Join the MIT Enterprise Forum DC & Baltimore. Explore Virginia’s Beverage Business Growth

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Want to meet two of our region’s most innovative brewers and vintners? Interested in learning about one of the fastest growing markets in the Capital Region? Looking to connect with the people who are advancing technology and entrepreneurship in the DC Region?

To celebrate Virginia breweries and vineyards, the DC/Baltimore chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum will be hosting an event on September 8th on regional beverage production. Tickets, like space in this growing market, are going fast! Reserve your spot for this unique experience!

While touring both a brewery and vineyard, MITEFdc members will taste wares and hear directly from the operators about their business values propositions in the extremely dynamic Northern Virginia market. After the sampling is done, an industry expert will lead a discussion about the Virginia wine business over a three course dinner at Chef Geoff’s Tysons.

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Be part of the future of Tech in the DC Region. Contact us: MITEFDC@gmail.com

Be Part of the Future of Tech – Join Us!

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Matthew Falls
President

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

We’re planning for our 2018/2019 programming schedule with topics such as Biotech, The Internet of Things, Healthcare and many more high impact programs and events.

Since 1981, the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) has stimulated local economies through innovation, entrepreneurship, and fostering a special community.

This community is composed of game-changers, thought-leaders, futurists, entrepreneurs, and above all, members like you who are equipped with endless curiosity and the drive to be impactful. As a Forum, we strive our best to help you to explore big ideas, discuss the impact and connect to the thought leaders by programs and event hosting.

 

We’re searching for interested volunteers to help plan our schedule and let others in the DC community know about the great things that are happening with the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore.

If you’re interested in helping to manage our events, developing Program Content, creating impactful graphics or Digital Marketing and Publishing, we’d love to talk.

Matt

Matthew Falls
President
MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore
302.500.1640

 

Creating a Pitch Deck that Gets Funded

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On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 5:30PM, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore presents another event in its Mentor series, Creating a Pitch Deck that Gets Funded.

Cynthia Traeger will describe in detail Pitch Decks and what is necessary in creating a fundable pitch deck and the key touch points in presenting successfully to investors.

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Cynthia Traeger is a seasoned founder and entrepreneur. Cynthia is CEO of Pacific, mentors entrepreneurs globally for NIH CAP and State Department GIST and for 5 years was director of DCFI.

  • Learn what content and criteria is necessary for a “fundable” pitch deck
  • See two examples of deck that got funded
  • Hear the founder make a mock pitch from their funded decks
  • Hear founder’s insights as to what went right and what went wrong.
  • Hear insights from two experts with investment backgrounds
  • Participate in round table discussions with speakers
  • Network and access to experts
  • Collaborate with fellow area entrepreneurs

Program participants can expect a meaningful and educational engagement complemented by an excellent opportunity to grow their network of successful entrepreneurs and meet with elite service providers in the Washington, DC area.

Details

Date, Time: Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Navy League Building, Ground Floor Conference Center, 2300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA

Directions: Closest metro stop is Courthouse, Orange and Silver Lines; Paid Parking in building and free street parking after 6:00 p.m. There is an entrance to the building from Clarendon Blvd. Food: Pizza, sodas and wine will be provided

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SAVE THE DATE MAY 8TH | MITEF’s Mentor Program Series

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MITEFDC Mentor Program Series

This is a high profile series open to all area entrepreneurs looking to gain sound and best practice advice from the area’s most qualified mentors. This program is designed to give MITEF members and area entrepreneurs practical, vital information when founding a startup company. Program participants can expect a meaningful and educational engagement complemented by an excellent opportunity to both grow their professional network of fellow and successful entrepreneurs and meet with elite service providers in the Washington, DC area.

Featured Mentor

Cynthia Traeger is a seasoned founder and entrepreneur. She is CEO of Pacific, a diversified technology & media holding company. Cynthia mentors entrepreneurs globally for the NIH Corporate Ambassadors Program (CAP) and the State Department Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) program. For five years she was the Director of the Washington DC Founder Institute (DCFI). Cynthia will describe in detail “Pitch Decks” and how to create a “fundable pitch deck”. Come learn the key touch points in presenting successfully to investors!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT.

  • Learn what content and criteria is necessary for a “fundable” pitch deck
  • See two examples of decks that got funded
  • Hear founder’s insights as to what went right and what went wrong.
  • Hear insights from two experts with investment backgrounds
  • Participate in round table discussions with speakers
  • Network and access to experts
  • Collaborate with fellow area entrepreneurs

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Food: Pizza, soda and wine will be provided

SPECIAL: Join as a NEW MITEFDC Member by May 6, 2018 and you can attend this event for free.

5:30-6:00PM: Networking/Event Registration
6:00-7:00PM: Discussion with Cynthia Traeger
7:00-7:15PM: Short Break
7:15-8:00PM: Interactions and Audience Collaborations
8:00-8:30PM: Optional closing discussion and networking

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT.

Important: If you are bringing a guest, please register each guest separately.

TICKET SALES END COB MAY 7

Patents, Innovators and Venture Capital

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An engaging and diverse discussion on the importance of patents for early-stage ventures and raising capital, presented by Startups Ignite, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Patent Portfolio Builders and Nova Labs.

Join us for a night of cheering new ventures pitching, listening to a panel discuss the hot topic of the relevance of IP protection in early stage startups and getting venture capital, visit exhibiting booths – see some demos, and mix and mingle at the social & get to know the startup ecosystem here in the Capital Region.

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Innovation Defensibility and Venture Capital

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An engaging and diverse discussion on the importance of patents for early-stage ventures and raising capital.  

On November 16, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore and Startups-Ignite will present Innovation Defensibility and Venture Capital. This event will be hosted at 1916 Isaac Newton Square W, Reston, VA 20190.

Area patent attorneys and investors will discuss the importance of Patents in early stage ventures. This very interesting and diverse discussion will focus on issues such as:

 Patent portfolio strategy (how to prioritize in view of limited resources)

Expedited examination under USPTO Track-1 program (helpful to obtain patents faster, in preparation for investment rounds)

Foreign filing – do you need it? How to decide which countries?

IP ownership issues

Freedom-to-operate (how/when to analyze competitor IP)

Access a network of visionaries paving the future of Tech. Open seats for this event are limited. Secure yours today.

Agenda
• Nov 16th 6:00 pm – Networking / Registration
• Nov 16th 6:30 pm – Community updates and appreciating
• Nov 16th 6:40 pm – Panel Discussion
• Nov 16th 7:20 pm – Founder’s recent journey

 

Be Part of the Future of Tech: Join us!

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Dear Friends of MIT Enterprise Forum DC-Baltimore,

Matthew Falls – President

It was nice to meet all of you at our event, Artificial Intelligence:Getting Down to the Binary at 1776 in Crystal City last week.

Co-hosted with Arlington Economic Development, Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section, we had a terrific turnout of the audience and impressive presentations featuring David A. Bray, Ph.D., JT Kostman, Ph.D., and Dipto Chakravarty, who shared with us unique perspectives about the exponential growth in technology, potential social impact from AI, and perspectives from venture capitalists.

Since 1981, the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) has stimulated local economies through innovation, entrepreneurship, and fostering a special community.

This community is composed of game-changers, thought-leaders, futurists, entrepreneurs, and above all, members like you who are equipped with endless curiosity and the drive to be impactful. As a Forum, we strive our best to help you to explore big ideas, discuss the impact and connect to the thought leaders by programs and event hosting.

If you find our events valuable, join us in the upcoming ones and refer us to your network. Our open membership seats are limited. Secure yours today.

 

 

 

See Into the Future of Tech: Artificial Intelligence

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See into the future of tech.

Explore big ideas, discuss the impact and rise of emerging technologies. Get involved, connect, and expand your digital horizon to see what’s around the bend.

On October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development, Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section will present Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary. This event will be hosted at 1776, 2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.

Access a network of visionaries paving the future of Artificial Intelligence. Open seats for this event are limited. Secure yours today.

 

Artificial intelligence: An Investor’s Overview

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On October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development, Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section will present Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary. This event will be hosted at 1776, 2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.

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We recently had a chance to sit down with our friend Dipto Chakravarty to get his perspective on investment trends in artificial intelligence and the vertical markets that are attracting funding. His thoughts are below:

“A specific investment trend for Artificial intelligence in the investment market through my lens is twofold.

1. Venture Capitalists are going after Artificial Intelligence applications in vertical markets
2. Private Equity Firms are pivoting their portfolio companies to Artificial Intelligence as an extender.

Generally, Venture Capitalists’ favorite vertical markets for Artificial Intelligence consists of healthcare, cybersecurity and finance. This investment appetite resulted in over 200 startups using Artificial Intelligence as the backbone of their product or service, and they raised $1.5B in funding last year.

The Year-over-year trend has followed the unreal hockey stick spike growing from $3 billion in 2015 to $5 billion in 2016 to almost $10 billion before ending this year.

The Artificial Intelligence sub-segments include two categories:

1. pure-play platforms – machine learning, deep learning, virtual assistants, and recommendation engines.
2. applications – gesture control, computer vision, smart robots, content recognition and natural language processing.

The most popular buzzwords every startup touts, and every investor listens to, are Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Both parties use them interchangeably.

Simply stated, Artificial Intelligence is the science of machine carrying out tasks as prosthesis of the human brain. Machine Learning is an application of Artificial Intelligence giving machines access to data, training machines on models and letting them learn for themselves.

The second most popular buzzword startups and investors both tout are Deep Learning and Machine Learning. Just as Machine Learning takes the core ideas of broader Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning takes the broader ideas of Machine Learning and applies it to solve any problem that requires “thought” – artificial or human.

As of 2017, Deep Learning is eating machine learning. Deep Learning may look fuzzy today, but it will be taught like chemistry tomorrow.”

About Dipto Chakravarty

Dipto Chakravarty is the author of three best-selling books on computer architecture and cybersecurity from McGraw-Hill and Wiley that have been translated in five languages. He has 11 patents to his credit in Artificial Intelligence, security and cloud, holds a B.S and M.S in Computer Science and Elec Engineering from U. of Maryland, GMP from Harvard Business School and EMBA from Wharton School, U. Penn.

Currently, he is the CTO at Exostar. In this role, Dipto leads the R&D and product development while focusing on building a differentiated technology portfolio to help customers solve their most difficult problems around secure collaboration in their hybrid IT infrastructure with mobility and IoT.

He previously served at the SVP/GM at CA Technologies, and EVP of Products at ThreatTrack, and earlier as the general manager for SaaS Cloud Security at Novell. Dipto has been an executive at four public companies (CA, IBM, NOVL, TRI) and four entrepreneurial startups to date with successful exits.