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Boston Calendar

Apr
1
Wed
2015
Civic Innovation Conversation – Innovation for the Neighborhoods
Apr 1 @ 9:30 PM – Apr 2 @ 1:30 AM

This event occurs at District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA, United States.

Our urban neighborhoods provide the foundation of our personal and work based communities. Lively, interactive neighborhoods foster healthy lives and innovative new businesses.

Our April Civic Innovation Conversation will focus on what new approaches can be taken to create a richer community experience in our neighborhoods. We will have six speakers provide five minute perspectives on how to augment neighborhood activities, spaces and lives. We will then follow with a breakout sessions where small groups can brainstorm on initiatives that they would like to see pursued, and perhaps lead the efforts.

We are bringing together people from various parts of the public and private communities to kick off the conversation. Invited speakers include:
CONFIRMED
Damon Cox – The Boston Foundation
Gillian Pressman – Generation Citizen
Malia Lazu – Future Boston
Milton Irving – Timothy Smith Networks
Vicky Wu Davis – Youth Cities

MODERATOR – Kevin Wiant – Venture Café Foundation

Schedule:
5:30 – 6 PM – Registration and networking
6:00 – 6:45 – Short Intro followed by six speakers at five minutes each
6:45 – 7:30 – Breakout into six small discussion groups
7:30 – 7:45 – Group readouts
7:45 – 9:30 – Post event networking

RSVP here.

Apr
2
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Apr 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.

Venture Café in Session: Cleantech
Apr 2 @ 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

Office Hours: Joe Rife
Apr 2 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Test your pitch! No fault practice sessions.

Dr. Rife developed and wrote due diligence protocols for early stage investment by the Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority. No part of the process is more important than the initial “pitch”.

As an entrepreneur, academic and consultant, Joe is especially interested in helping you craft a strong presentation for your venture. Take advantage of this opportunity to practice your pitch with no downside!

Sessions are 30 minutes. Bring your collateral materials and team members as appropriate.

Reserve 30 minutes with Mitch here.

FEATURED EVENT: TCN UpStart Roundtable
Apr 2 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 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, hear from Greg O’Keefe, Founder and COO of MyEnergy (acquired by NEST which was subsequently acquired by Google).

Please reserve your spot here.

Office Hours: Mitch Tyson
Apr 2 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Mitch is a former CEO and is currently helping to build the cleantech ecosystem. He coaches entrepreneurs and serves on corporate, non-profit, and governmental boards. He is Chair of the New England Clean Energy Council, a partner in Clean Energy Venture Group, and serves on the boards of both Venture Café Foundation and Greentown Labs. Starting and growing a company is exhilarating but it is hard in many dimensions. If you want to talk to someone about the challenges you’re facing as an entrepreneur he’d be glad to chat.

Reserve 30 minutes with Mitch here.

FEATURED EVENT: Cleantech Panel with Greentown Labs
Apr 2 @ 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Join the conversation with the founders of companies from Greentown Labs to discuss building Cleantech companies in Massachusetts.

Moderator
Sean Becker – President, Sparkplug Power.

Panelists
Eamon Carrig – Co-Founder and CTO Autonomous Marine Systems.
Gabe Blanchet – CEO, Grove Labs.
Alex Pina – Founder, Avalanche Energy.
Ben Glass – Co-Founder and CEO, Altaeros Energies

Info Table: Cleantech Open
Apr 2 @ 9:30 PM – 11:30 PM

The world’s largest cleantech accelerator, Cleantech Open finds, funds, and fosters entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges. Meet staff from Cleantech Open Northeast at their info table and learn how entrepreneurs, potential mentors, and interested volunteers can get involved in their 2014 accelerator.

FEATURED EVENT: Sustainability Collaborative
Apr 2 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

The Venture Café Foundation has partnered with EcoMotion to bring the Sustainability Collaborative to monthly Venture Café gatherings.

To kick off Earth Month, we are thrilled to welcome Marc Pacheco, Massachusetts State Senator and Chair of the MA Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, and Emily Reichert, Executive Director of Greentown Labs, to lead the Sustainability Collaborative. Senator Pacheco will frame up current state and national sustainability policies, share thoughts on ​challenges and opportunities for the Commonwealth, ​​and facilitate a discussion on how we as citizens can do more to strengthen local and national policies in favor of a healthy climate and future. Please join the conversation!

What: EcoMotion’s Sustainability Collaborative takes place in mini-unConference style​ monthly at the Venture Café, a weekly innovation gathering in the heart of Kendall Square. Innovators are invited to share and participate in a unique discussion around rotating sustainability innovation themes.
Where: Havana room, 5th floor of the CIC (fka Cambridge Innovation Center)
When: Thursday, April 2nd from 6:30-7:30pm
Questions and RSVP​: Sierra sflanigan@ecomotion.us

Apr
9
Thu
2015
New Leaf Legal Office Hours
Apr 9 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 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: Bill Larrenaga
Apr 9 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 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: Investors Collaborative
Apr 9 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 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.

Investors Collaborative’s Office Hours this Thursday are full. The next available appointments are on March 12. Reserve 15 minutes with iC here.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Apr 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: Steve Davis
Apr 9 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Meet with Steve Davis, a business growth strategist who has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs for over 20 years. He’s Founder of CXO Advisory Group, a company that works with businesses, entrepreneurs and service providers to accelerate revenue growth. Steve helps you strategize to build a profitable, efficient business capable of growing to scale.

Reserve 30 minutes with Steve here.

Venture Café in Session
Apr 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

Office Hours: Marty Sack
Apr 9 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 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.

Youth CITIES – Mini-Hack
Apr 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.

Ideation Session: Digital Retail Future
Apr 9 @ 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

What do you think the future of Retail will look like in 1 year…3 years….5 years? If you have a point of view on this, Staples would like to invite you to an ideation session followed by a networking event. During the ideation session they want to engage with you to learn your perspectives on emerging and future retail trends (mobile, omni channel, digital, delivery, etc). Those who attend the ideation session would get the opportunity to pitch their ideas to Staples leaders during the networking time. If you are interested only in the ideation session please register below. If you are interested in both ideation and pitch session please register below and send an email with your name, area of interest, and company description to june.laroche@staples.com. Participants for the pitch sessions will be selected on a first come, first serve basis.

RSVP here.

Info Table: World Congress on Angiogenesis
Apr 9 @ 9:30 PM – 11:30 PM

The World Congress on Angiogenesis is an exciting reinvention of the medical conference. Hosted at the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston on April 11-12, this event will bring together a wide range of stakeholders in angiogenesis research and treatment, including clinicians, researchers, advocates, industry representatives, international experts, and others.

Attendees will have the opportunity to listen and participate in interactive discussions around exciting treatment breakthroughs, bold ideas to advance patient outcomes, research across different fields of angiogenesis (oncology, ophthalmology, cardiology and wound healing), and the future of angiogenesis-based treatments.

Don’t miss the opportunity to lend your voice to the discussion and network with experts at the most innovative conference you will attend all year.

Apr
16
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Apr 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: Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
Apr 16 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mark Allio is Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center’s (MSBDC) Boston office and its Minority Business Center. MSBDC is part of a national public business assistance program representing a three-way partnership between the Small Business Administration, Massachusetts Office of Business and Technology, and UMass Boston. The Center provides free one-on-one business advisory services to entrepreneurs and business owners, entrepreneurial training workshops, and special assistance in gaining access to capital.

A former two-time entrepreneur, non-profit administrator, and strategy consultant, Mark regularly meets entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds, providing them with ongoing practical perspective to help them realize the American Dream. More than 2,500 entrepreneurs have attended his workshops on a variety of topics of entrepreneurial interest.

Reserve 15 minutes with Mark.

Venture Café in Session
Apr 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

Office Hours: Marty Sack
Apr 16 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 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.

Equity Crowdfunding: Viable Financing for Emerging Businesses or Much Ado About Nothing?
Apr 16 @ 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

“Crowdfunding” has become increasingly popular as a capital-raising mechanism for artists, film-makers and small businesses, in which financial contributions are made in exchange for a tangible item of value, such as tickets to a performance. In April 2012, as part of the JOBS (“Jumpstart Our Business Startups”) Act, the SEC was directed to implement rules allowing “equity crowdfunding,” in which small businesses would be allowed to raise needed capital in exchange for shares or other ownership interests. Three years on, despite great expectations, the SEC’s rules on this topic have been proposed, but are not yet final. Some states, including Massachusetts, have taken matters into their own hands and adopted rules allowing intrastate equity crowdfunding, in which small amounts can be raised through offerings only to residents of one state.

At this session hosted by Mintz Levin’s Megan Gates and Kristin Gerber, you’ll learn what the SEC’s rules will ultimately permit small businesses to do, what the state rules allow, and other potential means for financing startup businesses.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Dr. Sheldon Borkin
Apr 16 @ 9:30 PM – 11:30 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.

French Research and Development Funding Discussion
Apr 16 @ 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

In 2013, the OECD ranked the French R&D credit n°3 in the world by the tax advantage per euro of R&D spend (35%) and n°1 by its weight in proportion to the GDP (0.26%). The credit reduces the cost of R&D close to Singapore and lower than in most Western European countries and the US. Certain features of the credit make it even more attractive for US investors. And there are numerous other sources of financing from the regions, State and the EU. The presenters, Stefan Brouwers, Efficient Innovation France
Emmanuel Picq, PwC Cabinet d’Avocats, Paris, will explain the rules, opportunities and pitfalls.

Apr
23
Thu
2015
Office Hours: Don Greenstein
Apr 23 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Don Greenstein, a conflict manager for over 25 years coaches individuals and teams in creating positive collaboration, when difficult conversations and differences exist among entrepreneurs/business owners. He has helped individuals identify and value differences turning them into strengths while working through stressful, conflict situations. Schedule 30 minutes with Don to discuss how to navigate differences individually or as a team.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Apr 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.

Venture Café in Session
Apr 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.

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: Marty Sack
Apr 23 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 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 with George Mabry
Apr 23 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 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.