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April 3, 2017 Funding Your Startup: An Investors unPanel

Register to watch and listen HERE.

A Seminar, Pitch Practice and Feedback from Investors, all in one morning.

First, we have a VC and an Angel present the the ins-and-outs of venture capital and angel capital, along with pros and cons, and myriad terminology.

  • What's the difference between angel financing and venture capital?
    What does an investor need in order to be interested?
  • What minimum goals do I need to obtain to get a meeting?
  • What's convertible debt?
  • Do I or Don't I Need a Business Plan?

Then, we have 10 qualified startups who will get to deliver a 5 minute pitch
and receive 5 minutes of helpful feedback and suggestions from the panel.We are welcoming early stage companies that have innovative ideas and products and may not yet be ready for investment. It's a 'no harm' chance to hear from a well-experienced and intentioned group.

Jean Hammond, Golden Seeds angels, LearnLaunchX, TechsandBox Jennifer Jordan, VP, Mass_Ventures Norm Meisner Stu Haber Joe Butt James Coffey  John Landry, ConergeVP

Panelists (Bios below):

  • Jean Hammond, Golden Seeds, Hub Angels, Launchpad and LearnLaunch
  • Jennifer Jordon, Mass Ventures
  • Joe Butt, Launchpad Venture Group
  • Stu Haber, Launchpad Venture Group
  • Norm Meisner, Launchpad Venture Group, Sky Ventures and Beta Fund
  • Jim Coffey, Partner, Locke Lord LLP, Boston Harbor Angels
  • John Landry, Converge VP

When: 9AM to 1PM

  • 9-9:30am registration and coffee
  • 9:30-10:15am Presentations by Jean and Jennifer on Venture and Angel Capital
  • Break
  • 10:30am Pitches start: 3 minutes of pitching and 5 minutes of investor feedback
    • 10 companies selected to pitch
  • 12:15-1pm: Pizza and networking

Where: TechSandBox, 105B South Street, Hopkinton, MA

Pricing: $75 / $95 day of.,
$75 after until March 29;

Moderated by Barbara Finer

    + Qualified means the person pitching is the founder or CxO for a company based in New England or New York, with revenue less than $1M. Selection will be made by March 15 based on how compelling and strong the entry is. Points are given for team, knowing the market and how to get customers, and other accomplishments. Revenue or funding is only a small consideration. See HERE for details!


    Joe Butt has examined the convergence of media and high technology for his entire career. Joe led entertainment and consumer research teams at Forrester Research and explored the relationship between user experience and system infrastructures as a senior analyst. Prior to Forrester, Joe helped lead the creative department at the Strategic Interactive Group, creating and executing Internet strategies for companies such as Mobil, IBM, and Lever. Joe had previously spent 15 years in the New York creative community, where he was active as both director and producer. Joe is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Harvard Business School, and he is a member of the Directors Guild of America. For the last 20 years Joe has served as mentor, coach, and personal advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurs. In recent years, he has served as investor, advisor and active director with dozens of companies, public and private.

    Jim Coffey represents clients in complex transactional matters. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, and has significant experience in venture capital and corporate finance transactions as well. He has advised public and private companies, both domestically and overseas, in mergers and acquisitions, tender and exchange offers, public and private offerings, and in the formation of partnerships, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. 

    Jim has broad based experience representing companies in many business sectors including: life sciences, healthcare, banking and financial services, energy and utilities, digital media, information technology, manufacturing, food and beverage, and consumer products. Jim is a member of the Boston Harbor Angels, a prominent angel investment group, and draws upon his extensive business background in order to provide pragmatic solutions to client problems.

    Stu Haber is a member of Launchpad Venture Group, an angel investment organization.  Most recently, Mr. Haber was the CEO & President of MSW Power Corporation (MSW), the developer and manufacturer of several on-site compact waste reduction systems.  Mr. Haber sold MSW in 2016.  Mr. Haber has a long history of cutting-edge technology management experience in other companies as well including Schafer Corporation and more recently, Infoscitex Corporation, which he founded in 2000 and sold in 2012.  Mr. Haber has extensive M&A experience having purchased and sold numerous companies in his 35 professional years.  Mr. Haber earned a B.S. in accounting from Bentley University and an MBA from the College of William and Mary.

    Jean Hammond is a co-founder and partner at LearnLaunch, an edtech incubator/accelerator. She is also the founder of JPH Associates. A serial entrepreneur, Jean co-founded AXON Networks, which was acquired by 3Com, led 3Com WAN marketing activities and also founded Quarry Technologies. Jean is an active angel investor focusing on early stage high-tech and high-growth start-ups. She is a member of Hub Angels and Launchpad Venture Group, and she is the founder of the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds.

    Jean was awarded the 2011 Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurship Mentoring by the MIT Sloan School of Management and the 2014 Hans Severiens Award by the Angel Capital Association in recognition of her work advancing angel investing and entrepreneurship. Jean also was awarded the 2013 Boston Business Journal Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Jean received her MS from MIT Sloan School of Management in 1986 and her BS in Biology from Boston University. She seres on several Boards including: The Capital Network, InStream Media, Peach Underneath, Playrific, and Respiratory Motion.

    Jennifer Jordan is a vice president of MassVentures and a venture capitalist focused on early-stage and seed investment in Massachusetts high-technology companies. Her most recent investments are focused on enterprise, big data, and the intersection of biology and IT and includes companies such as Curoverse, Ginkgo Bioworks, and MachineMetrics. Jennifer has been a member of the Golden Seeds angel investor network, provided startup mentoring for entrepreneurs through Springboard and the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, and served as Entrepreneurship Lead for the MIT Accelerating Information Technology Innovation program sponsored by Google in Cali, Colombia, where she lead 30 young entrepreneurs in a six-week lean startup program to form ten new mobile technology companies.

    Previously, Jennifer served as Corporate Vice President of Investor Relations at Cadence Design Systems and spent 10 years as a Senior Vice President and Senior Equity Research Analyst with Black & Company through its acquisition by Wells Fargo Securities. She is a black belt in the Indonesian Martial Art of Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen and holds the title Mas Goeroe. Jennifer earned an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Bachelor of Arts from Reed College.

    Norm Meisner is Angel investor associated with Beta Fund and Launchpad Venture Group, making angel investments in high tech startups in the greater Boston area. He is a Principal in the Beta Fund, a Micro VC fund investing in early stage high tech and biotech companies and an active member of the Launchpad Venture Group, the Boston area's largest and most active angel investment group. Norm is a Board member,  observer and advisor for multiple portfolio companies. He has held Business Development and Sales Management positions at 9 startups in security, enterprise software and telecommunications leading to 5 acquisitions and 1 IPO.

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