Signature Series Event: Talk with the Angel Legends

Join us to meet with four of the DMV Region’s Legendary Angels’. Find out how and why they invest their time & their money. Why they DON’T? How they got started and how to GET their attention? Investors see so many potential deals come across their desk but, only invest in a few each year. Why? At this event, you get to ask questions. You get to talk and, meet the Legends!

At Launch Workplaces – 8607 Westwood Center Drive, Suite #250, Tysons, Virginia 22182

Eric KoefootMr. Eric Koefoot is an experienced software executive and an Internet pioneer, having either founded or served as a senior executive for early-stage Internet companies since 1996. He was most recently the founding CEO and Publisher of U.S. News Ventures, a branded internet publishing company funded in part by U.S. News & World Report. Prior to that role, he was co-founder and CEO of Five Star Alliance, a successful ecommerce startup in Alexandria, which became the argest independent booker of luxury hotels worldwide and was sold in 2007 for over a 10X return to investors in less than 3 years. Join us and meet with Eric Koefoot, as he shares why raising venture capital money might be the right option to finance a startup and why sometimes, it’s not…

John MayMr. John May is Managing Partner of New Vantage Group, which has established five angel investing organizations, and a Managing Director of Seraphim, a UK-based venture capital fund. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Angel Capital Association and a lead instructor for the “Power of Angel Investing” seminars produced by the Angel Resource Institute, supported by the Kauffman Foundation. He is the co-author of two books on angel investing, notably “Angels without Borders” being released in November, 2015.  John holds a BA from Earlham College and an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. I am a venture capitalist who is specializing in angel group formation – empowering individuals to become active early stage private company investors. I have co-authored a book on angel investing with Cal Simmons “Every Business Needs an Angel” ( Crown Business:2001) and co-edited “Cutting Edge Practices: State of the Art of American Angel Investing”,(Darden Business Publishing: 2003). In 2012 we merged Active Angels with New Dominion Angels, where John is co-leader. In 2006 he became the Chair and board member of the newly formed Angel Capital Association. In September, 2006 we formed Seraphim Capital, a UK venture fund where I am an Investment Director.

S Tien WongMr. S. Tien Wong is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tech 2000, Inc., a Herndon, Virginia-based EdTech Company which provides advanced technology training, mobile e-learning, and mobile content management software to Fortune 500, education, and government clients.  He is also CEO of Appnetic (a division of Tech 2000), a SaaS-based mobile sales enablement platform which enables non-programmer marketing directors and sales managers to create on a self-serve basis, rapidly deployable, custom, robust mobile sales enablement applications which empower teams and provide valuable marketing asset and sales rep usage analytics. Mr. Wong is Chairman of Lore Systems, Inc., an IT professional services company which designs and supports network infrastructures, “virtual CIO,” and cloud computing solutions for commercial, nonprofit, and government clients.  He is Chairman of Opus8, Inc., a private investment and strategic advisory firm specializing in middle market buyouts and venture capital investment.  Opus8 seeks to acquire and invest in call center, CRM (customer relationship management), education technology, datacenter, and managed hosting technologies and services.

Dendy YoungDendy Young is the Managing Partner of McLean Capital, LLC, a private equity firm, based in McLean, VA, which focuses on investments in early-stage companies. He is a member of Blu Venture Investors, an angel investment company that supports early stage companies in the Washington DC area through which he has built a portfolio of more than 15 young companies. From January 1996 to 2006, Mr. Young was CEO of GTSI Corp. (NASDAQ: GTSI), a $1+ billion enterprise services and solutions provider. Prior to GTSI, Mr. Young served as Chief Executive Officer of Falcon Microsystems, Inc., the second of two privately held, Federally-focus IT companies he founded, and Falcon Systems, Inc.

Mr. Young serves on the Executive Committee of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). He is Chairman of the Board of Navanti Group, LLC, which specializes in risk assessment and the use of social media in countering violent extremism, Qlarion, Inc., which provides expertise in business intelligence, Icaros, which delivers GIS solutions to government and industry, Personalized Cancer Therapy (Perthera), a company that provides oncologists with precise, personalized options for their patients, and Gradient Dynamics, LLC which is commercializing a breakthrough in physics. Mr. Young lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Andrea. He spends as much time as he can with his four children, their spouses, and three grand-children. He holds a S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

  • Check In/Networking/Beverages & Light Hors d’oeuvres 4:30 p.m.
  • Discussion with Eric Koefoot 5:00 p.m.
  • Meet the Angel Legends 6:30 p.m.
  • Audience Talks With the Legends 7:30 p.m.
  • Closing/Networking 8:00 p.m.


Partner Event: Product Ideation for Software Innovators

Free Event offered by our In-Kind Sponsor Refraction…

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Why does product ideation matter? What type of activities can help the process? What combination of people can help you most in product ideation? How can I avoid common mistakes?

About Arman Eshraghi

Arman Eshraghi is the founder of four companies – his most recent company is Qvrey, a micro-survey platform. Arman founded Logi Analytics with a vision to provide superior, innovative report development and analysis solutions for businesses. Specifically, he pioneered the use of “Elemental Design” to building information applications. He has over 25 years of professional software product business experience. Before migrating to the US in 1996, he founded two other software companies, Aryasoft and DPI, with average of 40X growth in five years. Mr. Eshraghi holds a BS in Electronics Engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad.


  • 6:00PM – Networking and Drinks
  • 6:30PM – Opening Remarks
  • 6:40PM – Arman’s presentation
  • 7:30PM – Q&A
  • 7:45PM – Event Dismissed/Networking


Free event, but please do register at:  Refraction Event Registration

Mentor Program Series: Team Building How to Build A Start-up Team That Rocks!



Mentor Program Series: Team Building

How to Build A Start-up Team That Rocks!

We find wisdom in the old saying from Henry Ford | Founder of Ford Motor Company

  “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

If you are a founder of a start-up; how do you find and recruit incredible team members?


Join us to hear three successful start-up founders who are going to share their story(s) about how TEAM BUILDING shaped their core-team and positioned their company for success.


Speaker #1: Don Britton CEO/Founder of Network Alliance. Don and his core team set up shop in 1996. Network Alliance’s mission is to Make IT Simple and help people and small organizations benefit and enjoy technology as much as we do. Our clients come to us when they are tired of dealing with technology issues that are adversely affecting their business. We have a 98% client retention rate for 19 years of business that proves we can make those issues go away once and for all.

Speaker #2 Bernadette Hyland Founder & CEO, / 3 Round Stones, Inc. Co-founder & CEO of a disruptive Web data platform, Callimachus Enterprise. She brings a strong background in Web-scale data management strategies, coupled with expertise in leading high-growth software organizations. A serial entrepreneur, Bernadette is a trusted adviser to senior executives in public and private sector organizations seeking better data for smarter decisions.

Speaker #3 Gail Foster Embt Founder & CEO Kinergy Health. Gail founded Kinergy Health to provide the services health systems need to accelerate patient-centered care delivery.  Kinergy Health provides a combination of trained Care Navigators, evidence-based practices and HIPAA-compliant technology, resulting in lower cost care. Gail also serves as co-chair for the Louis W. Sullivan Institute’s Patient Experience Council which is uniting key policy makers with patients and industry stakeholders to deliver solutions to improve healthcare safety and increase access for patients and their family caregivers.  

 One-on-One Mentor Program and Round Tables

Entrepreneurs will have a one-on-one dialog and exchange with a mentor. Entrepreneurs can expect to receive critical feedback pertaining to his or her unique business situation. This extended conversation with a mentor can be about any business concerns you may have.  MITEF DC, in partnership with SCORE, is providing for ongoing mentoring after the event.

Each speaker will also moderate one round table session and will mentor a start-up for the remainder of the evening.



 Our Speakers Don Britton, Bernadette HylandGail Embt Kinergy

(see bio above)


(Mentors will be listed soon)


Event Timeline:

5:00 – 5:30: Event Registration /Networking/Refreshments

5:30 – 6:15: Speakers

6:15 – 9:00 Attendees get (2) 30 Min. One-on-One sessions with Mentors –

 Attendees waiting on the mentor session, will participate in a moderated round table with fellow entrepreneurs

Event Registration is required. THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 30 ENTREPRENEURS

Parking: Free

Metro: Walking distance to the Silver Line Metro

Event Fees:

EARLY REGISTRATION until October 20th for members and guests – $30

MITEF DC Members – $35

Guests – $50

Networking/Refreshments/Speakers (1st half of the event ONLY) – $20


ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY –No Registration Available at Event

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How to Market-test Your Entrepreneurial Idea – Economically


How to Market-test Your Entrepreneurial Idea

 – without spending a boatload of money

Launching a company is comparable to bungee jumping – except that you don’t know if there’s a cord attached. Starting a company can be similarly risky – but it doesn’t have to be as scary, and can be just as exhilarating.

This workshop equips entrepreneurs with the tools for market-testing. We will describe proven methods for concept validationuse case development, and buying-scenario testing to add to your current skills.

Whether your product or service is B2B, B2C, or B2G, you’ll learn techniques to gain insight into what customers want. 

Entrepreneurial camaraderie! Food! Wine! Networking! What could be better on a Thursday night?  Bring your questions and challenges to this dynamic, interactive program. Following the speaker’s presentation, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your issues with our select panel of experienced entrepreneurs. 


 Our Speaker – Glen Gulyas, Co-founder of CauseNetwork

Glen Gulyas is a successful entrepreneur who has founded many technology companies. His current company, CauseNetwork, offers a branded digital network that makes shopping better for everyone by enabling them to give more to charity. Previously, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of, and as President and Chief Operating Officer of GigaTrust, which created a strategy and alliance partnership with Microsoft that enabled it to develop its core products and proprietary technologies. A long-time DC-area resident, Glen’s professional associations, charities, and community service include: VEFC – Volunteer Emergency Families for Children, and the Optimist Club of Arlington. Glen has provided strategic guidance for more than seven years to Microsoft’s product development teams and partners in the world. He has a BS in business and computer sciences from Rutgers.



Event Time Line:

6:30 – 7:00pm:  Registration, Networking & Refreshments 

7:00 – 7:50pm:   Presentation & Breakout

7:50 – 8:00pm: Break

8:00 – 8:45pm:  Panel Q&A

8:45 – 9:00pm:  Networking & Refreshments


Free Parking

Event Fees:


Early registration ends on October 8th : Members and Guests $30

Members: $35.00    

Guests: $50.00 

Membership is complimentary for qualifying entrepreneurs.  Learn More

 ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY –No Registration Available at Event

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Open to all since 1981, the MIT Enterprise Forum is a non-profit, volunteer organization with a long history of promoting the growth, education, and success of the entrepreneur and business community in the greater Washington & Baltimore area. The local chapter is one of a network of over 28 worldwide chapters of the Enterprise Forum, which was created as an outreach educational program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Its many programs are targeted at local start-ups, high technology businesses and investors and are designed to enable tech entrepreneurs to be successful by providing practical programing designed to educate and help them connect to mentors and experts.

Mentor Program Series: THE ELEVATOR PITCH

Our Mentor Program Series is a high profile series open to area entrepreneurs looking to gain sound advice regarding best practices and execution from the area’s most qualified mentors.

This program will feature one-on-one sessions between entrepreneurs and mentors, enabling attendees to gain expert feedback pertaining to their business needs.   Both entrepreneurs and mentors can expect opportunities to expand their professional network and to interact with other successful entrepreneurs and service providers in the Washington, DC area.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Entrepreneur Exclusive Event

The first program of this series is the Elevator Pitch on April 24.  Entrepreneurs can choose from the six available expert mentors to help create and boost their pitch as well as gain advice in other aspects of their businesses.

  • Entrepreneurs will participate in brief one-on-one sessions with Mentors.
  • In between Mentor sessions, entrepreneurs can participate in a moderated round table discussion with fellow entrepreneurs.
  • All will have the opportunity to exchange contacts, ideas and share stories.

Featured Speaker:

Carl N. Grant, III is Executive Vice President, Business Development at Cooley LLP, responsible for leading a ten-person business development team firmwide.  He joined the Firm in 2002 and is resident in the Reston office.

Mr. Grant is known as a super-connector in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.  He is focused on assisting growth-oriented companies achieve their goals through practical business solutions, strategic business advice and high-impact, targeted referrals to sources of financing, potential partners, key hires, potential buyers/sellers and other high-end service providers.  Mr. Grant also advises companies on the best use of team-based, business-oriented legal solutions. He is the winner of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) 2013 Hot Ticket Awards Friend of the Entrepreneur Award and was a finalist for the 2012 NVTC Entrepreneur Navigator Award honoring the unsung heroes who have mentored and advised entrepreneurs and startups in the DC region.  Read more about Mr. Grant

Mentor Program Series: The Path to Successful Products

  • Are you struggling in creating a new product?
  • Are you looking to develop successful products more quickly?
  • Do you want your company to drive innovation efforts that are profitable?

The ability to create profitable products is vital for companies that want to remain competitive.  Doing this in a consistent way requires a deep understanding of customer needs and wants, the competitive environment, and the nature of the market.  Companies with the best track record of consistently creating successful products have adopted the role of product management.

Register online: MITEFDC Mentor Event March 3rd.

Key Takeaways

  • Why implementing a product management process is critical.
  • Understand the difference between product management and product development.
  • Identify the greatest obstacles to successful products.
  • Know key factors that play a critical role in developing successful products.

One-on One Mentor Program

Entrepreneurs will have a one-on-one dialog and exchange with a mentor. Entrepreneurs can expect to receive critical feedback pertaining to his or her unique business situation. MITEF DC, in partnership with SCORE, can provide ongoing mentoring after the event.   This extended conversation with a mentor can be about any business concerns you may have.  MITEF DC, in partnership with SCORE, is providing on going mentoring after the event.

Event Schedule:

  • 5:00 – 5:30: Event Registration /Networking
  • 5:30 – 6:10: Hector Speaks
  • 6:10 – 8:50 Attendees get (2) 30 Min. One-on-One sessions with Mentors

Location:  Reston Town Center

Register online: MITEFDC Mentor Event March 3rd.

  • Early Bird Special:  $30 if you register by Feb 10th.  (After Feb 10: $40 for Members, $50 for non-members)
  • Attendees waiting on the mentor session will participate in a moderated round table with fellow entrepreneurs.
  • Light refreshments will be served.

Event Registration is required. THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 30 ENTREPRENEURS 
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