Venture Café Cambridge
1 Broadway,5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
March 26, 2020
3:00 – 8:30 PM
ABOUT THIS EVENT
SHE Connects 2020
This year, Venture Cafe’s SHE Connects mini-conference will be held virtually on March 26, 2020. The conference recognizes and celebrates female innovators and entrepreneurs. This event seeks to bring together the brightest minds who are building, funding and innovating to solve the world’s toughest problems. Come prepared to not only hear the trendiest ideas and see the latest technologies but also to participate in celebrating female founders of the Greater Boston Area. Click here to register!
We are launching “Virtual Venture Café”. Virtual Venture Cafés will allow us to continue to share the great content produced by the Foundation while we monitor the evolving guidance on COVID-19. Our virtual Connect conference will be broadcasted during our standard Thursday timeframe.
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AGENDA AT A GLANCE
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM OFFICE HOURS & VIRTUAL NETWORKING
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM SHE DEMO’S: COMPANY SHOWCASING
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ASK ME ANYTHING: CRAFTING YOUR MESSAGE TO GET FUNDING
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM KEYNOTE
4:55 PM – 5:00 PM WELCOME MESSAGE FROM DAVID ALWARD, CONSUL GENERAL OF CANADA IN BOSTON
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ENTREPRENEUR ROUND ROBIN: HOW I SOLVED THIS
6:00 PM – 6:45 PM WORKSHOP: HAVING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM VIRTUAL NETWORKING
OFFICE HOURS (3:00 - 5:00 PM)
OFFICE HOURS (3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Early stage ventures and prospective entrepreneurs have an opportunity to sign up for Office Hours during this event. Entrepreneurs may sign up for 30-minute consultations with a variety of experts.
Appointments can be made on a first come, first served basis. Any cancellations will require 48-hour notification in order to accommodate entrepreneurs who have been placed on a wait-list. No-shows are frowned upon in the VenCaf community and we reserve the right to disallow future appointments for repeat offenders. For full list of our Office Hour Experts for the evening (and beyond), click here.
Marketing strategist with 20+ years executive leadership in marketing, branding and communication successes with high profile organizations including Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, MassChallenge, Massachusetts Governor’s Office, Massachusetts Conference for Women (MCW), NECN (owned by NBCUniversal) and Clear Channel Communications/iHeart Radio.
Offering 15 years’ experience in trademark and patent law with corporate advertising and brand management experience, and serving as a pragmatic adviser offering applicable knowledge and cost-effective, focused legal guidance to save companies time and money in protecting IP, getting ahead of obstacles and legal risks, and effectively helping young companies develop, promote and drive their company profiles, brands, and technologies.
Scientist and entrepreneur committed to global innovation, Ally’s journey spans three continents across biomedical research, startup, business strategy and corporate innovation in a Fortune 500 life science company, and startup advisory including MassChallenge and MIT Hacking Medicine. Currently, she is the Director of Business Development at Wyss Institute of Harvard University driving entrepreneurship and commercialization. Ally earned her PhD from Uni of Auckland and MBA from Cornell University.
VIRTUAL NETWORKING ROOM (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
VIRTUAL NETWORKING ROOM (3:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
We’re taking precautions seriously amid the Coronavirus outbreak. What else are we taking seriously? Our mission: “Connecting Innovators to Make Thing Happen”. While it’s up to every-one-of-us to flatten the curve and curb this outbreak, it doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected. So join us in this virtual gathering to talk business or simply share your thoughts in this unique time in history. See you Thursday.
ASK ME ANYTHING: CRAFTING YOUR MESSAGE TO GET FUNDING (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
ASK ME ANYTHING: CRAFTING YOUR MESSAGE TO GET FUNDING (3:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
During this session, entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to receive answers to their most pressing funding-related questions. Leslie Feinzaig and Deb Kemper will walk you through the process of crafting your message for various audiences. To maximize your experience, come equipped with a list of questions you would like answered.
Leslie Feinzaig, Founder, Female Founders Alliance
Leslie Feinzaig is Founder & CEO of the Female Founders Alliance, a national network with 20,000 founders, investors, partners and champions that collaborate to help women and non-binary startup leaders succeed. FFA offers programming, community, incubation, deal flow and investment opportunities, with a mission to increase the number of successful member founders 20 times over in 10 years or less. Leslie’s background is in technology and strategy consulting, with a BSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from HBS.
Debra Kemper, Managing Partner, Golden Seeds Venture Fund
Deb Kemper is a Managing Partner of Golden Seeds Venture Fund (GSVF), focused on investing in female-led, early-stage enterprise B2B and medtech companies. She formerly led the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds, a national angel investor group. Prior to launching GSVF, she built a portfolio of over two dozen early stage investments via Libra Global Partners, LLC. Deb is an active investor and mentor to early stage start-up companies. She is a member of Clean Energy Venture Group and on the Advisory Board of Red Bear Angels. She is a Board Member at DayOne Response, and a Board Observer at Day Zero Diagnostics and 99Degrees. She was an advisor to Grokstyle until their recent acquisition by Facebook. Deb serves on several non-profit boards including the Council of Advisors of USA Girl Scouts Overseas. Previously, Deb was a consultant with McKinsey & Company where she served clients in the energy, electronics, and healthcare sectors.
KEYNOTE: WOMEN AT WORK (4:00 PM - 4:45 PM)
In this session, Claudia Reuter will share her professional journey and offer insights on finding new opportunities and stepping up to a challenge that might be a stretch of current skills. She will share her experience with entrepreneurship and advise on how to begin being an entrepreneur.
Claudia Reuter, General Manager, TechStars, Americas East
Recognized by the Boston Business Journal as a 2016 Women to Watch in Science and Technology, and as a Changemaker by HUBWeek, Reuter is an experienced entrepreneur and executive. In her new book, Yes You Can Do This! How Women Start Up, Scale Up and Build the Life They Want (Wiley 2020), Reuter has created a manifesto encouraging women to consider entrepreneurship, and a how-to-guide to get started. As the Podcast creator and host of The 43 Percent, which has featured acclaimed guests including Dr. Pamela Stone, Nataly Kogan, Laura Vanderkam, and Lisa Oz, Reuter is committed to sharing more stories of what success can look like for women in business as they work to balance family and career. She is also currently a GM with Techstars, an organization focused on investing in and helping to accelerate startups and has made 20 investments as a Managing Director. Prior to joining Techstars, she served as the SVP of Digital Services & Labs for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and was the co-founder and CEO of SchoolChapters, Inc. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors at Lessonly, and as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Innovation Leader.
ROUND ROBIN: FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR CHALLENGES. HOW I SOLVED IT (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
ROUND ROBIN: FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR CHALLENGES. HOW I SOLVED IT (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Intro remarks from David Alward, Consul General of Canada in Boston.
Entrepreneurial paths are dotted with hurdles and challenges, most of which are common for all startups, like finding the right co-founder or attracting funding. This session will address the challenges that are unique to female entrepreneurs. Four incredible female founders will share their personal stories of building a successful company. They will focus on challenges they faced and offer tips for other female founders on how to better address them. The presenters will talk about dealing with limited access to venture funding, struggling to be taken seriously, taking ownership of their accomplishments, and balancing business and personal life. Through a series of presentations and Q&A, the session participants will equip entrepreneurs in the audience with the necessary tools and mindset to address major entrepreneurial challenges.
Moderator: Bobbie Carlton, Founder, Innovation Women
Bobbie Carlton, founder of Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation Nights and Innovation Women, is an award-winning marketing, PR and social media professional. In 2008, she started her own company…the first one, Carlton PR & Marketing. Company #2 is Mass Innovation Nights (MIN), a social media powered new product showcase that has launched more than 1000 new products which have received a combined $2.1+ billion in funding. Company #3 is Innovation Women, an online “visibility bureau” for entrepreneurial, technical and innovative women. She is a Mass High Tech All-star and a Boston Business Journal Woman to Watch.
Netia McCray, CEO, Mbadika
Netia is a recent graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Mbadika, a social venture dedicated to fostering youth-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. Mbadika, is a not-for-profit organization focused on providing youth around the world, in particular, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, with the tools needed to overcome challenges in bringing their solutions for themselves and their communities into reality through educational workshops and a product line of DIY (do-it-yourself) kits, such as a Solar USB Charger Kit. Since 2011, Mbadika has assisted over 700 youth around the world to realize their potential and unleash their inner innovator and entrepreneur. Currently based in Boston, USA and Cape Town, South Africa, Mbadika is fostering youth-driven innovation and entrepreneurship around the world.
Michelle Wax, Founder, The American Happiness Project
Michelle Wax is a firm believer that happiness is the ultimate success. She is 3-time entrepreneur, documentarian, author, and speaks at top universities and companies throughout the USA. Prior to founding her current company, the American Happiness Project — Wax founded and grew two companies in the food industry, Kitchen Millie and The Local Fare, which she sold in 2019. She is the author of The Attainable Dream, and has consulted many entrepreneurs, brands and individuals through workshops, ongoing programs, and retreats.
Kristen Tyrrell, Founder & CEO, Catch
Kristen is the Founder & CEO at Catch, a YCombinator-backed startup combining savings, investment, and insurance for those without access to employer benefits. Early in her career, she worked with Commonwealth to build savings products that now serve more than 80 million consumers. Kristen also helped launch one of the first student loan repayment benefits platforms. Kristen has lived on four continents and has a Masters in International Business from Hult and Bachelors in Mathematics and Economics from Pepperdine University.
Sonya Satveit, CEO, Qanik DX Inc
Sonya a passionate visionary transforming the women’s health industry. She founded a women’s health blog (Hormonesoup.com) to build awareness for women’s endocrine, reproductive and sexual health and reached women in 175 countries worldwide. In 2013, she founded OSH, which developed the first precision medicine platform and learning health system for women’s health called myAva. She raised ~2M to advance the technology and in 2014 took the company public on the Canadian Securities Exchange as CEO and Director. Sonya co-produced and hosted a television segment in Hollywood, California, have spoken on a variety of topics at conferences such as Health 2.0 in Silicon Valley, SXSW in Austin, MaRS & Hacking Health in Toronto, and the PCOS Symposium in Atlanta, among others.
WORKSHOP: HAVING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS (6:00 PM - 6:45 PM)
WORKSHOP (6:00 PM – 6:45 PM)
HAVING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
Are you avoiding having a conversation that you know is important? If you’re putting off asking for a raise, giving critical feedback, or even talking to your neighbor about the noise, come and learn strategies and tools for discussing what matters to you skillfully, with emotional intelligence.
Jung Starret, Co-Founder, SoulCo
Jung Starrett, JD, is a Co-founder at SoulCo LLC, a professional education firm for leadership excellence and sustainable well-being. She teaches, facilitates, and mentors leaders and their organizations who are making a purposeful difference that matters to them and the world. For over two decades, Jung was a corporate lawyer and strategist in global technology corporations including Microsoft and IBM, and an executive leader in teaching and learning centers and incubators at Harvard University. Her passion for mindfulness, compassion, and emotional intelligence as foundations for a flourishing society comes from her professional experience and contemplative practices with the inquiry: Who are you? What is your work? Jung is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher, a Search Inside Yourself Certified Teacher, and a graduate of Smith College and Northeastern University School of Law.