Connect with the world at Venture Café this week. Take your startup to France and connect with Russian startups. Find out how to fund R&D partnerships with life science companies in Australia, Belgium, Canada, and France through the new Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s International Collaborative Industry Program. And like every Thursday, chat with visiting experts to get advice on growing your startup.
Hope to see you on Thursday!
Thursday, May 23, 2013 | Venture Café in Session | 3:00 – 8:00 P.M.
4:00 – 5:30 P.M. | Charting a Course to a Successful Exit
The journey from company formation and a Series A round to exit is fraught with uncertainty; success depends upon many factors and a lot of luck. Attend this panel discussion to learn how four entrepreneurs are achieving their goal. Jere Doyle (Founder and CEO, Prospectiv Direct), Steven J. Gordon (CEO, Intelligent Bio-Systems, Inc.), Marina Hatsopoulos (Co-founder, Z Corporation) and Marilyn Matz, (CEO, Paradigm4). Moderator: Kyle Alspach (Startups and VC editor at The Boston Business Journal). Register here to attend.
4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | CIC Intern – Info Table
Learn about CIC’s intern program, which matches local high school students with CIC entrepreneurs. It is a great way to mentor youth and get summer help for your business. CIC staff facilitate all aspects of finding the best student for your business, and as an added bonus, CIC does not charge for the space the student will use during the summer.
4:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Mass Life Sciences Center – Info Table
Find out how to participate in the inaugural round of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s (MLSC) International Collaborative Industry Program. MLSC is partnering with the state of Victoria in Australia, the Walloon Region in Belgium, the Province of Québec in Canada, and the Alsace Region in France. In its opening round, MLSC’s International Collaborative Industry Program will award funding (from $100k to $500k) on a competitive basis to support collaborative, late-stage R&D projects involving one Massachusetts company and one company from one of the partner regions. Winning partners will each be funded by an agency in their home region. Companies from biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics and bioinformatics are eligible to participate.
4:00 – 8:00 P.M. | YEI – Info Table
Would you like to take your startup to France? The Young Entrepreneurs Initiative (YEi) is about to kick off its 2013 competition. Between six and ten entrepreneurs will win a business trip to France, individual coaching, and access to the French network of incubators, mentors, and investors. The call for proposals closes on June 20th.
5:00 – 7:30 P.M. | Russian Startups Demo Night
Join the Russian Startups Demo Night, hosted by Start Up Access, showcasing seven early stage Russian tech startups. The companies come from all over Russia, including its most remote regions, such as Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk. The focus of the companies includes online tools and technologies, wireless multimedia services, structural monitoring and building safety, and atherosclerosis research. The program will include elevator pitches by each company, followed by a reception.
5:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Prompt Communications – Office Hours
Book a 20-minute tech PR consulting session with Prompt CEO Hazel Butters. Talk to Hazel about how to develop objectives, strategies and tactics that will make your technology products interesting to the press. Make sure when you book your session to bring any questions about target audiences, publications and generating great press conversations.
6:30 – 8:00 P.M. | Search Marketing Project Night
Attend Search Marketing Project Night, a gathering for anyone working on a search marketing campaign who would like to compare notes. Come to share results, answer questions, seek advice, learn new strategies, brainstorm solutions, and review each other’s campaigns. Beginners are welcome. This working group is run by the search marketing heads of three Boston area digital marketing agencies: Dale Bertrand (Founder of Greenway Media), Will Brierly (Owner at Snowrunner Productions) and Guiseppe Frustaci (Principal at InnoVox Marketing). Bring your laptop and questions for the group.