Calendar

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Welcome to the Venture Café Boston Calendar!

Dec
8
Thu
Café Night at Kendall in Session
Dec 8 @ 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. 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.

www.vencaf.org

Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Dec 8 @ 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: Coppelia Marincovic @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Dec 8 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Coppelia Marincovic is Investment Manager for North America at Solvay Ventures. Established in 2004, with offices in Brussels, Paris, Boston and Shanghai, Solvay Ventures has over $100m assets under management, with a focus on energy transition, sustainable resources, health and industry 4.0. In addition to providing capital to start-up companies, Solvay Ventures leverages Solvay capabilities and network to generate business synergies and partnerships between the start-ups and Solvay’s BUs and Innovation Platforms. Prior to Solvay Ventures, Coppelia was Engagement Manager at McKinsey, helping pharma and biotech companies grow and solve their operational issues.

During the Venture Café Office Hours, Coppelia will provide mentorship on how to pitch to investors and improve business plans. RSVP 30 minutes with Coppelia here.

Office Hours: Ed Greer @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Dec 8 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Edward is member of the Scouting & Exploration Network in Dow’s Ventures and Business Development group. He is responsible for finding and evaluating technologies and opportunities that complement Dow’s robust R&D pipeline and have the potential to contribute to the Company’s long-term success. Dow seeks innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical, and biological sciences to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity.

Edward has extensive experience in research management, market development, and business development. He has contributed to advancements in ceramics, displays, organic electronics, optical disks, photovoltaics, and microwave devices. Edward is a judge for numerous business plan competitions, and serves on the advisory boards of the Cornell Center for Materials Research and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Proof of Concept Centers.

Reserve 30 minutes with Ed here.

Office Hours: Investors Collaborative @ Venture Café (Acapulco) 5th floor
Dec 8 @ 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 30 minutes with iC here.

Office Hours: Jodi-Tatiana Charles @ Venture Café – 5th Floor (Café Table)
Dec 8 @ 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 30 minute slots.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
Dec 8 @ 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 (Huatulco) 5th floor
Dec 8 @ 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.

Youth CITIES – Mini-Hack @ Venture Café (Cancun) 5th floor
Dec 8 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Monthly Youth CITIES Mini-Hacks 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.

Info Table: Cambridge Participatory Budgeting @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Dec 8 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly spend part of a public budget. From December 3-9, Cambridge residents age 12 and older—regardless of immigration status—will be able to vote for their favorite PB projects to determine how to spend $700,000 of the City of Cambridge’s money to improve the community. Stop by the PB Info Table at Venture Café on Thursday, Dec. 8 to vote and make your voice heard! Visit their website to learn more and to vote online.

Info Table: StartHub @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Dec 8 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

StartHub.org 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!

Office Hours: Andreas Randow @ Venture Café (Acapulco)
Dec 8 @ 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.

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Next Level Business Forum @ Venture Café (Cozumel)
Dec 8 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Next Level Business Forum offers “expertise for innovation”. The forum brings together business-owners, -coaches, and -service-providers, for enlightened discussions. Each participant, expert in his own field, benefits from the others’ perspectives.

Bring your hardest problems and collaborate with other entrepreneurs and experts in a group setting. Owners and Experts break into groups for an idea-sharing round.

RSVP here.

TCN Upstart Roundtable – Netcapital @ Venture Café (Cancun)
Dec 8 @ 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 or investors. 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 cafe setting.

Jason Frishman is the founder and CEO of Netcapital. Jason has been mentoring, advising, and investing in early stage companies to help them raise their first capital for over three years. He founded Netcapital to reduce the systemic inefficiencies he saw in the way early stage companies access capital through his experience as a coach and mentor.
Jason holds advisory positions with leading organizations in the financial technology ecosystem, and has conducted speaking engagements as an external expert with University of Michigan, The Capital Network, SPARK Ann Arbor, and others.

RSVP for space here but walk-ins are welcome!

Dec
10
Sat
#Opt2Make: Holiday Decorations @ Roxbury Innovation Center
Dec 10 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

This year, #Opt2Make Holiday gifts for your loved ones instead. Roxbury Innovation Center and FabLab Roxbury are joining Maker Spaces & Fab Labs across the country in offering workshops and classes in 3D Printing, laser cutting and marking, and other fun technologies to make unique, one of a kind Holiday gifts.

Tickets are FREE on Eventbrite but decorations are $5 each.

RSVP Here

Dec
13
Tue
Café Nights @ RIC in Session
Dec 13 @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The monthly Café Nights @ RIC are energetic and dynamic events where innovators and entrepreneurs can find one another and collaborate to bring their dreams to reality. These regular gatherings provide a space for conversations and scheduled programs to inspire a wide range of attendees from different backgrounds and industries to connect, share ideas, and grow their ventures. The Café is open to all members of the innovation community—stop by to try it out.

Fundraising: Three ways to raise money for your idea @ Café Nights (Think Space)
Dec 13 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Learn about raising money at an event, online, or with a grant application. Get practical tips and resources to start fundraising today!

Cost to attend this event: FREE

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Kerry Bowie
Dec 13 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Prior to cofounding Msaada Partners, Kerry acquired extensive experience as an environmental engineer and manager with Texas Instruments in Dallas and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Kerry holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental engineering from MIT and the University of Michigan, respectively, as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Kerry is able to assist entrepreneurs with Business Fundamentals, Financial Management/Reporting, and Strategic Planning.

Check here for his LinkedIn.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Nadine Boone (SBA)
Dec 13 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Ms. Nadine D. Boone is currently Lead Business Opportunity Specialist and Lead Economic Development Specialist at SBA-Massachusetts District Office (MADO) working with Government Contracting Division and Marketing and Outreach across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Ms. Boone has worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration for 18 years in various positions. She can help with the SBAs 3Cs: Counseling, Contracts, and access to Capital.

Sign up for a chat with Nadine here.

Office Hours: Sankeetha Selvarajah @ Café Nights (Café Table)
Dec 13 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Selvarajah Law P.C. has a focus on corporate governance and business law across retail, technology and manufacturing sectors. Provides general counsel on all aspects of entity selection, business formation, corporate maintenance, funding and contractual review. Contractual review includes shareholder agreements, vendor agreements, asset/purchase sale agreements, franchise agreements, NDA & Non-compete, employment, contractor agreements sales & licensing agreements, and tenant/commercial leases. Primary role is liaison between the client and outside vendors.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: SCORE
Dec 13 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

SCORE Boston provides free & confidential business advice from experienced business professionals at the Roxbury Innovation Center (2300 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02119).

RSVP here for a one hour session.

Office Hours: Tricia Young Shaw
Dec 13 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 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 their LinkedIn.

Book 30 minutes with Tricia here.

Office Hours: Paul Cosway
Dec 13 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Professor Paul Cosway is a lecturer of strategy and innovation at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

Previously, Cosway served as a Consultant at Galatea Associates, founder of and managing partner at Ressen Design, managing partner at marchFIRST, founding partner of Mitchell Madison Group, and system architect and engagement manager at McKinsey & Co. He is an entrepreneurial business/technology strategist and leader with 30 years of international experience in managing, strategizing and problem solving at the nexus of business and technology.

RSVP here for a 30 minute session.

Dec
14
Wed
Office Hours: Kristin Polito @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
Dec 14 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Kristin Polito is an accomplished executive and business academic, with a myriad of experience developing enterprise initiatives and marketing campaigns, strengthening positioning and industry standing, and boosting revenues. She knows competitive landscapes and has set drive improvements to enterprise-wide strategic plans, new business development opportunities, product development enhancements, and program delivery. She has worked extensively in the venture capital space with biotech, hi-tech, telecom, and a host of other start-ups.

As a SCORE Mentor, Kristin brings with her the resources of more than 50 additional mentors with a full range of expertise in almost every area of business and non-profits.

RSVP here.

Dec
15
Thu
Café Night at Kendall in Session
Dec 15 @ 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. 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.

www.vencaf.org

Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Dec 15 @ 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: Hal Charnley @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Dec 15 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 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: Illiana Rabago and John MacDonald @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Dec 15 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Illiana and John run a consulting firm that is dedicated to helping innovative companies in life sciences and technology find the right message to clearly define the value they bring to investors and partners. They tailor their design and development to craft strong distinct messaging for attracting the right interest.

Please be prepared to talk about the market and problem you are solving.

RSVP for time with them here.

Office Hours: Jacquie Kay @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Dec 15 @ 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.
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Office Hours: Joe Caruso @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
Dec 15 @ 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.