Many of the world-changing entrepreneurs are in Massachusetts where you’ll find a deep well of creative thinking, networking, marketing, customers, financing and an eco-system of entrepreneurship. Having a map and guidance to help access these resources can be the difference between success and failure.
In our September Entretech forum, we will bring together the essential “Startup Toolkit” of leading organizations and support resources in the Boston area (e.g. other entrepreneurs, networks, advisers, finance, strategy, legal) Every Entrepreneur working to succeed and avoid the pitfalls of starting a business will want the best tools, best advice, best access to capital and customers available. These organizations provide that utility and guidance. Whether you are an Entrepreneur or a key resource, please join us for this exciting and powerful discussion.
Alexandra Adler, Northeast Regional Director, CleanTech Open
Alexandra is a skilled project manager, organizer and connector with a comprehensive understanding of the clean technology sector. Her enthusiasm for addressing the world’s energy and environmental challenges, for coordinating teams, and for connecting people to key resources and contacts to help them succeed led her to the Cleantech Open. Alexandra’s professional experience includes project management, communications and relationship management at both public and nonprofit organizations related to clean technology, energy and sustainability. In past roles she has overseen a wide range of projects including international trade missions, industry research and reports, new media communications and campaign organizing. Alexandra graduated with a degree in Sociology and Certificate in Environmental Policy from Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She enjoys practicing yoga, reading, eating Thai food, and watching TV sitcoms.
Dougan Sherwood, Director, Cambridge Innovation Center
Dougan oversees the company’s sales and relationship management functions, as well as its international outreach. Prior to his work at CIC, Dougan spent several years working in experiential education throughout the United States with a particular focus on leadership development for high achieving students. This work led him to found his own youth program in the American West that aimed to serve rising college freshmen. Dougan has also interned for the late Senator Edward Kennedy and served on the board of a non-profit helping children with HIV/AIDS. Currently, he organizes an annual bicycle fundraiser for injured service men and women and sits on the Board of Directors for Youth CITIES, a program that introduces students to social entrepreneurship. He is a graduate of the University of Utah.
Ben Einstein, Managing Director, Bolt
Ben Einstein is an experienced product designer and entrepreneur. Ben is currently the Managing Director of Bolt, a program built from the ground up to help promising early-stage hardware companies develop their products and get to market. Bolt provides companies with capital, staff, shop equipment, and extensive expertise with manufacturing and commercialization. Prior to starting Bolt, Ben ran Brainstream Design, a product design and development consultancy in Massachusetts. Ben has been directly responsible for bringing a long list of products to market covering diverse sectors including consumer electronics, high-performance audio, sporting goods and green energy.
Rohit Gupta, Director at TechStars Boston.
Rohit was the co-founder of Grid Sensor, a startup providing mobile and software solutions for the utility market. In this role, Rohit provided overall direction in business and product development, as well as contributed on the frontend web development. Previously, Rohit was Director of Business Development at Payfone, where he managed partnerships with large digital merchants.
Rohit also worked as a venture capitalist at Opus Capital, where he sourced and evaluated early-stage investment opportunities, specifically in the mobile, infrastructure, and SaaS spaces.
Prior to Opus, Rohit worked at Accenture, where he was a consultant and served as project manager and software architect for various companies in the telecommunications, energy and software sectors.
Rohit holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a minor in Political Science.
Amir Eldad, Lead Partner, International Expansion, MassChallenge
Amir is an entrepreneurial global hi-tech company builder, and a practitioner of innovation-driven economic development. For more than 25 years, Amir led his companies’ global Go-To-Market planning and execution across Israel, France, the US and the rest of the world - while bridging the multi-national cultural gap. Leveraging his global Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Management and Board experience, Amir – through his consulting practice A2E Partners - helps his client companies and public / government organizations with a unique combination of Board-level perspective, C-level planning and detail-oriented execution.
Amir co-founded MassChallenge Israel, and is now co-leading MassChallenge International Expansion. Amir received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology; he lives in Cambridge, MA and is married with 3 children.
*This event occurs at the Havana Room located at the Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 5th Floor. Visitors must comply with Venture Café attendance policies (see http://bit.ly/vc-credo for more details.) Refreshments will be served on the 4th Floor.
When & Where
The EntreTech Forum
The EntreTech Forum consists of moderated monthly panel discussions on emerging academic research and the commercialization of this technology. It was designed for those interested in technology innovation and marketing collaboration and networking with fellow entrepreneurs, business and government executives, investors, and technology researchers.
The technology-innovation presentations feature entrepreneurial and corporate accomplishments along commercialization pathways with discussions of tech transfer and technology incubation and research from universities, industry and government. The multi-disciplinary subjects of raising and utilizing different forms of capital, building alliances and structuring deals are included as part of the programming, and serve as tools for the entrepreneur and researcher to commercialize science and technology.
A Working Group - Leadership Team was formed to organize the forum events. The Team works on Forum committees such as Programs, Alliances, Communications, Sponsors, etc. and is the governing board of the forum.
The EntreTech Forum monthly meetings are open to the public and are held on the third Tuesday of each month, September through June.