This Week: March 3 – March 9, 2013


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory creates technologies that entrepreneurs can harness in building new products and services. This week at Venture Café, we welcome visitors from Johns Hopkins –as well as guests from our own Greater Boston organizations– who can connect you with promising ideas and help you take them to market. Meet and chat in one-on-one and group conversations with:

  • Joe Caruso
  • The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • International Entrepreneurship Center
  • Village Capital / Venture Well
  • FluidicMEMS
  • WTAS

We also invite you to check out our new beer and wine blogs brought to you by our star team of bartenders. Tell them what you think when you stop by the Café this Thursday!

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 | Venture Café in Session | 3:00 – 8:00 P.M.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours with Joe Caruso

Get advice from Joe Caruso, who for more than 20 years has been an advocate for entrepreneurs as mentor, coach, and personal adviser. In recent years, he has served as an investor, adviser, and director with dozens of public and private companies. Joe maintains an active consulting practice dealing with acquisitions, strategic partnerships, financing, and dispute resolution. If you plan to visit with Joe, sign up for office hours here.

3:30 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours with WTAS

Tax deadlines for businesses and individuals are approaching quickly. Speak with Ed Culhane and Rose Kennedy from WTAS, who will hold office hours during Venture Café to answer individual and business-related tax questions.

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Venture Forum by Village Capital / Venture Well

Village Capital has teamed up with the VentureWell program of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance to identify top innovators in IT and cleantech. Since last November, sixteen cleantech and mobile companies have been engaging with each other in a program to provide peer mentoring, feedback, and mutual assessment here in Boston. At the end of the program, the teams will select two of their peers to receive $50,000 in funding each. Join us for a fast-paced hour of three-minute introductory pitches plus some exciting guest presentations and tell us which of the sixteen ventures you find most exciting. Agenda: 3:45 – Doors open / 4:00 -Event begins/ 4:15 -Presentations /5:15 – Remarks and discussion / 6:00 – Closing. Find out more and sign up here.

5:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Why Most Startups Fail

Bob Caspe, Managing Director of the International Entrepreneurship Center, returns for another thought-provoking discussion: Why Most Startups Fail.  Come join the dialogue as Bob articulates the difference between the possible and the probable, focusing on what entrepreneurs can do to improve their odds of success.

6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Tech Transfer with The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a not-for-profit center for engineering, research, and development, will be in the Café this week.  Norma Lee Todd and Charles Goldblum are visiting from the Washington DC area to introduce APL and its Office of Technology Transfer to the Boston entrepreneurial community.  APL works to solve complex research, engineering, and analytical problems that present critical challenges to the United States. APL’s Office of Technology Transfer links viable APL technologies and commercial companies who can transition them to local, national and international marketplaces.

6:00 – 8:00 P.M. | FluidicMEMS Networking

Come mingle with microfluidics entrepreneurs and researchers at FluidicMEMS @ the Venture Café! FluidicMEMS is an informal gathering of people from academia, the medical profession, and business with a common interest in microfluidics.  The group aims to encourage the commercialization of lab-inspired devices, and to explore how microfluidics and BioMEMS technology will impact healthcare, research, and many other fields.

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