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Understanding Private and Public Business Funding

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • WPI's Rubin Campus Center, Odeum 3rd floor


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Culture, creativity and connectivity are the heartbeat and soul of all great entrepreneurial ecosystems. The Venture Forum has facilitated all of those for nearly 30 years. Join our dedicated sponsors, members and speakers and help spark entrepreneurship and innovation in one of the hottest ecosystems in the Northeast! How? Start by attending the September 10, 2019 kickoff event, Understanding Private and Public Funding Sources.

Do you want to get noticed by a family office? Understand how to build collateral and earnings history for a bank loan? Create the brand of noise that venture capitalists want to hear? Whether a startup or an established business owner and whether using bootstrapped or other people’s money, funding is a critical component of growing operations and revenues. But, it is also one of the most unexplained facets of operating in today’s business environment.

On September 10th our expert funding panelists will bring clarity and a greater awareness of public and private funding sources. Panelists will also be available to meet and greet attendees, so please bring your wildest funding challenges! We’ll be there to help you find the answer.

See you at The Venture Forum!


Ryan Ansin

G. Ryan Ansin is an entrepreneur, early-stage investor, and philanthropist focused on using the combination to generate returns and positive impact for those in the targeted communities wherein he works.

Today, Ansin splits his time between multiple entities. As an investor and advisor, Ansin has built a portfolio of industry-changing start-ups and growth stage companies in the tech, health tech, ethical fashion, and real estate.

As President of Family Office Association, a private membership group of 300 families of extraordinary wealth, Ansin guides US-based Single Family Offices to more strategically allocate their investment and philanthropic capital to work holistically across strategies.

Ansin is a 2009 graduate of Emerson College where he received his BFA in Writing, Photography, and Psychology.

Rachel Virginia Kemp

Rachel Virginia Kemp combines her well-honed understanding of economic development with opportunities to finance emerging companies that will create new markets or add new dimensions to existing markets. Disruptive technologies and disruptive business models are Rachel's focii. Rachel combines her finance, market and economic analysis capabilities to drive a competitive process for her client base.

Rachel developed her passion for economic development while participating in the recovery of the Massachusetts economy as Assistant Secretary of Economic Affairs to Massachusetts Governor William Weld. She is currently an Investment Banking Representative with Pickwick Capital Partners where she assists middle-market companies to achieve their strategic, financing and M&A objectives. In addition to M&A activities, she focuses on spearheading new multi-platform initiatives in community banking sectors and other opportunistic transaction areas. She also provides clients with insights into clean energy, biotech, Big Data, industrial/ manufacturing services and consumer goods sectors.

Rachel is a graduate of Harvard University where she received her BA as well as her MPA.

Luba Levin

Luba Levin has more than 20 years of financial services and banking experience, having held client-facing roles at HarborOne Bank, Rockland Trust and Citizens Bank. She is a Board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newton and serves on the Advisory Board of The Ellie Fund. Ms. Levin is also a member of the Jewish Community Center of Newton’s Development Committee as well as serving on the President’s Council of the Dimock Center. She is a past recipient of the Banker and Tradesman Community Bank Hero Award (2017). Ms. Levin holds a B.S. from Pine Manor Colleg

Edward McNamara

Ed McNamara is a Boston Native that is focused on the financial needs of New England based Tech & Life Science companies. As the leading member of the Cambridge Trust’s Innovation Banking - life science team, Ed is able to Provide Tailored banking and debt solutions to entrepreneurial companies that are typically venture, private equity, angel or alternative investment backed. Ed is also a co-founder of a leading life science networking group BioXchange. BioXchange runs monthly events to help the scientific community connect through high level networking opportunities, panel discussions and scientific forums geared towards to needs of our New England communities. When Ed is not working you will find him out and about with his 3 children playing/coaching sports, family Ski trips and possibly stumbling through a Ninja warrior course.

Danielle Silva

Danielle Silva is Assistant Vice President at Capital Advisors Group, a firm that manages cash for tech and life science companies and advises on early stage debt funding. Danielle focuses on business development efforts for early stage tech and life science companies in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Previously, Danielle led life science business development nationally for Silicon Valley Bank Analytics (SVBA) as well as East Coast business development for the technology sector. SVBA provided valuation and buyside advisory services prior to being acquired by Carta.

Prior to SVBA, Danielle was one of the Founders of Life Science Nation (LSN) which helps early stage life science companies raise capital. During her time at LSN, her focus was business development for LSN’s investment bank Boston Innovation Capital, selling the companies’ databases, and securing attendees and sponsors for the Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) conference. She additionally formed strategic partnerships for the company and helped clients with their fundraising strategy and positioning. Danielle started her career in the alternative investment space raising capital for VC, PE, real estate and hedge funds at Brighton House Associates.

Danielle is additionally on the board the Deal Mak(her)s, a group that brings together women in transactions on the buyside and sell side in the life sciences. Danielle received a B.A. in Economics and Policy Studies from Syracuse University and is a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economi

Stephen Kennedy Smith

Stephen Kennedy Smith is a principal at Park Agency - Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, the Kennedy family office, and an investor and entrepreneur. Stephen also is the editor of JFK- a Vision for America, published by Harper Collins . Stephen is currently a lecturer at the Sloan school of Management in the visionary investing program, as well as a fellow at the Connection Science Group at MIT. He currently involved as a board member, advisory board member or partner in a number of health care and technology businesses, including, Locomobi transportation, The Marwood Group- a healthcare-focused strategic advisory firm; Pear Therapeutics, a digital health care company Resolute Bio, and New Frontier Bio. His current investment and business focus is scaling innovative healthcare, and neuroscience companies.

Stephen is a board member of the John F. Kennedy Library, and The Joseph P Kennedy Foundation. He also serves on the advisory board at INCAE Business School. He is cofounder and vice president of the World Leadership Alliance, an organization of business and political leaders that promotes, democracy , international understanding and trade.

He received his BA from Harvard University, J.D. from Columbia University, and MA Ed from Harvard University School of Education.


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