From Zero to Funded: What do you need to get seed/angel investment?

  • 07 Nov 2017
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Constant Contact, Inc., Reservoir Place, 3rd Floor Great Room, 1601 Trapelo Rd., Waltham, MA



PRE-MEETING DINNER at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci’s, Waltham

Entrepreneurs and the businesses they are starting have evolved.  Start-ups today don’t need to build a manufacturing plant to start a business.  They need less money to build a product prototype, prove that it works, prove there is a market for their product and show a potentially profitable business model before scaling the business.

What will make the lives of entrepreneurs seeking funding easier?

An angel investor who understands the experimental nature of the idea, believes in the business focus, the model, the team to execute the plan and pivot where needed and an entrepreneur to focus on building an organization in today’s environment addressing a real customer need in a market of decent size while carrying out the business vision.

Whether you’re a businessperson with a great concept or an entrepreneur getting ready to raise seed investment for your company, from Zero to Funded will offer you the following:

  • How to create an investor-friendly financial model for your business
  • Angel investor vs a VC, the differences and merits
  • What goes on behind the scenes when angel, seed or VC investors   
  • contemplate whether or not to fund a venture
  • How to work with your investors and what to expect after they invest


6:30-7:30 PM - Registration & networking 

7:30-7:40 PM - ENET Chairman's announcements

7:40-7:55 PM - E Minute - Up to 3 Startup companies’ presentations

7:55-8:45 PM - 3 expert speakers on the night's topic

8:45-9:00 PM - Audience / Speakers Q & A 900-930 PM - Final networking includes meeting presenting speakers

A question and answer session follows the presentation, and panelists will be available afterwards for responses to individual questions.  As with every ENET meeting you will also get the chance to network with the panelists and other meeting attendees, both before the start of the meeting and afterwards.


GRAHAM BROOKS, Partner, .406 Ventures
- joined .406 Ventures in 2007 after nine years of technology-oriented operating, investing and start-up experience and has been a Partner at .406 Ventures, LLC since September 2014.  Graham specializes in building early stage companies and loves working with both experienced and first-time entrepreneurs helping them to grow their visions in industry changing companies; go-to-market development and execution, sales team structure and early company strategy.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Bedrock Data, Connotate, Attend.com, CoPatient, Inc. and Board observer to other companies.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the MIT enterprise Forum.  He holds degrees from Princeton and the Dartmouth Tuck School.  #BigData, #HealthIT, #DigitalVideo and #AdTech

SHEREEN SHERMAK, Financial services entrepreneur, passionate about product management. Active angel investor and VC.  Shereen is driven by entrepreneurship, whether inside an existing business or from an original idea. She loves solving industry problems. She has learned a lot about financial services and startups in general in that process. Most of her career has been in Boston financial services but she has also spent time figuring out how to rebuild small business in the City of New York.  She is COO of Doni, a company that provides operational and business development leadership to an early stage consumer focused fintech company based in Boston and Europe, she was previously Advisor to Flybridge Capital, Founder of Good Growth Capital, CEO of Launch Angels and investor in TechStars, Boston.  She holds degrees from Duke, MIT and the Harvard Kennedy School.


HOWARD SHOLKIN, Principal, Sholkin Consulting - has more than 40 years of journalism and marketing communication experience.  In 2014, he formed Sholkin Consulting to deliver strategy and tactical marketing services to influence an organization’s prospects, grow its business, and elevate a firm’s brand and its products and services. He joined International Data Group (IDG)—the world’s leading technology media, event, and research company--as director of corporate communications in 2003 providing PR support for Founder and Chairman Pat McGovern and subsidiaries. Sholkin was later promoted to a director’s position for communication and marketing programs for the CEO of IDG Communications, the media and events subsidiary, and for the CEO of IDG Global Solutions.


ROBERT ADELSON, business and tax attorney, partner at Boston law firm of Engel & Schultz LLP, and Chairman of The Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network.  Rob has been an attorney for over 30 years specialized in business, tax, stock and options, employment, contracts, financing, trademarks and intellectual property.  Rob began as an associate at major New York City law firms before returning home to Boston in 1985 where he has since been a partner in small and medium sized firms before joining his present firm in 2004.  Rob represents entrepreneurs, start-ups and small companies, independent contractors and employees and executives. Rob is a frequent speaker on business law topics and author of numerous articles published in Boston Business Journal, Mass High Tech and other publications. He has been named among the “Top 20 Boston Startup Lawyers” by ChubbyBrain.com, a website that provides tools for entrepreneurs. Rob has been on the ENET Board since 2002 and Chairman since 2009 and is also a Co-Founder and Board member of the 128 Innovation Capital Group (2004 -2015). In 2016, he received the IEEE USA Professional Achievement award for “extreme dedication to the entrepreneurship community.” He holds degrees from Boston University, B.A., summa cum laude, Northwestern University (Chicago), J.D., Law Review, and New York University, LL.M. in Taxation. His website - www.ExecutiveEmploymentAttorney.com

E-Minute Presentations will be given at the start of the meeting. These very short presentations enable young startup entrepreneurs to gain experience in presenting their summary business plans to expert panels and audiences.

Directions: Constant Contact is adjacent to RT 128 / 95 at Exit 28B.

See: http://www.constantcontact.com/about-constant-contact/office-location-waltham.jsp

Reservations: ENET Constant Contact meetings are free to ENET members and $20 for non-members. No reservations are needed for the pre-meeting dinner. To expedite sign-in for the meeting, we ask that everyone -- members as well as non-members -- pre-register for the online. Pre-registration is available until midnight the day before the meeting. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register at the door.