Event Calendar

Stay up to date on the events happening at Venture Café on the calendar below.

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Feb
21
Tue
Learn Lab Small Business Workshop: Excel Formulas for your Small Business
Feb 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This workshop builds on the previous fundamentals class by diving a bit deeper. The workshop will cover creating PivotTables, using VLOOKUP, and absolute references. Attendees will also learn to make attractive charts and link tables in PowerPoint to present your data. The instructor will teach from Office 2016, but will indicate differences in previous versions.

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Feb
22
Wed
Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Feb 22 @ 2:00 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: Woody Benson
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Woody is a Partner at Launch Capital, a board member at LogMeIn, ArccosGolf, WooSports, Expo Communications, and Swirl Networks, as well as a advisor/investor at Bolt Labs, Pixibility, ParkEasier, PetNet, Awesome Box, Lavastorm, and Decision Pace. He has been an active member of the Boston innovation community for decades and specializes in Go to Market, Marketing, Sales, BD & Team Building.

Check here for his LinkedIn.

RSVP for 30 minutes with Woody here.

Feb
23
Thu
Café Night at Kendall in Session
Feb 23 @ 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

Café Night at Kendall in Session
Feb 23 @ 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
Feb 23 @ 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
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 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: Jacquie Kay
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

As an entrepreneur and educator, Jacquie works globally and locally, advising businesses, leaders, and organizations in managing innovation, ventures, start-ups and projects. She founded two for profit companies and was founder of the Asian Community Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation. For 35 years, she ran WPI, Inc., a successful international development and training firm. She currently leads the Sun Walking Group and Sun Walking Labs – a sustainable/social impact planning and development group, and innovation lab.

RSVP for 30 minutes with Jacquie.
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Office Hours: Jodi-Tatiana Charles
Feb 23 @ 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
Feb 23 @ 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: Kevin Wiant
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kevin is Executive Director of Venture Café Boston, a nonprofit Foundation that connects the innovation community by managing spaces, programs and conversations. Previously, Kevin has been on the management teams of several early stage companies in the mobile, telecommunications, web and software industries. His executive roles have been in business development, sales, marketing, product management and corporate development.

Check here for his LinkedIn.

RSVP for 30 minutes with Kevin here.

Office Hours: Marty Sack
Feb 23 @ 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: New Leaf Legal
Feb 23 @ 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
Feb 23 @ 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: Andreas Randow
Feb 23 @ 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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Office Hours: Hal Charnley
Feb 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 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.

Feb
28
Tue
Office Hours: Kerry Bowie
Feb 28 @ 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)
Feb 28 @ 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: Phil Crutchfield (SCORE)
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Phil has over twenty years experience in banking and Venture Capital. His banking experience also includes ten years with the Federal Government in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Phil’s government responsibilities involved contracting with the Government and Small Business & Minority Outreach. His other background experience includes a number of years serving on the Boards on various Non-profit Social Service and Recreational organizations. This activity included Strategic Planning, Marketing and Fundraising.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Paul Cosway
Feb 28 @ 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.

Mar
2
Thu
Café Night at Kendall – Female Founders: Making Boston the Best City for Female Founders
Mar 2 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

What will it take to have Boston ranked #1 for Female Founders?

Boston is named the second-best city in the world for female founders representing 29% of all founders according to Compass.

Fireside Chat with Diane Hessan @ Venture Café Kendall

Fireside Chat with Diane Hessan – Entrepreneur, Marketer and Author

Fireside Chat with Diane Hessan (4:00 – 5:00 PM)

Join Venture Café Kendall Director, Chandra Briggman, as she conducts a Fireside Chat with Diane Hessan on the ups and downs of her journey and her thoughts on increasing entrepreneurship among the women of the Greater Boston area. Diane is a successful entrepreneur, marketer, and author. She is currently working on a variety of projects in the Boston tech ecosystem and in the political realm, and she is also an active angel investor. Formerly CEO of Startup Institute (SI), Diane helped build the company into a force for building great talent in the innovation economy. Since its inception, nearly 1500 students have gone through Startup Institute programs, in Boston, New York, London, Chicago & Berlin.

Funding Women Entrepreneurship (5:30 – 6:30 PM)

Female investors will share their thoughts on strengthening the female entrepreneurship within the Boston ecosystem, as well as offer tips for navigating the challenges of fund-raising.

Deb Kemper

Payal Divakaran

Jennifer Jordan

Mng Dir., Golden Seeds Principal, .406 Ventures VP, MassVentures

 

How I Built It: Success Stories from Female Founders (6:45 – 7:45 PM)

A few of the area’s rising female stars will share their latest success milestones as well as how they got started, failures along the way and strategies that helped their companies grow. Participants include:

Donna Levin

Nataly Kogan, Happier, Inc.

Nataly Kogan

Zoe Barry, ZappRX

Zoe Barry

Snejina Zachria, Insurify.com

Snejina Zachria

Co-Founder, Care.com CEO, Happier, Inc. CEO, ZappRX CEO, Insurify.com

 

 

  • Startup Demos: Female Founders can apply to demo their products by submitting our Demo Form: http://bit.ly/vc-dt

 

  • Networking will help prospective and existing female entrepreneurs connect with the best of the Boston ecosystem.

 


About Venture Café

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: Bill Larrenaga
Mar 2 @ 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: Coppelia Marincovic
Mar 2 @ 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: Jacquie Kay
Mar 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

As an entrepreneur and educator, Jacquie works globally and locally, advising businesses, leaders, and organizations in managing innovation, ventures, start-ups and projects. She founded two for profit companies and was founder of the Asian Community Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation. For 35 years, she ran WPI, Inc., a successful international development and training firm. She currently leads the Sun Walking Group and Sun Walking Labs – a sustainable/social impact planning and development group, and innovation lab.

RSVP for 30 minutes with Jacquie.
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Office Hours: Jodi-Tatiana Charles
Mar 2 @ 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
Mar 2 @ 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
Mar 2 @ 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.

Mar
7
Tue
Learn Lab Educators and Students Workshop: Blended Learning with Office 365
Mar 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Office 365 is free for students and teachers of Boston Public Schools! You may be aware of some of the great tools available in Office 365, but do you know how you can use OneDrive, Skype for Business, and OneNote Class Notebooks to help you incorporate blended learning in your classroom?  Let’s explore blended learning, its impact on teaching and learning, and see how the full suite of tools provided within Office365 will help you build a robust learning environment that fosters student success.

For More Information

Mar
8
Wed
Venture Cafe – Volunteer Information Session
Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The volunteer information session is designed to give prospective volunteers an overview of the Venture Cafe organization and volunteer programs. Completion of the volunteer inquiry form is required prior to participation.

Mar
9
Thu
Café Night at Kendall in Session
Mar 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. 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