success Stories
Oct 27 @ 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.

Venture Café Cambridge is proud to host its 4th Savory Startup Success Stories on October 27th. This food themed edition of Café Night brings together culinary and tech innovators to knowledge-share and explore collaboration opportunities in the food space. As part of the evening’s event, we are creating a unique space for food / beverage related startup demos, workshops, office hours and panels.

Events currently scheduled include:
• 3:00-5:00pm: ‘Food Startup’ Pitch Event – Hosted by Slow Money Boston

• 5:30-6:30pm: “Challenges and Opportunities” Panel with F&B Accelerators and the Boston region entitled

• 5:30-7:30pm: Demos & Info Tables

• 6:30-7:30pm: TCN Upstart Roundtable featuring Adam Salomone & Bob

• 6:45-7:45pm: “From Food Trucks to Five Star: Boston’s Food Service Industry” moderated by Ian So, founder of Chicken & Rice Guys

We are inviting members of the community to join us and contribute their voice to this event. Organizations interested in setting up a complimentary info table and food/beverage start-ups interested in presenting a demo should submit an application to Venture Cafe here by October 10th.

This event will take place at Venture Café Cambridge located inside CIC (1 Broadway Cambridge) on Thursday October 27. Apply to host a complimentary info table for your organization or demo for your food/beverage start-up
by following this link.

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. For a complete description of this Thursday’s events, please see our calendar.

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.

Info Table: @coffeepeddlers @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Come grab a cup of New England’s craft cold brew coffee! The @coffeepeddlers will be pouring brews, on draft and nitro, from their mobile coffee bike, to keep you hyped up to learn from Savory Success Stories, Venture Café’s 4th theme night on food and beverage entrepreneurs. @coffeepeddlers’s Beantown Blend organic Colombian, Harvest fall seasonal, and HOPeration cold brew will be sure to shock your taste buds and have you jonesing for more. Don’t worry, they’re bringing three kegs. See you there!

Info Table: Apotheker’s @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Apotheker’s makes all natural organic honey sweetened confections locally, right in Dorchester. All of their goods are refined sugar-free with no added dairy, soy, or gluten.

Info Table: beantrust @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

beantrust rocks culture with old world hospitality
by curating awesome coffee experiences.

First in class cold-brew, fresh roasted coffee, chilled herbal infusion.
And out of the park tasting events!

beantrust is currently:
1) serving CIC with
* cold-brew,
* fresh roasted beans for espresso and pour over coffee, and
* tasting events!

2) keeping Kayak going with a daily cold-brew coffee and herbal infusion service.

3) revolutionizing Greentown Labs with fresh roasted coffee, cold-brew and customized tasting events.

beantrust is energizing and engaging the workplace community in a unique way. We all want to be productive and effective, right?

In our fast-paced, data-driven world, beantrust is all about people. It’s fun to create a customized refreshing, delicious “coffee” program.

Info Table: Dinner Belles @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Dinner Belles is an on-site, meal prep concept that brings people together to prepare great tasting, healthy meals to take home and enjoy stress-free. Their prepare the meals with your friends, coworkers, clubs or social groups. All preparation is done on-site, whether that’s in your home or in your board room! Simply put: Good food paired with good company is a major key to health! Their goal is to improve overall health and morale through meal preparation and socialization in a group setting.

Info Table: LeanBox @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

LeanBox is changing the way people eat at work. Employees gain on-demand access to chef-quality food and drinks steps from their desks. From chopped salads to cold-pressed juices, LeanBox provides the perk-experience of Silicon Valley to offices of all shapes and sizes. Employers that care about their employees deserve in-office access to curated choices from the world’s best sources. We give businesses large and small the experience of a gourmet cafeteria without the space or expense.

Info Table: Meal Ticket @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Meal Ticket Catering allows your team to enjoy great tasting food from our restaurant partners all over the city. They are looking at shaking up the standard catering model. They focus on coordinating the placing the orders, providing utensils, and delivering. Your team receives the top food choice and catering sized portions to feed your staff and unexpected office guest.

Info Table: Nama Kiss @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Nama Kiss (NK) was initially started by sisters Angi and Andi Wolfgang in 2008 during their 6-year stint in Tokyo, Japan. They dreamed of creating an extremely healthy confection that was as creamy and intoxicating as chocolate should be! Upon their return to the US, they re-started NK in Raleigh, NC, where they sold them in various shops from 2011-2013. Andi restarted Nama Kiss in Boston, MA in June of 2016 and is working on selling online, in stores, and at events throughout the Boston area.

Nama Kiss chocolates are exceptionally high quality gourmet cacao products, made entirely with organic ingredients! All confections are free of dairy, soy, gluten, and white sugar. Raw cacao, their main ingredient, is a natural aphrodisiac and an exceptional source of magnesium, theobromine, antioxidants, tryptophan, anandamide (the bliss chemical), and PEA (the love chemical)! May cause blissful thoughts, increased creativity, and powerful urges to smooch your sweetie!

Info Table: NOLA Fresh Foods @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

NOLA’s blends farm fresh ingredients, bold flavors and a touch of heat to create the best tasting salsa made north of the Mason Dixon Line. One hundred percent natural, NOLA’s is revolutionizing the way we eat and enjoy salsa…fresh, flavorful and pureed to perfection.

Info Table: Noodle Lab @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Noodle Lab is a single concept stall in the Boston Public Market inspired by Southeast Asian street style food. Stop by to see what they are cooking up in the lab!

Info Table: Nutty Life @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Nutty Life is here to share delicious creamy organic cashew milks with you! Each bottle has at least 20% nuts, ten times the amount in your typical store-bought nut milk. It will leave you feeling super satisfied 🙂 Nutty Life uses dates to sweeten their scrumptious milks—and they use the whole date! That means you get all their amazing fiber, protein, and nutrients. Nutty Life never uses additives or chemicals. They use the best of best organic ingredients. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and take a sip of the best cashew milk in the world!

Info Table: ParTea @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

ParTea will be sampling their 5 flavors of Booze Infusers. Booze Infusers are a brand new way to add flavor to your alcoholic beverages. Comprising of whole dried fruits, herbs, and spices packed in paper tea bags, Booze Infusers steep for 24-48 hours in your favorite liquor, resulting in flavored alcohol without all the chemicals and sugar found in commercial versions. The focus for this tasting will be fall and winter mocktails made with ParTea. This time of year is big on booze and food, so come learn how to make drinks that are light on your body, but heavy on flavor.

Info Table: SamosaMan @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

SamosaMan is the local food producer with ethical trading and natural organic products. SamosaMan’s aim continues to be the creation of the whole meal-products that give a taste experience like no other.

Info Table: Spoiler Alert @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Spoiler Alert offers a collaborative, online platform that enables businesses to recover value from unsold food inventory. Their technology provides real-time capabilities to manage food donations and discount sales, while offering the relevant accounting and reporting systems to capture tax benefits and document key financial, environmental, and social metrics. Born out of MIT in June 2015, Spoiler Alert was a 2015 winner of MassChallenge and participated in the 2016 cohort of Techstars Boston.

Info Table: StartHub @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM is a comprehensive, centralized online platform designed to connect, support, and grow Greater Boston’s world-class technology and early-stage community. Developed in a public-private partnership between the City of Boston, Venture Café, Gust, IBM, and a wide number of partners from Boston’s startup community, StartHub will serve as Greater Boston’s homepage for the startup ecosystem.

Visit with the StartHub staff at Venture Cafe to learn more!

Info Table: X.O.I @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

X.O.I is a social enterprise that is introducing the Vietnamese Gac Superfruit to the US. Through working with ethnic minority farmers in rural Vietnam, they have created three juice blends from the Gac fruit. Made locally in Boston, all of their beverages are light, refreshing and contain only a quarter of the sugar found in other juices.

X.O.I launched their juice blends in March after raising over $36,000 on Indiegogo and receiving a fellowship for $25,000. Since then, they’ve expanded sales to over a dozen retail locations in Boston and Providence, including Whole Foods Market, CIC, Brooklyn Boulders, Brown University Dining Services, and other smaller natural food stores.

Come visit their table at Venture Café to learn more about this high-growth beverage startup, opportunities to get involved, and try a free sample of their 3 beverages: Ginger Rosemary Pear, Apple Chamomile Cider, Beets & Berries!

Office Hours: Andreas Randow @ Venture Café (Acapulco)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

You built something? It solves a problem. Great. You think you understand your market. Do you? Join Andreas Randow and figure out together where you’re at and what needs to be done to turn your product into a functioning company.

RSVP here.


Savory Success Stories – A Discussion About Boston Food Startups @ Venture Café (Havana)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Join us for a forum to discuss how food companies navigate the market selection decisions and understand what it takes to build a brand. This energetic panel focused on the Boston Food Startup market will cover:

-Market Trends
-Success Stories
-General Advice for Food Focused Startup

RSVP here for space but walk ins are welcome!

Lauren Abda
Emily Gouillart
Ciaran Nagle

Blonde Beauchamp

Office Hours: Alok Singh @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
Oct 27 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The success of startups depends heavily on their Go-to-Market (GTM) strategies and tactics. Many entrepreneurs find it challenging to create them.

In this session, you will get insight into developing a Go-to-Market (GTM) plan. You will receive practical recommendations, relevant to your venture, for launching and scaling the business.

Bring your presentation slides and spreadsheets, and have an open conversation with Alok Singh.

Alok has 15 years of global executive and entrepreneurial experience. During 12+ years at Dell, he led multiple sales & marketing organizations for consumer and commercial markets across the world. He holds an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan.

Reserve time with Alok here.

TCN UpStart Roundtable with Adam Salomone and Bob Stringer @ Venture Café (Cancun)
Oct 27 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

TCN UpStart Roundtables are monthly gatherings at the Venture Café that bring together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. This free series with 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 café setting.

This Thursday, Pete MacDonald, Relationship Manager at Silicon Valley Bank’s Emerging Technologies Practice, leads the conversation with:
Adam Salomone, Co-Founder of The Food Loft, a co-working space for food and tech entrepreneurs; and Founder and Partner at Salt Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in and partners with startups at the intersection of food and technology.
Bob Stringer, a member at Edible Ventures, an angel group focused on high-growth food and beverage companies; Founder of Crimson Seed Capital, a Boston-based angel investment vehicle with a portfolio of over two dozen small health and wellness companies; and Founding General Partner of Sherbrooke Capital LLC, a venture capital firm specializing in providing growth capital to companies in the health and wellness industry.

Want to know more about our speakers? Take a look at the Boston Globe’s Sept 17th article: For companies with a food focus, Boston is fertile.

More info and RSVP here.

Office Hours: Bill Larrenaga @ Venture Café - 5th Floor (Café Table)
Nov 3 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Bill is a Director with The CFO Center, the largest international provider of CFO resources, services and solutions to the small and medium sized enterprise sector. Bill was previously a Partner of KPMG LLP, one of the Big Four CPA Firms. He has extensive experience working with senior management and Board of Directors in high tech, manufacturing and retail and distribution industries. He has led client service teams in providing risk based, process driven internal audits that provided value. He can help you organize your financial operations and business plans. Please be sure to bring your business plan including your high level pitch document, the problems you are addressing, the size of the market, your team, the product offering, etc.

Reserve 30 minutes with Bill here.