Tech On Tap is at District Hall on Tuesday March 4th, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Speaking of District Hall, do you follow either @DistrictHall or @VentureCafe?
This Thursday we focus on stories about women in entrepreneurship and a few organizations that support them.
Begin with office hours from Investors Collaborative (RSVP), Brad Curley, and George Mabry. Then grab a seat for TCN Upstart Roundtable to hear from Ellen Rubin, a self-described accidental entrepreneur now working on her third company. Following the roundtable, choose from several interactive panels. In between, network with one another; practice your pitch; refine your freelancing practice; or engage in candid conversations at info tables for WEST, WomenLEAD, Wonder Women Boston, XX in Health, and MassChallenge.
We hope to see you Thursday!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café in Session
3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Investors Collaborative
If you are looking for capital, learn about Investors Collaborative (iC) and discover their rationale for partnering and investing in early-stage companies across a wide range of industry sectors. Sign up here for 15 minutes with iC.
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Office Hours: Brad Curley
Brad Curley is an experienced angel investor, board member, and advisor to early stage companies. Sign up in person to discuss fundraising alternatives and also strategies about raising seed stage, angel, and VC rounds.
4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours: George Mabry
Ask consultant, mentor, and angel investor George Mabry for feedback on your business concept. He is active in Harvard’s, MIT’s, and Greater Boston’s entrepreneurship communities and holds degrees in computer science and business. George co-founded a biotech market research company that was acquired by a global biopharmaceutical service provider in 2008. Bring concise, high-level materials to explain your idea including the market, the team, and how you are addressing the opportunity or problem. To speak with him, please sign up inside the Café.
4:30 – 6:00 P.M. | TCN Upstart Roundtable
A monthly gathering at the Venture Café that brings together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. This free series with The Capital Network, Venture Café, and Silicon Valley Bank is a great opportunity to ask burning questions about starting a company and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs in a casual cafe setting. This month’s serial entrepreneur is Ellen Rubin, CEO & Co-Founder at ClearSky Data.
5:00 – 5:45 P.M. | Pitch Practice
You are a brand – how do you build it? Strategize and discuss suggestions for effective elevator pitches. Develop a brief benefits statement and refine your pitch to generate instant interest.
5:00 – 5:45 P.M. | Info Table: WomenLEAD
Come chat with WomenLEAD, 2013 Mass Challenge finalist and 2013 Verizon Powerful Answer winner. Their mission is to disrupt the current model of one-to-one mentorship and to accelerate the advancement of women leaders, with an innovative online Personal Advisory Board™ training-and-development cloud-based platform.
5:00 – 7:30 P.M. | Info Table: XX in Health
XX in Health, an initiative of Rock Health, connects and empowers female visionaries to drive change in healthcare. As a leading network of entrepreneurs and executives, they host curated events, foster online engagement, and support thought leadership. Stop by their info table and learn how to get involved!
5:00 – 7:30 P.M. | Info Table: Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology
Learn about WEST, an organization that provides a forum for women in science and technology industries to network and share information about career advancement and skill development. WEST encourages women to cultivate leadership, entrepreneurial thinking, and creative risk-taking.
5:00 – 7:30 P.M. | Info Table: MassChallenge
Meet MassChallenge staffers to learn more about the application process for the world’s largest startup accelerator. Benefits for startups include world-class mentorship and training, a driven community of fellow entrepreneurs, $10M+ of in-kind benefits, and $1M+ in cash grants annually with no equity taken and no restrictions. Early bird applications are due March 5 and all applications are due by April 2.
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Info Table: Wonder Women of Boston
Wonder Women of Boston is an open community of ambitious, accomplished women of all ages and backgrounds in the greater Boston area. They help women network in Boston, building helpful relationships and skills for rewarding life and work. Stop by to learn more about their organization or ask about their Create a Million Dollar Business Challenge; applications due Feb. 28.
6:00 – 6:45 P.M. | Women in Funding Panel
mosaicHUB and A Starting Line present a panel of female investors to share their perspective on gender issues in the startup community. Both men and women are welcome to both listen and to add their own perspective to the conversation. Does gender impact access to capital? Do females present themselves differently when approaching investors? Why are fewer female entrepreneurs securing funding? Hear answers to these questions and ask your own.
6:00 – 6:45 P.M. | Freelancers: Still a business.
Learn more about protecting your work and contracting efficiently as a freelancer. Attorney Sankeetha Selvarajah will have information about contract basics for independent contractors. Stop by to discover ways to negotiate and how to plan like a business.
7:00 – 7:45 P.M. | Independent Women Owned Business Panel
Suffolk Ventures and Suffolk University’s Center for Entrepreneurship host a panel discussion with female entrepreneurs including restaurateur Alessandra Siniscalco, social entrepreneur Julia Frost, and E-Learning entrepreneur Helen Adeosun. Learn what the road of leading an independently-owned enterprise looks like and discover how they continue to overcome the challenges they face.
7:00 – 7:45 P.M. | Living the Dream – Challenges and Triumphs
Join an interactive, candid conversation with 4 dynamic entrepreneurs who will take us down their path to funding. Panelists include Alisa de Gaspe Beaubien, Co-founder and COO, Groupize; Sarah Biller, Founder and President, Capital Market Exchange; Rebecca Allen, Co-founder and CEO, Infrared5 and Co-founder, Brass Monkey. Moderated by Jane Mason, VP, Innovation Banking Group, Cambridge Trust and CIC community member.