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First-Ever Café Night @ District Hall
April 6, 2016 @ 3:00 am - 8:00 pm
The monthly Café Nights @ District Hall are energetic and dynamic events where innovators and entrepreneurs can find one another and collaborate to bring their dreams to reality.
These regular gatherings provide a space for conversations and scheduled programs to inspire a wide range of attendees from different backgrounds and industries to connect, share ideas, and grow their ventures. The Café is open to all members of the innovation community.
Programming for the first Café Night will include free office hours with business experts, info tables showcasing groups that support entrepreneurs, and workshops and speakers–the full calendar is available on our website!
3:00 – 5:00 PM: Office Hours
The Office Hours program at District Hall is a great way for aspiring entrepreneurs and start-up companies to connect with seasoned mentors with expertise in every industry. Office hours are free to attend and held across all of our Venture Cafe Foundation sites, and we encourage you to sign up in advance with each office hours holder as they fill up fast! We’re excited to have Joe Caruso, Ned Lomigora, Jodi-Tatiana Charles, and Ramesh Advani mentoring at our first Café Night. You can sign up with each mentor and find out more information on our Public Calendar!
4:00 – 7:30 PM: Workshops + Panels
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Kevin Wiant, Executive Director of the Venture Cafe Foundation, has extensive experience in the innovation community, and will be speaking about Boston’s innovation ecosystem, it’s history, and resources that are available for entrepreneurs and startups.
5:15 – 6:15 PM: Melissa James is the President and CEO of The Tech Connection, the premier marketplace for purpose driven, diverse, technical talent. Her workshop, “Building Your All-Star Team,” will give advice on essential leadership discussions in hiring, how to set your employees up to success and increase performance, pitfalls to avoid when taking on a new employee, and how to grow and scale your organization for the future.
6:30 – 7:30 PM: We’re also excited to welcome GE Ventures for our keynote presentation on our first Cafe Night! GE Ventures will provide an overview of its investment themes and how they help companies grow. GE will also describe what they look for in startups, as well as in syndicate investment partnerships. Marni Rutkofsky (Director of Strategy & Marketing Advanced Manufacturing), Steve Taub (Senior Investment Director Advanced Manufacturing), and Andrew Lackner (Senior Investment Director Energy) will also answer questions from startups and provide guidance about how to connect with the team.
5:30 – 7:30 PM: Info Tables
Our info tables are geared towards connecting you to the programs and resources that you need to make your business successful. Come stop by, find out more, and chat with the incredible organizations that can help your business grow! On our first Cafe Night on 4/6, we’ll have tables from StartHub, Venture Café Foundation, Boston Event Solutions & the Briar Group, General Assembly, Fort Point Arts Community, Boston’s Big IDEA, + more!