Alternatives to VC and Angel Funding

December 1, 2020

Are you concerned with giving away too much equity to finance your start up? Do you know all the start up funding options available?

This panel will focus on getting initial money from non-traditional sources when VCs and angels will not help, and friends and family will stress you out.

Investors want to see something before they invest. Yet it takes money to make your company into something to interest investors. It is a catch-22. This panel offers techniques to show you how to break out of that conundrum – to take your company from nothing to something, and to do so without VC or angel funding. These questions and more will be discussed and answered in this Webinar.


5:30 – 6:45 – Networking on Grapevine Network

7:00 – 7:10 PM – ENET Chairperson’s announcements

7:10 – 7:25 PM – eMinute Pitch – Up to 3 Startup companies’ presentations

7:25 – 8:10 PM – 3 expert speakers on the night’s topic

8:10 – 8:30 PM – Moderator and Audience Q & A with the speakers

8:30 – 9:00 PM – Networking on Grapevine Network

(all times are USA Eastern Daylight time)

A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion, and panelists will be available afterward for responses to individual questions.


Megan O’Brien is the Business & Finance Editor at Oracle NetSuite. She writes extensively on executive topics for Brainyard, specifically covering the latest trends in strategy for CFOs. Megan formerly served as a content creator at Deloitte. During her career as Deloitte, Megan worked with the C-suite programs with a focus on the CFO offerings. She then moved on to work for the Deloitte Global CEO’s communications team, publishing content that was featured internationally at events like the World Economic Forum in Davos. Megan studied Communications and Political Science at Villanova University.

Benjamin M. Hron, Partner and Business Attorney, McCarter & English, LLP.

Ben’s law practice focuses on representing companies on general corporate matters, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance and joint ventures. Ben also represents private equity and venture capital funds, angel investors and financial institutions in connection with the financing of public and private companies. Ben serves as outside general counsel for a number of his clients, advising company management on legal issues ranging from day-to-day matters to large strategic initiatives. He also coordinates and supervises the work of experts in other practice areas when appropriate. In addition to working with established companies, Ben has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs and startups, often getting involved when a business is still in its infancy and helping guide the founders through the formative early stages of their company’s development. The experience of co-founding and growing his own law firm, VC Ready Law Group, which he ran from 2009 to 2011 prior to joining McCarter, has helped Ben better understand and address the issues facing many of his clients. Ben was co-chair of the Securities Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association from 2013 to 2015 and co-chair of the BBA’s Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Committee from 2015 to 2017. From 2011 to 2017 he hosted a McCarter & English seminar series for entrepreneurs at the Cambridge Innovation Center. Ben is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Pamela Bardhi, President, The Mosché Group

Pamela immigrated to the U.S when she was 5 Years old from Albania with her family. She started in small business at her family pizza shop in Boston when she was 10 years old. She’s been featured in Time Magazine, Forbes, among other media outlets highlighting her 9 figure real estate career and achievements. Her educational background includes Stonehill College, Babson College & Harvard Business School. Pamela is a serial entrepreneur as the founder of the Mosché Group, a real estate company comprised of development, construction and brokerage plus her new company, B. Blazers, set to launch in 2021. Pamela is deeply passionate about helping empower others to follow their dreams.

Co-Organizer & Moderator:

Dan Skiba, Managing Director Skiba Advisory Associates, VP Printed Electronics Chasm Advanced Materials, Vice-Chair Meetings Boston ENET

As a Product Development Company Executive, I provide strategic leadership in product innovation and managing global teams, delivering award-winning products to the international market.  My ability to problem solve, direct the entire product development lifecycle, and gain commitment to a common goal have driven faster release of products and market penetration.  By building synergies across all Product Life Cycle disciplines, we have delivered products that result in 100% product utilization and seamless integration into customer environments. My skills in optimizing international resources have significantly reduced costs and streamlined production, delivering product excellence.


Marie Stuart Noel, Founder/Owner, Boston Throne Chairs (BTC), LLC; Advisory Board Member at ENET

Marie worked in clinical trial study start-up, for many years, before starting BTC, LLC, in 2017. She bootstrapped her company from unknown to over 6-figures in sales. She’s a fierce leader in the Haitian community, both in Randolph, Massachusetts and in Haiti, where she supports 15 Haitian girls in a sewing learning program.

Marie is a serial entrepreneur, who has started several different startups since 2009. She has been featured in the Boston Globe and many other local media outlets.

Her expertise is in content creation, digital marketing and creative thinking.

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