Celebrating Entrepreneurship in Our Nation’s Capital

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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.


A special thanks to Accelspace and Gould | Oxford for providing the event space.

Early Investing in Entrepreneurs: What Makes for a Fundable Venture?

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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.

Questions? Contact Mark Johnston at johnmark@alum.mit.edu

American University Center for Innovation and MIT Enterprise Forum Washington DC & Baltimore
American University Center for Innovation and MIT Enterprise Forum Washington DC & Baltimore

March 13 2019 New Neuroscience Opportunities in France and the U.S.

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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 French wine.

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.

Leadership Challenges and Solutions

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Are you a founder with a major challenge you need solved? MIT Enterprise Forum will be hosting an event that will allow you to present to a panel of successful entrepreneurs and/or investors.

On February 21 st , the MITEF DC/Baltimore Chapter will be holding an event focusing on answering these tough questions. A local CEO will lead a discussion on a major challenge they are facing, the strategies they have pursued, and the end results obtained from these decisions. After the keynote from the leading CEO, a panel of experienced investors and successful entrepreneurs will discuss and make recommendations based on the case. An audience Q&A as well as a period of networking will also occur, so DMV entrepreneurs can exchange ideas and best practices when these situations arise.

Unlocking Blockchain for Your Betterment

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Blockchain. Cryptocurrencies. Words and concepts you probably read about in The Wall Street Journal and see on LinkedIn, but probably have a limited understanding of. If that is the case, you’re certainly not alone.

According to a survey from the UK-based bank HSBC, 80 percent of customers who have heard of “blockchain technology” do not actually understand what it is. So in the spirit of the new year, the Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum wants to make you an expert.

From January 13th to the 15th, MITEF is cosponsoring an event on the dynamic new technology. BlockChainge DC 2019 is an exclusive conference offering entrepreneurs and business leaders an unprecedented focus on blockchain-based technologies and cryptocurrencies. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the forces driving the rapidly changing platform and the critical issues impacting adoption.

Panelists range from Members of Congress, state and local government officials, trade association members, innovators, and key investors.

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.

Real Players, Real Network, and The DC/Baltimore MITEF

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Part 1 – Harold Cossette, Ernesto Gonzaga, and E-MAG Force Dynamics

We at the DC/Baltimore chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum know that being an entrepreneur is not the easiest undertaking. It takes a bit more than just time, creativity, and luck to succeed.

Critical to an entrepreneur’s success is a supportive network of community leaders who can help cultivate your ideas and make them a reality. Fostering special relationships with area insiders is a unique challenge, unless you know where to look.

Take Harold Cossette and Ernesto Gonzaga of E-MAG Force Dynamics, an electromagnetic technology firm. They know that membership at the MIT Enterprise Forum changed their venture trajectories for the better. “For those seeking to build their businesses within the government and corporate sectors, I highly recommend joining the MIT Enterprise Forum Washington, DC and Baltimore,” Cossette said.

In December 2017, Harold joined the DC/Baltimore chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum through our website and connected with Co-Chair Andrew Polcha.

“After communicating my position and explaining my goals, Andrew took the time to understand what I was looking for in assistance and followed up with exactly what I needed.”

By joining MITEF, Harold was able to gain easier access to investors to gain financial backing for his company.

“I am very grateful for the assistance and value that I have received from the MIT Enterprise Forum,” Cossette said. “We could not have done this without the support of the Washington, DC and Baltimore chapter.”

Since 1981, MITEF has created these connections and stimulated local economies through innovation and entrepreneurship. Join today and activate your support network.