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One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States

May 2016

Info Table: CIC Rotterdam

May 19, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Wondering how to navigate the search process for international expansion? CIC Global Expansion Lead and the team from Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) offer insights into key factors companies should consider before they expand internationally, including global access and infrastructure, pro-business tools, economic climate, robust talent and quality of life. CIC's Melissa Ablett will offer her first-hand account of the process CIC used to select Rotterdam for their first international destination.

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Info Table: VR Demo – AR inside VR

May 26, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Boston Immersive presents an Augmented Reality Application via Room-Scale Virtual Reality.

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June 2016

Office Hours: Kristin Polito

June 8, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Kristin Polito is an accomplished executive and business academic, with a myriad of experience developing enterprise initiatives and marketing campaigns, strengthening positioning and industry standing, and boosting revenues. She knows competitive landscapes and has set drive improvements to enterprise-wide strategic plans, new business development opportunities, product development enhancements, and program delivery. She has worked extensively in the venture capital space with biotech, hi-tech, telecom, and a host of other start-ups. As a SCORE Mentor, Kristin brings with her the resources…

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Office Hours: Investors Collaborative

June 9, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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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. Reserve 15 minutes with iC here.

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Your Money and Mindset

June 9, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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The Road to Financial Wellness comes to Boston on Pit Stop #3 to break the social taboo about money and empower a generation to achieve their goals and live their dreams through financial knowledge. Social impact entrepreneur and author, Jason Vitug, presents Your Money & Mindset seminar. Financial wellness is about your health and wealth. It starts with understanding your relationship with money. In this session, entrepreneurs and young professionals, will gain a better understanding of their inner motivations and…

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Office Hours: Andreas Randow

June 9, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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You built something? It solves a problem. Great. You think you understand your market. Do you? Join Andreas Randow and figure out together where you're at and what needs to be done to turn your product into a functioning company. RSVP here. .

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Info Table: EMBLEM’s Women & Minorities Entrepreneurship Conference

June 9, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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EMBLEM is calling all entrepreneurs! Want to showcase your startup and pitch? Want to interact with angel investors and VCs? Want to learn important skills to become a better entrepreneur? Come to the Caf̩ to talk with EMBLEM about their Women & Minorities Entrepreneurship Conference occurring on June 10-11, 2016 at Boston Marriott Copley Place.

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Office Hours: Mike Sandman

June 15, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Mike Sandman counsels SCORE Boston. He had a career in composites manufacturing and then became a consultant in the field of competitive intelligence. During his 25 years in manufacturing he developed materials ranging from Kevlar-reinforced sailcloth to fishing rods and radomes. He also ran a startup making closed-loop controls systems for production of sythnetic fiber. In his consulting work, he helped firms offering software for computer security, internet search, settop TV boxes, and workgroup collaboration as well as in products…

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Office Hours: Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

June 16, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Margaret Somer is a Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC). 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. Reserve 15 minutes with Margaret here.

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Office Hours: Marcus Yee

June 16, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Marcus has over 20 years of sales and sales consulting experience at IBM working in multiple sales and business development roles. He specializes in strategic and sales process consulting to shorten sales cycles to customers and to empower IBM business partners that drive multi-millions of IBM annual revenues. Since 2015, he has been on a team that work with startups, entrepreneurs, developers, incubators, and VCs in the Cambridge/Boston area. He regularly consults with startups on their go to market strategies,…

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Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone

June 16, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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It's about the story. Startups often falter, not because their technologies aren't good, but because the stories they tell about them aren't. We'll chat about both content and intent: Stepping back to find the right message for each audience (be it investor or market), making it clear and engaging, making it memorable (differentiating it from others competing for attention), and moving audiences to action. Bring your decks, your goals, your challenges, and an open mind about finding and articulating a…

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MosaicHUB Founders Roundtable

June 16, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Are you a founder of a startup? If so, come join other founders for a peer-to-peer discussion group to talk about the challenges you're facing and to share advice. Leverage the founder community knowledge to grow your business! Sign-up for more information and to join the roundtable here. 6:00pm - 6:15pm: A 30 second - 1 minute intro from each of the participants 6:15pm - 7:00pm: A discussion of 2-3 topics brought up by the moderator 7:00pm - 7:30pm: An…

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The New Equity Crowdfunding Rules and You

June 16, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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The Capital Network and Venture Cafe in partnership are hosting a conversation on the new Equity Crowdfunding rules on June 16th from 6:30-7:30pm with experts on this new tool for startups. May 16 has ushered in a new wave of opportunity for investing - now ANYONE from the accredited investor to your grandma can invest in the next big thing, but what does this really mean? Join us to listen to the experts and add your voice as we discuss…

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Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone

June 23, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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It's about the story. Startups often falter, not because their technologies aren't good, but because the stories they tell about them aren't. We'll chat about both content and intent: Stepping back to find the right message for each audience (be it investor or market), making it clear and engaging, making it memorable (differentiating it from others competing for attention), and moving audiences to action. Bring your decks, your goals, your challenges, and an open mind about finding and articulating a…

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Office Hours with George Mabry

June 23, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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George 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 bio-pharmaceutical 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. Reserve 30 minutes with George…

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Teleportation Station :: St. Louis

June 23, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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NEW to Venture Caf̩, a teleportation station that let's you chat with the Venture Caf̩ St. Louis! Come pick up the headphones and see who's on the other side.

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Office Hours with George Mabry

June 23, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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George 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 bio-pharmaceutical 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. Reserve 30 minutes with George…

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Community Feedback on the Future of Venture Caf̩ & Entrepreneurship

June 23, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Join our roundtable discussion about the future of Venture Caf̩ on the 23rd of June at 6:30pm. We would like to gather your thoughts about how Venture Caf̩ can best drive entrepreneurship in Boston and around the world while making sure we offer an inclusive and supportive environment. All ideas are welcome.

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Artful Messaging: Telling Your Story to Customers or the Media

June 23, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Are you satisfied with the stories you are telling about your business? Do you project confidence and poise as a speaker? Media strategist and former business reporter Greg Stone will provide concrete tips to help you convey compelling messages, in an artful way. You will learn how to hold an audience's attention with statistics and anecdotes and how to apply the old Hollywood adage that great villains make great stories. RSVP here.

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Sustainability Collaborative

June 23, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Join the like minded sustainability community members at this Sustainability Collaborative on June 23rd, 6:30-7:30pm. Lead by: Andrew Christ. Boston University PhD Candidate. Topic: Antarctic Geomorphology - Climate change in the Antarctic. Andrew Christ is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow earning his PhD in the Department of Earth & Environment at Boston University. His current research focuses on documenting past fluctuations in the size of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) and its contributions to global sea level…

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July 2016

Financial Roadmap for Emerging Companies

July 7, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Managing finances can be a daunting prospect for many entrepreneurs, but doing it well is critical to a startup’s success. In this program, Connie Wright of Charles River CFO will teach you the basic concepts you’ll need to take control of your company’s finances and create a financial road map to growth and profitability. Topics will include: Understanding and building a business model Managing fixed and variable costs Calculating cash flow and burn rate What does “breakeven” really mean? Speaker:…

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The Business of Beer: Panel and Tasting

July 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Boston's craft beer scene is bubbling! Local companies are disrupting the industry and creating unique experiences, flavors, and combinations that rival the oldest brands.  On Thursday, July 14th, Branchfood is teaming up with General Assembly to chat about the business of brewing and understand the past, present, and future of the Boston beer scene. Join us for a panel of beer experts from local breweries - large, small, and in between - who will tell us how they got started, where they found funding,…

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Building Your Perfect Elevator Pitch

July 21, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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You’ve spent a lot of time and effort in developing your product and business strategy. Now, you have to tell your story and convince prospects to buy or people to invest in your firm. Typically, you have less than 60 seconds to leave an exciting, impactful and meaningful impression. Yet most startup elevator pitches fail to generate any real interest. This program will help you polish your elevator pitch and get it ready to talk to investors and sales prospects.You…

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August 2016

Worst Case Survival Guide to Getting Sued

August 18, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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If your business succeeds, you'll be in a lawsuit at some point. It's only a matter of time. Litigation isn’t just the realm of large companies: sometimes disruptive companies are sued by incumbents shortly after they have launched a product or signed a major deal. The evidence that determines whether you'll win or lose a case is created months or years before the lawsuit is even filed. It's being created right now. Today's seemingly innocent benchmarking exercise, email, Facebook post,…

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September 2016

Financial Projections for Investor Pitches

September 15, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Guest speaker David A. Fogel, Managing Director at Swifton CFOs, will talk about the Do’s and Don’ts of properly preparing your company’s Financial Projections, including techniques that will help get you noticed by investors and mistakes that will screen you out. Topics will include: • Financial statements that command attention • The financial forecast as a marketing tool • How to develop assumptions that resonate • Creating a sales forecast (even if you have no sales) • What about Gust?…

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October 2016

Negotiating Series A Term Sheets, Part I

October 6, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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A company’s first round of venture financing (typically called a “Series A Financing”) is a critical point in its development because the terms on which the VCs invest will determine who has ultimate control over the company and how any future payout is split among the founders and investors. Because the term sheet is often negotiated directly between the entrepreneur and the VC, it is critical that the entrepreneur be familiar with typical terms in a Series A financing and…

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Negotiating Series A Term Sheets, Part II

October 20, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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A company’s first round of venture financing (typically called a “Series A Financing”) is a critical point in its development because the terms on which the VCs invest will determine who has ultimate control over the company and how any future payout is split among the founders and investors. Because the term sheet is often negotiated directly between the entrepreneur and the VC, it is critical that the entrepreneur be familiar with typical terms in a Series A financing and…

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December 2016

Keeping the Peace: Keys to an Effective Founders’ Agreement

December 1, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Cambridge Innovation Center (Cambridge), One Broadway, Fifth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Conflict among founders is inevitable, and if there is no process in place to resolve conflicts they can tear a company apart. The primary purpose of a Founders’ Agreement is to prescribe a resolution for common conflicts and provide a process for resolving others. This program will cover typical terms in a Founders’ Agreement and how they can help your company. Ben Hron (http://www.mccarter.com/Benjamin-M-Hron/) concentrates his practice on advising private companies, most in the life sciences and information technology industries,…

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