MIT Enterprise Forum Washington DC & Baltimore is proud to partner with DC Startup Week.
DC Startup Week (DCSW) is the fastest-growing startup community in
the DMV region with over 6,000 entrepreneurs. Once a year, we bring together
our expansive community over 5-days to connect, collaborate, share resources
and celebrate our thriving ecosystem. Throughout the year, we strengthen our
united community by curating inclusive, thought-provoking, and meaningful
events and partnerships.
This year DC Startup Week is in Washington, D.C. from Monday,
September 9, 2019, 8:00 AM to Friday, September 13, 2019, 8:00 PM.
This is no charge for this event.
Meet fellow founders, entrepreneurs, developers and investors in
casual venues to talk shop, share code and make plans
Be part of a culture that celebrates sharing and learning from one
Learn from incredibly smart entrepreneurs and experienced mentors
Network with the entire DC startup community and interact with
startup teams and hiring managers in meaningful and impactful ways
The nominations committee is happy to report on the new MIT Enterprise Forum Washington DC & Baltimore board. The board has been voted in and is already hard at work on the upcoming year. The committee is confident that this board will be successful in growing MITEF’s capacity to serve the start-up community here in DC.
The nominations committee was tasked with recruiting a new
Chair as Matthew Falls was term limited. Matt had served as Chair for two
successful consecutive terms of growth for the forum and we thank him for his
enthusiasm and unstinting work on behalf of our chapter. Our ideal candidate
would be someone who is part of the DC startup community, who is an experienced
entrepreneur who wanted to give back to the community, and who had participated
or supported MITEF Washington DC & Baltimore. Our search was successful.
Our new chair is a long-time friend of the forum Cynthia
Traeger. Ms. Traeger has moderated panels and taught entrepreneur skills at
MITEF events. Cynthia Traeger serves as CEO of Pacific, a diversified
technology & media holding company, and concurrently serves as President of
VSI Pacific. She leads Pacific’s efforts
across aerospace, defense, sports, entertainment, and other industries.
Additionally, Cynthia serves as a Trustee to the Board of Trustees, Harrisburg
University of Science and Technology where she chairs the International Affairs
Committee of the Executive Board; and is a Mentor/Advisor to the NIH
Commercialization Accelerator Program and Feedback Sessions. She was a
participant and author with the American Bar Association’s Digital Evidence
Work Group, and a contributor to the Journal of the ACM Special Interest Group
on Graphics. Cynthia is a partner to the State Department’s Global Innovation
through Science and Technology (GIST) program and is an active mentor for GIST
companies. In partnership with GIST, she is an executive mentor to the Research
Competitiveness Program for the American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS). She holds multiple patents in the areas of real-time data
analysis for proximity and movement of objects.
Matthew Falls remains on the board as the Immediate Past
Chapter Chair and is the Volunteer Chair. Mark Johnston has moved from
Programming Chair to Vice Chair but will still be involved in programming.
Andrew Polcha has moved from Vice Chair to Nominations but is still advising
the programming committee. Our new Programming Chair is Michael Novak. Michael
worked on the programming committee last year. A list of all the board members
is below. We are currently working to update our website and when it is ready,
we will add the new biographies for your review.
Our other goal was to recruit volunteers who demonstrated an
enthusiasm for supporting startups in DC. To accomplish this, we recruited six
new board members, 30% of the board. Complementing this change four board
members changed roles, 20% of the board. Half the board is returning in their
role from last year. We believe that by bringing new board members on board
will not only diversify the capabilities of the board but will make the chapter
stronger as we move into the 2020s.
Our survey respondents have spoken. Thank you for your feedback to our summer survey. It will help us guide our chapter’s strategy and programming.
We would like to thank the many survey respondents for the
valuable information they have provided to the leadership team and the
programming committee. Your answers will be used to help formulate the
programming for our events this fall and next spring. Not only did the
respondents help answer our set questions but they provided extra information
to help us better define our events. Also, a special thanks to those who have
volunteered their time and expertise to help our chapter.
What Is Important?
The first question helps us formulate the content of the
events. The respondents overwhelming wanted networking at our events. We will
make sure that each event has adequate time to network and is structured to
bring in people who are active in the DC entrepreneur community. Second, the
respondents wanted MITEF to support our local entrepreneurs. We will work to
feature local entrepreneurs at our events.
Our next question focused on potential topics. Networking,
this time as a topic and not an event theme, was a top priority for the
respondents. We hear this interest loud and clear and will work to make our
events great for networking. In the next group, the future of work is aligned
with MIT’s Work of the Future initiative (https://workofthefuture.mit.edu/),
we are planning a voice/AI event in October, and we will work to have events on
business growth and entrepreneurial leadership.
Event Locations and Times
This question confirmed that our typical respondent can attend evening events mid-week in Washington DC or Arlington. We feel that the location bias is due to our chapter’s focus on DC and Northern Virginia events over the last several years. We have met many entrepreneurs and their supporters from the Baltimore area and know that there is an interest to hold MITEF events there as well. This fall we will focus on holding mid-week evening events in DC and Arlington. Beyond that, we will work on developing or supporting events in the Baltimore and northern Montgomery county.
We are now working to develop our 2019-2020 programming calendar. We would appreciate your help to balance our forum events among networking, cool new tech, networking, entrepreneur education, networking, and supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Washington DC & Baltimore.
The MITEF Washington DC & Baltimore programming team brought
nine events to our 2018-2019 schedule.
May, Celebrating Entrepreneurship in Our
April, Early Investor in Entrepreneurs: What
Makes for a Fundable Venture?
March, New Opportunities in Neuroscience in
France and the US
MIT Enterprise Forum joins with Defense Entrepreneurs Forum, Vive DC, Stanford Alumni, French American Chamber of Commerce and IEEE to celebrate entrepreneurship in the DC region with a happy hour and networking event featuring talks by Jim Hunt, the managing Director of Lavrock Ventures and Jeff Grass of Hungry. Jim will speak on Entrepreneurship in Our Nations Capital. Jeff will speak on his experience as a DC entrepreneur and his latest venture HUNGRY.
The event will be a roof-deck happy hour (rain date is 5/23) which is all about networking, networking, and networking. Early bird pricing is $20.
Come meet like minded professionals for a fun evening of networking in a beautiful, relaxed environment, with an adult beverage in your hand. This event’s theme of Entrepreneurship is reaching multiple sectors such as Government, Technology and Medical; you won’t want to miss this.
Your admission includes light fare, beer, wine, and soda.
Originally scheduled for April 4, 2019, this event is now postponed and will be held in the fall. Our apologies for this late change in our schedule.
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.
Moderator: Edgar C. Harrell, EiR, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and Managing Partner, Harrell Capital Partners
Panelists: Eric Koefoot, Founder and CEO, Public Relay Inc.; Dan Loague, President, DC Arch Angels; Judy Schramm, Founder and CEO, ProResource
Venture Presenters: Peter Tippett, Founder and CEO, Healthcelerate Inc.; Debra Cancro, Founder and CEO, VoiceVibes Inc.
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.