Ask the Experts: Cybersecurity for Start-ups and Small Businesses

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Meet Your Peers and discuss cybersecurity for small business and start-ups! 

On December 6th, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC/Baltimore will be hosting an event discussing how cybersecurity issues impact small businesses and start-ups in the region.

Register now to be a part of this though-provoking discussion!

The first part of the evening will be a panel of experienced cybersecurity experts discussing general cybersecurity concerns and strategies for start-ups and small businesses. The second part consists of breakout sessions where attendees discuss their actual problems with their peers and the panelists.

Breakout sessions will be covered by Chatham House Rules, where participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. Attendees are encouraged to submit non-identifying questions when they sign up for the event. These will help focus the breakout sessions.

There may be a wide range of topics that could be discussed: email best practices, ransomware, NIST CSF, working with the government and NIST 800-171, cloud security, local GDPR considerations, two factor options, Office 365 best practices, etc.

Both the networking sessions and breakout sessions should be an excellent way for those tasked with providing information security at very small firms to create a network of peers. This network could help improve cybersecurity at these resource challenged firms by improved access to knowledge about what works and what doesn’t.

Tickets are going fast so sign up today!

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.

Tickets are still available, so join the MITEF of DC/Baltimore on October 10th for this important discussion!

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.

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

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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.

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Introduction

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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.