“Next Big Thing” Event | BLOCKCHAIN

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SAVE THE DATE ~ Tuesday October 18th.

The “Next Big Thing” Event | BLOCKCHAIN ~ What Are The Potential Innovations And Business Possibilities For Entrepreneurs, Companies and Government

Hey Folks,

I promised more details about this event and I wanted to share this update with you.  As you know, MITEF members get special pricing on access to this and future events. I am so excited because we have partnered with the Women In Housing & Finance (WHF) and their members also get special pricing and access to this event.

Learn more and register here.

EVENT PRICING:

MITEFDC   MEMBER PRICE:   $45.00
WHF MEMBER PRICE:  $45.00
EARLY BIRD PRICE  (Ends Sept. 30):  $85.00
RETAIL PRICE (After Sept. 30):   $100.00
AT THE DOOR:  $115.00

Join The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC Baltimore today and take advantage of special event pricing.  See our membership page here.

See you folks on Oct. 18th! ~AP

Andrew Polcha - Vice Chair MITEF and CEO at WORLDPIPE.TV
Andrew Polcha CEO, WORLDPIPE.TV

 

 

The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC Baltimore’s Fall “Next Big Thing” Event | BLOCKCHAIN

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SAVE THE DATE ~ Tuesday October 18th. 

Event Description: “Next Big Thing” Event | BLOCKCHAIN~ What Are The Potential Innovations And Business Possibilities For Entrepreneurs, Companies and Government

Blockchain is an emerging technology that facilitates transactions between trading partners. It has potential to disrupt every segment of banking and financial services. If you haven’t already heard of it, you will soon.

What is Blockchain? And What business possibilities and innovations will it spawn? Carol Van Cleef, Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and Founder Comptegrity, Inc., will help us explain Blockchain from the ground up. She will outline how Blockchain is reshaping commercial transactions, and how entrepreneurs can capitalize spinoff innovations.

If you are developing a new product idea – or thinking about launching one – you need to know about Blockchain. This session will feature thought leaders who will offer details about how the technology works, the outlook for future products and services, and how it will impact related industries.

This event is cosponsored by The George Washington University and The George Washington University’s School Of Business

This event will be held in The Marvin Center Ballroom at The George Washington University Campus located at 800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052.

Time: 5-9PM

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Andrew J. Polcha CEO WORLDPIPE

 

 

 

 

 

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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
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Making Sense of Intellectual Property for Software Companies

Discover and learn best practices of what it takes to patent software innovations under the current landscape considering the US Supreme Court’s Alice Standard – including what you can do to maximize the value of Intellectual Property in the software area.

  • Get answers to your questions by asking experts.
  • Create value for your company by knowing the facts.

Agenda:

  • 6:30pm 7:00 Registration and networking
  • 7:00 8:00 Backgrounder presentation and overview of current legal landscape
  • 8:00 8:10 Break
  • 8:10 9:00 Roundtable discussion and Q&A

 

Admission: (includes refreshments)

  • MIT Enterprise Forum DC Members: $10.00
  • Non-Members: $40.00

Event Synopsis:

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. Join us on May 24th for this outstanding program!

 

Patents Bring Competitive Advantages

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Andrew J. Polcha, Mentor Program Chair and CEO, <a href="http://www.worldpipe.tv">WORLDPIPE</a>
Andrew J. Polcha, Mentor Program Chair and CEO, WORLDPIPE

If you are the founder of a local company and if you have software products or projects under development, and you have failed to pursue any patents, then you will want to attend the event on May 24th, Making Sense of Intellectual Property for Software Companies.

You can’t build too much value and the rules at the USPTO  have changed since March 16, 2013 from first to invent to first to fileSee here for details. At the very least, find out what you can and can’t do.

If you have competition in the market; maybe your competition has not filed patents either? Get informed for “who was first to conceive the idea” no longer matters as much as the first to file at the USPTO. Don’t lose out because you don’t know the facts. Get the facts and talk to the experts and I’ll see you on the 24th.

As many of you know, in my volunteer life, I run the Mentor Program for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington, DC and Baltimore. (MITEF) In doing so, I get the privilege of meeting many of the founders within the area’s early stage start-up community. Being located in DC/VA/MD, in close proximity to the federal government, it is no surprise that lot’s of technology innovations and start-up efforts converge on our nation’s capital.

In my position at MITEF, I hear a lot of elevator pitches and business descriptions from start-up founders; with most entrepreneurs I meet being focused on Internet and managed services, cyber-security, mobile and social media applications. Of all these market segments mentioned, most, if not all, of the start-up companies within these sectors are creating a single software application as their companies’ flagship product.

Founders I speak with often say, “I am not the only company doing this (in this space) within the market…” When meeting someone new at one of our events and in trying to understand their business venture; one of the first questions I ask: “Do you have any patents?”. Probing about patents early in the conversation with founders is in the forefront in my thought process because I am definitely a firm believer in competitive advantage in business.

Now, if you ask any attorney, they’d be right in telling you, as general advice, that you can’t patent software or applications. So, many founders hear this advice and go-on to build their companies and build their software products; thinking legal pursuit of IP is an inaccessible path for them… As it is true, you can’t file a patent on software BUT you may file a patent on the innovation the software does or performs… I’ll say no more and leave the discussion to the experts at Fish and Richardson P.C.

Learn From Patent Experts – Register Here

One of my favorite business quotes about competitive advantage comes from Warren Buffet: “The key to investing is not how much an industry will affect society or grow, but rather its competitive advantage and the durability of that advantage…”

To me, a patent means a big legal competitive advantage to any business, especially to a start-up; and the durability of that legal business advantage is greater than 20 years.

Our Speakers:

Jeremy Monaldo                                              Nick Jepsen

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! 

INFAMOUS ROBOTICS EVENT MONDAY APRIL 18, 2016

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The Robotics Inventors Club All Stars

‘Start your own Robotics Company’ Competition

 

About:

The Robotics Inventors Club All Stars competition is the first of its kind business/technology innovation competition, where children (elementary ages thru middle school ages) face off in a ‘shark tank’ style pitch and demo competition.  The theme this year is to design and build a robot to address childhood obesity, developing something that will encourage a child to get outside and exercise while providing the gaming component that entices children.

 

The teams spent the last 8 months building their robots and their businesses around their project and are set to square off, head to head later this month.  This program was announced last year under the President’s call to ‘Educate to Innovate’ and Infamous Robotics LLC, the designers of this competition and unique STEAM curriculum, are pleased to offer the public an insight into the future of STEM education and robotics innovation.

 

 

 

Event date: April 18, 2016

Event time: 9:00am-11:00am

Event Location:

Three Flint Hill

3201 Jermantown Road

Fairfax, VA 22030

 

 

White House announcement of the All Stars Club:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/19/fact-sheet-white-house-astronomy-night-president-obama-announces-new

About the Robotics Inventors Club All Stars
http://infamousrobotics.com/club/

 

Contact:

Anthony ‘Mr Roboto’ Nunez

CEO, Infamous Robotics LLC

703-862-7955

Lessons Learned in Startup Operations

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Our recent event, Lessons Learned in Startup Operations, was a big success.   There was definitely energy in the room and lots of people glued to their seats.

The audience met James Quigley, CEO of Canvas, Cherian Thomas, Founder and CEO of Spotluck Inc. and Todd Walrath, founder and CEO of CareSave Technologies (Homecare.com). Each CEO presented their technology and company to the audience of MIT Alumni, entrepreneurs, MBA students  and service providers that cater to the entrepreneurial community in DC.

The CEO presentations were followed up with a moderated discussion by the Dean of the GW Business School – Linda Livingstone. Dean Livingstone used the audience questions to guide the conversation and Q&A with the audience.   Attendees gained valuable insights from the CEOs who shared lessons learned on the path from conception to viable business.

We hope you can make our next event!

Growing Pains – Lessons Learned in StartUp Operations

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-up 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.

MEET THE CEO’S

You will meet successful CEO’s of startups including James Quigley, CEO of GoCanvas, Cherian Thomas, Founder and CEO of Spotluck Inc. and Todd Walrath, founder and CEO of CareSave Technologies which is doing business as Homecare.com.


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James Quigley is the visionary behind Canvas,a platform for creating and editing your own mobile apps (forms). Users capture information electronically on a smartphone, tablet or PC and send it to customers, colleagues, or partners in seconds.

James says the goal of the company is, “To dynamically change how business data is shared and how people connect.”  Data that once had a short shelf-life, he says, can now be stored, accessed and shared across multiple platforms, time zones, geographies and with users throughout a company’s ecosystem. “The mobile technology revolution that Canvas is leading,” James says, “Is disrupting the status quo for how business gets done around the globe.”


Cherian-Thomas-150x150Cherian Thomas is Chairman and CEO of Spotluck, Inc. The Spotluck mobile platform, currently ranked as the #1 “dining” app on the iTunes App Store, brings yield management to the restaurant industry by providing real-time incentives to the best local restaurants (“spots”) in the community.

Spotluck’s gamified user experience makes dining fun for users while their proprietary software maximizes restaurant profits through exclusive smart discounts that change based on day, time, weather and other factors that affect restaurant occupancy.  It’s a win-win platform that satisfies the belly and wallet for users and the bottom line for restaurants.


todd walrathTodd Walrath is founder and CEO of Homecare.com, a community of Professional Caregivers that are 100% background checked. Homecare.com helps match families and Professional Caregivers and provide tools for them to communicate. In addition, their technology enables scheduling, invoicing, and billing, making care more affordable and easier to manage for families. HomeCare.com gives families assurance that they have access to quality care for their loved ones when it is needed most.

 


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

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