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Boston Calendar

Jul
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2015
Office Hours: Bill Larrenaga
Jul 9 @ 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.

Office Hours: David Hartzband
Jul 9 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

David Hartzband has spent 25+ years designing, developing & deploying large-scale software systems into large & small organizations. He has been one of the chief software architects for (at the tike) the second largest computer company in the world & has also done 3 startups, each of which was VC funded &/or purchased as an exit. More recently, he has been on the research faculty at MIT working on the relationship of technology & organizations. Since leaving EMC as a Vice President in 2003, he has been working in healthcare information systems.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Hal Charnley
Jul 9 @ 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

With over two decades of experience as a CEO leading technology companies through their expansion stages, Hal brings pragmatic perspectives and advice to those looking to “get to the next level” with their businesses. Whether its building the executive team, raising capital, handling those tricky co-founder issues, or brainstorming your next great idea, Hal is here to help. He’s seen dozens of businesses as CEO, Board member or advisor and believes that 80% of the challenges that every business faces are common across all markets – you’re not alone! He has raised in excess of $100M in venture and private equity and has been involved in over a dozen acquisitions on both buy-side and sell-side. Bring your questions, pitch deck, challenges and ideas.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Investors Collaborative
Jul 9 @ 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: Joe Caruso
Jul 9 @ 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
Jul 9 @ 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: Steve Davis
Jul 9 @ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Steve Davis is a business growth and sales channel expert – as the Founder of The CXO Advisory Group, provides part-time COO and Chief Revenue Officer services. Steve works with businesses, entrepreneurs and service providers who want to accelerate revenue growth to the next level and seize the most attractive growth opportunities. He has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs over 25 years helping them improve business development, gain sales traction and has coached them on how to build profitable, scalable and efficient businesses in preparation for venture financing. Steve is an active advisor, mentor and coach in the New England, MIT, MassChallenge, Seedcamp and Swissnex startup communities.

Join Steve to discuss operational, marketing, sales and funding strategies that you and your company may be facing. Reserve 30 minutes with him here.

Office Hours: Trond Undheim, Lead, MIT Startup Exchange (STEX)
Jul 9 @ 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
Jul 9 @ 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

Youth CITIES – Mini-Hack
Jul 9 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Monthly Mini-Hacks, organized by CIC, Youth CITIES, and Belmont High School teacher Josh Goldfine, aim to build solutions to local community issues. Each session addresses one topic by employing a range of decision making and problem solving styles. Join this month’s Mini-Hack at Venture Café. After a collaborative discussion, each participant will share an elevator pitch version of what is believed to be the best solution. Mini-Hacks are open to middle or high school teens, college students, entrepreneurs, educators, and other professionals. Please RSVP here.

Student Entrepreneur Business Expo
Jul 9 @ 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Join high school students from around the world for the second annual Young Entrepreneur Challenge Business Expo. Students teams will be demoing and pitching their business concepts in the hopes of securing YOUR vote! The winning team will receive major advantages in the week long program.

Info Table: Boston GreenFest 2015
Jul 9 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Take a step toward a greener future by participating in Boston GreenFest on August 21-23 at Boston City Hall Plaza Government Center. Stop by their Info Table in the Café to learn about volunteering or other ways to get involved.

Info Table: GREAT Tech Awards
Jul 9 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The third annual GREAT Tech Awards will encourage high growth technology companies in the Northeast, USA to select the UK as destination of choice for international expansion.

Six innovative companies, selected by a panel of prestigious judges and advisors, will win a roundtrip flight to London, five nights accommodation at Corinthia Hotel London, accountancy services, legal services, recruitment services, free office space, real estate services, banking services, meetings with investors, property agents, mentors, and government officials, and attendance at the unBound Conference in London.

Applications are open 15 June – 31 July 2015

Competition categories are: Cleantech, EdTech, FinTech, Health, Lifestyle, and Media.

Info Table: Thales Group
Jul 9 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Thales Group is proudly hosting the Venture Café on July 9th. With over 65,000 employees and about $20B in annual revenues, Thales provides safety and security solutions to the most demanding customers in markets around the world. Many company executives will be in attendance on the 9th, and they look forward to hearing about your innovative companies and ideas at the Café!

Info Table: UMass Lowell M2D2
Jul 9 @ 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.

Info Table: Unreasonable Lab Boston
Jul 9 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Applications are open for the Boston Unreasonable Lab, a free 5-day accelerator for social entrepreneurs (Sep. 11th – 15th). Visit them at the Venture Café to learn how they will help you design a personalized funding plan, hone your pitch, and meet investors.

Office Hours: Philip Greenwald
Jul 9 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Want to build an app or website but don’t know where to start? Code Undercover will help you navigate the complex world of agencies, freelancers, web technology, and coding. Whether your question is about technology or the app business, they can help you.

RSVP here.

Sustainability Collaborative
Jul 9 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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

Jul
16
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Chris Salthouse
Jul 16 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Chris Salthouse is an electrical engineer with more than 15 years of experience designing biosensors. Come to discuss what is possible with biosensors or wearable sensors. You can also learn about the opportunities to partner with UMass, Amherst through the Institute for Applied Life Sciences, a newly created institute with more than $50M in equipment that industrial users can pay to use for advanced characterization, fabrication, and packaging of sensors.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Jacquie Kay
Jul 16 @ 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 clean 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: Jodi-Tatiana Charles
Jul 16 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Marketing and Branding

Bring your marketing and brand questions for a one-on-one consult where Jodi-Tatiana Charles will give feedback and brainstorm ideas with you.

• Mentoring Topics
• Marketing/Branding Strategy
• Media/Customer Acquisition
• Business Model Development/Strategy

Biography
Jodi has enjoyed bringing people and companies together for over three decades. As a strategic marketing/branding specialist she has combined her passion for branding with her love of business development. After working on her Global MBA at Babson College and traveling to 14 countries within a year, and starting two businesses, she continues to be inspired to share her knowledge and expertise with clients worldwide.

Prior to creating two businesses, she led the marketing and branding of MassChallenge at its inception, managed and coordinated the Massachusetts Conference for Women, a one day event providing a forum for more than 7500 women, engaged as Deputy Press Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, produced the award winning NECN program NewsNight hosted by Chet Curtis and Jim Braude, and demonstrated leadership as WXKS Associate Producer for the legendary radio program The Matty in the Morning Show, where she was nominated “Producer of the Year”.

RSVP for 20 minute slots via email.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Jul 16 @ 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: Katherine Oates
Jul 16 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Working on an exceptional MedDevice or HealthTech idea? Want some feedback on your business plan from an experienced investor?

Come meet with Katherine Oates, a former VC investor who now runs the Technology Scouting program at Smith & Nephew. She has reviewed over 500 business plans and has listened to hundreds of pitches.

Smith & Nephew, a global medical device company, is committed to supporting early-stage technologies that could make a big impact on the health of people around the world. Smith & Nephew has businesses in Orthopedics, Sports medicine, Trauma, Gynecology, and ENT (Ear, Noes & Throat).

RSVP for 30 minute sessions here.

Office Hours: Marty Sack
Jul 16 @ 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: Sarah von Helfenstein
Jul 16 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Valuation – the queen of finance & economic disciplines – is largely misunderstood, misrepresented, and misapplied. Yet she is essential for all business decisions – particularly those for dynamic, high growth companies and projects.

Sarah von Helfenstein would like to move you past Go – that “point estimate of value” where most people get stuck – and guide you behind the veil of mystery. Bring your questions. Find out how a meaningful valuation can do far more than wow potential investors or plug a number into a tax return or audited financial statement.

Value + Realism + Insight » Effective Decision Support

RSVP here.

Venture Café in Session
Jul 16 @ 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

MBBP VC Panel: Pitfalls, Perspectives and Possibilities of Angel Investments
Jul 16 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

With the increase in angel groups in the Boston area over the past several years, it has become increasingly challenging for entrepreneurs to navigate the process of raising money from angel investors. Better understanding the angel network and process can be extremely helpful to entrepreneurs.

Please join us for an overview of Q1 2015 Series “A” deals and a lively discussion with our impressive panel of angels and entrepreneurs to address:

*What criteria do angels use when considering an investment in portfolio companies?
*What criteria should entrepreneurs consider when targeting various angel groups?
*What common mistakes do companies make during the due diligence process?
*How can angels add value to their portfolio companies?
*How can entrepreneurs engage the angel investors in companies and make use of their expertise once an investment has been made?
*Exit strategies – how have the exit expectations of angel investors changed over the past several years?

Come hear the panel’s thoughts on these and other issues pertinent to entrepreneurs and then network in the Venture Café at 5:30pm.

RSVP for the event here!

Info Session: GREAT Tech Awards
Jul 16 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

The third annual GREAT Tech Awards will encourage high growth technology companies in the Northeast, USA to select the UK as destination of choice for international expansion.

Six innovative companies, selected by a panel of prestigious judges and advisors, will win a roundtrip flight to London, five nights accommodation at Corinthia Hotel London, accountancy services, legal services, recruitment services, free office space, real estate services, banking services, meetings with investors, property agents, mentors, and government officials, and attendance at the unBound Conference in London.

Applications are open 15 June – 31 July 2015

Competition categories are: Cleantech, EdTech, FinTech, Health, Lifestyle, and Media.

Info Table: Startup Leadership Program
Jul 16 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

The Startup Leadership Program (SLP) is a highly selective, 80-hour, 6-month world-class training program and lifetime network for outstanding founders and innovators. SLP Fellows have founded 1,000 companies that have raised $400 million, and include breakthrough and award-winning startups like Savored, TomNod, Ixigo, NatureBox, SideTour, Micello, Momelan, Novira, Runkeeper, Sensobi, Shareaholic, Solar Junction, Voicetap and Ubersense.

If you would like to learn more about the program and about how it can expand your network and help translate your ideas into exciting businesses, come by the Venture Cafe and catch up with some of our alumni!

Info Table: UMass Lowell M2D2
Jul 16 @ 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
Jul 16 @ 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 after July 2nd.

MosaicHUB Founders Roundtable
Jul 16 @ 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.

6:00pm – 6:15pm: A 30 second – 1 minute intro from each of the participants
6:15pm – 7:00pm: A discussion of 2-3 topics brought up by the moderator
7:00pm – 7:30pm: An open discussion to network or pair up with founders in your business stage / industry

In respect to the other Founders’ participating, we ask that you don’t enter the room any later than 10 – 15 minutes after the roundtable begins.

Info Session: Startup Leadership Program
Jul 16 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The Startup Leadership Program (SLP) is a highly selective, 80-hour, 6-month world-class training program and lifetime network for outstanding founders and innovators. SLP Fellows have founded 1,000 companies that have raised $400 million, and include breakthrough and award-winning startups like Savored, TomNod, Ixigo, NatureBox, SideTour, Micello, Momelan, Novira, Runkeeper, Sensobi, Shareaholic, Solar Junction, Voicetap and Ubersense.

If you would like to learn more about the program and about how it can expand your network and help translate your ideas into exciting businesses, come by the Venture Cafe and catch up with some of our alumni!

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