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    • 04 Jun 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Constant Contact, Inc., Reservoir Place, 3rd Floor Great Room, 1601 Trapelo Rd., Waltham, MA

    You are one of them...a dedicated entrepreneur, who has poured her heart and sweat into the venture. Does this single-minded dedication to launch and grow the business have to exclude thoughts of potential future exits? On the contrary, an exit strategy is an important element of the overall business strategy that describes the vision of how you will eventually capitalize on your investment. This is important because the decisions about how you structure and operate the business can have huge implications down the road.

    Let us hear from experienced panelists, who have prepared companies and participated in successful exits that have come in various sizes and forms. They will talk about exit strategy planning and, just as important, what exits look and feel like in real life to an entrepreneur, an investor and M& A advisors.


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

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

    7:40-7:55 PM - eMinute - 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 follow 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.


    Attorney Tal Unrad – Partner at Burns Levison 

     Attorney Tal Unrad joined Burns & Levinson's Corporate Group in 2008.  His practice focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, start-up structuring and financing, e-commerce, and distressed transactions.  Attorney Unrad is also active in the firm's Restructuring Practice and has represented numerous clients in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

    Attorney Unrad represents both domestic and foreign buyers and sellers in mid-market asset and stock purchase transactions across various industries ranging in value from $1 million to $100 million.  He works regularly with venture capital and private equity firms in their capacity as acquirers and sellers of businesses.  Attorney Unrad is also active in the Boston start-up scene and has helped a number of companies launch their visions into successful companies.  He frequently works with entrepreneurs and emerging companies to establish their initial business presence and to help obtain early-round and subsequent financing.

    Brendan Kiernan – Partner at Mirus Capital Partners 

     Brendan Kiernan has been a Partner with Mirus Capital Advisors since 2004.  He is experienced in business valuation, corporate finance advising and deal execution, Mr. Kiernan leads Mirus’ Valuation practice, as well as co-leading sell-side and buy-side M&A mandates. 

    He has made significant contributions to several dozen client transactions and engagements during his tenure with the firm.  His work has focused primarily on clients in the technology, business services, and industrial and distribution sectors.

    Seth Webber – Principal at BerryDunn 

    Seth Webber has worked at BerryDunn since 2007.  He brings a unique combination of valuation, consulting, and operations skills to bear for his clients, helping them navigate challenging issues related to business valuation.  As head of the Valuation Group at BerryDunn, Mr. Webber leads a diverse team of valuation experts that draw on the deep resources of the company to help clients address their needs.

    Mr. Webber is heavily involved in working with clients to define and execute transition plans, including valuations relating to ESOPs, management buyouts, sales, and gifting.  He also provides expert witness services to clients and attorneys on business valuation, economic damages, and lost profits.

    Moderator and Co-Meeting Organizer:

    Dan Skiba, President & CEO GOT Interface, Vice Chair Boston ENET

    As a Product Development Company Executive, I provide strategic leadership in product innovation and managing global teams, delivering award-winning products to the international market.  My ability to problem solve, direct the entire product development lifecycle and gain commitment to a common goal have driven faster release of products and market penetration.
    By building synergies across engineering disciplines, I’ve designed products that result in 100% product utilization and seamless integration into customer environments. My skills in optimizing international resources have significantly reduced costs and streamlined production, delivering product excellence.

    Co-Meeting Organizer:

    William Mansfield, Secretary Of Boston ENET

    Attorney Mansfield is a patent attorney and is a lawyer in MA & NY; high bar exam scores allowed him to waive into D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.  He won the CALI Award for perfect grades in an IP course, and he has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam covering all types of engineering.  He assists clients with corporate and IP law using trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, licensing, patents, strategic partnerships, and succession planning.

    From 2004, he has worked on legal matters & he has counseled entrepreneurs/startups since 2009 thru Mansfield Law.  He has worked on patent prosecution, especially business method, business process, electrical, mechanical, telecommunications, and e-commerce patents.  He has filed for global IP protection and has a network of foreign IP professionals.

    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.


    LOCATION: Constant Contact is adjacent to RT 128 / 95 at Exit 28B. See: http://www.constantcontact.com/about-constant-contact/office-location-waltham.jsp

    REFRESHMENTS: Cheese, crackers, chips, cookies, soft drinks & juice will be served at this meeting.

    COST AND 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.

    PRE-MEETING DINNER: Join us for a pre-meeting networking dinner (self-pay) at Bertucci’s in Waltham before the start of this meeting. Dinner at 5:15 sharp. No reservations required for the pre-meeting dinner.

    REFUND POLICY: If you cancel your registration before the event, ENET will refund your registration fee in the form of a credit towards a future ENET event.

    • 11 Jun 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Draper, Hill Building, One Hampshire St. Cambridge, MA

    Immigrant employees bring certain advantages to your business: a deep knowledge of foreign markets, cultural and linguistic competency, and a fresh perspective to growth and expansion. The longstanding immigrant gateway of Boston has for centuries benefited from its international pool of expertise and experiences. You can too. Learn from industry experts how foreign-born and foreign-educated workers can help guide the growth of your business and broaden your market’s horizons.


    6:00-7:00 PM - Registration & Networking

    7:00-7:10 PM - ENET Chairman's Announcements

    7:10-7:25 PM - eMinute PITCH - up to 3 startups give a 90-second elevator pitch

    7:25-8:15 PM - Expert speakers on the night's topic

    8:15-8:30 PM - Q & A

    8:30-9:00 PM - Final networking, including meeting speakers


    Elad Shoushan founded Ready4

    Elad Shoushan founded Ready4 in 2013, a top tech consumer mobile platform with B2C and B2B business models, and led it from inception to exit. Along with an international team, in 3.5 years, he grew Ready4 to more than 2 million learners across 195 countries with more than 100 university clients and public education companies that partnered with Ready4 to connect with students worldwide. Ready4 was selected by EdTech20 as one of the world’s 20 most innovative educational technology companies in 2016 and earned the prestigious 2016 ASU GSV award. Elad has also served as an entrepreneur in residence at MIT where he advised students and fellow entrepreneurs. Elad received an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and BSc in Information Systems Engineering Cum Laude from The Technion.

    Dr. Qichao Hu is the founder and CEO of SolidEnergy Systems

    Dr. Qichao Hu is the founder and CEO of SolidEnergy Systems which develops the lightest rechargeable cells in the world, disrupting transportation both on land and in air. Qichao started SolidEnergy in 2012 from renowned MIT Prof. Donald Sadoway’s lab to commercialize his research in rechargeable lithium metal battery technology at MIT. He recruited a world-class team from top universities and Fortune 100 companies, raised three financing rounds, and built strategic partnerships worldwide. SolidEnergy won a worldwide exclusive license on the MIT patent, Series A venture investment, became the first startup to form a strategic partnership with A123 Venture Technologies, and developed outstanding prototypes in less than one year.

    Qichao received a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard, a BS in Physics from MIT, and was named to Forbes’s 30 Under 30.

    Dr. Abigail Barrow is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cambridge Innovation Partners

    Thirty years of experience in the support of tech innovation and innovation ecosystems. Trained in mechanical engineering (B.Sc.) and in economic development/technology transfer (Ph.D.)– both degrees from the University of Edinburgh (UK).  Previous positions include:  UCSD CONNECT at the University of California, San Diego (1990-2001): various roles, including Director of Programs (assisting early-stage tech companies and collaborating in the development of the San Diego area as a leading tech ecosystem).  The von Liebig Center, Jacobs School of Engineering, UCSD: Founding Managing Director (2001-2004).  Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC), University of Massachusetts, President’s Office, Boston: Founding Director (2004-2018).  Office of Technology Commercialization and Ventures (OTCV), University of Massachusetts, President’s Office, Boston: Interim Executive Director (2015-2018). In other capacities, Dr. Barrow is on the Board and is Chair of VentureWell (formerly the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance), encouraging and assisting student inventors. Further affiliations include the Program Committee of BIO (the Biotechnology Industry Organization); New York State Energy Research Agency’s Advisory Board for Proof of Concept Centers; reviewer for state and federal agencies for major commercialization program funding awards, as well as for technology development and prototyping grants.


    Denzil Mohammed, Director, Public Education Institute, The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc., Malden, MA

    Denzil works to build understanding across boundaries utilizing an asset-based approach. He believes immigrants’ success is a crucial component of America's economic and social well-being. As director of the Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. in Malden, MA, he manages specialized online education, a variety of research initiatives, New England’s only Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards, and collaborative public events that promote immigrants as economic and social assets to America. On immigration, he has appeared in The Boston Globe and the New England Journal of Higher Education. Denzil is a frequent speaker at education, workforce development and immigrant integration webinars and conferences nationwide.


    PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Is accessible by public transportation, to the Kendall Square stop on the Red Line.

    LOCATION: Draper, Hill Building, One Hampshire St. Cambridge, MA 02139 (directions). The address is One Hampshire St but the entrance is actually on Broadway. Attendees must arrive at Draper Labs before 7pm. Entrance will be locked after 7pm.

    REFRESHMENTS: Pizza, salad and soft drinks will be served at this meeting.

    COST AND RESERVATIONS: ENET meetings are free to ENET members and $10 for non-members. To expedite sign-in for the meeting, we ask that everyone -- members as well as non-members -- pre-register for the meeting 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.

    PARKING: Parking Near Draper - Kendall Center Blue, Yellow, and Green Parking Garages. Metered parking is often available after 6pm.

    REFUND POLICY: If you cancel your registration before the event, ENET will refund your registration fee in the form of a credit towards a future ENET event.

    • 18 Jul 2019
    • 6:45 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA

    IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network will hold its 17th annual Sunset Cruise & Networking Evening on Boston Harbor aboard the M/V Music City Queen, on Thursday, July 18, 2019.  We board the boat at 6:45 p.m., and cruise from 7:15-9:30, with additional networking on the boat dockside until 9:45 pm. The event includes a light dinner catered again this year by the well respected Off the Vine Catering, who received many compliments for the food the last four years.  There will also be a cash bar.

    Our ENET Sunset Cruise on Boston Harbor will be an enjoyable, casual wrap-up for the ENET 2018-2019 season, our 28th year. We again expect over 150 attendees and guests.  To enhance the networking opportunities, we have invited all ENET speakers whose presentations you enjoyed during the past year.  We will also be joined by members and guests of several other Massachusetts technology-based entrepreneurial groups, who are partnering with ENET for this “EntrepreneurSHIP 2018” including the MDG – the Medical Development Group, Women in Bio – Boston, WIE - IEEE Women In Engineering and the EntreTech Forum.

    We will be cruising on the Mass Bay Lines’ M/V Music City Queen, an ornamental 19th century sternwheeler named for city on Cumberland River (Nashville): perfect for our yearend gala.  Two decks are climate controlled for year-round comfort. The MV/Music City Queen is berthed at Rowes Wharf, behind the Boston Harbor Hotel on Atlantic Ave. in Boston. Parking is available for $10 at International Place garage across the street from Rowes Wharf and there are two “T” stops nearby.

    For ENET Members, the price is just $35 for the Member, and $35 for his/her spouse or significant other. For non-members of ENET, spouses/significant others, or guests, the price is $45 (Early- Bird rate).

    Ticket price will increase to $55.00 after Tuesday, July 9, so make sure you register NOW!

    Registration began on Friday, May 3rd, 2019. You can also register at the ENET meetings on May 7th and May 14, by mail or at the ENET website. Your seat can be saved only by paid-up registration. 

    If you join ENET now, you can get the above Member Rates for the boat cruise for yourself and spouse/significant other, and ENET Membership through August 31, 2020. 

    Membership cost is $85 for existing IEEE members (we need your IEEE membership number), $45 for students and $95 for all others.  Thus, IEEE members SAVE $30 by joining ENET for this event and attending the cruise with your spouse or significant other.  JOIN ENET and SAVE!


    You can register or pay online or you can print and complete the form, and mail it with your check made payable to “IEEE Entrepreneurs’ Network” to ENET Chairman and Boat Cruise coordinator,  Robert Adelson, Engel & Schultz, LLP, One Federal Street, 21st Floor, Boston, MA 02110. For payment confirmation or questions (or to obtain forms if not available at the website), contact Robert Adelson, Chairman of ENET and Boat Cruise coordinator.  His email is:  radelson@engelschultz.com  or if necessary call 617-951-9980 ext. 205 or fax 617-951-0048. 


    Low cost parking is available after 5:00 pm at 1 International Place garage for just $10.00, just across Atlantic Ave. from Rowes Wharf (Go to https://parking.com/boston/lot/1-international-place/parking-coupon and print coupon to bring with you (you need the coupon for the reduced rate - also please print out this coupon only after July 1 so it will not have expired) and there are two T stops within a ten minute walk (Aquarium and South Station).

    Earlier attendees have really enjoyed this great event. We hope you will join us July 18th!

    SPACE IS LIMITED. So, you are encouraged to register soon so you won't miss out.