Product Development for Startups

March 21, 2023 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET | CIC, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA Register!

A recording of this webinar is available for ENET members only at Learn how to become a member here!


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Attendees will have the option to join us in-person at CIC, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142 or online via Zoom.

Entrepreneurs today don’t need to build a manufacturing plant to start a business. They need less money to build prototypes, prove that it works, prove there is a market and show a potentially profitable business model before scaling. The road maps have changed but the core has stayed the same. Why will your customers buy it?

Whether you want to sell a new kind of transportation system, a new app or a life-saving device, you’ve got to develop your idea into a product that customers are willing to pay for.

• Do you try to develop the product in house, or do you outsource the development?
• How do you fund your product development?
• How do you make sure you’re developing the right product for your market?

The panelists have deep experience in developing and investing in different types of products. Our discussion will offer guidance in matching your product to your market and practical suggestions for making the most of your development budget. Listen to our speakers share a few stories from their own product development adventures and effective advice for avoiding product development pitfalls.

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

(All times are USA Eastern time, webinars will not be recorded, except that ENET members can review a recording of this webinar after the meeting.)

More information:

This is a hybrid event. You may choose to participate in-person or online.

In-person Participation (check-in begins at 6:00 PM):
LOCATION: CIC, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142 – a valid picture ID is required to enter the building!
TRANSPORTATION: Across the street from Kendall Square T station on the Red Line.
PARKING: Low flat rate parking available after 5pm.
REFRESHMENTS: Pizza or light sandwiches will be served.

Online Participation: Zoom links will be sent to all registrants after registration.

Cost and Reservation: This event is free for ENET members, $5 for CIC members and $10 for non-members. ENET members will also have the opportunity to view a recording of this webinar if you are unable to attend or wish to view it again. Click here to learn how to become a member.

To expedite sign-in for the event, we ask that everyone — members as well as non-members — pre-register. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register in person at the door while seats are available.


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TEMS National: The Engineering Management Society (EMS) was founded in 1951, becoming the Technology Management Council (TMC) in 2007. In 2015 we transitioned to the Technology and Engineering Management Society, (TEMS). The Boston TEMS Chapter has been approved by Section and IEEE HQ during 2017 and had is serving Boston area with its programs since inception 2018.
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About Boston TEMS Chapter: Technology and Engineering Management (TEM) Society, Boston Chapter is for Engineering Managers and Executives from Engineering, Science and Technology based organizations. All those aspiring to become proficient and Savvy Leaders are welcome. We provide a forum to facilitate knowledge sharing to make strategic and critical decisions. We draw upon real-life scenarios from across the spectrum of engineering specialties. Our meetings will serve those looking to Manage Engineering Programs, Projects and Technologies. You can learn from leaders, get mentored by experts, share experiences and network with accomplished professionals.

TEM Chapter Leadership Karthik Ganesan Chair, TEM and Ananda Chakravarty, Chair- Technical Activities committee. Nirmayee Dighe, Grad Student, Volunteer

Venue Sponsor

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CIC believes in the entrepreneur. We recognize that invention propels innovation, density spurs collaboration, and a shared purpose drives a thriving community. CIC provides a home from which to work, allowing innovators to easily access resources and create substantive, positive global impact. Request to chat with a workspace expert about CIC’s flexible workspace offering, or try out a complimentary, one-time day of coworking.

Event Schedule

March 21, 2023
6:00 pm ET
In-person Registration
Registration and networking.
7:00 pm ET
ENET Chairperson's announcements
7:10 pm ET
eMinute Pitch
Up to 3 Startup pitches
7:25 pm ET
Expert Panel
4 expert speakers on the night’s topic
8:10 pm ET
Q & A
Moderator and Audience Q & A with the speakers
8:30 pm ET
Panelists will be available afterward for responses to individual questions.


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Michael P. Bourque

Inventor, Leadership, Futurist, Creative Visionary

Michael P. Bourque is an inventor from Boston who is passionate about bringing bold ideas to market. He has a vast background in manufacturing, design, software architecture, robotics, and team leadership.

Michael has had a successful career starting at MIT where he worked doing top secret engineering. He then moved into software leadership serving as Vice President of PTC a $1.3B software company in Boston. He then founded his own invention and company raising over $7.5M in series B funding and launch. He went on to lead Stratasys developing additive manufacturing technology and strategy. At PDS Vision, Michael is focused on helping companies and people transform their product design using modern thoughtful digital manufacturing technology.

In his free time, he enjoys creating art, writing musics, filmmaking, 3d printing, and inventing something new and useful every day.

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Troy Barber 

Senior Business Development Manager at Goddard Technologies, Inc.

I’m a business development professional with 18+ years’ experience selling product development consulting services to senior level clientele in the medical, life science, tactical communications, industrial, and consumer product spaces.

I’m accomplished at rapidly generating new business while implementing reproducible strategies and es methodologies in creative services organizations.

I’m a hunter by heart and enjoy finding and building new business from scratch, but am equally proficient building customer rapport and securing repeat business.

Satisfying my customers is foremost in my mind and I’ve built up a network of partners in a variety of fields that I’m happy to refer prospects and customers to when their needs extend beyond the services that I can help them with.

As a side note, I’m a very competitive person and pitched in the Granite State 25+ Baseball League from 2006 to 2021 (I also served as the GSBL Treasurer from January 2016 to December 2022), the NHBL 38+ since 2017, and the NH Legends 50+ Baseball League since 2021.

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Steve Owens

Startup Product Development/Engineering Expert, Finish Line Product Development Services

STEVE OWENS, founder of Finish Line PDS ( has over 30 years of successful product development experience in many different industries and is a sought-after adviser and speaker on the subject. Steve has founded four successful start-ups and holds more than twenty-five patents.

Steve has worked for companies such as Halliburton and Baker Hughes. He has experience in the Internet of Things, M2M, oil and gas, and industrial controls. Steve’s insight into the product development process has generated millions of dollars in revenue for start-ups and small businesses. Finish Line PDS provides product and technology development management, mechanical design, and development of electronics, firmware and sensors, as well as design verification testing and other services.

Moderator & Organizers

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Dan Skiba

Managing Director Skiba Advisory Associates / Vice Chair - Programs, 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

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Maureen Mansfield

Founder, ~Protect Your Passion~, Vice Chair - Alliance, Boston ENET

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