Southern New England 
           Entrepreneurs Forum


Upcoming events

    • 13 Oct 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA, 02723 at UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

    As a startup/early stage company starts to scale, there are no shortage of challenges.   From additional capital needs to operational efficiencies to staffing and competition.   As an experienced entrepreneurs, Jonathan Banks and Dan Harper are living the startup scaling dream with Siren Marine.  Siren Marine is poised to lead the "Connected Boat" revolution with its innovative product line designed to provide tracking and monitoring to the recreational boat market. 

    Join us on October 13th for a lively discussion of these challenges and analysis by our panel of experts. 


    Captain Daniel Harper - Founder/CEO:Siren Marine

    Throughout his career, Daniel has successfully combined his passion for boats, computers, electronics and sailing. Recognizing a market opportunity for a remote boa

    t monitoring and tracking system, Daniel founded Siren Marine in 2011 after spending 4 years developing prototypes. What started as a “really good idea” has grown into a business with enormous sales potential in both marine and non-marine markets. While studying at the University of Florida State and livi

    Jonathan Banks - COO: Siren Marineng aboard a 30’ sailboat, Daniel co- founded WA Image, a pioneer in hypertext search software and digital publishing. Daniel has been involved in the marine industry in many different capacities, including a sailing instructor for Offshore Sailing School, a project manager on multiple award-winning classic boat restorations, and crew on the celestial navigation training schooner, Ocean Star. Dan has been a professional yacht captain for the past 23 years and has competed in many ocean races, logging more than 150,000 miles. Daniel owns and lives aboard his Swan 42, Corban, which is the perfect testing ground for Siren Marine’s products.

    Jonathan Banks has extensive sales, marketing and business management experience with leading organizations in the marine, outdoor, electric vehicle, automotive, and telecommunications industries. Notable successes include running the trade association for the US sailing industry, prod

    ucing 15 boat shows around the country, launching the world’s first high-performance electric motorcycle, and skippering a 57-foot sailboat on a circumnavigation of the world.

    Jonathan spent the early part of his career with two of the UK’s leading telecommunications companies; British Telecom and Cable & Wireless. After sailing around the world, Jonathan dropped anchor in Rhode Island in 1995, since which he has held senior-level positions with New England Ropes, Thule, Vectrix, and Sail America. In 2015, Jonathan joined Siren Marine as Chief Operating Officer, and is part of the leadership team that is preparing the company for future growth.

    Jonathan is active in the local and national marine communities, and has served on the Board of Directors for Sail America, the Grow Boating Advisory Committee, the National Marine Trade Council, Barrington Yacht Club, the Providence Community Sailing Center, and the Barrington Harbours Association.

    Will Shain - Certified TAB Facilitator and Executive Business Coach: The Advisory Board

    Experienced Consultant in sales, marketing and management Founder & Owner, The Alternative Board – Plymouth covering the South Shore and the Cape from his office in Plymouth, MA. With over 30 years of experience in companies that span the size of early stage, pre-revenue ventures through Fortune 500 global companies, Will’s specific area of expertise lies in executive management for companies ranging in size from startups to $100 million in revenue. Will is also the President of Peer Group Advisors, Inc., a private firm that consults in matters related to sales, marketing and strategic planning. He has been involved in a broad range of business challenges including sales training, market planning, hiring, training and retention of employees, business financial planning, operations and succession planning. He has sat on corporate Boards of Directors including DIRAmed, LLC (Columbus, OH), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (Washington, D.C.) and the Simes House Foundation, Inc. (Plymouth, MA). Will spent the last three years of his corporate career as President & CEO of DIRAmed LLC, an early stage, medical device development company focused in diabetes and non- invasive glucose monitoring technology. His most recent Fortune 500 experiences were with Covidien (now Medtronic) as Vice President of Marketing, prior to which he was Vice President of Sales at STERIS Corporation. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable ( where he is a member of several committees including Audit and Evaluations. He is also a trustee for the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay ( in which he leads the strategic planning activities. Will is an active member of BNI ® (, and was named the 2014 “Rookie of the Year” for the Plymouth Rock BNI chapter, the winner of the presitigious 2014 “Founders Award”. He was named the “Lion of the Year” by the Plymouth Lions for 2015-2016. Will earned his Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI and completed his master’s work in Allied Health Sciences at Quinnipiac College in Hamden, CT.

    Winthrop Sargent: Winthrop Capital Advisors

     Win has more than twelve years in middle market commercial lending, most notably as a Vice President with The First

     National Bank of Boston. Sargent later purchased and o

    Stephen Collins: 1024 Technology Marketing perated a UL-listed consumer products company from 1991-1999. From 2000 through 2004, he was recognized for his work as an interim CFO
    consultant for a well-respected outsourcing firm.  In late 2008, Win left as a Director at Gagnon Capital Advisors, where he built the interim CFO, Turnaround and Capital Placement division.



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Past events

15 Sep 2016 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
09 Jun 2016 Summer Networking
12 May 2016 Investor Ready Boot Camp
14 Apr 2016 Early-Stage Equity Financing
10 Mar 2016 Family Businesses: Adjusting to the Changing Economy
11 Feb 2016 Entrepreneur Launches “Think-Board” from dorm room, selling worldwide
12 Nov 2015 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
08 Oct 2015 October 8, 2015 After the Accelerator (NOTE NEW LOCATION)
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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