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The Essential Entrepreneurs' Toolkit

This is a free meeting for all attendees.

The Essential Entrepreneurs' Toolkit - "The Core Resource kit for Building your Startup in Boston, Developing Collaborations and Getting Financing"

Many of the world-changing entrepreneurs are in Massachusetts where you’ll find a deep well of creative thinking, networking, marketing, customers, financing and an eco-system of entrepreneurship. Having a map and guidance to help access these resources can be the difference between success and failure.
In our September Entretech forum, we will bring together the essential “Startup Toolkit” of leading organizations and support resources in the Boston area (e.g. other entrepreneurs, networks, advisers, finance, strategy, legal) Every Entrepreneur working to succeed and avoid the pitfalls of starting a business will want the best tools, best advice, best access to capital and customers available. These organizations provide that utility and guidance. Whether you are an Entrepreneur or a key resource, please join us for this exciting and powerful discussion.


Alexandra Adler,                   Northeast Regional Director, CleanTech Open

Alexandra is a skilled project manager, organizer and connector with a  comprehensive understanding of the clean technology sector. Her enthusiasm for  addressing the world’s energy and environmental challenges, for coordinating  teams, and for connecting people to key resources and contacts to help them  succeed led her to the Cleantech Open. Alexandra’s professional experience  includes project management, communications and relationship management at both  public and nonprofit organizations related to clean technology, energy and  sustainability. In past roles she has overseen a wide range of projects  including international trade missions, industry research and reports, new  media communications and campaign organizing. Alexandra graduated with a degree  in Sociology and Certificate in Environmental Policy from Commonwealth  Honors College  at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She enjoys practicing yoga, reading, eating Thai food, and watching TV sitcoms.

Dougan  Sherwood, Director, Cambridge Innovation   Center

Dougan oversees the company’s  sales and relationship management functions, as well as its international  outreach. Prior to his work at CIC, Dougan spent several  years working in experiential education throughout the United States  with a particular focus on leadership development for high achieving students.  This work led him to found his own youth program in the American West that  aimed to serve rising college freshmen.  Dougan has also interned for  the late Senator Edward Kennedy and served on the board of a non-profit  helping children with HIV/AIDS.  Currently, he organizes an annual  bicycle fundraiser for injured service men and women and sits on the Board  of Directors for Youth CITIES, a program that introduces students to  social entrepreneurship. He is a graduate of the University of Utah.               

Ben Einstein,                   Managing Director, Bolt

Ben Einstein is an experienced product designer and  entrepreneur. Ben is currently the Managing Director of Bolt, a program built  from the ground up to help promising early-stage hardware companies develop  their products and get to market. Bolt provides companies with capital, staff,  shop equipment, and extensive expertise with manufacturing and  commercialization. Prior to starting Bolt, Ben ran Brainstream Design, a  product design and development consultancy in Massachusetts. Ben has been directly  responsible for bringing a long list of products to market covering diverse  sectors including consumer electronics, high-performance audio, sporting goods  and green energy.


Rohit Gupta, Director at  TechStars Boston.

                  Rohit was the co-founder of Grid Sensor, a startup providing mobile and  software solutions for the utility market. In this role, Rohit provided overall  direction in business and product development, as well as contributed on the  frontend web development. Previously, Rohit was Director of Business  Development at Payfone, where he managed partnerships with large digital merchants. Rohit also worked as a venture capitalist at Opus Capital, where he sourced and  evaluated early-stage investment opportunities, specifically in the mobile, infrastructure,  and SaaS spaces. 
                  Prior to Opus, Rohit worked at Accenture, where he was a consultant and served  as project manager and software architect for various companies in the telecommunications,  energy and software sectors. Rohit holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of  Technology, with a minor in Political Science.

Amir Eldad,                 Lead Partner, International Expansion, MassChallenge

                  Amir is an entrepreneurial global hi-tech company builder, and a  practitioner of innovation-driven economic development. For more than 25 years,  Amir led his companies’ global Go-To-Market planning and execution across  Israel, France, the US and the rest of the world - while bridging the  multi-national cultural gap. Leveraging his global Sales, Marketing, Business  Development, Management and Board experience, Amir – through his consulting  practice A2E Partners - helps his client companies and public / government  organizations with a unique combination of Board-level perspective, C-level  planning and detail-oriented execution.

Amir co-founded MassChallenge Israel, and is now co-leading MassChallenge  International Expansion. Amir received his undergraduate degree in Computer  Science at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology; he lives in Cambridge,  MA and is married with 3 children.

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Location: Havana Room*, One Broadway, 5th Floor Cambridge Innovation Center, Cambridge, MA


*This event occurs at the Havana Room located at the Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 5th Floor. Visitors must comply with Venture Café attendance policies (see for more details.) Refreshments will be served on the 4th Floor.

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  • Sandro H.

    Great advice, compelling speakers, interesting audience

    September 19, 2013

  • Sandro H.

    The EventBrite page says 6:30-9:30, while the meetup page says 7pm. Any more details?

    September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good point. Planning on 7p myself. 3 hours a bit much anyway.

      September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Found out about this at the last minute. Bolting from work now!

    September 19, 2013

  • Mary Kay Elloian, E.

    Sounds like some good presentations will be taking place. For more information on new types of corporations available to social entrepreneurs, as well as on new capital structures, check out The Legal Edition, Legal & News programming. Upcoming shows will have nationally recognized guests and authors discussing these issues and more. So keep an eye on The Legal Edition for upcoming programming at and click on 'View TV Shows.' The show as an adjunct to my Legal, Business & Outside Counsel Consulting practice found at: Enjoy the shows!

    September 16, 2013

  • James Z.

    Looks like a promising program. See you guys soon!

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks great. Thanks for putting this together!

    September 6, 2013

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