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Get your motivation on for this week’s events

It’s a new week, new energy! Network, get inspired and advance your venture vision.


Today, Nov. 7: Tech Tackles Cancer, hosted by hack/reduce, at Lansdowne Pub9 Lansdowne St., Boston. 6-11:30 p.m. Tickets $20. Register HERE.  Join hack/reduce, one of Boston’s biggest tech associations, for a good-time fundraiser aimed at eliminating pediatric cancer. No matter if you donate or just go out and support the cause, you’ll have a ton of fun with your fellow tech community builders.

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Recruiting Challenges for Startups, hosted by Nancy Drees at WeWork South Station, 795 Atlantic Ave., 8th floor, Boston. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. So you have your startup vision in place, and you’re in the early planning stages. A priority needs to be the team you assemble to make that vision happen. The Vacaré Group is hosting a seminar with tips on how to build that startup team successfully.

Wednesday, Nov. 9: SheDemos 2016, hosted by She Starts and the Babson WIN Lab, at C Space, 290 Congress St., Boston. 5:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. If you’re an aspiring female entrepreneur, don’t miss the SheStarts/WIN Lab annual showcase of their dozen startup finalists. Not only will you get inspired by these rockstar women and the businesses they’re creating, you’ll get to make connections helpful to furthering your own startup vision.

Thursday, Nov. 10: 6 Months On: Equity Crowdfunding Rules and You, hosted by the Capital Network at the Cambridge Innovation Center’s Venture Cafe, 1 Broadway, Cambridge, 5:30-6:30 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Startup funding can be a complex and confusing field. Head to the Venture Cafe for an educational conversation with experts on the ins-and-outs of crowdfunding and investing and how to successfully navigate them.

Friday, Nov. 11: Babson Entrepreneurship Forum: Take Action, hosted by F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, 231 Forest St., Wellesley. Tickets $30. Register HERE. Entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs: Join Babson students, faculty, and the Boston business community for a day-long conference and networking bash. You’ll get access to valuable entrepreneurial trends and leadership tools, along with pitch advice from the “Live to Pitch” component.

Saturday, Nov. 12: BU BUzz Lab Startup Bootcamp Fall 16, hosted by the Boston University BUzz Lab at Boston University Questrom School of Business (Room 208), 595 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets $10. Register HERE. If you’re looking to get your venture off the ground, or are already there and just want some tips on improving the process, join the BUzz Lab’s boot camp. Your startup will benefit from BU professors’ expertise on key topics like market validation, financing, legal navigation and team building.

Sunday, Nov. 13: Power Hour Brunch Bites Sunday, hosted by Cove at 293 Third St., Cambridge. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE. Register HERE. Cap off your weekend with yummy brunch treats and networking with your fellow Boston community space workers. Local eatery bites, coffee, and socializing galore.

Sailors heed ocean’s call in Regatta for Entrepreneurship

By SHELAGH BRALEY

BOSTON—Some pretty adventurous executives and their teams are getting ready to prove their mettle at the Regatta for Entrepreneurship, kicking off at the Boston Sailing Center at noon on Thursday.

The inaugural regatta, which has already raised more than $70,000 for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, has called some old salts—like Nexxus Group CEO Mark Landgren—back to the water.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve done any competitive racing,” Landgren says. “I got started in sailing in my early 20s. My roommate bought an old Cal 25 and we refurbished it. We were in an old, slow boat but the social and networking aspects were so great. I just didn’t know that was out there.”

That connection—to both sailing and business—is what the regatta aims to bring to Boston growth companies. That’s what makes the regatta especially appealing, Landgren says. “It’s a really unique networking opportunity, being in close proximity to other racers and having some competitive gybes back and forth,” he says.

The start gun goes off at noon for the first fleet of J24s, with the second heat starting approximately two hours later. Teams may choose to deploy their spinnaker down wind, or stick to white sail, which could prove either genius or disastrous in the predicted 5- to 10-knot breeze.

But for those who don’t know their tacks from their clews, it’s all about the crews. “We have multiple opportunities to meet other people and companies, we get to spend a great afternoon out on Boston Harbor with friends and colleagues, and still do something for a great cause.”

NFTE, founded in 1987, provides programs that inspire young people from under-resourced communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.

The long-term benefit to society speaks to the event’s entrepreneur-sailors, who have experienced the advantages of entrepreneurship firsthand, and are making their donations and support for NFTE a team sport. “I used to do a fair bit of networking, but I was usually the only one who got to go,” Landgren says. “This time, I can bring my team, I think that’s the best part,” he says. “I was able to coax my executive team out there with me so we can have a great afternoon on the water.”

The teams of four, plus one skipper assigned by the Boston Sailing Center, have been strategizing for months, working through the maneuvers that will get them across the line in time to hoist the NFTE Cup, a work of art designed and crafted by Long’s Fine Jewelers. And some are just looking forward to competing against other in-market business colleagues.

“A couple of my Vistage friends are on another boat, so we’ll be competing for bragging rights—not for who wins but who doesn’t fall overboard,” Landgren says with a laugh. “It will be interesting because we have experienced skippers but everyone else has to work in tandem to make it work.”

The community has rallied to support this inaugural event, including founding sponsors The CFO Center, Gesmer Updegrove, Telamon Insurance and Bowen Advisors. (FoundersWire is also a founding sponsor.) The shore party, with food, cocktails and live music on the deck at the BSC, will be sponsored by Harbor One Bank, with in-kind sponsors Goslings Rum, HINT Water, Castle Island Brewing Company, Long’s Fine Jewelers, and SYB Events.

Sailing team sponsors include Baker Newman Noyes, Fanzcall, Nexxus Group, OpenView Venture Partners, WaterSuite (Corona) and Vistage.

Individual sailors from the following companies also will attend: 89 Degrees, Alipes, Apptient, AR Funding, Botkeeper, Cantina Consulting, Cogitacorp, CounterTack, East Coast Product, Excellent Writers Group, FE International, Filmmakers’ Collaborative, imac, Insequent, Intengenx, IR+M, M5consulting, Media Vue Systems, New England Finish Systems, Noi Strategies, Novis Capital Group, Origin3M, Pabian & Russell, Supporting Strategies, TPG, Trust Design, UPS, Vivantio, Wealth Impact Partners, Wine Riot and WinterWyman, among others.

Sponsors, donating more than $5,000 worth of raffle prizes, include 12 Meter Charters, Bose, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Boston Celtics tickets, New England Patriots tickets and Red Sox tickets, Grill 23 & Bar, Legal Oysteria, Prezza, Row 34, Yvonne’s, Nations Photography, Keurig, Soaring Adventures of America Hot Air Balloons, Vineyard Vines, and Wegman’s.

Besides mingling with Boston’s top growth companies, the Regatta for Entrepreneurship is connecting founders with a cause they can really get behind.

“I’m a lifelong entrepreneur, much to my parents’ chagrin … so I didn’t have a lot of mentoring,” Landgren says. “It’s so important to know people who have been there and done that. (NFTE) really fits in with what I’m passionate about, so this was a really easy yes.”

Landgren, who puts mentoring high on the list of activities he looks forward to, gave his best advice to the students of NFTE: “If you work hard, sure, you’ll make mistakes, but you will succeed.”

There won’t be occasion for many mistakes out on the racing course in the hunt for the NFTE Cup—but Landgren notes it’s still better to be out sailing (even with no experience required) than golfing, a far more typical and predictable networking activity.

“Besides the fact that I’m a miserable golfer,” he laughs, “I would much rather be on the water.”


For more information on the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, check it out here.