Venture Well East

STUDENTS! Take your Idea or Startup to the Next Level

Are you an undergraduate or graduate researcher, student inventor or budding entrepreneur? Venture Well East will set you on an inside track, through a series of workshops, that will accelerate your idea or venture towards funding and commercialization.

What's next? 20 teams (see the list) were selected for VentureLab, an intensive program to help tech entrepreneurs hone their market opportunities and map their commercialization paths.

The teams liked it!

So did Mass High Tech and Bostinnovation (links to articles).


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Invention to Venture

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Venture Lab

Part 1: April 9-11
Part 2: April 23-25

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Microsoft NERD Center
1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA


This event is primarily for university student inventors, and entrepreneurs but a limited number of general admission seats are available.

What will Invention to Venture do for you?

Set you on an inside track that will accelerate you, your idea or venture towards funding and commercialization. You'll go away with:

  • Introductions to local early seed fund investors and industry sector experts
  • Info about how to apply to NCIIA Entrepreneur's Bootcamp
  • Tools and information to successfully apply for NCIIA grants for student startups
  • Meet the people behind the MassChallenge startup competition (and more importantly, they can meet you)

How much?

Students & Faculty $10 All others $50

**Student scholarships are available.** Contact Patricia Boynton, to inquire.



8 AM   Check in, pre-workshop networking

9 AM   Welcome: who we are and why we're here
Joseph Steig, NCIIA


About MassChallenge: Learn about the latest and greatest startup competition in Massachusetts, with $1M in prizes!

Who are you?
Joseph Steig, NCIIA

9:30 AM   Panel 1: Mission: Commercialization: What do companies look for when seeking technologies or ventures to acquire? Hear from experts in the areas of biomedical devices, green materials, clean energy. Michael Chiu, Founder, Trophos Energy; Mitch Tyson, Advanced Electron Beams; Benjamin Rubin, Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder, Zeo Inc.; David Steinmiller, COO, Claros Diagnostics, Inc.

10:15 AM Pushing the Mental Reset Button
Facilitator: James Barlow, NCIIA

11 AM   Panel 2: In the Black: You've finally gotten your venture up and running--how do you keep it that way? Ask this panel of seed stage investors: Elizabeth Bailey , Commons Capital; Matt Witheiler, Flybridge Capital Partners; David Miller, Clean Energy Venture Group.

11:45 PM   Break to get boxed lunches

12 noon   Keynote Talk: The Virtuous Circle: The Art of Powering Positive Feedback Loops. Matt Mason, Entrepreneur, Strategist, Author of The Pirate's Dilemma, bestselling book on the problems and opportunities created by the rise of piracy and its potential as a business model.

1:00 PM   What's next? NCIIA offerings

NCIIA Bootcamp: Got an idea you'd like to take to the next level? Apply to participate in the NCIIA bootcamp, a fun, hands-on workshop designed to accelerate your thinking and action. You might even make some money! James Barlow, Program Manager for Outreach at NCIIA will give an overview of the event.

NCIIA Grants and Venture Well:
Grants Manager Jennifer Keller Jackson will talk about E-team grants for students up to $20,000; Joseph Steig will talk about Venture Well, NCIIA's investment program.

2:00 PM Adjourn; optional pitching opportunity.


What is Venture Lab anyway?

Venture Lab is a highly experiential and immersive program developed and designed to enhance the success of your business idea. Trying to balance all the things you have to do to get your business not just off the ground, but flying high, can be tough, and early stage entrepreneurs often know they could be doing things more effectively.

At Venture Lab you'll evolve your business strategy, get $500 seed money for your business, and, maybe, qualify for an NCIIA E-Team grant worth up to $20,000.

At Venture Lab you'll have the space to think and explore within a dynamic environment that will help you evolve your business strategy, sales channels and marketing as well as better understand the financial mechanics of your venture, helped by people who have been there and done it.

You'll come out of the program not only with a more competitive action plan, but also with a set of tools that will help you grow your business for years to come.

Please note if you are accepted there is a $100 fee to attend.

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Apply today! Deadline extended to March 19!