Future of Wine & Technology Virtual Event

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June 4, 2020 FREE Online

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. All while enjoying a glass, or two.

June 4th’s panel on Back 2 Biz will focus on wine & technology — examining how the wine industry is “ripe” with technical disruption. We’ll explore 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’ll discuss how technology and analytic tools transform massive volumes of environmental sensor data into crop management decisions. And we’ll look at our changing climatic conditions and how wine entrepreneurs combat known weather conditions and the more recent extreme conditions.

Join us Thursday, June 4 at 6:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. PT for those West) for a live conversation moderated by Chris Parker with

  • David Ebert | Co-Founder, VinSense
  • Chris Parker | Co-Founder, Virginia Wine & Spirits Academy, the premier Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET)
  • Geni Whitehouse | CPA / CITP / CSPM Napa Valley; Instructor, WISE Academy (Wine Industry Sales Education)

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

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.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020
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Quantum Computing in DC: Event Summary

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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.


Michael Brett
SVP of Applications at Rigetti Computing
PowerPoint Slides
(.pptx 14MB)
Joseph Broz, Ph.D.
Vice President SRI International and Executive Director and Governing Board Chairman, The Quantum Economic Development Consortium
(.pdf 0.6MB)
Bo Ewald
President & CEO at ColdQuanta, Inc.
PowerPoint Slides
(.pptx, 76MB)

Quantum Computing in DC

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MITEF DC is hosting *the* Quantum Computing discussion event that impacts our Next Gen workforce. We have a stellar round table of CEO and founder speakers from Rigetti Computing, IonQ, ColdQuanta and the Quantum Economic Development Consortium. We’ll discuss founder success stories, the real opportunity for entrepreneurs in quantum and focus on how we ready the next generation of programmers, business leaders and emerging growth companies for commercial quantum.


Michael Brett | SVP of Applications at Rigetti Computing

Joseph Broz, Ph.D. | Vice President SRI International -and- Executive Director and Governing Board Chairman, The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C)

Bo Ewald | President & CEO at ColdQuanta, Inc.

Chris Monroe, Ph.D | Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at IonQ

When: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 6-9:30pm

Where: Foley & Lardner, Washington Harbor, 3000 K Street N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC. 20007-5109

Cost: $45 for general public admission. Discounted tickets for MITEF DC members.

Tickets Now on Sale! Seating is limited so buy your ticket now.

A special thanks to our event sponsor.

Foley & Lardner LLP

May 21st Happy Hour

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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

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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.


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

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Video of Our Blockchain Event is up!

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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



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Open to all since 1981, the MIT Enterprise Forum is a non-profit, volunteer organization with a long history of promoting the growth, education, and success of the entrepreneur and business community in the greater Washington & Baltimore area. The local chapter is one of a network of over 28 worldwide chapters of the Enterprise Forum, which was created as an outreach educational program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Its many programs are targeted at local start-ups, high technology businesses and investors and are designed to enable tech entrepreneurs to be successful by providing practical programing designed to educate and help them connect to mentors and experts.