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