Venture Café Foundation

Venture Café Foundation

Venture Café Foundation

The Venture Café Foundation connects innovators to make things happen. We believe that anyone with idea should feel empowered to become a successful entrepreneur. We believe in strengthening and expanding the innovation community through direct relationships and deep networks. Our Office Hours program allows individuals in the early stages of their startup or business idea to connect with experts in fields across all industries to receive individualized advice. We offer Office Hours at all our locations including Venture Café Cambridge, District Hall Seaport, The Roxbury Innovation Center, and Venture Café Providence. The Venture Café Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit foundation, part of a global network of Cafés that intend to connect entrepreneurs to resources across the world. Our mission is to accelerate innovation through our spaces, programs, and conversations -- fostering collaboration, igniting creativity, catalyzing action, and yielding solutions to the problems facing humanity today, locally, and globally.

Venture Café Foundation

Ally Chang

Lori Lennon

Melissa DiPalma

Mark Maragni

David Platt

Norman Eng

Stephen Pitt

James Kwon

Tuni Schartner

RI Commerce (Siu-Li Khoe)

Brave River IT Support

Basic IT tech support, troubleshooting (English & Spanish)


Basic IT tech support, troubleshooting.


We enable clients to navigate their digital transformation. Our team has deep digital and technical knowledge from basic tech support and troubleshooting to user experience, AI, cloud, data analytics, interactive and cyber security.

Howell Legal Team

Marinello Law (Christine Marinello)

Brave River Web Support

The Right Click Support Team

Shadow Farrell

OnWebLocal (Mark Collins)

Subham Sett

Vertikal6 e-Commerce Team

Pro Products Web Development Team

Secure Future Tech Solutions Team

NetCenergy Team

Aperture (Jamie Schapiro)

Upserve (Sean Furney)

United States Postal Service

Pro Internet Marketing

Luminous Creative Agency

Oomph Inc.

The Spark Social Marketing Team

Hope & Main

Sterling Clinton-Spellman

Technology Advisory Group

RCC Support

Priority Payment Systems Team

GrowthLab Financial

The Spark Social E-commerce Team

Daniel Holmander

Ashley Medeiros

Trailblaze Marketing

Michael Graziano

Advolution Inc.

Figmints Team

Erica Guatieri

Daniel Gertrudes

Ryan Juliano

General advice on maintaining confidentiality/privilege, administering contracts online, Terms & Privacy Policy, and other business-related legal considerations.

Matthew Leathers

David Hirschman

Scott Asadorian

Jonathan Muniz

Jessica Kerrigan

Rosa Power

Roni Kabessa

Heather O'Neill

Jay Round

Theodore Howell

General advice on maintaining confidentiality/privilege, administering contracts online, Terms & Privacy Policy, and other business-related legal considerations

Jess Bachman

Tuni Schartner (Vencaf)

Jordan Elster

Andreas Randow

You built something? It solves a problem. Great. You think you understand your market. Do you? Let's figure out together where you're at and what needs to be done to turn your product into a functioning company. Andreas has expertise in SaaS, Software & Data Architecture, Mobile Applications, Startups, Big Data / Deep Learning / AI, Data Acquisition & Imaging, and Turnkey Business Development. Andreas works with East Horizon Investments.

Bill Larrenaga

Bill is a Director with The CFO Center, the largest international provider of CFO resources, services, and solutions to the small and medium sized enterprise sector. Bill was previously a Partner of KPMG LLP, one of the Big Four CPA Firms. He has experience in high tech, manufacturing and retail and distribution industries. Be sure to bring your business plan including your high level pitch document, the problems you are addressing, the size of market, your team, the product offering, etc.

Chuck Goldstone

Startups often falter, not because their technologies aren't good, but because the stories they tell about them aren't. It's about content and intent: Finding your Core Story...the right message that says who you are. Making it clear/ engaging. Finding and articulating a compelling story. Creating strategies for any audience. Movings investors and markets to action. You'll chat with Chuck Goldstone, who for more than two decades has helped organizations find their voice.

David Boundy

David Boundy is one of the world's leading 300 Intellectual Property strategists. David was invited by the nation's primary patent court to conduct a teaching seminar for the judges. David helps companies protect their intellectual assets, and realize value from them.

Ed Friedman

Investors Collaborative (iC) provides venture capital to select early stage companies in a wide range of industry sectors including software, IT, biotechnology, clean technology, healthcare, energy, communications, hardware, and professional services. They seek to help individuals developing innovative technologies build world class companies.

Erik Riedel

George Mabry

George is an active consultant, mentor and angel investor in the Harvard, MIT, and Boston entrepreneurial communities. With degrees in computer science and business, George co-founded a biotech market research company, acquired by a global bio-pharmaceutical service provider in 2008. If you are seeking feedback on your business concept, come prepared with high-level materials to explain your idea, including information on the market, team, and how you are addressing the problem/opportunity.

Jessica Manganello

New Leaf Legal, focuses on creatively developing Corporate, Entertainment, and IP infrastructures for their start-up clients as well as helping established companies embark on new and entrepreneurial paths. Stop by the Cafe to talk shop with Jess and Shannon!

Jodi-Tatiana Charles

Jodi has enjoyed bringing people and companies together for over three decades. As a strategic marketing/branding specialist she has combined her passion for branding with her love of business development. After working on her Global MBA at Babson College and traveling to 14 countries within a year, and starting two businesses, she continues to be inspired to share her knowledge and expertise with clients worldwide.

Kevin Wiant

Kevin is Executive Director of Venture Café Boston, a nonprofit Foundation that connects the innovation community by managing spaces, programs and conversations. Previously, Kevin has been on the management teams of several early stage companies in the mobile, telecommunications, web and software industries. His executive roles have been in business development, sales, marketing, product management and corporate development.

Kevin Winter

A Ceramic Engineer with over 40 years of Manufacturing & Sales experience with large (e.g. GE, UTC, Teco-Westinghouse) and smaller companies.

Le Zhang

Le is the founder and CEO of Squadle, an IoT platform company that helps automate multi-unit restaurant operations for the likes of Sonic Drive-In and Chick-fil-A. Squadle is backed by 500 Startups, Bolt VC, Accomplice, Walnut Ventures, and more. He is named in several patents in the IoT field. Le has experience building technology companies from scratch, building scalable software technology platforms, fundraising, and in enterprise sales.

Marcus Yee

Marcus recently left IBM after more than 20 years of services to join force with an IBM Watson business partner and a predictive software startup. He sees the future as one of predictive. Any startups or enterprises that process the predictive capabilities will have the competitive edge. He specializes in strategic and sales process consulting to shorten sales cycles to customers. In 2015, he was on a team that works with startups, entrepreneurs, enterprises, developers, incubators, and VCs.

Marty Sack

SCORE Mentor
Marty Sack has mentored more than 200 start-ups over the last two years and is a regular business mentor at the Venture Cafe. As a Certified SCORE Mentor he brings with him the resources of more than forty additional successful executives, Venture Capitalists, Marketing and Digital Marketing experts, small business owners, and other Professionals from diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free business advice and mentoring services.

Maura Moran

Maura Moran is a partner at Cambridge Technology Law, advises on Intellectual Property, technology transfer, licensing, and strategic alliances. She conducts patent prosecution for tech ranging from software and robotics to sporting goods. Maura holds a B.S. (Math) from the U of Dayton and a J.D. from Boston U School of Law, completed graduate coursework in Electrical Engineering at Northeastern U, and is registered to practice law in MA and at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Melissa Yee

Are you new to the Greater Boston startup scene or would you like some personal guidance on navigating the community? Meet wiith Melissa Yee, Editor of -- a comprehensive, centralized online platform designed to connect, support, & grow Greater Boston’s world-class tech and early-stage community. Her insight and knowledge of the ecosystem will help give you the confidence to move forward, build connections, & make things happen!

Rachel O’Neil

Mitch Tyson

Mitch is a former CEO and is currently helping to build the cleantech ecosystem. He coaches entrepreneurs and serves on corporate, non-profit, and governmental boards. He is Chair of the New England Clean Energy Council, a partner in Clean Energy Venture Group, and serves on the boards of both Venture Café Foundation and Greentown Labs. If you want to talk to someone about the challenges you're facing as an entrepreneur he'd be glad to chat.

Rob Kornblum

Former venture-backed executive and VC, now coaching founders for dynamic growth

Scott Mckenzie

Robert Donahoe

Talk strategy with a fellow innovator and founder who maintains an active IP Legal practice. Bob Donahoe focuses on “getting to yes” – assisting founding teams achieve their business goals with a strategic and efficient approach. He currently represents startups and global companies in technologies such as medical device, wearables and software. Bob recently led the development and business team that created a top-ranked (and patented) mobile sports app.

Stephanie Lustgarten

If you have a Life Science clinical question, bring it to Stephanie Lustgarten. She has nearly 15 years of experience in clinical development in the life sciences/biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry with a focus in oncology. Additionally, she has experience in phase I through phase III clinical trials and has lead global regulatory submissions from a clinical data sciences perspective, including New Drug Applications (NDA) and Marketing Authorization Application (MAA).

Thomas McGauley

Tom is a Director in the Accounting Advisory Practice at CBIZ & MHM. He has more than 20 years of experience working with life science and technology companies, including more than 10 years as the CFO or senior financial executive of both publicly-traded and early-stage privately-held companies. Tom has helped companies from start-up through IPOs, up-listing to the Nasdaq, and numerous fundraisings and convertible debt offerings.

Vinit Nijhawan

Vinit is an entrepreneur, investor and academic: - Led Boston University Office of Technology Development, launched 8 VC backed spinoffs - Teach entrepreneurship and technology development to graduate students: MBA, ENG, LAW, MED - Co-founder of LearnLaunch EdTech Accelerator - CEO and/or Founder of 5 startups - Past Partner at Key Ventures and Board of MassVentures

Will Brierly

Will is a widely recognized and followed expert in digital marketing, gaming, public relations, and crowdfunding. For the past 17 years, Will Brierly has run Snowrunner Productions. He has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists, Emmy Award-winning TV shows, NY Times best selling authors, international government agencies, video games and more.

Venture Café Foundation


Venture Café Foundation

Venture Café Providence (RI Office Hours)

Zoom:, Providence

1:00pm - 4:00pm
1:00pm - 4:00pm
1:00pm - 4:00pm
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Venture Café Providence (Thursday Office Hours)

Virtual VC:, Providence

5:00pm - 6:00pm

District Hall Boston

75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA


10:00am - 6:00pm

Venture Café Cambridge: Virtual

To enter virtual meetings, log onto, Online

3:00pm - 8:00pm

Roxbury Innovation Center

2300 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA

(617) 858-6462

4:00pm - 9:00pm

Venture Café Foundation

Venture Café Providence (RI Office Hours)

Zoom:, Providence

Venture Café Providence (Thursday Office Hours)

Virtual VC:, Providence

District Hall Boston

75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA


Venture Café Cambridge: Virtual

To enter virtual meetings, log onto, Online

Roxbury Innovation Center

2300 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA

(617) 858-6462

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