Creative Startup Funding Resources

December 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm America/New York Timezone

Entrepreneurs’ Network and co-sponsored by IEEE TEMS, Boston Chapter

There are more ways to raise money than just from friends and family, Angels, or Venture Capitalists.  We will show you how to apply for and win non-dilutive government and foundation grants including SBIR’s; enter and win business plan competitions; leverage accelerators and incubators for growth opportunities, mentorship, and capital; and how to use strategic partners to provide funding, more grant opportunities, develop products and get to market faster.

Our panelists have used all these methods to fund their companies, multiple times. So join us and learn how you too can creatively fund your startup!


7:00 pm:  Introduction – ENET Chairperson’s announcements

7:10 pm:  eMinute Pitch – Up to 3 Startup pitches

7:25 pm:  Expert Panel – 4 expert speakers on the night’s topic

8:10 pm:  Q & A – Moderator and Audience Q & A with the speakers

8:30 pm:  Networking:  Panelists will be available afterward for responses to individual questions.


Brian Hess – Chief Executive Officer, RevBio

Brian has fifteen years of medical device development experience and was the recipient of the 2010 Innovator of the Year Award at Stryker Corporation where he was the co-inventor of the Tetranite bone adhesive technology. While at Stryker, Brian also developed and launched HydroSet™, a synthetic bone substitute, which is a key predicate to RevBio’s Medical’s Tetranite technology. Most recently, Brian was the Chief Technology Officer at InVivo Therapeutics. Brian is co-inventor of over ten patents and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the UW-Madison and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Greg Mannix – CEO and Co-Founder, Novaurum Bioscience VP International Business Development, and General Manager Europe, Life Science Nation

Greg Mannix is a senior business development, sales and marketing professional. After graduating from the University of California, he moved to Europe where he began a career in the life sciences and obtained a Graduate Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of Spain and an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid. He has extensive experience in sales and marketing management in the medical devices field. He has worked extensively in Europe, North America and Latin America and he speaks English, Spanish and French. Greg has been working for the past 6 years in the Boston/Cambridge life science hub, providing early-stage companies with the tools and strategies to succesfully fundraise and to facilitate cross-boarder investments, licensing and M&A transactions and works actively as a mentor with several international accelerator programs. Greg has recently co-founded Novaurum Bioscience, a spinout from Northeastern University.

Natalie S. Rudolph – Ph.D., Rudolph Biomedical Consulting

Rudolph Biomedical Consulting works with early-stage technology companies to identify non-dilutive funding opportunities, design R&D projects, and write grant applications to fund them. Project areas include biotechnology, medical devices and telehealth. My focus is Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants and contracts from NIH, NSF and DOD. However, my work spans a wide range of opportunities from agencies such as BARDA, DARPA, NIH, NSF, DoD, AHRQ and PCORI. Although my clients include academic investigators, I especially enjoy working with the energy and enthusiasm of entrepreneurs!

Moderator & Organizers

Michael S. Chester – President, International Manufacturing Consultants, Chair Emeritus Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET)

Mike has co-founded high tech, clean tech, and medical device startups in both the US and China and is now an advisor to startups.  Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mike spent 16 years with IBM designing robots and automation, marketing and selling IBM products to manufacturing companies, setting up global operations and supply chains, and founding a consulting organization for IBM manufacturing clients.  He lived in China from 1986-1987 while consulting to companies owned by the Machine Building Ministry and teaching graduate courses at Hunan University.

Mike earned his BS in Electrical Engineering and MS in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and his MBA from Union College. He is Chair Emeritus of ENET, has served on the board of APICS Boston, was a member of the planning committee of the MIT Enterprise Forum, and is a judge and mentor to companies competing in the Mass Challenge, Clean Tech Open, and other business plan competitions. Mike and his sons have competed on the TV show Robot Wars with their robotic rabbit, “Bunny Attack”.

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