Open Mic Night – Entrepreneurs Share Startup Stories – ENET meeting, June 21, 2016

On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at 6pm, the Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET) will hold this event at the group’s Cambridge location:  Microsoft Technology Center, 255 Main Street, 4th Floor, across from the Kendall Square Post Office .


Yes… Back by popular demand is the annual Open Mic Night, where entrepreneurs share startup stories to help fellow entrepreneurs! Share your startup success story or your invaluable lessons learned from a setback or failure, all in a good faith effort to pay it forward to other founders, startup team members, and entrepreneurs

Open  Mic Night gives you up to three minutes to present your story in front of a panel of expert judges and an engaged audience. Entrepreneurs get an opportunity to practice their presentation skills in front of an unknown audience, get feedback from the panel of experts, and network with attendees. There is ample time to network over pizza and beverages before and after the event. You just never know who you will meet … really! The event will be held right in the heart Cambridge’s innovation hub, Kendall Square, at the Microsoft Technology Center.

To celebrate Boston ENET’s 25th year of educating and empowering entrepreneurs, a silver desktop organizer will be awarded to winners in the following categories: 1) Audience Favorite, by vote of the audience, 2) Titanic, a startup that was doomed from start, but gives life saving lessons, 3) Unicorn, a magical surprise, and 4) Rising Phoenix, despite all odds, the startup or team that rose out of the ashes to become a success.

SIGN UP NOW to share your startup story at the annual Boston ENET’s Open Mic Night! To pitch at Open Mic Night, please email Dr. Nathalie Goletiani

Panel of Expert Judges: Our panelists are drawn from our community of pitch coaches, angel investors, VC investors, entrepreneurs whose startups have scaled, and service providers and business consultants who work in the entrepreneurial space:

mimievansPanelist: Mimi Evans, CEO and Founder, Fast Turtle Ventures,

Mimi Evans is the CEO and Founder of Fast Turtle Ventures, dedicated to helping startups with all aspects of financial fortitude (fundraising, business development, sales and financial organization). In addition, she serves as a ‘scout’ for Beacon Angels and other angel groups looking to fund top entrepreneurs. Prior to founding Fast Turtle Ventures, she was the Co-Founder and CEO of, a technology-driven company that provided data to high-tech companies such as Dell, IBM and Microsoft in order to boost their sales, marketing and CRM systems. SalesQuest was acquired by OneSource (now Avention) in 2014. Before founding Salesquest, she worked in sales, marketing and operations at several high-tech companies and other successful start-ups. After a successful exit to OneSource Information Systems, she has focused on helping the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Boston and Cambridge.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur Mimi served in sales leadership roles for several large technology companies, including IBM, Netscape, and Lotus. In addition to advising clients, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses Mimi serves as a Judge and Mentor for Mass Challenge 2015.

mitchellsandersPanelist Dr. Mitchell Sanders, Managing Director, Drug and Device Discovery Laboratory (3DL), CMC Group,

Dr. Mitch Sanders is a serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience with preclinical animal models and clinical product development in advanced wound care. He is an expert in gene expression and protein biochemistry.  Dr. Sanders founded ECI Biotech, a peptide diagnostics company located in Worcester MA. For ECI Biotech, Mitch secured an aggregate of $28M in development funding and grants. In December of 2015 Mitch joined CMC Consulting full time to help expand their newly formed and rapidly growing Global Medical Affairs Division. In April 2015, Mitch was promoted to Managing Director of Drug and Device Discovery Lab (3DL) Services at CMC Group. 3DL, is a state of the art biosafety level II (BSL-2) lab for biochemistry, cell, molecular, and microbiology R&D. 3DL can support clients needs for drug, device and combination product development.

Mitch is an expert in clinical and translational research and is a reviewer for the Wound Healing Society (WHS), CIMIT, MassVentures, MIT, WPI, Tech Sandbox, Piranha Pond, SBANE and the Venture Forum.

mariaheymanPanelist: Maia Heymann, Senior Managing Director, Converge Venture Partners,, Twitter @MaiaHeymann

Maia has invested in and financed tech companies for over 23 years. She is the Senior Managing Director at Converge Venture Partners, an early stage VC focused on software, internet, and infrastructure tech investments in the northeast. Maia was previously a Managing Director at Shott Capital Management, a $2.7Bn institutional LP investing in VC and PE funds.

Prior to joining Shott, Maia headed BancBoston Ventures, following Bank of America’s acquisition, and she and her team managed the $330M venture capital portfolio. She was previously based in Palo Alto for 10 years where she opened and ran the west coast office for BancBoston Ventures. Maia started her career in Palo Alto as a technology banker providing structured financing solutions for corporate growth, acquisitions, and LBOs. She worked with both public and private tech companies while at Bank of Boston’s High Technology Group in Palo Alto and at Robertson Stephens.

richlanevenPanelist: Richard A. Langevin, Principal, Langevin Management Advisors,

Mr. Langevin heads Langevin Management Advisors, a management consulting firm specializing in optimizing and growing startups as well as established companies. He has 34 years’ experience as a C-level executive and management consultant. He has led the development and implementation of business optimization and growth strategies that delivered quick and significant business results for startup companies and global divisions of multi-billion dollar corporations in a variety of industries.  As CEO of software startup Authoriszor he led a $30M IPO and achieved a business valuation of $750M in one year. As General Manager, North America for $4.2B Bull Information Systems, he led their U.S. division from $0.5M to $14M in sales in one year. As acting COO of TMS’ payroll services he developed and led a new business strategy that increased revenues 297% in one year. As a management consultant, he provided the business strategy and helped to secure a $500,000 loan that enabled Blue Selenium Solar to grow 633% in two years. He purchased and led the turnaround of an unprofitable technology company, has been an angel investor in four companies, secured funding for four companies and has led five foreign companies to establish and grow their U.S. business operations.

Richard is on the Advisory Board of Salem State University’s Bertolon School of Business and is involved in entrepreneurship, mentoring and business plan competitions at Salem State University, American University, Boston University, Babson College and Framingham State University. .

maureenmansfieldMeeting Co-Organizer: Maureen Mansfield, ALM, Chief Contract Officer, MANSFIELD LAW, Twitter: @MaureenManALM

Maureen Mansfield, ALM, is a business development, corporate development, and strategy professional for companies in the private and public sectors. Currently, Maureen is at Mansfield Law where she works with  entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, startups, and emerging growth companies. Previously, she cofounded a boot strapped startup that has progressed to a $10 million term sheet agreement. She currently serves as an advisor and mentor for several startups and related entrepreneurial ventures. She is a member of the Executive Board of The Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network (Boston ENET), where she leads Alliance Partnerships.

nathaliegoletianiMeeting Co-Organizer: Dr. Nathalie Goletiani, M.D., inventor, founder and CEO of POWERFEM Therapeutics; Instructor in Psychiatry at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Goletiani is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of POWERFEM Therapeutics, a company devoted to novel, networked treatment methods for the care of those suffering from substance abuse and mental illness. Dr. Goletiani has received numerous national and international awards including most recently the Harvard Livingston Award for the investigation of complex underlying mechanisms in the neurobiology of women. She also received a Harvard University Zinberg Fellowship specifically to support her research on alcohol and drug use disorders. Her research provides a valuable basis for psychotherapeutic public policy decision making on issues of substance abuse and the integrated treatment of mental illness. She has extensively published the results of her research in peer reviewed journals.

For more information or to register for the June 21 ENET  meeting,  go to    or



I recruited one of the judges and one of the co-organizers for this meeting.   I have also been a speaker / presenter at one of ENET’s earlier Open Mic Nights.   It’s a nice event whether you present or attend in the audience.



Hopefully, these presentations as Entrepreneurs share their stories of pitfalls, triumphs and lessons learned will  be helpful to entrepreneurs in small and early stage companies I represent.  Hope to see you at ENET’s  Cambridge meeting place on June 21st at 6pm!



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I remain active in ENET, a Waltham and Cambridge based group that aids founders, entrepreneurs, small and early stage companies, and people who invest or work in those companies.  I have been on the ENET Board since 2002, and served as Chairman since 2009, re-elected in May 2015 to my fourth  2-year term as ENET Chair.  During the period of my leadership, ENET’s annual program has grown from 10 meetings per year to 19 planned for 2015-16:  10 meetings in Waltham, and 9  in Kendall Square Cambridge, plus our annual cruise of Boston Harbor to end the program year.  Each meeting has three or more speakers on a subject of interest to entrepreneurs and company founders, in life science, tech and other areas of New England’s innovation economy.


On January 30, 2016, at a ceremony at the national meeting of IEEE-USA in Las Vegas, NV, the President of that organization Peter Eckstein (pictured below)  presented me with the IEEE-USA professional achievement award for “extreme dedication and contributions to the IEEE entrepreneurial community”.




Besides my work as ENET Chairman, I have also organized or spoken at a number of ENET meetings.


ENET’s last meeting on May 17, 2016, on “Impact Entrepreneurship and Your Triple Bottom Line” was the 5th ENET meeting I have organized and moderated in our current program year – Sept. 2015 to July 2016.  For a link to my slides and other presentations during that May 17the meeting, and to any of the other four (4) meetings I organized and moderated earlier this program year, go to this link and scroll down the page past information on the next ENET meeting June 7 –  LINK:


Additionally,  in prior years, I’ve moderated and/or spoken at a number of ENET panel presentations, including presentations on the following subjects:

  • “Building and Using Board of Directors and Boards of Advisors , April 2015 (moderator),
  • “Founder Agreements and Stock Vesting – Building a Team, Protecting yourself, Managing expectations ”. February 2015  (moderator & speaker)
  • “Entrepreneur Success Stories ” , September 2014 (moderator),
  • “Raising Money from CrowdFunding , May 2014 (moderator),
  • “Ready, Set, Launch. Knowing when you’re ready & How to start a company” , September 2013 (moderator),
  • Bootstrapping 101: Alternative Ways to fund a Startup without an Angel or VC, November  2012 (moderator)
  • Seed and Angel Financing , October 2012 (moderator),
  • Getting Stuff for Free, April 2012 (moderator),
  • Transforming Your Idea into a Successful Company, September  2011 (speaker and moderator),
  • Get Going! Launching a Successful Business, September 2010 (moderator),
  • Licensing Technology,  February 2010 (moderator),
  • How to Select and  Retain Management for your Startup Company, February 8, 2008 (speaker and moderator)
  • Getting Initial Money to go from Nothing to Something, October 2007 (speaker and moderator)
  • Strategic Alliances and Partnerships: to build, finance, and develop early stage companies, November  2006 (speaker and moderator)
  • Building Boards of Advisors and Boards of Directors, March 2006 (moderator)
  • Protecting Your Intellectual Property, January 2006 (speaker)