Patents, Innovators and Venture Capital

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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 on November 16th 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.

Presenting Innovators

  •  Recoverable Biometrics – adds a software or hardware layer between the biometric data and the reader device. This layer creates a recoverable biometric identity.
  • MathJab – helps you stay on top of your game for advanced mathematics.
  •  herDomain – provides low to middle income women opportunities to advance through coding bootcamps and professional development training.

Meet Our Experts

Kirsten Johnson – Attorney at Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC
Ms. Johnson helps clients with Patent prosecution and client counseling, including portfolio strategy and management of U.S., international (PCT), and foreign patent applications, due diligence, and freedom-to-operate analysis

Edgar Harrell – Managing Partner, Harrell Capital Partners, LLC. Mr. Harrell is Managing Partner, Harrell Capital Partners, LLC, a family owned early stage equity investor in seed and early IT and biotech companies. Harrell Capital Partners LLC has invested in 13 early stage software companies, and he personally has invested in 11 companies.

Lokesh Kumar – CoFounder and VP of Tech, Urgent.ly. Lokesh Kumar is serving as Cofounder & VP of Tech at Urgent.ly. Prior to this he has served as Director, Software Development at Director of Software Development at Videology Group from March 2013 till March 2014.

Steve Dubois – Managing Partner, Patent Portfolio Builders. Steve has over 25 years of experience working with patents and technology, including every aspect of the patent lifecycle from idea harvesting. Steve provides counseling and advice to a number of different companies from startups to Fortune 100s.

Agenda

• 6:00 pm – Networking / Registration
• 6:30 pm – Community updates and appreciation
• 6:40 pm – Panel Discussion
• 7:20 pm – Founder’s recent journey
• 7:30 pm – Startup Pitches
• 8:10 pm – Startup Social

Innovation Defensibility and Venture Capital

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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)

Access a network of visionaries paving the future of Tech. Open seats for this event are limited. Secure yours today.

Agenda
• Nov 16th 6:00 pm – Networking / Registration
• Nov 16th 6:30 pm – Community updates and appreciating
• Nov 16th 6:40 pm – Panel Discussion
• Nov 16th 7:20 pm – Founder’s recent journey

 

See Into the Future of Tech: Artificial Intelligence

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See into the future of tech.

Explore big ideas, discuss the impact and rise of emerging technologies. Get involved, connect, and expand your digital horizon to see what’s around the bend.

On October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development, Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section will present Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary. This event will be hosted at 1776, 2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.

Access a network of visionaries paving the future of Artificial Intelligence. Open seats for this event are limited. Secure yours today.

 

Artificial intelligence: An Investor’s Overview

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On October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development, Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section will present Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary. This event will be hosted at 1776, 2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.

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We recently had a chance to sit down with our friend Dipto Chakravarty to get his perspective on investment trends in artificial intelligence and the vertical markets that are attracting funding. His thoughts are below:

“A specific investment trend for Artificial intelligence in the investment market through my lens is twofold.

1. Venture Capitalists are going after Artificial Intelligence applications in vertical markets
2. Private Equity Firms are pivoting their portfolio companies to Artificial Intelligence as an extender.

Generally, Venture Capitalists’ favorite vertical markets for Artificial Intelligence consists of healthcare, cybersecurity and finance. This investment appetite resulted in over 200 startups using Artificial Intelligence as the backbone of their product or service, and they raised $1.5B in funding last year.

The Year-over-year trend has followed the unreal hockey stick spike growing from $3 billion in 2015 to $5 billion in 2016 to almost $10 billion before ending this year.

The Artificial Intelligence sub-segments include two categories:

1. pure-play platforms – machine learning, deep learning, virtual assistants, and recommendation engines.
2. applications – gesture control, computer vision, smart robots, content recognition and natural language processing.

The most popular buzzwords every startup touts, and every investor listens to, are Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Both parties use them interchangeably.

Simply stated, Artificial Intelligence is the science of machine carrying out tasks as prosthesis of the human brain. Machine Learning is an application of Artificial Intelligence giving machines access to data, training machines on models and letting them learn for themselves.

The second most popular buzzword startups and investors both tout are Deep Learning and Machine Learning. Just as Machine Learning takes the core ideas of broader Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning takes the broader ideas of Machine Learning and applies it to solve any problem that requires “thought” – artificial or human.

As of 2017, Deep Learning is eating machine learning. Deep Learning may look fuzzy today, but it will be taught like chemistry tomorrow.”

About Dipto Chakravarty

Dipto Chakravarty is the author of three best-selling books on computer architecture and cybersecurity from McGraw-Hill and Wiley that have been translated in five languages. He has 11 patents to his credit in Artificial Intelligence, security and cloud, holds a B.S and M.S in Computer Science and Elec Engineering from U. of Maryland, GMP from Harvard Business School and EMBA from Wharton School, U. Penn.

Currently, he is the CTO at Exostar. In this role, Dipto leads the R&D and product development while focusing on building a differentiated technology portfolio to help customers solve their most difficult problems around secure collaboration in their hybrid IT infrastructure with mobility and IoT.

He previously served at the SVP/GM at CA Technologies, and EVP of Products at ThreatTrack, and earlier as the general manager for SaaS Cloud Security at Novell. Dipto has been an executive at four public companies (CA, IBM, NOVL, TRI) and four entrepreneurial startups to date with successful exits.

 

 

 

Exploring Artificial Intelligence

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On October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development,

Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section will present:

Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary

  • We’ve assembled a panel of leading AI Practitioners and Investors to better understand how AI will impact our lives;
  • Our panel will discuss real-world applications and implications of AI, the current gaps in technology AND where are the likely exploitable opportunities for innovation, investment and business development;
  • We have recruited the area’s foremost Venture Capitalists to discuss the most promising AI Technologies that are attracting investors;
    Members and guests will have the opportunity to network with the area’s experts in this emerging market;
  • Regulators and scientists will discuss the Government’s interest in AI, how it will shape policy, and the impact these world-changing technologies will have on all of us.

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This event will be hosted at 1776, 2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.

Agenda

5:30 – 6:15PM Registration and Networking
6:30 – 7:15PM Dr. JT Kostman What Is Reality With AI?
7:15 – 8:00PM Dr. David Bray How Can Government Benefit From AI
8:00 – 8:50PM Panel Discussion What are the Most Promising AI Technologies Attracting Investors?
8:50 – 9:15PM Post Event Networking

 

 

Entrepreneurs Learn to Pitch at MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC Event

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In front of a packed room of enthusiastic entrepreneurs, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore held its first event of 2016, Pitching to Investors Without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap, hosted by the Kogod School of Business at American University on February 18th.

The event featured networking and pizza, followed by Jonathan Aberman of FounderCorps and Amplifier Ventures, who gave real-life best practices on pitching from an experienced investor who has invested in start-up companies. His talk was followed by a lively Q&A from the audience of entrepreneurs. Continue reading Entrepreneurs Learn to Pitch at MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC Event

Pitching to Investors without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap

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Entrepreneurs and investors discuss business ideas at the MIT Enterprise Forum Mentor Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you an entrepreneur who seeks sound, experienced advice on starting a company? Are you looking for innovative ideas that will help you quickly get from concept to revenue? If so, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the best entrepreneurial minds in the DC area at the MIT Enterprise Forum’s first 2016 Mentor Event, Pitching to Investors, featuring Jonathan Aberman of FounderCorps and Amplifier Ventures.

This program offers a unique opportunity to discover best practices from people who have raised money to start companies – and from those who have invested in them – including what to do, and what not to do.

  • Learn how to create a pitch deck designed to get funding
  • Examine and analyze two real examples of successful pitch decks
  • Hear a successful entrepreneur deliver a pitch for a startup that got funded
  • Hear candid insights about lessons learned
  • Discover what excites investment professionals – and what turns them off
  • Get answers to your questions by asking the experts
  • Meet and network with fellow entrepreneurs

Meet Our Experts

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Jonathan Aberman

Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures. Jonathan is highly respected and valued thought leader on entrepreneurship and innovation. His work as a venture investor, innovation consultant, university professor and media commentator, allows him to experience and connect the many threads of entrepreneurship and technology innovation that are core to the United States economy and its future. Jonathan is also the Chair for FounderCorps, a regional not for profit that focuses on entrepreneurial development and startup acceleration in the Washington DC region.

As you might already know, we have made a few changes to our program trying to fill the second speaker/presentation for our program on the 18th. The big change; we are featuring 3 local start ups to present (10 min. each) for this event and gain commentary and feedback from an expert panel. As you know, an investor pitch is so important for any start up company to get right and in getting it right requires mastery of lots of moving parts. We expect that the panel will be commenting on everything about what they see from each start up’s founder(s) during that segment of our program. Not only will the content of the slides/deck be examined and commented on, but also the delivery of the presentation, strength, articulation of the opportunity, addressing the Q&A etc. This is designed to get value feedback to these start up founders from all different aspects of the presentation.

Agenda:

  • 6:30 pm: registration and networking
  • 7:00 – 7:05/7:10 Opening remarks from Dean Carmel
  • 7:10 – 8:00 Jonathan Aberman, Pitching to Investors Without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap
  • 8:00 – 8:10 Break
  • 8:10 – 8:20 Start up #1 Pitch Deck/Presentation
  • 8:20 – 8:30 Panel comments Q&A
  • 8:30 – 8:40 Start up #2 Pitch Deck/Presentation
  • 8:40 – 8:50 Panel comments Q&A
  • 8:50 – 9:00 Start up #3 Pitch Deck/Presentation
  • 9:00 – 9:10 Panel comments Q&A
  • 9:10 – 9:30 post-event networking

The MIT Enterprise Forum’s Event ~ Pitching to Investors Without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap Hosted By Kogod School of Business At American University

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Full Program For Thursday, February 18th :

6:30 PM Registration and networking
7:00 – 7:05/7:10 Opening remarks from Dean Carmel
7:10 – 8:00 Jonathan Aberman, Pitching to Investors Without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap
8:00 – 8:10 Break
8:10 – 8:20 Agora VR Pitch Deck/Presentation
8:20 – 8:30 Panel comments Q&A
8:30 – 8:40 Budget Referee Pitch Deck/Presentation
8:40 – 8:50 Panel comments Q&A
8:50 – 9:00 Babel Health LLC Pitch Deck/Presentation
9:00 – 9:10 Panel comments Q&A
9:10 – 9:30 post-event networking

Emceed by Andrew J. Polcha and Andrew Rudin

Expert Panel:

Randy Domolky, Clayton Depue and Andrew Tucker

Avoiding Sandtraps

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Jonathan Aberman

I had a few minutes to speak with Jonathan Aberman, one of our experts for our upcoming event, Pitching to Investors without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap, Feb. 18th at American University. As an investor, you see many deals, meet with few and invest in an even smaller group.  Much easier to pass on a deal, so catching an investor’s interest is critical.

Jonathan will speak to the best ways to do that while not driving a potential investor away. He will explain the all important difference between venture investors and angel investors and what it means to an entrepreneur. His session will be interactive so there will be opportunities to get specific answers to your questions.

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The Kogod School of Business At American University Is The Place To Be On Feb. 18th

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Andrew J. Polcha CEO of WORLDPIPE.tv

The MITEF event on Feb. 18th is shaping up to being an exciting evening. I, as other members of the Chapter Executive Committee (CEC), are so excited to have our organization’s first event for 2016 at American University. First, I want to give a big THANK YOU to the Dean of The Kogod School of Business at American University, Dean Carmel for him welcoming The Forum and for hosting our event on February 18th. Also, I am thrilled that Dean Carmel has agreed to be part of our evening’s program; kicking off the event with opening remarks. I also am honored to be playing the part of co-emcee with my friend Andy Rudin.

Things have changed for the evening’s schedule/agenda. Please note the new schedule as follows:

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