This Week: April 20 – 26, 2014

Friends,

Please enjoy Patriots’ Day tomorrow and for those running the marathon, good luck!

This Thursday, while you meet with visiting organizations and investors to find resources to grow your startup and connect with members of the entrepreneurial community, please remember to pay it forward in the process.

Until then!

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

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

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 build world class companies. Click here for 15 minutes with iC.

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. Sign up for office hours with Joe here.

3:00 – 7:30 P.M. | Info Table: Cleantech Open Northeast

Meet Cleantech Open Northeast staff and learn how this cleantech-specific accelerator program can help your startup gain access to mentorship, money, and an instant network of supporters. Applications are due May 1st – please visit their table in the Café to ask questions about the accelerator and discover how to maximize your chances of acceptance.

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Office Hours: George Mabry

George Mabry is an active consultant, mentor and angel investor in the Harvard, MIT, and Boston entrepreneurial communities. With 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. If you are seeking feedback on your business concept, come prepared with high-level materials to explain your idea, including information on the market, team, and how you are addressing the problem/opportunity. Sign up for office hours with George here.

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Info Table: U.S. Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) is dedicated to helping U.S.-based companies increase market opportunities in international markets.  The ITA has the opportunity to create new platforms that specifically assist tech startup companies to tap into the market potential of foreign economies.  Their goal is an exchange of information and ideas that will enable the ITA to add value to the U.S. startup ecosystem. They’re here to share information about the many resources and services that are currently available to U.S. startup firms and to learn about the challenges and barriers that are specific to tech startups marketing their products and services abroad. Stop by their table in the Café to chat and make valuable connections to grow your startup.

6:00 – 7:30 P.M. | Youth CITIES Networking

Youth CITIES (Creating Impact Through Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability) is a nonprofit that teaches the entrepreneurial mindset to middle and high school students. Their flagship program is a 10-week Saturday crash course on how to start a venture, where entrepreneurial and community leaders share their personal experiences and teach the students how to recognize and create opportunities. One critical skill for the students is learning how to tell their story in a networking environment. Join a bunch of teens, coming from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, as they dive into a real networking experience and apply what they’ve learned about connecting with people and presenting their business ideas. Pay it forward by helping these aspiring young entrepreneurs feel welcome, contribute to their experience, and vote for the teen who best presents their idea at Youth CITIES’ table in the Café.

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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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