Boston Calendar

Vencaf 23Jan201517

Welcome to the Venture Café Boston Calendar!

Jul
28
Thu
EdTech Conversation with Larger Companies
Jul 28 @ 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM

Join this conversation with panelists from Microsoft, Persons and others talking about how large companies are viewing the EdTech market and ways they expect the industry to grow of the next few years.

Panelists:
Aimee Sprung, Civic Engagement Manager at Microsoft
Matt Hoffberg, Director of Product Management, New Products and Markets at Pearson
More TBA

Innovation in Education: Venture Café in Session
Jul 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.

Educating our youth is one of highest priorities to ensure a growing and inclusive society and economy. Education systems are adapting to prepare students for an ever changing working world. Meanwhile new processes, tools and technologies are becoming available all the time.

The Venture Café is holding a two part series on Innovation in Education this summer to help educators and private sector players to better collaborate on these dynamic issues.

On July 19th at the Roxbury Innovation Center, we will be hosting three events. The first will be focused on using Maker Technology more broadly in the classroom. The second is a panel on the future of work. The third session will be a roundtable discussion on how the public and private sectors can better work together to innovate education.

On July 28th at Venture Cafe Thursdays, join us for three conversations on the way that non-profits, startups, and large companies are changing the Education landscape now and into the future!

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)
Jul 28 @ 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: Ed Greer @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Jul 28 @ 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: Hal Charnley @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Jul 28 @ 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: Investors Collaborative @ Venture Café (Acapulco) 5th floor
Jul 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.

Reserve 15 minutes with iC here.

Office Hours: Jacquie Kay @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Jul 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, 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)
Jul 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: Steve Davis @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Jul 28 @ 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.

Venture Café in Session
Jul 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. 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 with George Mabry @ Venture Café (Cancun)
Jul 28 @ 3:30 PM – 5:30 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. Opening will be live one week before this date.

Social Entrepreneurs and Innovation in the Education Space
Jul 28 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

If you are ambitious, persistent and want to attack major social issues, come join us for a conversation about how nonprofits and social change entrepreneurs are redefining what education looks like. Help us offer new ideas to make that wide – scale impact the world needs.

And what better way to start then by tackling education and changing the mindset of the future generations!

This event will showcase social entrepreneurs who have innovative solutions to society’s most tenacious social problems, paving the way for future generations.

RSVP here.

3:00pm – 3:30pm: (Registration) Networking
3:30pm – 4:30pm: (Event Session) Social Entrepreneurs and Innovation in the Education Space
4:30pm – 5:00pm: (Open Floor) Social Entrepreneurs available after the panel

Panelists:
Ayele Shakur, Regional Executive Director at BUILD
Dr. Charles F. Desmond, Inversant: CEO
Netia McCray, CEO/Founder, Mbadika & Roxbury Innovation Center, Fab Lab Manager
Vicky Wu Davis, Executive Director, Youth CITIES

Moderator: Milton Irving, Executive Director at Timothy Smith Network

Organized by: Unee Washington, Venture Cafe Volunteer

Social Entrepreneurs and Innovation in the Education Space @ Venture Café (Havana) 5th Floor
Jul 28 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

If you are ambitious, persistent and want to attack major social issues, come join us for a conversation about how nonprofits and social change entrepreneurs are redefining what education looks like. Help us offer new ideas to make that wide – scale impact the world needs.

And what better way to start then by tackling education and changing the mindset of the future generations!

This event will showcase social entrepreneurs who have innovative solutions to society’s most tenacious social problems, paving the way for future generations.

RSVP here.

3:00pm – 3:30pm: (Registration) Networking
3:30pm – 4:30pm: (Event Session) Social Entrepreneurs and Innovation in the Education Space
4:30pm – 5:00pm: (Open Floor) Social Entrepreneurs available after the panel

Panelists:
Ayele Shakur, Regional Executive Director at BUILD
Dr. Charles F. Desmond, Inversant: CEO
Netia McCray, CEO/Founder, Mbadika & Roxbury Innovation Center, Fab Lab Manager
Vicky Wu Davis, Executive Director, Youth CITIES

Moderator: Milton Irving, Executive Director at Timothy Smith Network

Organized by: Unee Washington, Venture Cafe Volunteer

EdTech Startups – Ideas, Challenges and Opportunities
Jul 28 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Join us for a conversation with a wonderful set of EdTech startups to talk about their company’s challenges and opportunities as they build markets and technology to teach the students of the future.

Panelists: TBD

EdTech Startups – Ideas, Challenges and Opportunities @ Venture Café (Havana) 5th Floor
Jul 28 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Join us for a conversation with a wonderful set of EdTech startups to talk about their company’s challenges and opportunities as they build markets and technology to teach the students of the future.

Panelists: TBD

Info Table: BUILD @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Jul 28 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Discover how you can use your skills and expertise to inspire high school entrepreneurs on their journey into business and college readiness!

BUILD is looking for the most passionate and qualified entrepreneurs to work with our high school student business teams. BUILD students start and manage their own small ventures while receiving the support they need to succeed in high school. Are you up to the challenge? Visit BUILD info table to find out more!

Info Table: StartHub @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Jul 28 @ 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)
Jul 28 @ 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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EdTech Conversation with Microsoft, Pearson, and Google @ Venture Café (Havana) 5th Floor
Jul 28 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Join this conversation with panelists from Microsoft, Pearson and Google talking about how large companies are viewing the EdTech market and ways they expect the industry to grow of the next few years.

Panelists:
Aimee Sprung, Civic Engagement Manager, Microsoft
Matt Hoffberg, Director of Product Management, New Products and Markets, Pearson
Marta McAlister, Program Manager, Google for Education
Moderator: Kevin Wiant, Executive Director, Venture Café Foundation

TCN UpStart Roundtable: Innovation In Ed Tech with Liam Pisano, Managing Director at LearnLaunch @ Venture Café (Cancun)
Jul 28 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

TCN UpStart Roundtables are monthly gatherings at the Venture Cafe that bring together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. This free series with The Capital Network, Venture Cafe, 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.

TCN UpStart Roundtables: Innovation In Ed Tech with Liam Pisano, Managing Director at LearnLaunch

Aug
4
Thu
Office Hours: Bill Larrenaga @ Venture Café - 5th Floor (Café Table)
Aug 4 @ 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: Jacquie Kay @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Aug 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, 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)
Aug 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 @ Venture Café (Huatulco) 5th floor
Aug 4 @ 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.

Venture Café in Session
Aug 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. 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

Info Table: StartHub @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Aug 4 @ 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: Ned Lomigora @ Venture Café (Acapulco)
Aug 4 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Ned Lomigora from Cape Ann Development Group can provide advice on technology and product development. He can help you decide what is the right minimum viable product for your startup or project; what would be the most appropriate architecture; what should you expect your product to cost and how much time is it most likely going to take; pros and cons of developing internally vs. externally; and many other product development related issues. He will also be able to point you to appropriate resources you may need as your development needs grow.

RSVP for 30 minutes here.

Understanding Capitalization Tables @ Venture Café (Havana)
Aug 4 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

As a startup progresses through various rounds of funding, the founders’ and investors’ ownership percentages and the value of their equity change. Capitalization tables record the ownership %, equity dilution and value of equity in each round of investment. Join us for a solid understanding of the basics behind this sometimes complex tool.

Presenter: Tasnia Huque, Cue Ball Capital and SCORE Boston Mentor

Please RSVP for space but walk-ins are welcome!

Aug
10
Wed
Office Hours: Kristin Polito @ Venture Café (Veracruz)
Aug 10 @ 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.

Aug
11
Thu
Office Hours: Hal Charnley @ Venture Café (Café Table)
Aug 11 @ 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.