As the fundraising process for early-stage startups grows ever-more
competitive and and ever-more elusive, we invite you to take part in an
event designed especially to answer the question: “What makes for a fundable venture?”
Join the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington, DC & Baltimore and the
American University Center for Innovation on April 4th from 5:45pm until
8:45pm for an evening filled with startup pitches, startup tabling,
“open mic” elevator pitches, Q&A and discussion, during which a
moderator, host and panelists will all comment and share their expertise
on how successful entrepreneurs achieve early-stage financing. The
event will take place at American University’s Don Myers Tech and
Innovation Building Room 221 in Washington, DC. Please note that dinner
is included and parking is free after 5pm.
Neuroscience research continually provides insight in to
improving the human condition. Today, more than ever before there are new
business opportunities to bridge science and engineering to help people. Given
the complexity of the human brain, it is no small undertaking and often
involves academic research, government support, and a determined innovator to
create a successful business proposition.
Please join us at the Washington, D.C. French Embassy on
Wednesday, March 13 from 6-9pm to hear leaders from France and the U.S. present
their perspectives on the public private partnerships that are often essential
in creating the opportunities for new businesses in healthcare.
Dr. Oliver Blin, of ISERM and IMI and Stephanie Fertig, SBIR
Project Manager, National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke at NIH
will give short presentations on the state of neuroscience. They will then be
joined by Dr. John Reppas, Director of Public Policy of the Neurotechnology
Industry Organization, for a conversation about public-private partnerships.
We will take a break for light refreshments, including
Dr. Kenneth Carter, Executive Chairman at Neuralstem—a company approved for an FDA phase 1 trial—will discuss his experience as an experienced entrepreneur in this field where it can take a long time to get your product to market.
After a networking break, we will hear several short
presentations from entrepreneurs who have started new companies: Dr. Samantha
Scott of JuneBrain, Sam Jazzo of Kinometrix, and Dr. Dan Gura of AlgometRx.
Are you a founder with a major challenge you need solved? MIT Enterprise Forum will be hosting an event that will allow you to present to a panel of successful entrepreneurs and/or investors.
On February 21 st , the MITEF DC/Baltimore Chapter will be holding an event focusing on answering these tough questions. A local CEO will lead a discussion on a major challenge they are facing, the strategies they have pursued, and the end results obtained from these decisions. After the keynote from the leading CEO, a panel of experienced investors and successful entrepreneurs will discuss and make recommendations based on the case. An audience Q&A as well as a period of networking will also occur, so DMV entrepreneurs can exchange ideas and best practices when these situations arise.
Blockchain. Cryptocurrencies. Words and concepts you
probably read about in TheWall Street Journal and see on LinkedIn,
but probably have a limited understanding of. If that is the case, you’re
certainly not alone.
From January 13th to the 15th, MITEF
is cosponsoring an event on the dynamic new technology. BlockChainge DC
2019 is an exclusive conference offering entrepreneurs and business
leaders an unprecedented focus on blockchain-based technologies and
cryptocurrencies. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the
forces driving the rapidly changing platform and the critical issues impacting
Panelists range from Members of Congress, state and local
government officials, trade association members, innovators, and key investors.
Are you a tech entrepreneur worried about the complex legal environment of intellectual property? You’re not alone.
From Takoma Park to the Tidal Basin, DMV residents are surrounded by technology startups. A recent study found DC to be a top five city for tech innovation and CNBC also ranked our area highly for startup success. However, with such industry growth comes challenges, particularly regarding intellectual property.
It is difficult to be a market pioneer when followers and copycats are nipping at your heels. With many questions and challenges facing innovators in a regional tech hub, the DC/Baltimore Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum is holding an event on October 10th with this in mind.
Members at the MITEF know firsthand that one great idea can change the world. With a network of over 28 worldwide chapters, we know the power of entrepreneurial innovation and creativity. Something that is often forgotten on the part of the innovator involves using methods to protect what has been created.
A technological trailblazer might not be as well versed in the legal trade-offs of seeking intellectual property protection. What can you do to maximize the value of your creation in the software area?
Next week, you will have the opportunity to gain powerful insights from practicing attorneys, industry thought leaders, and other entrepreneurs on the power of intellectual property. With this MITEF Roundtable Discussion, you will be able to question and converse with those “in the know” to better protect what you have developed to change the world.
Part 1 – Harold Cossette, Ernesto Gonzaga, and E-MAG Force Dynamics
We at the DC/Baltimore chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum know that being an entrepreneur is not the easiest undertaking. It takes a bit more than just time, creativity, and luck to succeed.
Critical to an entrepreneur’s success is a supportive network of community leaders who can help cultivate your ideas and make them a reality. Fostering special relationships with area insiders is a unique challenge, unless you know where to look.
Take Harold Cossette and Ernesto Gonzaga of E-MAG Force Dynamics, an electromagnetic technology firm. They know that membership at the MIT Enterprise Forum changed their venture trajectories for the better. “For those seeking to build their businesses within the government and corporate sectors, I highly recommend joining the MIT Enterprise Forum Washington, DC and Baltimore,” Cossette said.
In December 2017, Harold joined the DC/Baltimore chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum throughour website and connected with Co-Chair Andrew Polcha.
“After communicating my position and explaining my goals, Andrew took the time to understand what I was looking for in assistance and followed up with exactly what I needed.”
By joining MITEF, Harold was able to gain easier access to investors to gain financial backing for his company.
“I am very grateful for the assistance and value that I have received from the MIT Enterprise Forum,” Cossette said. “We could not have done this without the support of the Washington, DC and Baltimore chapter.”
Since 1981, MITEF has created these connections and stimulated local economies through innovation and entrepreneurship.Join today and activate your support network.
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.
MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore
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.
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
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.
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!