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.