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 throughour 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.
Greetings Friends of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore,
We’re planning for our 2018/2019 programming schedule with topics such as Biotech, The Internet of Things, Healthcare and many more high impact programs and events.
Since 1981, the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) has stimulated local economies through innovation, entrepreneurship, and fostering a special community.
This community is composed of game-changers, thought-leaders, futurists, entrepreneurs, and above all, members like you who are equipped with endless curiosity and the drive to be impactful. As a Forum, we strive our best to help you to explore big ideas, discuss the impact and connect to the thought leaders by programs and event hosting.
We’re searching for interested volunteers to help plan our schedule and let others in the DC community know about the great things that are happening with the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore.
If you’re interested in helping to manage our events, developing Program Content, creating impactful graphics or Digital Marketing and Publishing, we’d love to talk.
MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore
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
This is a high profile series open to all area entrepreneurs looking to gain sound and best practice advice from the area’s most qualified mentors. This program is designed to give MITEF members and area entrepreneurs practical, vital information when founding a startup company. Program participants can expect a meaningful and educational engagement complemented by an excellent opportunity to both grow their professional network of fellow and successful entrepreneurs and meet with elite service providers in the Washington, DC area.
Cynthia Traeger is a seasoned founder and entrepreneur. She is CEO of Pacific, a diversified technology & media holding company. Cynthia mentors entrepreneurs globally for the NIH Corporate Ambassadors Program (CAP) and the State Department Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) program. For five years she was the Director of the Washington DC Founder Institute (DCFI). Cynthia will describe in detail “Pitch Decks” and how to create a “fundable pitch deck”. Come learn the key touch points in presenting successfully to investors!
An engaging and diverse discussion on the importance of patents for early-stage ventures and raising capital, presented by Startups Ignite, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Patent Portfolio Builders and Nova Labs.
Join us for a night of cheering new ventures pitching, listening to a panel discuss the hot topic of the relevance of IP protection in early stage startups and getting venture capital, visit exhibiting booths – see some demos, and mix and mingle at the social & get to know the startup ecosystem here in the Capital Region.
An engaging and diverse discussion on the importance of patents for early-stage ventures and raising capital.
On November 16, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore and Startups-Ignite will present Innovation Defensibility and Venture Capital. This event will be hosted at 1916 Isaac Newton Square W, Reston, VA 20190.
Area patent attorneys and investors will discuss the importance of Patents in early stage ventures. This very interesting and diverse discussion will focus on issues such as:
Patent portfolio strategy (how to prioritize in view of limited resources)
Expedited examination under USPTO Track-1 program (helpful to obtain patents faster, in preparation for investment rounds)
Foreign filing – do you need it? How to decide which countries?
IP ownership issues
Freedom-to-operate (how/when to analyze competitor IP)