EntreTech: The Essential Entrepreneurs' Toolkit

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

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"

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

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.


*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 http://bit.ly/vc-credo for more details.) Refreshments will be served on the 4th Floor.