A Community of & for Startups
ENET connects early stage entrepreneurs with information and resources necessary to transform an idea into a successful product or service business.
Founded in 1991 in Greater Boston, ENET is where tech and life sciences founders and founders-to-be learn, network, and grow. ENET’s events have been instrumental in the formation of many startups and provide an important venue for event participants and members to network, talk about their ideas, showcase their startups, and conduct business. Today, our events are held both online and in-person in Greater Boston.
30+ Years of Startup Educational Events
ENET organizes 20 educational events each program year starting from September to June. The events are held in the evening in Cambridge, Waltham, Burlington, or Boston. Every event is designed to be a learning experience in a nurturing environment during which 3 or 4 experts speak on a topic of interest to startup founders.
The topics include:
- Business formation and launch
- Finding cofounders, founder agreements and stock vesting
- Bootstrapping, SBIR grants
- Term sheets, valuations, and raising angel capital
- Recruiting a management team
- Marketing and making sales
- Protecting IP and trademarks
Our speakers are serial entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, CEOs, and industry experts and professionals. The content is designed to be useful to the wide array of Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts and New England businesses that comprise the innovation economy, including:
- High tech, mobile and e-commerce and social impact
- Health care / life sciences, energy and clean tech
- Other emerging fields of innovation.
ENET is a special interest group of the Boston Section of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), the world’s largest professional organization with 375,000 members worldwide.
In 2015, ENET’s Board of Directors received the IEEE-USA Regional Professional Leadership Award for Boston ENET’s “support of the entrepreneurial community and contributions to the professional growth of individuals and organizations” and ENET Chairman Emeritus Robert Adelson received the IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award.
ENET welcomes attendance and participation by IEEE members and engineers.
Videos From Past Events
Annual Networking Cruise
ENET ends each program year with a sunset networking cruise of Boston Harbor in July. Other complementary interest groups in tech and life sciences have been invited to join our “Entrepreneur Ship” to enhance the night’s networking.