Investor Perspectives Virtual Roundtable

Just how much has the current state of affairs changed the way investors think about new investments and their current portfolios? How has the fundraising landscape changed in the past 6 months? Here’s an opportunity to hear from and interact with a diverse panel of investors and bankers.

July 28th’s panel on Back 2 Biz will focus on investor perspectives — we sat down with four investors and entrepreneurs for a session moderated by Kate Goodall, co-founder and CEO of DC’s Halcyon — to explore the current state of venture funding, how investment perspectives have changed in the past 6 months, what investors, bankers and fund managers expect during today’s economic climate and how they see the next year playing out.

Video recorded on July 28. 2020

Kate Goodall moderated our distinguished panel:

  • Katie Bilek | Senior Vice President, Republic Capital Access | Co-Founder govmates
  • Kate Goodall | Co-Founder and CEO, Halcyon | Co-Founder WE Capital
  • Terry Hsiao | Angel Investor | President, Monte Jade DC | Director, MIT Angels DC
  • Jennifer O’Daniel | Investment Director, CIT GAP Funds | Venture Partner, NextGen Ventures Partners

Katie Bilek

Senior Vice President, Republic Capital Access | Co-Founder govmates

Katie Bilek is Senior Vice President at Republic Capital Access - the largest finance company dedicated to government contractors. Katie began her career at Goldman Sachs in Equity Sales & Trading on the West Coast. She is co-founder of govmates, an innovative teaming partner platform for government contractors. Katie holds dual degrees in Finance and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. As the spouse of a veteran, she is passionate about SDVOSB advocacy, serving on the board of the National Veteran Small Business Coalition. Katie is the recipient of the SmartCEO Banker of the Year and the Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award. She holds Series 3, 7, 63 and 65 licenses.

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Kate Goodall

Co-Founder and CEO, Halcyon | Co-Founder WE Capital

Kate Goodall is the Co-Founder and CEO of Halcyon, a non-profit dedicated to solving 21st century problems by providing space and access to emerging leaders in social entrepreneurship and the arts. Goodall continues to grow Halcyon’s offerings with By The People, an international arts and innovation festival in partnership with the Smithsonian and numerous organizations throughout DC. In 2016, Goodall helped establish WE Capital, a consortium of leading businesswomen investing in and supporting women and women-led companies. Goodall has served as juror at national and international social entrepreneurship competitions, like the Creator Awards, and MIT Tech Review Innovator Europe & Latin America. She was listed as one of the Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 and 40 Under 40, Washingtonian’s 2017 Tech Titans, and Techweek 100 DC’s Talent Cultivators.

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Terry Hsiao

Angel Investor | President, Monte Jade DC | Director, MIT Angels DC

Terry Hsiao is an entrepreneur, advisor and investor with extensive experience in software, cloud and fintech. He has founded multiple companies in mobile that got acquired by Sybase, Verifone, and Kaleyra where he helped its recent public listing on NYSE:KLR in November 2019.


Mr. Hsiao served on the board of Virginia’s Center of Innovation and Technology, a state-funded economic development and investment agency. Terry is the current President of Monte Jade DC, a non-profit organization representing Asian American business leaders and entrepreneurs for 25+ years. He also co-founded and serves as Executive Director at DC MIT Alum Angel Group.


Terry received a BSEE Honors degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Management of Technology from MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Jennifer O'Daniel

Investment Director, CIT GAP Funds | Venture Partner, NextGen Ventures Partners

Jennifer O'Daniel is the Investment Director of CIT GAP Funds where she leads seed and early stage investments in tech companies with a concentration on cybersecurity and enterprise software. A key member of the investment team, O’Daniel has led over 50 investments in seed and early stage companies as well as investments for MACH37, a cybersecurity accelerator. O’Daniel is a Venture Partner at NextGen Venture Partners, and was the Co-Founder and Managing Director of VT Investor Network (VTIN), a 75+ member angel group that invests in Hokie-led startups.

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Future of Golf & Tech Innovation

June 16th’s panel on Back 2 Biz focused on golf & technology — we sat down with three great golf entrepreneurs for a session moderated by MIT Club of DC’s own resident golf expert and board member — to examine how technology plays a key role in improving your game.

A video from our webinar on June 16, 2020.

Just how much has the current state of affairs changed the way we think about and play sports? Here’s an opportunity to slice into your golf swing and explore how technology can improve your game — and your stroke.

We explored how technology can actually improve your golf swing — and examined the data and analytics that drive the apps. We discussed how technology and analytic tools transform what you put on your feet into how your shoes improve game performance. And we’ll look at what golfers can do in between rounds to get more consistent from round to round.

Our Expert Panel

Ybet Villacorta moderated our conversation.

  • Tim DeJarlais | Former CEO, Hills Golf Club | Currently Manager, Swing Catalyst USA 
  • Shawn D McDonald | Founder and President, FeedbacK Enterprise, LLC
  • Stephen “Slot” Slotterback, PGA | Director of Instruction, Kinloch Golf Club
  • Ybet Villacorta | Board Member, MIT Club of DC | Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Bring your best game face and enjoy the conversation!

Future of Wine & Technology Virtual Event

June 4th’s panel on Back 2 Biz focused on wine & technology — examining how the wine industry is “ripe” with technical disruption. We explored issues affecting the customer-facing / demand-side of the wine business — including how technology is moving the sales, distribution, accounting, and education of the grape online and into the cloud. We discussed how technology and analytic tools transform massive volumes of environmental sensor data into crop management decisions. And we looked at our changing climatic conditions and how wine entrepreneurs combat known weather conditions and the more recent extreme conditions.

A video from our webinar on June 4, 2020.

Just how much has the pandemic changed the way we, um drink…. wink? Here’s an opportunity to up your wine education while dipping in to the tech-side of the wine business.

Bring your favorite glass of wine or beverage and enjoy the conversation!

Our Panel of Wine Entrepreneurs

Chris Parker moderated our conversation.

Chris Parker
Chris Parker, Co-Founder of the Virginia Wine & Spirits Academy

VAWSA is the premier Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) approved program provider (APP) located and certified in Virginia.

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David Ebert
David Ebert, Co-Founder of VinSense

VinSense software generates a precision soil map for optimal sensor deployment and provides visual analytic tools to transform massive volumes of environmental sensor data into crop management decisions.

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Geni Whitehouse
Geni Whitehouse, CPA, CITP, CSPM

Geni Whitehouse, CPA is a Napa Valley winery consultant and a technology evangelist who writes, speaks, and tweets about finance and technology at EvenANerd.com.

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Extras

David Ebert provided a slide deck with some more information about taming wine technology, Respect for tradition, vision for the future (PDF, 1.8MB).


Back 2 Biz is a series of engaging and interactive conversations examining how tech, entrepreneurship and innovation can improve our lives during — and will bring businesses back (safely) — after the pandemic. Sessions are live and free to register. On-demand access will be available to all registrants.

Quantum Computing in DC: Event Summary

We thank our knowledgeable speakers, our generous event host Foley & Lardner, our gracious volunteers, and most of all our fabulous attendees for making this a successful event.

Our speakers have shared their slide decks. They may be downloaded from the links below.

Presentations

Michael Brett
SVP of Applications at Rigetti Computing
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Joseph Broz, Ph.D.
Vice President SRI International and Executive Director and Governing Board Chairman, The Quantum Economic Development Consortium
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(.pdf 0.6MB)
Bo Ewald
President & CEO at ColdQuanta, Inc.
PowerPoint Slides
(.pptx, 76MB)

May 21st Happy Hour

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.

Creating a Pitch Deck that Gets Funded

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.

Register Here

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

 

Video of Our Blockchain Event is up!

On October 18, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore, Women in Housing and Finance and the George Washington University School of Business are created a Blockchain technology program featuring experts from industry, government and the legal community

Since the development of Bitcoin, Blockchain’s usage has expanded rapidly, encompassing the development of cryptocurrencies, ledger-based technologies, and smart contracts.

An expert panel discussed the implications of, and opportunities for innovation in the Blockchain space from industry, investor and regulatory perspectives.

View the video here