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Venture Funding Happy Hour 0 M. Picard   Date and Time: Tue, February 4, 2020     5:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST Location: M2D2, 110 Canal St, 4th Floor, Lowell, MA  Startups: If you’re committed to your business vision, then you MUST start planning for venture financing. Even if your startup is brand-new, NOW is the time to map out your complete business growth path — all the way to venture financing. This happy hour event will bring your startup one step closer to your business goals. Get a crystal-clear picture of the process as we welcome four noted life science business financing experts to our Lowell center after work on Tuesday, February 4th. Join us and: Understand how venture financing works today. Learn what to look for (and look OUT for) in a VC offer. Learn how to prepare your full business financing plan—from angel investors to VCs. Find out the preparations you need to make to advance to each stage of financing. Get expert answers to all your business financing questions. Network with VCs, other investors, and your entrepreneur peers. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages. PLUS, practice and improve your pitch! Come with your pitch deck, because you can enter your name to give your business presentation and get valuable feedback from our panel. Agenda: 5:00 - Registration & Networking w/ food & drink 5:30 - Venture Capital Panel with Bill Yelle, Nancy Briefs, Maria Berkman, and moderator Vinit Nijhawan. 6:30 - Q&A and Networking   Registration Link:
by M. Picard
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
8th Subsistence Marketplaces Conference 0 J. D'Mello EXTENDED DEADLINES TO JANUARY 20, 2020 Websites: &  - The Eighth Subsistence Marketplaces Conference: Symbiotic Academic-Social Enterprise in Subsistence Marketplaces May 30-June 1, 2020 | Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles Immediately Following the Marketing and Public Policy Conference at the same location, May 28-30 - Immediately Preceding the Third Subsistence Marketplaces Bottom-Up Immersion Conference in Puebla, Mexico, June 3-6 -   Conference Co-Chairs Ashok K. Lalwani,, Indiana University, Bloomington Laurel Steinfield,, Bentley University,  Boston Nita Umashankar,, San Diego State University   Conference Director Madhu Viswanathan; Loyola Marymount University   Track Chairs and Topics In Progress (Tracks are intended to emphasize specific areas; Specification of tracks by submitting authors is optional) Andres Barrios, Universidad De Los Andes Myla Bui, Loyola Marymount University John Clarke, Tulane University Jason D’Mello, Loyola Marymount University Ronald Duncan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Ashley Goreczny, Iowa State University Hussein Faruque Aly, Lancaster University, UK Samanthika Gallage, Staffordshire University, UK Alexander Glosenberg, Loyola Marymount University Norma Scagnoli, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Jacob Park, Rutgers University Tejinder Sharma, Kurukshetra University, India Saroja Subrahmanyan, Saint Mary’s College of CA Steven Rayburn, Texas State University Shikha Upadhyaya, California State University Jessie J. Wang, Miami University Climate Change, Environmental Sustainability and Subsistence Marketplaces – Jacob Park and Nita Umashankar (Challenges and pathways at the intersection of environmental issues, poverty, and marketplaces). Education About Subsistence Marketplaces –Norma Scagnoli and Tejinder Sharma Entrepreneurship in Subsistence Marketplaces – Jason D’Mello and Steven Rayburn Positive Outcomes in Subsistence Marketplaces – Hussein Faruque Aly and Ashley Goreczny (Adaption, exchange, and positive outcomes among entrepreneurs, consumers, producers, social enterprises, government actors, NGOs and other stakeholders.) Poverty Amidst Plenty- Saroja Subrahmanyan and Shikha Upadhyaya (Different facets of poverty, income inequality and social exclusion (e.g. homelessness and lack of access to basic needs) in developed countries). Social Entrepreneurship – Alex Glosenberg and Leticia Ivonne López Villarreal Youth as Change Agents in Subsistence Marketplaces – Andres Barrios and Samanthika Gallage Youth in subsistence marketplaces acting as catalyst around the globe on environmental issues, poverty. Brands and Branding in Subsistence Marketplaces – John Clarke and Jessie J. Wang (How do consumers in subsistence marketplaces view brands and make decisions based on branding? How can branding being effective in subsistence marketplaces? How do subsistence entrepreneurs create the equivalent of brands and branding?) Emotional and Mental Well-Being in Subsistence Marketplaces – Myla Bui and Ron Duncan Call for Papers   Subsistence marketplaces consist of consumer and entrepreneur communities living at a range of low income levels, and are concentrated in developing countries and regions such as Brazil, India, China, Vietnam, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, many individuals in developed countries also live in subsistence. The subsistence marketplaces stream of work pioneered at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is unique in examining the intersection of poverty and marketplaces with a bottom-up orientation. This approach is rooted in a micro-level understanding of life circumstances of consumers, entrepreneurs, and communities. This stream has been reflected in seven biennial conferences, two immersion conferences, and about 60 refereed articles in related special journal issues (, as well as in dedicated session tracks at other conferences and refereed articles in a variety of journals. This conference series has been a leading forum for evolving and sharing research and fostering best practices for improving quality of life in these communities.    Background on Subsistence Marketplaces Conferences   Our biennial conferences are not only interdisciplinary but also inter-sectoral, drawing from researchers and practitioners from business, government, and social sectors.  The 8th Subsistence Marketplaces Conference is intended for a wide audience that spans research or practical interest in subsistence marketplaces, with diverse disciplinary backgrounds such as in business (e.g., marketing, management, entrepreneurship, strategy), development, policy, and related social sciences as well as technical areas.    The seven conferences we have organized cover themes from: consumption and entrepreneurship beyond literacy and resource barriers to consumption and commerce for a better world; impactful research to sustainable innovation; and micro-level insights to macro-level impact. We have spanned geographies and substantive domains, developed pathways at the intersection of research and practice, and extended connections between subsistence marketplaces and sustainability. We debuted a parallel series of immersion conferences unique to our bottom-up approach through field interactions, with the first and second conferences held in India and Tanzania, respectively. Accompanying each biennial conference have been special issues or sections, to encourage research with this bottom-up approach. The research featured at our conferences and published in special issues/sections cover a wide range of poverty contexts from isolated tribal communities to refugee settlements, to rural and urban settings around the world. Moreover, this fundamental understanding has been used to derive implications for a variety of sectors of society.   2020 Subsistence Marketplace Conference   In its eighth iteration, the 2020 conference is titled to reflect the urgency of positively impacting subsistence marketplaces through symbiotic academic-social enterprise, a hallmark of the subsistence marketplaces stream. This approach creates unique synergies between research, education, and social enterprise.    A key emphasis is to look back to the previous seven conferences, the two immersion conferences and the resultant research, education, and practice; as well as to look forward toward new pathways for impactful research, education, and practice. Central here will be the unique synergies between research, education and social enterprise.   The specific themes for this conference will help to organize the broad work in the field and facilitate discussion among participants. We list some topics below for illustrative purposes. The team of track chairs and descriptions will fully formed in the coming months.   The conference immediately follows the Marketing and Public Policy Conference to be held at Loyola Marymount University until the afternoon of May 30. The conference begins with an evening reception and poverty simulation Saturday, May 30, and sessions and workshops from Sunday, May 31 to midafternoon Monday, June 1. The conference purposefully includes a blend of plenary sessions, participatory workshops, special topical sessions, and presentations of papers submitted in response to this call. The emphasis is on sharing nascent ideas and knowledge (or new and provocative questions) among researchers, practitioners, and students.   May 30, Saturday, afternoon is dedicated to a pre-conference workshop designed specifically for doctoral students and junior researchers.   Academics, students, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, and business and nonprofit practitioners are encouraged to submit papers and attend.    Suggested Topics   We invite papers based on research and/or lessons from practice around the following suggested themes, although submissions may go beyond these topics. Subsistence Consumer-Entrepreneurs •      Consumer behavior in subsistence marketplaces  •      Facets of scarcity in subsistence marketplaces •      Entrepreneurship and/or creativity in subsistence marketplaces  •      Reflections on agency of subsistence consumer-entrepreneurs and the changes they help achieve Social Justice and Well-being •      Substantive domains of subsistence (e.g., water, sanitation, energy, food, housing) •      Health, well-being, and justice in subsistence marketplaces •      Intersectional and/or gender-, class-, ethnicity/race-, language-, able-bodied-, and/or nationality-based oppressions related to entrenched or changing power dynamics experienced by consumers •      Environmental issues affecting subsistence consumers, consumer-merchants, including aspects related to climate change, war or violence •      Issues of environmental justice relating to subsistence marketplaces •      Practices that improve or decrease consumers' well-being, such as technological advancements, economic, social and personal development programs Marketing Systems & Elements •      Emergence of marketing systems •      Sustainable product design for subsistence marketplaces  •      Inventing and re-inventing new products and services for subsistence marketplaces  •      Supply chain and distribution challenges and opportunities •      Pricing for value and sustainability •      Marketing communication and education Organizational Models/Practices •      Organizational design and redesign for operating in subsistence marketplaces  •      Collaborative models for business innovations •      Sustainable business practices in subsistence marketplaces  Social Innovations •      Consumers' relation to social innovations, such as barriers or supporting mechanisms to their adoption •      The merging of social and business missions through social innovations •      The adoption of business practices in nonprofit organizations developing social innovations •      Social innovation alliances and partnerships among NGOs, governments, and businesses Policy •      Bottom-up and market-based development policies •      The Sustainable Development Goals, including policies/practices that aid progress and/or result in unintended consequences. Education: For the Classroom and Practice •      Pedagogical advancements in subsistence marketplaces, such as economic and financial perspectives (e.g., marketplace and financial literacy) •      Synergies between research and education about subsistence marketplaces  •      Synergies between education and social enterprise in subsistence marketplaces •      Pedagogical advancements in bringing subsistence contexts into the classroom, including multidisciplinary teaching initiatives Research •      Synergies between research and practice in subsistence marketplaces  •      Innovative research methods •      Methodologies/Methods to improve the relationship between researchers and research participants   Abstract Submission Requirements   All authors are asked to submit a three-page abstract, from which acceptance decisions will be made and preliminary session planning will be carried out. Proposals for special sessions are also welcome.   Page 1:  Suggested theme(s) for which the submission is to be considered (papers do not have to fit any particular theme), Title, Author(s) with full contact information including email.   Pages 2-3: Double-spaced abstract of the paper or special session, inclusive of a list of selected references, tables, and/or other key materials.   Format: Please email as a Word attachment to Submission Deadline: January 20, 2020; Notification of Review Decision: February 5, 2020   Submissions for Journal Review for Special Issue   A special issue or a special section of a journal is likely to be published based primarily on articles developed from research presented at the conference and submitted to the review process. However, submission to the special issue will also be open to research not presented at the conference. Prior conferences have led to a book (Advances in International Management series by Elsevier in 2007), and special issues/sections of journals (Journal of Business Research, Journal of Macromarketing, Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Journal of Consumer Affairs). Further details will be available as they are finalized. A tentative schedule is as follows.   Submission Deadlines for Full Drafts: September 30, 2020: Deadline for paper submission after incorporation of comments from conference participants and conference chairs November 30, 2020: Feedback to authors after peer review January 31, 2021: Deadline for revised submission May 31, 2021: Final deadline for subsequent revisions   Publication Submission Requirements Page 1: Title, author(s), and full contact information (including e-mail). Pages 2-35: Double-spaced paper not to exceed 35 pages including references, appendices, and exhibits.   Format: Please email as a Word attachment to         THIRD SUBSISTENCE MARKETPLACES BOTTOM-UP IMMERSION CONFERENCE   Conference dates June 3-6, 2020, Puebla, Mexico (2 hour shuttle drive from Mexico City Airport, Please wait to make travel arrangements until dates are confirmed by January 20, 2020)   Immediately follows the 8th Subsistence Marketplaces Conference at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, May 30-June 1 ( with June 2 being a possible travel day (the 8th conference immediately follows the Marketing and Public Policy Conference at the same location, May 28-30 -               Deadline – January 20, 2020   About This is an informal description of the thinking behind the third subsistence marketplaces bottom-up immersion conference. We invite you to read and consider participating in this unique, one-of-a-kind forum.   Conference Description The stream of subsistence marketplaces has pioneered a unique, bottom-up approach to research, education, and practice at the intersection of poverty and marketplaces. Building on seven biennial conferences and two immersion conferences in the last 13 years and accompanying publications, we now announce the third immersion conference on subsistence marketplaces. True to the bottom-up approach that characterizes the subsistence marketplaces stream, this new series of conferences is envisioned to take place in different continents over time, thus providing an opportunity for researchers, educators, practitioners, and students to engage directly with urban and rural subsistence marketplaces, through conversations and observations. Our third immersion conference will be held in Puebla, Mexico, with field visits in rural, semi-urban and urban settings, as well as social enterprises.     Why is this conference unique? This is a bottom-up immersion conference. What this means is that we emphasize field interactions. If we are truly bottom-up in the subsistence marketplaces stream, then our forums should push further and be spent in the field as well, gaining bottom-up insights.   What will happen at the conference? We will spend much of the day in the field, then return to Puebla to reflect and regroup for the next day. We remain fluid in allowing ideas from the participants and insights from the field to emerge and guide the process. Our process is bottom-up in this aspect as well, but guided by much experience, which will provide appropriate top-down structure.   What else can we do? A lot! Here is just a small sample -   Who makes this happen? A symbiotic relationship between the Subsistence Marketplaces Initiative pioneered at the University of Illinois, and extended to Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and the Marketplace Literacy Project (MLP), partnering with UDEM (Monterrey), UPAEP (Puebla), Monterrey Tec (Monterrey) and local social enterprises. Together, our marketplace literacy program has reached thousands of women and girls in several provinces in Mexico. This is a unique model of symbiotic academic-social enterprise and these entities are deeply embedded in communities, which will enable field interactions for conference participants.   What is the process building up to the conference? Track chairs will be responsible for leading small groups of 4-8 people to the field with a trained translator. Please email us if you are interested in being a track chair. We envision rural and urban visits as the venues for observations and interviews, with a period in the Spring when we align groups and encourage interactions based on interests and preferences. We aim for fluidity during the conference, for people to move between groups. We plan to seek initial preferences from each group as to what they want to see and with whom they want to interact – the latter ranging from individuals to households, communities, leaders/experts, and enterprises.   What this conference is NOT This conference is not a forum for conducting research, which, of course, requires a variety of procedures and formalities. Therefore, the focus instead is on field interactions, which are intended to stimulate discussion but do not constitute the basis for any formal research.   How to Apply First, complete a simple form at that asks the following: ·         An overview of your interests (research, education, social enterprise, business, government, other) as they relate to subsistence marketplaces. ·         An outline of how your topic enhances understanding of and well-being in subsistence marketplaces. ·         A description of how/why immersive experiences will help you develop deeper insights into your topic of interest. ·         Your prior experiences in subsistence marketplaces (if any). Note that prior experience in this area is NOT a requirement. In fact, we want to encourage those without prior experience to participate. In addition to indicating your intention to participate which can be done right away, we will need you to complete a separate registration form to process your payment for the conference that will be open soon. Both forms can be found on the conference website.    Who can apply? We invite academics, researchers, educators, practitioners and students who are interested in gaining first-hand experience in subsistence marketplaces. Although prior research or professional experience in subsistence marketplaces is not necessary, we expect participants to have topics related to subsistence marketplaces that they plan to pursue in their future research, education, or practice.    Background Information For almost 15 years, the Subsistence Marketplaces Conference Series has been a leading biennial forum for evolving and sharing research, education, and fostering best practices for social and commercial enterprises in subsistence marketplace communities. Scholars and practitioners around the world have participated in these forums through conferences, publications, and educational initiatives, beginning with the first Subsistence Marketplaces Conference in 2006. Research by this community has appeared in a variety of outlets, sustained through a series of special issues/sections in academic journals (with more than 50 articles in conference-related special publications and many more in other outlets). Since its origin, subsistence marketplace research has accumulated a substantial body of knowledge paralleling other approaches to poverty, such as the capabilities approach and base-of-the-pyramid research, providing unique and complementary insights. The term “subsistence marketplaces” was deliberately coined to reflect the need to study these marketplaces across resource and literacy barriers in their own right, beyond being new markets for companies. Business and exchange happens in many different ways across the world. Such exchanges are worthy of study from the inside out as well as the outside in. The term “marketplaces” denotes this focus and emphasizes the need to understand preexisting marketplaces before designing or presuming solutions. More information on the Subsistence Marketplaces Initiative can be found at     Approximate costs Lodging  $50-60 plus taxes per night (likely) Registration Academic: $500 (Students $200) Non-academic: $800 Special rate for Latin American residents: Academic: $200 (Students $50) Non-academic: $300   FOR MORE INFORMATION and   CONFERENCE DIRECTORS Madhu Viswanathan, Loyola Marymount University  and   Ronald Duncan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, & Marketplace Literacy Project, USA   CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS     Leticia Ivonne Lopez Villarreal, Universidad de Monterrey, (UDEM), México   Radovan Pérez Restovic, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla / UPAEP   Lumi (Luz) Maria Velazquez Sanchez, Monterrey Tec   Jacob Park, Rutgers University     CONFERENCE CONVENERS    Cristy Azuara Elena Olascoaga   STUDENT COORDINATORS   Ana Karen Garza Martinez (UDEM) Arun Sreekumar (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)   PRACTITIONER COORDINATORS   Casey Walker Steven Morse Steven Spreiser   CONFERENCE TRACK CHAIRS - IN PROGRESS John Clarke, Tulane University Michelle Reina, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Tejinder Sharma, Kurukshetra University Maguemati Wabgou, Universidad Nacional De Colombia -------- Madhu Viswanathan                                                                                        
by J. D'Mello
Monday, January 13, 2020
Post-Seed Venture Capital: What Is It? Is it Right for Me? 0 M. Picard       Startups: If you’re committed to your business vision, then you MUST start planning for venture financing. Even if your startup is brand-new, NOW is the time to map out your complete business growth path — all the way to venture financing.   Get a crystal-clear picture of the process as we welcome three noted life science business financing experts to our Lowell center after work on Wednesday, January 8.   Date: 1/8/2020 Time: 5:00PM – 8:30PM Location: M2D2; 110 Canal Street, 4th Floor, Lowell, MA 01854   Join us and: Understand how venture financing works today. Learn what to look for (and look OUT for) in a VC offer. Learn how to prepare your full business financing plan—from angel investors to VCs. Find out the preparations you need to make to advance to each stage of financing. Get expert answers to all your business financing questions. Network with VCs, other investors, and your entrepreneur peers. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages. PLUS, practice and improve your pitch! Come with your pitch deck, because you can enter your name to give your business presentation and get valuable feedback from our panel. Agenda: 5:00 - Registration & Networking w/ food & drink 5:30 - Fireside Chat with Bill Yelle, Nancy Briefs, and moderator Vinit Nijhawan. 6:30 - Q&A and Networking   Online tickets: $10.00 Walk-ins: $20.00 *This event will also include a 200k Challenge 2020 Info Session* *Free parking included*   Meet the Panel:  Vinit Nijhawan is Interim Executive Director at Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center in UMass President’s Office. Vinit was Managing Director at UnitedLex focused on academic IP commercialization. Vinit was Managing Director, Office of Technology Development at Boston University where he launched 8 venture-backed spinoffs and successfully executed a patent monetization program. Vinit teaches MBA courses on Entrepreneurship at BU Questrom School of Business, over 450 students have taken his courses. Vinit has over 30 years experience building five startups: as CEO of three, five were acquired. Vinit was Venture Partner at Key Venture Partners and his one investment was acquired for $430M. Vinit is an advisor and board member to several technology startups and was a Mass High Tech All-Star in 2005. Vinit has participated in over 240 panel discussions and paper presentations, and was a Board Member of Mass Ventures, an early stage, quasi-public Massachusetts venture capital firm, a co-founder of EdTech Accelerator/Incubator LearnLaunch, ex-President of Massachusetts Association of Technology Transfer Offices and co-founder of Waterloo Alumni Angels. Vinit is also serving or has served on non-profit boards of VentureCafe Foundation, National Academy of Inventors, TiE Global. Vinit earned a B.A.Sc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Nancy Briefs‘ background includes 35+ years in the medical device industry.  She is a serial entrepreneur and has been an integral team member responsible for successfully developing and commercializing innovative paradigm-shifting technologies with six (6) prior MedTech startups.  Having raised over $500M in capital and six successful liquidity events (including an IPO with Goldman) she has proven the ability to lead teams from concept thru commercialization and value creation.   She has served on the Boards of: HealthHelm, Digital Cognition Technologies,  InfoBionic, MyndBlu, CardiAQ Valve Technologies, MDMA (Medical Device and Manufacturers Association), Apama Medical, Direct Flow Medical, Eleme Medical, and Percardia. An entrepreneur inventor she is listed on seven issued and two pending US patents. Nancy has an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Golden Gate University and a BA and BSB from Emporia University. William E. Yelle Executive Chairman, Envisia Therapeutics Bill has spent over 30 years in the biopharmaceutical industry, with experience ranging from large pharma to early stage, venture-backed companies.  He currently serves as Executive Chairman of Envisia Therapeutics, as well as an advisor to several entrepreneurial startups.  He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Manning School of Business.   Prior to Envisia, Bill served as CEO of Aldea Pharmaceuticals, where he built an executive team, completed a successful $28 M Series B raise and brought two programs into the clinic.  Prior to Aldea, he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Licensing for Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (formerly Sepracor Inc.).   While at Sepracor, Bill was instrumental in the companies’ transition from an early stage clinical organization with just over 30 employees into a fully integrated pharmaceutical company consisting of close to 3,000.  At Sepracor, he was responsible for the consummation of over 30 material transactions, the most notable being the company’s sale to Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma for $2.6 billion in 2009.  Prior to joining Sepracor in 1995, Bill held various positions of increasing responsibility in Pfizer’s U.S, Pharmaceuticals Group. In addition to working as Executive Chair at Envisia, Bill has served on the boards of LQ3 Pharma and Aldea Pharmaceuticals. Bill has an M.B.A. in Management/Marketing from Columbia University, a M.S. in Organic Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.   Maria Berkman, MD, MBA, Director, and Head of the MedTech practice, Broadview Ventures. Maria shares responsibility for all aspects of Broadview’s investment activity, from identification and screening of new opportunities, through due diligence, negotiation of deal structure, and portfolio company board involvement. Prior to joining Broadview Ventures, Maria was a management consultant at Monitor Group, where she specialized in life sciences with a focus on corporate, franchise, and asset-level commercialization strategy and competitive strategic planning for both BioPharma and MedTech clients. Prior to joining Monitor Group, Maria trained within the Partners HealthCare System at Newton Wellesley Hospital in General Surgery. Maria earned an MD from the UCLA School of Medicine, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha with a research focus in cardiothoracic and trauma surgery, and earned an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Maria serves on the boards of Adient, Aria CV, AtaCor, FineHeart, Vascular Graft Solutions and Vectorious, and previously served on the boards of Apama (acquired by Boston Scientific) and Capricor (NASD:CAPR). In addition to her role at Broadview Ventures, Maria contributes time as a SBIR/STTR grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and is a Strategic Advisory Board Member for the RAD BioMed Accelerator in Tel Aviv, Israel.   Event URL:  
by M. Picard
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Engaging with Pharma Partners at M2D2 0 M. Picard       Join us at M2D2 for discussion around how and when startups should engage with pharma partners. Learn tips, best practices, and take advantage of great networking. Lunch will be provided.   Date: 12/10/2019 Time: 10:00AM – 3:00PM Location: M2D2; 110 Canal Street, 4th Floor, Lowell, MA 01854   Agenda: 10:00- Check-in, Welcome & Introductions 10:30-11:45 – Panel presentation 11:45-1:00 – Lunch & Networking 1:00-3:00 – Optional private 1:1 meeting   Confirmed: Imran Nasrullah - Boehringer Ingelheim Outcome driven biopharmaceutical leader, recognized for delivering innovation and being creative, dynamic, and cross functionally capable. Recipient of Boehringer Ingelheim's President Award. Extensive experience covering business development, alliance management, partnering and licensing activities in diagnostics, personalized medicine, therapeutics, and technology platforms with proven track record from Boehringer Ingelheim, Massbio, Genzyme Genetics, Millennium Pharmaceuticals.   Alex Lagadinos - Sarepta PhD trained molecular biologist with an MBA-level education in bioscience management and over 10 years of experience in research and development. Proven track record of bridging discovery research with business development in order to align strategic initiatives and promote corporate development. Experience with inbound and outbound collaborative transactions and tacit knowledge in rare diseases.    Jennifer Ma - Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) Jennifer joined the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) in 2015 focusing on licensing and transactions.  NIBR is the early R&D unit of Novartis, responsible for programs from drug discovery stage through early clinical development, covering all the therapeutic interest areas for Novartis. The licensing team establishes diverse kinds of collaborations with biotech companies and academics.  Prior to joining NIBR, Jennifer held progressively more senior business and licensing roles at AstraZeneca/Medimmune and 5AM Ventures, and started her career setting up a Novartis-academic spin-out.  She received a B.A. in Chemistry from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.   Ronald Dorenbos, Ph.D - Takeda Pharmaceuticals As Head of Innovation Management and Scouting and as a member of Takeda’s Digital Strategy team Ronald helps Takeda with its technology and innovation strategy. Earlier, at the Life Science division of PA Consulting, Ronald led projects for some of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies that included projects around strategy, commercialization and digital health and at his company BioFrontline he provides management, strategy and commercial advice to life sciences companies in the US, Europe and Asia. After obtaining MAs in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Biology at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands Ronald spent six years at Harvard studying Parkinson’s, Schizophrenia and the genetics of aggressive behavior, before making the transition to industry. As a consultant Ronald got involved in projects related to artificial intelligence and he has been following the field over the last 10 years. He is frequently invited to deliver presentations and keynotes related to AI in Pharma and Healthcare and has presented at numerous events internationally. He is also the founder of the LinkedIn groups ‘AI – Artificial Intelligence’, ‘Small Molecules’, ‘Boston Biotech’ and ‘Golden Triangle Biotech’ that serve over 10,000 members.     Event URL:  
by M. Picard
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Massachusetts Conference for Women Live-Stream at M2D2 0 M. Picard       Come join us at M2D2 for a Live-Stream of the Massachusetts Conference for Women! The Massachusetts Conference for Women provides one full day of connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for thousands of women each year. Since the first Conference in 2005, this annual event has grown to a sold-out crowd of more than 10,000 attendees and impacts thousands of lives. Dozens of expert speakers lead workshops and seminars on the issues that matter most to women, including personal finance, business and entrepreneurship, health, work/life balance and more. The Conference offers incredible opportunities for business networking, professional development and personal growth. Date: 12/12/2019 Time: 8:15AM – 4:00PM Location: M2D2; 110 Canal Street, 4th Floor, Lowell, MA 01854 AGENDA: 8:15 am - 9:30 am: Opening Keynote Session 10:00 am - 11:00 am : Breakout Session I 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Breakout Session II 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Keynote Luncheon 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Breakout Session III   A light lunch will be provided!   Event URL:
by M. Picard
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
New Event @UMassM2D2 with JLabs 0 M. Picard     The Promise of the New Generation of Wearables   November 12, 2019      5:30pm–8:00pm @ 110 Canal St, 4th Floor, Lowell, MA   Join the UMass Lowell innovation community, and Johnson and Johnson – JLABS as we bring together expert thought leaders in this space to discuss the true value and definition of “wearables devices” and “smart clothing”, the data that serves value to experts in the field, where these devices have fallen short in the past and can be improved in the future and the overall promise of the next generation of wearable devices.   AGENDA: 5:30 – 5:45 pm: Registration and Check-In 5:45 – 5:55 pm: Introduction and Welcome Remarks 6:00 – 6:45 pm: Panel Presentation, Audience Q & A 6:45 – 7:15 pm: Startups Elevator Pitches and Judging 7:15 – 8:00 pm: Program Close and Networking, UMass Lowell Fabric Discovery Center Tours   Registration link:
by M. Picard
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Please socialize BARDA DRIVe and BARDA Ventures 0 M. Picard       Hello Everyone, My name is MaryAnn Picard, I am the Director of Operations at UMass M2D2, one of the 13 incubators/accelerators in BARDA DRIVe’s network. I am writing to share information about the DRIVe funding opportunity and also about a new RFI just published by BARDA Ventures.  What is BARDA DRIVe? BARDA DRIVe is a grant initiative set forth from the Department of Health and Humans Services that takes a new approach to tackle the biggest national health security threats by funding the development of innovative technologies and practices for transformative solutions. DRIVe brings together the best ideas from the medical and scientific communities, together with government and venture capital investments, to drive innovation that will strengthen our nation’s health security. This will be open to academic researchers and to early-stage startups. Application is via an EZ BAA which will be linked here when available in early November. BARDA VENTURES RFI BARDA has announced the expansion of its market research effort by issuing a Request for Information (RFI) in order to collect feedback on the draft solicitation document. BARDA DRIVe seeks to partner with a third party entity (Ventures Partner) that will address gaps in preparedness and areas within the continuum of response which require innovative and entrepreneurial approaches that would otherwise not be considered under traditional medical countermeasure (“MCM”). BARDA wants to hear from you! Your participation is invaluable in helping shape the final solicitation. Interested parties must respond to me about the RFI by November 18. Please find more information here: BARDA DRIVe Info Session Representatives from BARDA will be on hand on November 6th at 5:00 at the offices of Mintz in Boston to share information and answer questions about both the BARDA DRIVe funding opportunity and the new BARDA Ventures initiative.  The BARDA representatives attending are… Donna Boston – BARDA DRIVe Program Manager Abid Siddiqui – Senior Associate  Justin Yang – Project Officer  Prakash Rao – Senior Portfolio Manager On that same evening of November 6th, following the above info session, you are invited to stay for M2D2’s “Barracuda Bowl,” a pitch event where several entrepreneurs will face tough questions from a panel of investors regarding their technologies, current stage of development, and financial projections in a “Shark Tank” style format.  Click here ( for free registration and details about the Nov 6th info session and the “Barracuda Bowl.” Would you kindly assist by socializing all of the above. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. Thank you, MaryAnn Picard   
by M. Picard
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Calling All Startups, Spinouts and University Technologies 0 M. Picard THE BARRACUDA BOWL APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 20TH   It's not too late to pitch your healthcare innovation to a panel of investors! Gain exposure and answer their questions on your technologies, development, and financial projection.    Do you have innovative solutions for problems like infection, sepsis, point-of-care diagnostics, or other difficult healthcare problems? We want to hear them! Apply by this Sunday, October  20th. Download the entry form and register at the link below and become part of a "Shark Tank" style pitch-off event!      5 Reasons to apply and pitch at the Barracuda Bowl:   1.     You have the chance to present your innovation to a panel of influential investors and perfect your pitch 2.     You have the opportunity to educate a large group of spectators more about your cause and solution 3.     You can connect DIRECTLY with our panel of 5 industry-leading investors/judges 4.     You can receive valuable feedback on your pitch from the big fish in the life sciences arena 5.     You have the opportunity to schedule one-on-ones with potential future investors, including high level BARDA DRIVe individuals, Angel investors and strategic partners   The panel of investors includes: ·       Lana Caron - Sr. Director and Innovation Lead At Philips HealthWorks ·       Peter Stebbins - VP, Business Development at Johnson & Johnson ·       Maria Berkham - Director and Head of Medtech practice at Broadview Ventures ·       David Fogel - Managing Director of Swifton CFOs LLC     Richard Anders - Managing Director of Rubin/Anders & runs MA Medical Angels
by M. Picard
Friday, October 18, 2019
Panel for 1/3-7/20 Conference & USASBE SIG Recommendations 0 C. Day   Members of the Small Business SIG, I wanted you to be aware that Carla Dorsey, SIG member from So. Florida, gracious offered to help with our objective to host some Small Business activity at this year’s annual conference. Using the SIG’s expressed desire last January to bridge the gap between academics and real small businesses, she found an article published from the ICSB World Conference (2012) titled, Bridging the Gaps Between Academics, Practice, and Policy in Entrepreneurship (attached). She has applied to USASBE for an interactive panel discussion of the topic at this year’s New Orleans Conference consisting to two proponents for each side (and talked me into moderating). If you have an interest in participating (she needed one more for each side of the questions, pro academic and pro practicality), and can be reached at email. Her phone is (954) 629-5493. We’ll let you know if it is accepted or not for the event. At the same time the USASBE board is recommending some uniformity for all SIG groups. We SIG chairs have had two conference calls, one August 23rd and another today September 13th. They discussed protocols, and it was suggested each SIG chose a “Chair-Elect” in addition to the chair. Elect would then rotate at the annual meeting into Chair position and another Elect be elected. Two SIG awards discussed were Rising Star and Educator or Practitioner (which I think would suit our objectives perfectly). These ideas have not been decided on by the USASBE Board, but I would like o adopt the Chair-Elect and consider the idea of a Practitioner Award in our Small Business SIG. If any of you would like to run for Elect in January or have a candidate for small business practitioner, please let us know by reply or email to me Hope many of you are making plans to attend this year’s New Orleans super conference at the Roosevelt Hotel January 3-7, 2020. The theme is share and learn with tracks in competitive experiential exercises, emerging research papers, and programming challenges. There will be some terrific “bridge and integrate” workshops as well. While there you can take a steamboat up the Mississippi River, visit a honest to goodness Southern Plantation, or discover the charm and cuisine in the less crowed Garden District. Come join us!
by C. Day
Friday, September 13, 2019
Small Business Track for 2020 NOLA Conference 0 C. Day Hello, you thought I had forgotten you who came to our SIG meeting and/or reception at USASBE in St. Pete on Fri., Jan. 25th.  Thanks again to the Jim Moran Institute from FSU for sponsoring a great reception and supporting our SIG in Florida.   Here are the objectives we agreed on for 2019:                   1.                      (a)  Establish an outreach program for local community small businesses (IRS defines as having assets under $10 million, SBA says <500 employees, and <50 employees).  Bill Aulet’s SME (small to medium enterprise) says they are “small companies that will stay small”.  Jim Moran Institute (JMI) works with those “out of startup” with more than 3 employees.  As you look over local prospects, the two related projects are below (b) and (2).                     (b)  Would each of you give thought to a local small business in your community to (1) help with a student mentor (2) IF IN FLORIDA, recommend those small businesses that might benefit from Jim Moran Institute FREE training from their staff.  Eventually, JIM would like the training to expand from Florida to other areas of the country. They will be copied on this email.                     2.   Start a student mentoring program patterned after the Small Business Institute ( example.  I have applied for an individual membership to get details of their program and learn more, details to follow later.   I am hoping Robert Lussier might take this project on as the valuable member of our SIG who brought their program to our attention.                     3.  Request a Small Business Track for the January 2020 annual conference so there is a scholastic focus on the topic.  This project is the one I would most appreciate your taking on and working with the 2020 conference chair (and current President Eric Liguori) to make happen.  I hope member Carla Dorsey will take the lead on this project.   Let me get your feedback about our student mentoring ambition (including any FL SME’s for the Jim Moran Institute training) and for setting a paper research track (topics needed for Carla) to feed into the 2020 conference chair.   Thanks for your joining the SIG and helping to get it actively working once again.  Small is in our organization name!   Sincerely, Chair, Small Business SIG
by C. Day
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Seeking unpublished studies (entrepreneurial self-evaluations and venture s 0 A. Glosenberg Dear colleagues (with apologies for cross-postings): Building upon prior meta-analytic work, I am completing a meta-analytic review of the literature focused on the relationship of entrepreneurs' self-evaluations with venture success. I am looking to include studies that measure: 1. Entrepreneurs' self-evaluations (core self-evaluation, emotional stability, locus of control, self-efficacy [general or specific - including entrepreneurial self-efficacy], and/or self-esteem); and 2. Venture success (interpreted broadly inclusive of both objective and subjective measures). I would greatly appreciate your help locating unpublished and in-press data. Please email any papers or data that you think could inform my review to This includes papers in press, student projects, conference presentations (abstracts, papers, posters), dissertations, and unpublished manuscripts. Also, it would be of great help if you could forward this message to any of your colleagues who might be of assistance. Thank you in advance for your help! Kind regards, Alex Gloss
by A. Glosenberg
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Business owners and entrepreneurs USA 0 G. Sopo Hi    I`m searchng a USA database of entrepreneurs for my research.    I want to know if anybody knows where can I find it.   Best    Gerson
by G. Sopo
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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