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On October 18, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore, Women in Housing and Finance and the George Washington University School of Business are created a Blockchain technology program featuring experts from industry, government and the legal community

Since the development of Bitcoin, Blockchain’s usage has expanded rapidly, encompassing the development of cryptocurrencies, ledger-based technologies, and smart contracts.

An expert panel discussed the implications of, and opportunities for innovation in the Blockchain space from industry, investor and regulatory perspectives.

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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! 

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

Pitching to Investors without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap

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Are you an entrepreneur who seeks sound, experienced advice on starting a company? Are you looking for innovative ideas that will help you quickly get from concept to revenue? If so, don’t miss this opportunity to learn 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.

  • Learn how to create a pitch deck designed to get funding
  • Examine and analyze two real examples of successful pitch decks
  • Hear a successful entrepreneur deliver a pitch for a startup that got funded
  • Hear candid insights about lessons learned
  • Discover what excites investment professionals – and what turns them off
  • Get answers to your questions by asking the experts
  • Meet and network with fellow entrepreneurs

Meet Our Experts

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Jonathan Aberman

Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures. Jonathan is highly respected and valued thought leader on entrepreneurship and innovation. His work as a venture investor, innovation consultant, university professor and media commentator, allows him to experience and connect the many threads of entrepreneurship and technology innovation that are core to the United States economy and its future. Jonathan is also the Chair for FounderCorps, a regional not for profit that focuses on entrepreneurial development and startup acceleration in the Washington DC region.

As you might already know, we have made a few changes to our program trying to fill the second speaker/presentation for our program on the 18th. The big change; we are featuring 3 local start ups to present (10 min. each) for this event and gain commentary and feedback from an expert panel. As you know, an investor pitch is so important for any start up company to get right and in getting it right requires mastery of lots of moving parts. We expect that the panel will be commenting on everything about what they see from each start up’s founder(s) during that segment of our program. Not only will the content of the slides/deck be examined and commented on, but also the delivery of the presentation, strength, articulation of the opportunity, addressing the Q&A etc. This is designed to get value feedback to these start up founders from all different aspects of the presentation.

Agenda:

  • 6:30 pm: registration and networking
  • 7:00 – 7:05/7:10 Opening remarks from Dean Carmel
  • 7:10 – 8:00 Jonathan Aberman, Pitching to Investors Without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap
  • 8:00 – 8:10 Break
  • 8:10 – 8:20 Start up #1 Pitch Deck/Presentation
  • 8:20 – 8:30 Panel comments Q&A
  • 8:30 – 8:40 Start up #2 Pitch Deck/Presentation
  • 8:40 – 8:50 Panel comments Q&A
  • 8:50 – 9:00 Start up #3 Pitch Deck/Presentation
  • 9:00 – 9:10 Panel comments Q&A
  • 9:10 – 9:30 post-event networking

The MIT Enterprise Forum’s Event ~ Pitching to Investors Without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap Hosted By Kogod School of Business At American University

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Full Program For Thursday, February 18th :

6:30 PM Registration and networking
7:00 – 7:05/7:10 Opening remarks from Dean Carmel
7:10 – 8:00 Jonathan Aberman, Pitching to Investors Without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap
8:00 – 8:10 Break
8:10 – 8:20 Agora VR Pitch Deck/Presentation
8:20 – 8:30 Panel comments Q&A
8:30 – 8:40 Budget Referee Pitch Deck/Presentation
8:40 – 8:50 Panel comments Q&A
8:50 – 9:00 Babel Health LLC Pitch Deck/Presentation
9:00 – 9:10 Panel comments Q&A
9:10 – 9:30 post-event networking

Emceed by Andrew J. Polcha and Andrew Rudin

Expert Panel:

Randy Domolky, Clayton Depue and Andrew Tucker

Avoiding Sandtraps

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Jonathan Aberman
Jonathan Aberman

I had a few minutes to speak with Jonathan Aberman, one of our experts for our upcoming event, Pitching to Investors without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap, Feb. 18th at American University. As an investor, you see many deals, meet with few and invest in an even smaller group.  Much easier to pass on a deal, so catching an investor’s interest is critical.

Jonathan will speak to the best ways to do that while not driving a potential investor away. He will explain the all important difference between venture investors and angel investors and what it means to an entrepreneur. His session will be interactive so there will be opportunities to get specific answers to your questions.

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The Kogod School of Business At American University Is The Place To Be On Feb. 18th

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Andrew J. Polcha CEO of WORLDPIPE.tv

The MITEF event on Feb. 18th is shaping up to being an exciting evening. I, as other members of the Chapter Executive Committee (CEC), are so excited to have our organization’s first event for 2016 at American University. First, I want to give a big THANK YOU to the Dean of The Kogod School of Business at American University, Dean Carmel for him welcoming The Forum and for hosting our event on February 18th. Also, I am thrilled that Dean Carmel has agreed to be part of our evening’s program; kicking off the event with opening remarks. I also am honored to be playing the part of co-emcee with my friend Andy Rudin.

Things have changed for the evening’s schedule/agenda. Please note the new schedule as follows:

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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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