The Trials and Tribulations of Technology Trailblazers

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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.

Tickets are still available, so join the MITEF of DC/Baltimore on October 10th for this important discussion!

Real Players, Real Network, and The DC/Baltimore MITEF

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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 through our 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.

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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

Register Here

 

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.