One Broadway, 5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
March 22, 2018
3:00 – 8:30 PM
Save the date for Venture Cafe’s She Connects mini-conference, taking place on March 22, 2018. Our annual mini-conference will feature advice and forward-looking ideas from successful female entrepreneurs, those funding women-led ventures, and leaders behind some of the ecosystems’ well-known organizations in Boston.
Reservations are recommended but not required. RSVP Here
She Connects is hosted by Venture Café Kendall. #SheConnects
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
3:00 – 8:30 PM NETWORKING
3:00 – 5:00 PM OFFICE HOURS
4:00 – 5:00 PM YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR PITCH EVENT
4:15 – 5:15 PM TOWN HALL: WOMEN IN TECH (presented by Oracle)
5:00 – 8:00 PM LADIES LOUNGE @ VENTURE CAFÉ (with Evy Teas)
5:30 – 6:30 PM FUNDING PANEL
5:30 – 7:30 PM DEMOS
6:45 – 7:45 PM ENTREPRENEURS PANEL
OFFICE HOURS (3:00 - 5:00 PM)
Early stage ventures and prospective entrepreneurs have an opportunity to sign up for Office Hours during this event. Entrepreneurs may sign up for 30-minute consultations with a variety of experts.
Appointments can be made on a first come, first served basis. Any cancellations will require 48-hour notification in order to accommodate entrepreneurs who have been placed on a wait-list. No-shows are frowned upon in the VenCaf community and we reserve the right to disallow future appointments for repeat offenders.
Appointments may be booked beginning March 2, 2018, here: http://vencaf.org/openofficehours
Female Founder Office Hour with Golden Seeds, A National Angel Investment Group Investing in Women-led Early Stage Companies
Marlene is a member of Golden Seeds, one of the nation’s most active angel investment firms that provides early-stage and growth capital to women-led businesses across all industry sectors. An experienced technology executive in financial services, Marlene’s investing focus of interest is in healthcare solutions that improve patient outcomes.
Areas of expertise:
Finance, Health IT, Healthcare systems, Marketing, Operations, Org Design and Team Development, Product Development/Marketing Management, and Strategy and Business.
Experienced Management Consultant providing support in business strategy and planning, organizational design and operations
Areas of Expertise: Finance, Marketing, Operations, Organisational Design and Team Development, Product Development, Strategy and Business
Laura Davis is an early stage investor interested in helping entrepreneurial life scientists translate their work from bench to marketplace. She is currently a managing director of Golden Seeds, an angel investor group focusing on women-owned, women-led companies that provides early stage and growth capital across all sectors to women entrepreneurs.
Dr. Davis was an academic scientist at Duke University Medical School and later at the Rosenstiel Center at Brandeis University, where she oversaw an active laboratory using molecular genetics to study cellular function, and authored numerous publications. She currently serves on the board of directors of Day Zero Diagnostics.
Area of expertise: Biotech/Life Science
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.
Cynthia Gilbert’s practice focuses on the strategic development of patent portfolios for a range of computer technology companies in all stages of the invention life cycle: start-ups, emerging companies, and established public companies.
Jodi-Tatiana Charles 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”.
YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR PITCH EVENT (4:00 - 5:00 PM)
YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR PITCH EVENT (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
We are preparing the pipeline! Five youth female entrepreneurs (middle and high school age) will be pitching their startups to seasoned entrepreneurs.
Come out to hear these young entrepreneurs pitch!
Vicky Wu Davis is Executive Director of Youth Cities
Youth CITIES (Creating Impact Through Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability) is an education nonprofit that teaches middle/high school students higher order thinking through an entrepreneurial mindset. Working with students from public, private, and charter schools to complement traditional classroom learning, Youth CITIES provides curriculum, tools to tinker with, and access to thought leaders who guide them as they unleash their critical thinking skills.
Netia McCray is Founder and CEO of Mbadika
Mbadika, is a not-for-profit organization focused on providing youth around the world, in particular, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, with the tools needed to overcome challenges in bringing their solutions for themselves and their communities into reality through educational workshops and a product line of DIY (do-it-yourself) kits, such as a Solar USB Charger Kit.
Since 2011, Mbadika has assisted over 700 youth around the world to realize their potential and unleash their inner innovator and entrepreneur. Currently based in Boston, USA and Cape Town, South Africa, Mbadika is fostering youth-driven innovation and entrepreneurship around the world.
Suzy Sharpe, Founder & CEO, CastingQual & Sharpe Insights
Suzy is a research expert with 20 years of experience conducting a variety of qualitative studies including One-on-one usability testing, eye tracking studies, shopper journey and diary studies and more. Her new venture CastingQual is a software as a service that helps big and small brands find the best participants for paid research studies.
Rica Elysee is Founder and Chief Executive Officer at BeautyLynk (www.beautylynk.com), an on-location beauty service that brings style and convenience to your doorstep with a few clicks. Prior to launching BeautyLynk, Rica founded the Boston Naturals group, which has grown to include more than 1,200 members on the ground and 25,000 online and was Editorial Director for Amour Creole Magazine.
TOWN HALL: WOMEN IN TECH (4:15 - 5:15 PM)
TOWN HALL: WOMEN IN TECH
Join us for a special Town Hall on Women in Tech. This conversation will feature special guests and a moderator to talk about their 2-3 best ideas for moving the needle on the big hurdles women in tech are facing. Entrepreneurs and thought-leaders in the audience will also participate by sharing their best ideas/ strategies. We all know the issues, this is a session to brainstorm about best solutions.
Christine Dunn is an award-winning media strategist with more than two decades of experience working in the highest levels of journalism and corporate communications. She is the founder and President of ArcPoint Strategy, which offers advisory services in strategic marketing, communications, and executive development. Ms. Dunn has won multiple national and international awards, including several Best in Biz and Stevie Awards for Women in Business, as well as recognition from Bulldog Reporter and the Publicity Club of New England. Prior to starting her business, Ms. Dunn worked for more than a decade at Bloomberg News as a multimedia reporter, editor, and senior manager. Leadership roles included leading the North American Consumer/Retail Team, the Mutual Funds team, spearheading the Education Team, and serving as Boston Bureau Chief. A longtime advocate of education, Ms. Dunn serves on the Advisory Board of Tufts University’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program and on the Board of Trustees for the Judge Baker Children’s Center.
Shaloo Garg is an Oracle veteran with experience in various spectrums of technology and business units. She joined Oracle in M&A and shifted to Global Marketing, Sales, and is now with Global Innovation and Startup Ecosystem at Oracle where she leads the Customer Connects practice of connecting the startups to large Enterprise clients for revenue growth and expansion. Prior to joining Oracle, Shaloo worked in two startups. Based in Silicon Valley, she is involved with Women and Youth in Technology. Shaloo is an advisor to UN Women Technology & Innovation, Board member, and ED, Silicon Valley, Board Advisor to Junior Achievement NorCal. She is a firm believer that disruptive technology’s best use case ever is leveraging its power to solve pressing issues in the world like hunger, poverty, education, clean water, air, energy etc. She is an MBA and has done specialization in Innovation and Design Thinking from Stanford d.School.
Tom Hopcroft is President and CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), the largest non-profit, non-partisan technology association in New England. He is passionate about the future of technology and talent in Massachusetts. He was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick, and reaffirmed by Governor Charlie Baker, to serve on the state’s 13-member Board of Higher Education, where he serves on the Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Fiscal Affairs and Administrative Policy Committee.
In addition to his role on the Board of Higher Education, he is Chairman of the Board for the MassTLC Education Foundation, a charitable non-profit focused on computer science education, particularly for girls and underrepresented minorities.
He is Vice Chairman of the Board for the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), an association of over 50 tech organizations representing over 22,000 companies across North America. He also serves on the Board of Directors for MassRobotics, a new independent, non-profit center and shared workspace designed to educate, inspire and bring robots and IoT companies to life.
Known to audiences across the country, Areva Martin is an attorney, advocate, television host, legal and social issues commentator, and author. She is one of television’s most in-demand legal experts/analysts. A recurring co-host on the Emmy Award-winning syndicated talk show, The Doctors, and a CNN Legal Analyst, Areva appears regularly on Dr. Phil, Daily Mail, Good Morning America, World News Tonight and across the broad spectrum of CNN and HLN shows including, AC 360, The Michael Smercornish Show, CNN International, CNN Tonight, and a variety of talk and news shows.
A quotable authority on workplace, disability rights, education, custody and women’s issues, this accomplished and multi-award winning attorney, syndicated columnist, and public speaker is also quoted and/or featured on the pages of publications ranging from Red Book to Huff Post. Areva writes regularly for CNN.com, Daily Beast, Thrive Global and Time.Motto, where you can find her monthly column, Sexist Laws Explained.
A Harvard trained civil rights attorney, Areva is the founding and managing partner of one of Los Angeles’ oldest and largest African American female-owned law firms, Martin & Martin, LLP. She has been identified as a Southern California Super Lawyer for the last 5 years. She is also the founder and President of Special Needs Network, Inc., California’s premier autism advocacy organization. Areva has raised millions of dollars for autism and disability-related causes. She has played a leadership role in advocating for new California laws to eliminate disparities in state funding for individuals with disabilities.
Areva is the recipient of many awards including L’Oreal Paris’ Women of Worth; L’Oreal Paris Inaugural Karen Fondu Leadership Award; Los Angeles County Women of the Year; Ford’s Living Legend Award; the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award; KJLH Proven Achiever’s Award; and Union Bank’s Neighborhood Hero Award
The mother of 3, Areva is an avid runner who lives in Los Angeles with her family. Her third book, Make it Rain!: How to Revolutionize Your Business and Brand (Hachette) hits bookshelves March of 2018.
OPEN MIC IN LADIES LOUNGE (5:00 - 8:00 PM)
OPEN MIC IN THE VENCAF LADIES LOUNGE
We’re activating two floors during She Connects to provide different formats to connect. This space will feature a more relaxed setting to build your network along with rounds of Open Mic pitches throughout the evening to help you identify like-minded people within the community. Evy Teas to be served throughout the evening!
Youth Pitch with Female Entrepreneurs (12 – 18 years old)
Open Mic Pitches at the top of each hour from founders and non-profits
Podcast Interviews with CIC Cambridge
Evy Teas being served
Info Tables from amazing organizations:
MassCEC Catalyst Awards
She Geeks Out
WEST – Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology
United States Small Business Administration
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
CWE – Eastern Massachusetts
Women Who Code Boston
BOOK SIGNING WITH AREVA MARTIN (5:15 - 6:45 PM)
SPECIAL BOOK SIGNING WITH AREVA MARTIN, ESQ.
Make it Rain!: How to Revolutionize Your Business and Brand
Come meet Areva Martin – a nationally-known attorney, advocate for workplace, women and disability rights, television host, and author.
A Harvard trained civil rights attorney, Areva is the founding and managing partner of one of Los Angeles’ oldest and largest African American female-owned law firms, Martin & Martin, LLP. She has been identified as a Southern California Super Lawyer for the last 5 years. She also created Special Needs Network, Inc., a non-profit benefitting special needs kids and their parents.
She is a quotable authority on workplace issues, disability rights, education, custody and women’s issues. Areva is a recurring co-host on the Emmy Award-winning syndicated talk show, The Doctors, and a CNN Legal Analyst. She appears regularly on Dr. Phil, Daily Mail, Good Morning America, World News Tonight and across the broad spectrum of CNN and HLN shows including, AC 360, The Michael Smercornish Show, CNN International, CNN Tonight, and a variety of talk and news shows. Areva writes regularly for CNN.com, Daily Beast, Thrive Global and Time.Motto, where you can find her monthly column, Sexist Laws Explained.
Areva is the author of The Everyday Advocate, a well-received memoir about raising a child with autism and the newly released book – Make it Rain!: How to Revolutionize Your Business and Brand (Hachette) hits bookshelves March of 2018.
FUNDING PANEL (5:30 - 6:30 PM)
FUNDING FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
A select panel of experts in venture capital, angel investing, revenue generation, lending, and grants will share their thoughts on funding female entrepreneurship within the Boston ecosystem, as well as offer tips for navigating the challenges of fundraising for female founders.
Diane is a serial entrepreneur and investor. She is Founder & Chairman of C Space, a market research technology company was one of the hottest companies in Boston’s innovation economy for the last decade, and which led to her work helping America to understand the electorate. In addition to being a columnist for The Boston Globe, Diane co-authored the best-selling book Customer-Centered Growth, and she serves on a range of boards, including Panera, Eastern Bank, Brightcove, Tufts University, Beth Israel Deaconess & Mass Challenge. She has a BA from Tufts and an MBA from Harvard.
As an early stage investor, Jennifer Jordan is passionate about teams, opportunities, and differentiation of technology, strategy or model. Throughout her 20 years in technology and financial services, she has worked on everything from early internet search solutions and web analytics to robotics and software used to design semiconductors. Her most recent investments leverage the power of data and automation to transform industries and provide a clear business advantage. Her investments span synthetic biology (Ginkgo Bioworks), data transparency (ClearGov), Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for sales optimization (Spiro.ai), and industrial IOT for advanced manufacturing (MachineMetrics).
Melissa is managing director of RevUp Capital, a non-equity investment platform for companies moving fast up a revenue-fueled growth curve. She was previously Managing Director of Betaspring, a nationally-ranked startup accelerator that launched 89 companies between 2009-2014. Through her work as an investor and mentor, Melissa has overseen investments in 120+ companies across industries and at various stages of growth. She is a mentor and judge at TechStars and MassChallenge and a strong advocate for closing the diversity gap in early-stage investing.
Nadine 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. Nadine earned a certificate from Federal Acquisition Institute in Contracting in October 2017, Omega Performance in Commercial Loans for Small Businesses in March 2013 and graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing.
Sheila Narayan is a Managing Director and the Leadership Chair for Golden Seeds Boston Chapter. Golden Seeds is a national angel investment organization that invests in early-stage women-led companies. Sheila leads deal flow, membership, education and operations. She is an active early-stage investor, mentor to entrepreneurs, and advisor to several start-up companies. Sheila earned her MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
DEMOS & INFO TABLES (5:30 - 7:30 PM)
SHE CONNECTS DEMOS & INFO TABLES
Venture Café Demos are a great way to gain exposure through our online and offline channels. During our She Connects event, Venture Café will give a selection of the area’s start-ups, inventors and researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to the Boston community.
Info Tables give nonprofit, educational and other entrepreneurial-focused organizations an opportunity to share information about the services and resources that they provide to the innovation community.
ENTREPRENEURS PANEL (6:45 - 7:45 PM)
HOW I BUILT IT: SUCCESS STORIES FROM FEMALE FOUNDERS
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. This year’s panelists leveraged diverse funding strategies and will founders understand the value of multiple paths to launch.
A maternity nurse for over six years at some of Boston’s most prestigious hospitals, Tranquilo Mat inventor Melissa Gersin has a wealth of knowledge in obstetrics, including Labor and Delivery and Mother and Baby Care. With no background in engineering, business, or product development, Melissa handcrafted a prototype, founded a company, and began production of her vision: the Tranquilo Mat. Melissa is passionately dedicated to helping empower parents with the tools they need to create peaceful bonds with their babies.
Laila is a Fortune-100 trained executive with experience in a range of industries, business models, and company size and maturity. Passionate about developing new ideas into compelling, executable business models and market strategies — both within large corporate settings and entrepreneurial environments. She is particularly interested in how new technologies and data analytics can be integrated with business process change and talent re-engineering to drive high impact business results.
Zoe is the Founder and CEO of ZappRx, a digital health startup in Boston. After graduating from Columbia College in 2007, Zoe launched her career on Wall Street at DeMatteo Monness and Dawson Capital. While on Wall Street, her younger brother was diagnosed with a serious condition that required specialty medication. Inspired by the months that it took to get her brother on life-saving specialty medication, she founded ZappRx in 2012 with the goal of getting the right specialty medications to the right patients as quickly as possible.
President and Founder
Global Innovation and Startup Ecosystem / Advisor to UN Women Technology & Innovation
President & CEO
MASS Technology Leadership Council
Areva Martin, Esq.
Attorney, Television Host, CNN Legal Analyst, and Author
Martin & Martin, LLP
Investor, Researcher & Chairwoman of C-Space
Vice President, Venture Capital
Asst. District Director,
Small Business Administration
Technology, Startup Reporter
Boston Business Journal
Founder & CEO,
Founder & CEO,
Strategic Marketing & Branding
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Vicky Wu Davis
Founder & CEO
Founder and CEO
CastingQual & Sharpe Insights
Modjossorica (Rica) Elysee
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