Speaker : Eric Martin - Founding Partner at 80amps | We Grow Companies
Eric has a very diverse & extensive background in finance, advertising, & innovation - he also lectures at the VCU Brandcenter on the "Monetization of Creativity through Entrepreneurship" - So he will answer the following question for our VINE members : "I have this cool idea/product, how do I monetize it?"
Also, through 80amps (where he is a co-founder), they are positioned as "A world-class team of successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, creatives, and subject matter experts dedicated to growing brands, products, and the technologies that support them. Our interests leverage 80amps’ contacts in the retail, media, manufacturing, and technology industries." ... what do they look for in ideas that they decide to take into their program?
Virginia Innovators Network is a not for profit, educational organization. We exist to support innovative Virginians who are pursuing bringing their unique products and services to market. There is NO CHARGE to attend VINE monthly meetings -- Thank you to our generous sponsors who make the pizza, water, & beer possible.
Our primary approach to providing this support is through membership meetings. These meetings serve two purposes: networking and education. Aspiring entrepreneurs have the ability to meet inventors and entrepreneurs who have successfully launched unique goods and services or professionals with subject matter expertise that is pertinent to launching of these products and services. The speakers at the meetings have direct expertise in one or more of the areas related to bringing ideas to market.
In addition to the meetings, our website contains references and information to help the innovator research and make appropriate contacts with subject matter experts. Visit our website to learn more: http://vainnovators.org
VINE generally meets on the 4th Monday of every month. Our meetings start with general networking and dinner (pizza) at 5:30, followed by a brief VINE business meeting from 6:00 to 6:15. Typically, our speakers will present from 6:15 to 7:30. Following the presentation, there is time allowed for individual questions and/or additional networking.
VINE attracts top regional and national speakers who provide meaningful content to our meeting attendees.
VINE Members will have the opportunity at each meeting to share news about their invention/product if desired and if appropriate. Members will also have the opportunity at each meeting to give a 45 second (MAX) “elevator speech” to get feedback (feedback to be given after speaker).