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Open Mic Night and Entrepreneur Stories

  • 20 Jun 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Pivotal Labs, 255 Main St., 6th FL, Cambridge


Pitch Your Startup to Mentors and Investors!

Back by popular demand is the annual Open Mic and Pitch Night, where entrepreneurs share startup stories to help fellow entrepreneurs! Share your startup story, survive and thrive tips, and the invaluable lessons learned from a setback or failure leading to the ultimate success.

In the spirit of our ongoing eMinute Pitch Program, this night is your chance to present your story in front of a panel of expert judges and seasoned investors in 90 seconds as well as network with like-minded entrepreneurs. Participants will get an opportunity to practice their presentation skills in front of an unknown audience and get an expert feedback from the panel of well-known entrepreneurial leaders. Perfecting that pitch just might come in handy as you never know who you will meet in an elevator for 15 seconds or while grabbing that cup of joe in the coffee shop ... BE READY! There also will be ample time to network over pizza and beverages before and after the event. You just never know who you will meet ... really!

To celebrate Boston ENET's 26th year of educating and empowering entrepreneurs, prizes will be given to the winner in each of the following categories:

  1. Audience Favorite, the favorite startup by vote of the audience, and
  2. Judges Favorite, the favorite startup by vote of the panel of judges.

Panel of Judges: Our panel of judges are from the entrepreneurial community of mentors, investors (including early-stage investors), and entrepreneurs whose startup ventures are scaling, have exited, and, in some cases, starting their next venture!

Interested? To APPLY, email Dr. Nathalie Goletiani nathalieg2010@live.com.

6:00 – 7:00 PM Registration & networking
7:00 – 7:10 PM ENET Chairman’s announcements
7:10 - 8:30 PM – Judges remarks and Open Mic night
8:30 - 9:00 PM – Final networking including meeting speakers


Erik Swanson, America's #1 Habits and Attitude Coach, Keynote Speaker, Habitude Warrior Coach, Best-Selling Author.
Professional International Keynote Speaker, Best Selling Author, and Success Coach & President/CEO/Founder of: HABITUDE WARRIOR INTERNATIONAL www.HabitudeWarriorConference.com
Mr. Swanson has been an International Success Coach & Trainer for the past 19 years consulting with corporations and associations and keynote seminars throughout the United States, U.K., Australia, and beyond.  He is the Founder and CEO of Habitude Warrior International. www.HABITUDEWARRIOR.com where he takes you through a journey of a 50 week long training system to enhance your habits and attitudes. After the first year, you are welcome to become a Certified Habitude Warrior Trainer and conduct your own workshops, seminars and training in your own city with your clients. To find out more about this email us the request at: info@HabitudeWarrior.com 

Shereen Shermak, Financial services entrepreneur, passionate about product management. Active angel investor and VC.
Shereen Shermak is driven by entrepreneurship, whether inside an existing business or from an original idea. She loves solving industry problems. She has learned a lot about financial services and startups in general in that process. Most of her career has been in Boston financial services but she has also spent time figuring out how to rebuild small business in the City of New York.

Tara R Greco, marketing evangelist and angel investor in start-ups including medtech, biotech, edtech, CPG, sustainability and women-led startups.

Tara excels at leading organizations, building brands, mining research for insights, and developing new platforms as she has for CoSlide, Care Academy, JFK Library Foundation, RoboSail, VoltreePower, Playrific, Bare Tree Media, Turbine (Warner Bros.), TJX, Stride Rite, Atari, Crayola, Mattel, Tyco Toys, and K’NEX. Taraenjoys leading teams and fostering a spirit of excellence. Tara holds an MBA in Marketing from Temple University and a BS in Business from Skidmore College.

John D. Hannick, strategy, entrepreneurship and venture expert
With more than 12 years’ experience.  Mr. Hannick is a leader in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Commercial Strategy team and head Booz Allen's Boston iHub. Mr. Hannick has advised major corporations, governments, and startups alike in strategy development, data science and analytics, organizational transformation, change management, and technology implementation. He has consulted more than 25 global organizations in travel and hospitality, retail, financial services, technology, sports and entertainment, and non-profits in a wide array of technology deployments and analyses including predictive pricing, customer segmentation, financial due diligence, investment decisions, public relations strategies, and organizational design.  Mr. Hannick earned a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Boston College. He also holds an advanced leadership certificate from the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management.

Meeting 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.  Prior to joining Mansfield Law in 2009, Maureen was a New England Director of Business Development for the award-winning firm Syska & Hennessy, Inc., With S&H, she focused on business development and corporate management strategy for major accounts locally, nationally, and internationally. After helping to bring in its most successful year, Maureen was awarded a seat on the board of directors. Previously, Maureen was a Senior National Accounts Manager at Abbott Laboratories where she focused on contract compliance, increasing revenues, and sales. She initiated and innovated contract management and auditing procedures that resulted in a new nationwide cost center the produced annual savings of over $1 million.  She also helped cofound two holiday charities that continue today.  Maureen received two BAs from the University of Iowa, one in Journalism and one in Communication. Maureen also received a Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Management with a Concentration in Finance & Control from Harvard University.

Meeting 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. Her extensive clinical research into the hormonal effects of nicotine, opioid and cocaine use lead her to new concepts and mechanisms in understanding and treating psychiatric disorders, in particular, disorders experienced by underserved female populations. At Harvard’s McLean Hospital, she was charged with rebuilding and responsible for all the operations of Clinical Research Program, including simultaneously running multiple clinical trials. Based on her patented work, she founded POWERFEM Therapeutics, an independent company devoted to creating new treatments and healthcare solutions. POWERFEM incorporates novel disease concepts and treatments to design cost-effective, integrated mental and substance abuse care solutions across multiple provider networks.  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.  Nathalie completed basic and clinic fellowships at the Harvard School of Public Health and at Harvard Medical School. In addition, she has been trained at and conducted medical research at Tbilisi State Medical University, University of Amsterdam and King’s College in London.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:  Is accessible by public transportation
Parking: The nearest parking garage is at One Broadway. The fee is $10 after 5pm – you need to be out by 10pm. Details at https://www.parkme.com/lot/115647/one-broadway-garage-cambridge-ma
Reservations: ENET meetings are free to ENET members and $10 for non-members. To expedite sign-in for the meeting, we ask that everyone -- members as well as non-members -- pre-register for the meeting online. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register at the door.