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Venture Café Cambridge connects a community of innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses through free, high-impact programming and events.
Venture Café Cambridge is a perfect place for anyone interested in the innovation ecosystem of the Greater Boston Area and beyond.

Venture Café relies on the generous support of our community in many different ways; from our volunteer ambassadors, to the expertise of our program partners and corporate sponsors.

Now we welcome you to support Venture Café with our new Venturer Program! When you become a Supporter you help us grow our mission and keep Thursday Gatherings free and open to everyone.

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May 30, 2024
On-Demand Advisory Board, May Edition
Strategic Narratives: Crafting Business Solutions + AI & Public Health
May 30, 2024
On-Demand Advisory Board, May Edition
Ready to make a meaningful impact in the world of entrepreneurship and innovation? Advisory Boards offer valuable expertise to address critical challenges and goals faced by entrepreneurs and leadership teams. However, traditional advisory boards often come with a hefty price tag, limiting access to this invaluable guidance for many. That’s where Venture Café, in partnership with SBUR, steps in. This week we're facilitating a collaborative session with a pre-selected founder together with teams of advisors and fellow entrepreneurs. During this hour-long collaborative session, pre-selected founders will jointly address specific challenges they’re navigating, aiming to generate fresh ideas and effective solutions for moving forward. This week, we're focusing on Robotics+Machine Learning+AI+Manufacturing. Our pre-selected founder, Jean Yang of LuxMea, went to school with one of OpenAI’s chief architects and she is going to 3D print two houses for Habitat for Humanity. This is the inaugural SBUR industry group for Robotics+Machine Learning+AI+Manufacturing. Due to the personalized nature and the need for focused attention. each bi-monthly session is limited to 30 advisors. If you are a fellow founder, a mentor, or have experience in either of these industries, we encourage you to pre-register to save your spot now!
June 6, 2024
Pharma & Biotech Products: Going From Regulatory Approvals to Manufacturing
Biotech Market Access: Navigating Regulatory Approvals and Early Investment
June 6, 2024
Pharma & Biotech Products: Going From Regulatory Approvals to Manufacturing
Embark on a journey through the intricate process of bringing pharmaceutical and biotech products from concept to reality in this enlightening session. Join Shawn Zadeh, seasoned Engineer at Biogen for an insightful session that delves into the intricacies of this journey, drawing from over 14 years of academic and industrial expertise.Picture this: a groundbreaking drug or biotech innovation is on the brink of changing lives. But before it can reach the hands of patients, it must navigate a labyrinth of regulatory pathways. From crafting meticulous submissions encompassing Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC), to navigating the rigorous processes of Biologics License Applications (BLA), Drug Master Files (DMF), and New Drug Applications (NDA), every step is critical, every detail scrutinized.As we explore the journey of regulatory approvals, we'll uncover the diverse pathways to regulatory clearance, from pioneering therapies blazing new trails to generic equivalents providing accessible treatments for all. Each approval represents not just a milestone, but a promise of hope for those awaiting life-changing treatments.But regulatory approval is just the beginning. The true test lies in translating these approvals into robust manufacturing processes that deliver safe, effective formulations for human consumption. Imagine the meticulous design, implementation, and validation of equipment and automation systems, each step informed by rigorous risk assessments to ensure quality and safety at every turn.Yet, the journey doesn't end there. Once in operation, maintaining compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) becomes paramount. From upholding the integrity of data to managing change controls seamlessly, companies must navigate a landscape of regulatory commitments with unwavering dedication.Join us on this immersive journey, where regulatory affairs meet manufacturing expertise, and where innovation converges with diligence. Whether you're a seasoned professional or an eager enthusiast, this session promises to enlighten, inspire, and equip you with the insights needed to navigate the dynamic landscape of pharmaceutical and biotech product development.
June 6, 2024
Funding Ready: Legal Tools for Startup Success
Biotech Market Access: Navigating Regulatory Approvals and Early Investment
June 6, 2024
Funding Ready: Legal Tools for Startup Success
Join us for an informative workshop designed to equip startup founders with the essential legal knowledge and tools needed for successful fundraising. “Funding Ready: Legal Tools for Startup Success” covers topics that will help you navigate the complexities of securing capital, ensuring your startup is well-prepared for growth.   In this workshop, we will discuss:   Preparing for the Process: Learn how to organize your business, financials, and legal documents to attract investors and streamline the fundraising process. Understanding Different Types of Investors: Get insights into various types of investors, including angel investors, venture capitalists, and institutional investors, and how to approach each one. Negotiations and Funding Instruments: Explore the key elements of term sheets, SAFEs (Simple Agreements for Future Equity), and convertible notes. Understand the benefits and potential pitfalls of each instrument and how to negotiate favorable terms during the funding process. Managing Investor Relationships: Discover best practices for maintaining strong relationships with your investors post-funding. Learn how to communicate effectively, set expectations, and manage investor relations to ensure long-term success. Whether you’re a first-time founder or looking to improve your fundraising strategy, this workshop will provide you with practical advice and legal insights to help you secure the funding your startup needs to succeed. Don’t miss this opportunity to get “Funding Ready” and take your startup to the next level!
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We are located in the heart of Kendall Square on the fifth floor of CIC One Broadway, located at One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142 (Google Maps). Please bring a government-issued ID for entry and check in at the Concierge desk.

Parking – The building offers a public parking garage for your convenience, which is available for use. The entrance is on Third Street.

Public Transit – The MBTA Red Line Kendall Square stop is located across the street from CIC One Broadway. MBTA Bus lines are around the corner: 86, 85, 64.

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