When: 6-8pm // Where: Accelerate Space, 2nd Floor Willson Hall

PRESSURE PITCH

Have you stumbled onto the next big idea? Ready to disrupt the market? Preparing for Pitch Round?

Sign up for Pressure Pitch! Pressure Pitch is an Accelerate event made for getting unbiased, straightforward, constructive feedback from people hearing your pitch for the very first time. The more times you pitch, and the more people you pitch to, the better your pitch becomes. At the heart of it, Pressure Pitch is also an opportunity to get comfortable talking about your awesome idea, and get some feedback.

If you’d like to sign up for a Pressure Pitch Session, email Taylor Rosenblum (rosenblumt@wit.edu) and let him know which Thursday you’d like to schedule! 


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Friday, March 27

When: 8:30 – 10a // Where: Bill Bordy Theater at Emerson College

CREATIVE MORNINGS, BOSTON
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“We make makers.” That’s the motto of danger!awesome, the hands-on laser cutting, etching, 3d printing and vinyl workshop in Central Square whose goal is to cultivate a mecca of thinkers that are invested in global issues, youth development, and creative building.

That’s one hell of a mission, and one CreativeMornings can get behind, which is exactly why we invited Nadeem Mazen, CEO and all around badass to speak at our March event on ‘Ink’.

Nadeem is a Cambridge City Councillor, co-founder of makerspace danger!awesome, and founder of creative agency Nimblebot in Central Square. He has spent the last several years as an instructor at MIT and faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, teaching undergraduate and graduate students the principles of tech and art entrepreneurship. His political work centers around economic equity, education reform, government transparency, and government innovation. Nadeem is a leading voice for hands-on learning, interdisciplinary education, and educational equity in Cambridge.

Sign up here.


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Thursday, March 26

6 – 8pm

Accelerate Space, 2nd Floor, Willson Hall

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Challenge ideas. Give and get feedback. Accelerate.

Join us for our  HOT SEAT Mentoring | Spring 2015.

Accelerate 2015 Spring teams will share their early-stage ideas with alumni, professionals from Boston’s ecosystem, and Accelerate mentors and ambassadors for the first time.

Ask questions, give feedback, and help them get ready for our Pitch Round in April.

Register here.


 Monday, March 30

When: 4 – 7 pm // Where: Accelerate Space, 2nd Floor Willson Hall

BUSINESS PLAN OFFICE HOURS
with Jim Woodward

Our second pitch round is taking place April 9th and having a good business plan in place is a critical part of your venture. Sign up for Business Plan Office Hours to schedule your time in to go over your Business Plan.

Sign up here.


Tuesday, March 31

When: 1 – 3pm // Where: Accelerate Space, 2nd Floor, Willson Hall

OFFICE HOURS WITH ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE
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Dishon Mills served as the Director of the Boston ArtScience Prize as well as the Senior Manager of DELTAS for the Boston Public Schools. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor at Grace Communion International, as Accelerate’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

Sign up for a one-on-one meeting with Dishon to discuss your strategy, business plan, and more.

Repeats every Tuesday. Sign up here.


 When: 6-8pm

Where: Accelerate Space, 2nd Floor, Willson Hall

PRESSURE PITCH

Have you stumbled onto the next big idea? Ready to disrupt the market? Preparing for Pitchfest already?

Sign up for Pressure Pitch! Pressure Pitch is an Accelerate event made for getting unbiased, straightforward, constructive feedback from people hearing your pitch for the very first time. The more times you pitch, and the more people you pitch to, the better your pitch becomes. At the heart of it, Pressure Pitch is also an opportunity to get comfortable talking about your awesome idea, and get some feedback.

If you’d like to sign up for a Pressure Pitch Session, email Taylor Rosenblum (rosenblumt@wit.edu) and let him know which Thursday you’d like to schedule! 


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Wednesday, April 1

When: 5 – 7pm // Where: Accelerate Space, 2nd Floor, Willson Hall

HOW TO PITCH YOUR IDEA!
Larry Blumsack | President/Founder, Zoka Institute + Pitch Coach

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Pitching your idea is easy. Pitching your idea WELL is not. Larry Blumsack, an expert Pitch Coach from the Zoka Institute, will teach how how to craft the best pitch for your awesome idea. This is a MUST for anyone pitching in our  April 9th Pitch Round!

Whether your goal is to speak in front of investors, tell people about your company, motivate your team or simply learn a new skill, self-marketing with public speaking can be extremely valuable. In this fun interactive/experiential workshop, you will:

• Build essential communication/presentation/pitching skills

• Learn the difference between dialogue and monolog

• Pitching Skills for a Face-to-Face, Win/Win with Investors and others.

• How to Turn PowerPointless into an effective tool.

• Harness the power of Storytelling to emotionally connect with your audience.

• Best practices presentation skills-Mind/Voice/Body/Media.

Larry is the bestselling author of Face-to-Face is The Ultimate Social Media, and founder of Zoka Institute and Zoka Training®.

He can claim 45 successful years of showing others how they can “do what they do best- BETTER!” He is a leading expert in unique in-person, face-to-face communication, presentation, public speaking and pitching skills for CEOs, fast-track future leaders, entrepreneurs, speakers, political/public and sports figures, attorneys, medical presenters and business development/sales professionals.

Multi-talented, he combines his experiences of 45 years as a serial business entrepreneur and sales and marketing trainer/coach in parallel with his simultaneous careers as a radio and television commentator, syndicated columnist, stage and TV actor and director, voice-over artist, and visual artist.

He continually presents his seminars for incubators programs at Northeastern University, Babson College, CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center), and coaches individual entrepreneurs.

Sign up here.


 Thursday, April 2

When: 4 – 6 pm // Where: Accelerate Space, 2nd Floor Willson Hall

LEGAL OFFICE HOURS
with Laurie Burlingame

Burlingame_A_LaurieDo you have questions around IP, patenting, or other legal aspects of your venture or product? Sign up a slot during our Legal Office Hours with Laurie Burlingame.

Laurie Burlingame is an associate in Goodwin Proctor’s Corporate Department. Her practice covers general corporate matters, with a focus on IP transactions and Life Sciences. Ms. Burlingame is a key contributor to Goodwin Procter’s Founders Workbench, an online resource for start-ups, emerging companies and the entrepreneurial community. She joined Goodwin Procter in 2006.

Sign up for a slot here.


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Thursday, April 9

When: 6 – 8 pm // Where: Accelerate Space, 2nd Floor Willson Hall

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ACCELERATE Wentworth Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center helps students turn their big ideas into the next big thing. Since May 2012 over 550 students were involved and 170+ interdisciplinary teams have been pushing their ideas. 28 teams have been funded for $129K so far. On April 9 we will have a panel of judges to determine, which team receives funding.

REGISTER here.