This Week: April 13 – 19, 2014

Friends,

This Thursday, meet with visiting experts and investors to find resources to grow your startup. You can also learn about Healthbox’s Accelerator, discover how the City of Cambridge can help entrepreneurs offset the cost of attending The Capital Network’s Accelerated Education Program, chat about the future of immigration policy with fwd.us, or join MassVentures’ Jennifer Jordan to learn how to construct a compelling and concise opening statement that grabs your listeners’ attention and gets them focused with you.

And, like every other Thursday, connect with members of the entrepreneurial community and pay it forward in the process.

Until then!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café in Session

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

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. Sign up here for 15 minutes with Mark.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Stephen Davis

Meet with Stephen Davis, a business growth strategist who has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs for over 20 years.  He is 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 Stephen here.

3:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Info Table: Healthbox Boston

Healthbox launched its first accelerator program in Boston in August 2012 to help entrepreneurs navigate the healthcare industry’s complexity and grow sustainable businesses. Healthbox has become a driving force of lasting change for the healthcare industry, working with leading healthcare organizations that recognize the need for innovation coming from both inside and outside established institutions. Applications for the Boston 2014 accelerator program are currently open and Healthbox staff will be on hand to answer questions about the program and healthcare innovation. Stop by their table to learn more about their program and get more tips to compose a strong application.

4:30 – 6:30 P.M. |Info Table: Cambridge Entrepreneurship Assistance Program

Are you a Cambridge entrepreneur or startup owner thinking about venture capital or angel funding to grow your business? If your answer is yes, then visit their table in the Café to learn about the Cambridge Entrepreneurship Assistance Program (CEAP). CEAP will provide five (5) eligible Cambridge early-stage entrepreneurs in the clean energy, high-tech, and life sciences clusters with the opportunity to participate in The Capital Network’s Accelerated Education Program.

Program applications will be taken on a rolling basis until the deadline of May 16, 2014. Stop by their table to chat and learn about the eligibility requirements for their program.

5:00 – 6:30 P.M. | Info Table: TiECON East 2014: Breaking Boundaries

TiECON East is the largest startup conference on the East Coast which brings together established and early stage startups from Technology, Life Sciences, Education, and Cleantech under one roof. The conference occurs on May 29 – 30, 2014 at the Cambridge Marriott located in the heart of Kendall Square.

5:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Info Table: FWD.us

FWD.us is an organization started by key leaders in the tech community to promote policies to keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy—including comprehensive immigration reform and education reform. Stop by to chat if you are interested in the future of tech, politics, policy, or immigration reform.

6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | In a Nutshell with MassVentures’ Jennifer Jordan

Does your business plan or your executive summary read like War and Peace? Pitching investors requires that you communicate your points quickly and effectively. Your narrative needs to be concise, compelling, and cogent. The beginning of that story is also important, you need to introduce your start-up, the problem that you’re solving, and garner your audience’s attention quickly with one or two lines, but how do you do that? Join other attendees and Jennifer Jordan in an intimate workshop session to brainstorm, construct, refine, and practice your opening statement.

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This Week: April 6 – 12, 2014

Friends,

This Thursday, meet with visiting experts and investors to find resources to grow your startup; join YouthCITIES’ monthly mini-hack; learn about the requirements for hosting graduate-level interns from Boston University’s Norwegian Entrepreneurship Program; or discover how you can participate in NASA International Space Apps Challenge, the world’s largest hackathon. And, like every other Thursday, connect with members of the entrepreneurial community and pay it forward in the process.

We hope to see you Thursday!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café in Session

3:00 – 4:30 P.M. | Office Hours: Maia Heymann

Maia Heymann is Senior Managing Director at CommonAngels. She’s worked with dozens of companies in both Palo Alto and Boston during her 20+ year career as an angel investor, venture capitalist, and tech banker. Her portfolio of personal investments includes over 24 companies. Currently she sits on the boards of Apperian (representing CommonAngels), Fiksu, and Wymsee. Schedule 30 minutes with Maia here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Investors Collaborative

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 to build world class companies. Register here for 15 minutes with iC.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Stephen Davis

Meet Stephen Davis, a business growth strategist who has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs for over 20 years.  He is 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 Stephen here.

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

Get advice from Joe Caruso, who for more than 20 years has been an “Advocate for entrepreneurs” serving as mentor, coach, and personal advisor.  In recent years, he’s served as an investor, advisor, and director with dozens of public and private companies.  Joe maintains an active consulting practice dealing with acquisitions, strategic partnerships, financing, and dispute resolution.  Schedule 30 minutes with Joe here.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Office Hours: Marty Sack

Marty Sack is the 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. As a SCORE volunteer for the last two years, he has mentored over 200 start-ups and brings with him the mentoring resources of more than forty additional SCORE volunteers. Reserve 30 minutes with Marty here.

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | YouthCITIES Mini-Hack

Monthly Mini-Hacks, organized by CIC, YouthCITIES, 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 for a collaborative discussion. After that, 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. RSVP is suggested but not required.

5:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Nixon Peabody’s Capital Connector

Nixon Peabody’s Capital Connector is a referral program that matches their clients and contacts with qualified investors that are seeking live investment opportunities.  Nixon Peabody has particularly deep ties in Technology, Life Sciences (including biotech and medical devices), Healthcare, Manufacturing, Consumer Products, and Energy. Stop by their table in the Café to learn more about their program and how they can help you meet your match.

5:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Info Table: BU Norwegian Entrepreneurship Program

The Boston University School of Management is reaching out to Boston-area startups seeking internship hosts for their summer Norwegian Entrepreneurship Program. This elite program places accomplished, graduate-level, Norwegian business students at dynamic, Boston startups. Interns make valuable contributions to their host companies while also gaining hands-on experiences in the entrepreneurial world. Stop by their table in the Café and discover how you can host an intern this summer.

5:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Info Table: NASA International Space Apps Challenge

The NASA International Space Apps Challenge is the world’s largest hackathon, covering 97 cities in 44 countries on April 12-13, 2014. The hackathon is open to all skill levels and has 5 themes: human space flight, technology in space, robotics, asteroids, and Earth watch. Deliverables can be code, hardware, design, or workflows – there is no specific technical requirement. Visit their table in the Café to learn more about their upcoming hackathon at Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) or register for the hackathon here.

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This Week: March 30 – April 5, 2014

Friends,

Now that Spring has arrived, we hope you’ll stop by this Thursday to pay it forward while finding resources to grow your startup. You can also meet investors during their office hours, chat with thought leaders and key decision makers in the big data community and connect with SAP Ventures through SAP Startup Focus, hear about TiECON East 2014-the largest startup conference on the East Coast, or learn how to improve your SEO campaigns.

Until Thursday!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café in Session

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

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.  Please note the date when signing up for office hours with Joe here.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours: David Fogel

Chat with David Fogel, Managing Director at Swifton CFOs LLC and a member of both Mass Medical Angels and Beacon Angels. Come learn about financial challenges faced by emerging businesses.  Swifton provides emerging businesses with strategic financial leadership (“outsourced CFOs”). David’s expertise lies in constructing a reliable financial framework to attract investors. Reserve 30 minutes with David here.

4:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Office Hours: Maia Heymann

Maia Heymann is Senior Managing Director at CommonAngels. She’s worked with dozens of companies in both Palo Alto and Boston during her 20+ year career as an angel investor, venture capitalist, and tech banker. Her portfolio of personal investments includes over 24 companies. Currently she sits on the boards of Apperian (representing CommonAngels), Fiksu, and Wymsee. Schedule 30 minutes with Maia here.

4:30 – 6:00 P.M. | Networking: SAP Startup Focus

Meet members of SAP Startup Forum and SAP Ventures, chat about big data trends and technologies, and network with thought-leaders and key decision makers in the big data and analytics space. This is the networking portion of their full day event, for which you can register here

5:00 – 6:30 P.M. | Info Table: TiECON East 2014: Breaking Boundaries

TiECON East is the largest startup conference on the East Coast which brings together established and early stage startups from Technology, Life Sciences, Education, and Cleantech on May 29 – 30, 2014 at the Cambridge Marriott in Kendall Square. Stop by their table in the Café to learn more about this year’s agenda.

6:00 – 7:30 P.M. | SEO Show and Tell

Are you working on an SEO campaign and want to compare notes? Join both experienced and novice marketers to tackle specific SEO problems that you’re facing and learn new strategies from their peers. Register here to attend.

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