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Thursday Gathering 6/27

June 27 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

06/27 Program

3:30-4:15pm Ideation 101: How to come up with a good business idea?
Innovators come up with market winning ideas.  Contrary to popular belief, it rarely comes from a brilliant (or lucky) cofounder working in isolation.  Instead is usually the result of teams applying time-tested techniques to uncover unmet needs and underserved markets.

During this hands-on, fast-paced 45 minute session with Tim Daniel and Joseph Mazzarella, you’ll have the opportunity to practice two different techniques based on design thinking and lean startup best practices.

4:15-5:00pm Navigating the Early Stages of Product Development
You have a great idea for a product that will change the world. Now what? Matt Bell and Matt Garfield of NextFab’s Product Development team will share their advice on how to focus your early development efforts to maximize learning and accelerate your development efforts.

5:00-5:45pm Licensing Your Invention
Join us for an engaging discussion on the topic of licensing with Scott Keeley. Find answers to the following questions:

  • How does licensing works?
  • Should you license it or produce it yourself?
  • How to find a licensor?

6:30-7:20pm NextFab Startup Acceleration Graduation Pitches
7:20-7:50pm Panel | NextFab is the premiere destination for makers, artisans, and hardware entrepreneurs. NextFab provides the tools, training, consulting, and capital required for innovators to turn ideas into products, and products into businesses. Come hear from their most recent accelerator graduates: 

Office Hours

    • 3:00-4:15pm Matt Bell | NextFab’s Contract Services Director (book here)
      Matt Bell – Matt Bell is the Director of Contract Services at NextFab, a network of membership-based makerspaces in Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. In that role, he leads a team of designers and engineers who help innovators transform ideas into hardware products through hands-on problem solving.
    • 3:00-4:40pm Scott Keeley | Patent Agent and Inventor (book here)
      Scott Keeley is a registered patent agent with 12 years of experience in intellectual property. He has engineered products from guitars to wind turbines, with “green” energy powering much of his innovative output. His early career of 18 years centered on industrial design in the United States and Europe. He taught industrial design at Kansas City Art Institute and has a Master’s in Industrial Design.
    • 4:15-5:05pm NextStage Associates | Business Model Strategists (book here)



June 27
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Venture Cafe
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Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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