Event Calendar

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

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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

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.

Youth CITIES – Mini-Hack
Feb 23 @ 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.

Youth CITIES – Mini-Hack
Feb 23 @ 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: MassChallenge
Feb 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come meet with MassChallenge, a startup-friendly accelerator, which takes no equity and is not-for-profit. They are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. At the end of the program, the highest-impact startups through a competition win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards! Through their global network of accelerators in Boston, London, Jerusalem, Geneva, Mexico City and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, they are driving growth and creating value the world over!

Info Table: StartHub
Feb 23 @ 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
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
1
Wed
Office Hours [District Hall]: Joe Caruso
Mar 1 @ 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.

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. Join us for an evening to discuss, connect and celebrate female entrepreneurship in Boston. RSVP for space here but walk-ins are welcome.

 

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.

Shelagh Braley, Editor in Chief, FounderWire

Shelagh Braley

Deb Kemper

Payal Divakaran

Jennifer Jordan

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

 

TCN Upstart Roundtable with Courtney Scrubbs, Founder of DAWA Investment Club (6:30 – 7:30 PM)

Come here about Courtney Scrubbs’ journey launching the DAWA Investment club and how it helps its members pool investments in public company stock as partners. RSVP for space here but walk-ins are welcome!

Courtney Scrubbs, CEO, DAWA Investment

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:

Janelle Nanos, Boston Globe

Janelle Nanos

Donna Levin

Donna Levin

Nataly Kogan, Happier, Inc.

Nataly Kogan

Zoe Barry, ZappRX

Zoe Barry

Snejina Zachria, Insurify.com

Snejina Zachria

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

 

Office Hours (3:00 – 5:00 PM)

Entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs can book 30-minute appointments to obtain advice from experts. Click here to book an appointment: http://vencaf.org/book-office-hours/

Startup Demos (5:30-7:30 PM)

We have selected awesome female-founded startups to demo during the event. Drop by to see a selection of exciting products in the Boston startup pipeline.

Networking

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-in

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: Chuck Goldstone
Mar 2 @ 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
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.

Office Hours: Michael Gale
Mar 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Michael Gale of WithumSmith+Brown, has an extensive background in US and International Taxation. In addition to working for PWC, Michael has run a top Pharma company US Tax department as well as business aspects of a startup. This gives Michael a good background to talk about the tax, accounting, and funding concerns of companies from startup to revenue-producing commercial enterprise. He is able to help you think about taking on new partners, funding, or entering into new areas.

Michael’s requests that you bring your 3-5 year plan with you (in your head is fine), because many decisions result in negative or positive tax, funding, and deal consequences.

RSVP here for time with Michael.