Upcoming events

    • 08 Oct 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • White's of Westport, 66 State Rd, Westport, MA 02790

    For an entrepreneur an accelerator can be the best thing that ever happens to them. World famous programs like MassChallenge, Y Combinator and TechStars are fiercely competitive, rigorous and demanding for all involved.

    Accelerators generally take a portion of equity in exchange for a small investment in the company.   Over the course of 3-6 months they run you through an program that can be at best exciting and at worst humiliating.  For most of the accelerator programs you are required to move to the city in which they are held which can put additional stress on entrepreneurs with families that are not easily uprooted.

    In a nutshell this is the story of Peter Zawadzki and his company Classics&Exotics.   For Peter all of this was true when he got accepted to TechStars Mobility in Detroit with his company.  The TechStars Mobility program is focused on automotive related startups and since Classics&Exotics is the "AirBNB" for cars, they are a natural fit.  

    Classics&Exotics allows owners to list their classic or exotic car and individuals wanting to rent these sometimes rare and special autos can do so on an hourly or daily basis.

    Now the dilemma, Peter exits the program with a little cash, a killer pitch deck and the pedigree from one of the top accelerator programs in the world. Our panel of experts will probe this topic and provide concrete advice on how Peter can become the next big thing in the sharing economy. 

    Our panelist include:

    Jennifer Jordan: Vice President, MassVentures - Jennifer is an investment professional with more than 15 years progressive financial leadership experience.  MassVentures is a venture capital firm focused on fueling the Massachusetts innovation economy by funding early stage, high-growth Massachusetts startups as they move from concept to commercialization. 

    Barbara Arena: Vice President, Granite State Development Corp. - Barbara is a specialist in SBA 504 lending, working for the largest certified development companies in the 

    country.  Barbara is also the current president of the New England Business Brokers Association (NEBBA).

    Read more about the excitement generated by Classics&Exotics and the new TechStars Automotive program and how they are both shaking up the automotive world.







    The evening includes light refreshments, networking, panel discussion, and a question and answer session.  Cost: SNEEF event non-member $25, Alliance members $15, SNEEF members and students free.  Register at www.SNEEF.org.

    • 12 Nov 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the largest and most respected research organizations in the world of study and exploration of the ocean.  For nearly a century researchers have been instrumental in playing a part in many of the discoveries that form the modern understanding of the ocean.

    During this time, WHOI has been developing, testing and licensing innovations that find their way into many different industries.  

    This innovation led culture has allowed it to begin to form the basis of an entrepreneurial ecosystem that connects research to commercialization and everything in between.

    Join us on November 12 as David Knaack outlines his vision for the entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

    David Knaack, Ph.D. joined WHOI in 2013 as the Director for Technology Transfer with responsibilities for Commercializing New Technologies arising from WHOI’s relationship with the sea. In addition to marketing and licensing of new technologies, his role includes identifying, patenting and facilitating applied research for product advancement

    Dr. Knaack joined WHOI after 24 years in the Medical Device/Biotech industry where he held leadership positions of increasing responsibilities in Product Development and Research, most recently as Vice President of Product Development & Manufacturing at ORTHOCON/ABYRX, Inc.  His leadership roles in four biomedical startups have given him a breadth of experience in product development, quality systems, regulatory, project management and the strategic development and commercialization of intellectual property.  His areas of technical expertise include: implantable medical devices, biomaterials and composites, biologically active molecules, polymer-tissue composites, and cell line development. He has expertise in a number of therapeutic areas including Diabetes, neurodegeneration, orthopedics, analgesia and hemostasis. Dr. Knaack is a registered patent agent with publications in the fields of biocomposites and biomaterials as well as in tissue engineering and cell and molecular biology. He is a named inventor on fifteen issued U.S. patents and agent of record on two others. He holds a B.Sci. in Chemistry from St. Lawrence University and a Ph.D. in Neurochemistry from Cornell University. He completed post-doctoral work in Molecular Biology at Harvard Medical School as a Howard Hughes Fellow.

Past events

10 Sep 2015 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
11 Jun 2015 June 11, 2015 Summer Networking
14 May 2015 May 14, 2014 Supply Chain
09 Apr 2015 April 9, 2015 Bringing Innovation from the Lab to the Marketplace
12 Mar 2015 March 12, 2015 Taking Dad’s Picture Off the Wall, a generational look at business
12 Feb 2015 CANCELLED February 12, 2015 From Idea Stage to Launch: Are You Ready?
11 Dec 2014 December 11, 2014 Holiday Networking
13 Nov 2014 November 13, 2014 Marketing Challenges Penetrating New Markets
09 Oct 2014 October 9, 2014 Overcoming Inertia: Selling Into Traditional Markets
11 Sep 2014 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
12 Jun 2014 Exit Planning for Entrepreneurs
08 May 2014 May 8, 2014 Family Business Association- FREE Admission
10 Apr 2014 April 10, 2014 Private Equity for Entrepreneurs - Lessons Learned
13 Mar 2014 March 13, 2014 Selling in the New Economy- lessons learned
13 Feb 2014 CANCELLED- February 13, 2014 Exit Planning for Entrepreneurs
12 Dec 2013 December 12, 2013 Holiday Networking
14 Nov 2013 November 14, 2013 Crowdfunding
10 Oct 2013 October 10, 2013 Board of Directors / Advisors: creating, managing and living with your boards.
12 Sep 2013 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
13 Jun 2013 June 13, 2013 Summer Networking
09 May 2013 May 9, 2013 Innovation in Education
11 Apr 2013 April 11, 2013 Financing - SBIR
14 Mar 2013 March 14, 2013 Legal & tax strategies for start-ups
07 Feb 2013 February 7, 2013 Exit Planning for Entrepreneurs
13 Dec 2012 December 13, 2012 Holiday Networking
08 Nov 2012 November 8, 2012 Marketing Outside the box
08 Mar 2012 Financing Options for Start-Ups

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