Hi Café-goers! I hope you all are having a lovely weekend. Did you stop by the Café last week? Share your thoughts with us.

This Thursday we have the Women Entrepreneurs Panel and a variety of office hours and info tables including MassChallenge, Advanced Technology Ventures,  StreamCal and Boston Innovation Challenge. So stop by and check out this week’s great events!

Thursday, April 5, 2012 3:00-8:00 PM: Venture Café in Session

3:30-5:30 PM MassChallenge Info Table

MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Details of the program include:

  • 3 month accelerator program. World-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, media and more.
  • $1M in Cash Awards. $4M+ in-kind support.
  • Open to all. Any startup can enter, from anywhere, in any industry.
  • No equity taken. No restrictions applied.

The MassChallenge team look forward to meeting and answering your questions. They have some great things in store for 2012 and can’t wait to share them! Please come with comments, questions, suggestions, and more. Welcome to anyone interested in being a participant, sponsor, mentor, or judge.

4:00-5:30 PM Office Hours with Advanced Technology Ventures

ATV (@atvcapital) focuses on three core technology markets – IT, Healthcare and Cleantech and they’ve established a legacy of partnering with entrepreneurial teams at the forefront of technology innovation. Meet with Bob Hower, ATV’s East Coast lead partner for investments in information technology and Bill Wiberg, ATV’s lead partner for investments in the cleantech sector.  Bob was named to Forbes’ Midas list for two consecutive years, and was instrumental in Acme Packet’s public offering, one of the most successful IPOs in the communications sector of the decade. Bill joined ATV in 2003, bringing with him extensive operational and venture capital experience, including 19 years with Lucent Technologies.  He was President of Lucent’s Cellular and PCS Wireless Networks division from 1997 to 2000, a $5 billion business in 2000.

Sign up to meet with Bob or Bill for 15 minute sessions by adding your name to the list located near their tables.

4:00-6:00 PM StreamCal Info Table

Streamcal is the twitter for online calendars and upcoming events. Swing by the Streamcal table to see the system, sign up for the upcoming alpha release, and chat with the founders. We’d love share our vision, get your calendar requests and simply get to know you. Get ready for the future of calendars and online scheduling!

4:00-6:00 PM Boston Innovation Challenge Info Table

Calling all mobile developers, hackers, and business builders … The “Boston Innovation Challenge” is an advanced hack that gives multidisciplinary Teams (not just techs) a full 2 weeks to tackle designated topics that need our attention and your participation as a team member, advisor, volunteer, etc. We are looking for citizen entrepreneurs and company intrapreneurs… so come alone or get your team together!

This first Challenge, at Harvard I-Lab May 5-20, is about making Boston Better with Mobile solutions in 4 categories – Causes, Jobs, Startups, and Arts. Sign up to win stuff and help solve real problems together with The Boston Globe, Harvard I-Lab, Nieman Foundation, Berkman Center, the City of Boston, and more partners every day.

6:00 – 7:00 PM Women Entrepreneurs Panel – Raising a Business and a Family

This is an intimate discussion around the realities of being women entrepreneurs and raising a family at the same time. This panel discussion is aimed to raise issues around the difficulties one has faced by expressing personal stories, while offering creative solutions on how to manage these struggles. The panel will touch subjects relating to maintaining an intimate relationship with your partner, when to have a child, how this is regarded in discussions with investors, and how to answer these difficult questions.

Panelists include:

Sarah Reed – General Council of Charles River Ventures
Bettina Hein – Founder of Pixibility (Sloan Fellow 2007)
Katherine Hays – CEO GenArts
Yvette Yelardy – Foudner of MYoilcloth
Joanne Kamens – Executive Director at AddGenes

Please register here. Reception in the café after the event.

We hope you stop by, grab a drink and connect!

See you in the Café,

Pardis