Leadership Challenges and Solutions

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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.

Unlocking Blockchain for Your Betterment

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Blockchain. Cryptocurrencies. Words and concepts you probably read about in The Wall Street Journal and see on LinkedIn, but probably have a limited understanding of. If that is the case, you’re certainly not alone.

According to a survey from the UK-based bank HSBC, 80 percent of customers who have heard of “blockchain technology” do not actually understand what it is. So in the spirit of the new year, the Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum wants to make you an expert.

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 adoption.

Panelists range from Members of Congress, state and local government officials, trade association members, innovators, and key investors.

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.

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.