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Dear Friends of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore,

Matthew Falls - President
Matthew Falls – President

A core group of dedicated volunteers is rebuilding the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore to be a great organization. We are revamping our programming, recruiting new volunteers and building our membership lists.

We need your help.

You have been involved in the past and I know I have seen a few of you at recent events. This summer we will be holding open planning sessions for the 2016-2017 year. We’d love to have you back!

Have some fun this summer, meet some interesting people and make an impact on the Capital region entrepreneurial community!

Email me, call me, let us know what interests you!

Matt

Matthew Falls
Chapter President
MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington and Baltimore
302-500-1640

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Making Sense of Intellectual Property for Software Companies

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headshot 2-4-16Software companies are often unaware of the Intellectual Property assets they have developed. The question of what software innovations can be patented can lead the developer to the conclusion that it is too costly and complicated to protect these assets.

In our next event, Making Sense of Intellectual Property for Software Companies, we will show entrepreneurs what they need to know about protecting Intellectual Property.

  • Discover what it takes to patent software innovations under the current landscape;
  • Learn what you can do to maximize the value of your Intellectual Property;
  • Talk directly to Intellectual Property experts about your situation and,
  • Create value for your company by knowing the facts

You have a great idea that can change the world. One that people will surely want to buy. And one that others may want to copy or imitate. What should you do to protect your innovation – and when? What are your risks for doing nothing? And what are your trade-offs?

If these questions keep you up at night, you won’t want to miss the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC’s program about innovation, patents, and the law.  You’ll get powerful insight from experienced attorneys and entrepreneurs. You’ll learn the answers to important questions that every entrepreneur should know, such as, what is the Supreme Court’s Alice Standard, and what are the most common misconceptions about patents? You’ll also have the opportunity to ask your own questions at our Roundtable Discussion.

Register here to join us on May 24th for this outstanding program! 

What to Expect: Lessons Learned in Startup Operations

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Register Here for the April 6 MIT Enterprise Forum event at the George Washington University Business School (starts at 6:30 PM, Duques Hall Room 453) which explores lessons learned in scaling operations.

Not only what went right, but what went wrong. Which risks were recognized, and which ones weren’t? How were the problems addressed?

  • By attending this program, you’ll have a rare opportunity to learn about three successful start-up companies, explore their technology, and meet the CEOs who are leading them to market.
  • Entrepreneurs will gain important insights straight from CEOs who can look back and share their experiences running high-growth startups.

You will meet successful CEOs of startups including James Quigley, CEO of Canvas, Cherian Thomas, Founder and CEO of Spotluck Inc. and Todd Walrath, founder and CEO of CareSave Technologies which is doing business as Homecare.com. Each CEO will present their technology and company to the audience of MBA students and faculty, MIT Alumni, entrepreneurs and service providers that cater to the entrepreneurial community in DC).

Audiences at MIT Enterprise Forum events are a key part of our programming. We have found that live polls useful at our events. We will poll the audience electronically with the following 4 questions for each company:

1. Do you find the value proposition compelling? (yes, no, not sure)
2. Do you consider the business model to be viable and scale-able? (yes, no, not sure)
3. Would you buy stock or invest in this company?
4. Would you like to work at this company?

The CEO presentations are followed up with a moderated discussion with the Dean GW Business School – Linda Livingstone. During the break, we will again solicit the audience for questions. Dean Livingstone will use the audience questions to guide the conversation and Q&A with the audience.

AGENDA

6:30 – 7:00  Networking and registration

7:00 – 8:00  Program– 3 CEO presentations

8:00 – 9:00  Panel discussion and Q&A

9:00 – 9:30  Post-event networking

 

Growing Pains – Lessons Learned in Startup Operations

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We often learn about the startup that achieved phenomenal growth in the first few years. Most of the articles and talks focus on success factors. Helpful stuff, but this program goes deeper by exploring lessons learned in scaling operations. Not only what went right, but what went wrong. Which risks were recognized, and which ones weren’t? How were the problems addressed?

  • By attending this program, you’ll have a rare opportunity to learn about three successful start-ups companies, explore their technology, and meet the CEO’s who are leading them to market.
  • Entrepreneurs will gain important insights straight from CEO’s who can look back and share their experiences running high-growth startups.
  • Bring your concerns and questions, because we’ll cover everything – from product innovation to technology to finance to development to staffing to customer support.
  • No topic about startups is out of bounds. Our speakers and panelists reveal do’s and don’ts you can’t afford to miss.

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Entrepreneurs Learn to Pitch at MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC Event

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In front of a packed room of enthusiastic entrepreneurs, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore held its first event of 2016, Pitching to Investors Without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap, hosted by the Kogod School of Business at American University on February 18th.

The event featured networking and pizza, followed by Jonathan Aberman of FounderCorps and Amplifier Ventures, who gave real-life best practices on pitching from an experienced investor who has invested in start-up companies. His talk was followed by a lively Q&A from the audience of entrepreneurs. Continue reading Entrepreneurs Learn to Pitch at MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC Event

Fundraising and Pitching to Investors – Meet Our Experts

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Learn about fundraising from some of the best entrepreneurial minds in the DC area at the MIT Enterprise Forum’s first 2016 Mentor Event, Pitching to Investors, featuring Jonathan Aberman of FounderCorps and Amplifier Ventures. This program offers a unique opportunity to discover best practices from people who have raised money to start companies – and from those who have invested in them – including what to do, and what not to do.

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Pitching to Investors without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap

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Register here to learn about how to create and deliver a funding pitch.

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Matthew Falls, Chairman

This program offers a unique opportunity to discover best practices from people who have raised money to start companies – and from those who have invested in them – including what to do, and what not to do.

Attendees will get firsthand insight from an investor with experience funding early-stage companies.  They will learn what to include in a pitch deck and what to leave out. They will understand why it’s vital for their accounting estimates and projections to add up, and how anomalies are discovered.

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