I’m helping the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA). They lowered the bar, and I’m now on the Board. I’d like to come up with some events that entrepreneurs will find helpful.
For me, the criteria are: open and inclusive, and helpful to the entrepreneur. Ideally, an entrepreneur spear-heads this, but I’m happy to do the coordinating to get it started.
I’ve been to a number of events at Voltage Coffee in Cambridge and found them fun and productive, particularly one that Scott Kirsner organized. I think the folks at Spark have been organizing coffees for some time.
How about this idea: an informal coffee featuring a VC and involving a meaningful topic? I thought a good series of topics could be on “How to Raise VC Money?,” such as how to come up with a short list of VCs, how to get the meeting, how to pitch, etc. (here’s a blog series on that).
We’d cobble together some tables in a corner of the coffee shop, all would be welcome, and have a cool discussion. Every topic, we’d have a new VC involved. In that way, you as the entrepreneur get to meet a bunch of folks over time, as well as engage with peers and a VC on relevant topics.
Thoughts? Comment below or email me.