Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum




    • 08 Feb 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), 151 Martine St., Fall River, MA 02723

    Are you thinking of launching a company in 2018?  

    Then join SNEEF on February 8th to hear how Durval Tavares, founder of Aquabotix, built a successful technology startup right here in Southern New England.  In 2011, Durval Tavares founded Aquabotix, a manufacturer of underwater vehicles, in Fall River and in 2017 the company went public on the Australian stock exchange.  During this special SNEEF event, Durval will describe his journey and how he developed the company from a concept to an IPO and, undoubtedly, provide the audience with practical advice along the way.

    ​Mr. Tavares is CTO of Aquabotix, which he co-founded in 2011, and has served in that capacity since its inception.

    Mr. Tavares has over 30 years of successful business and entrepreneurial leadership experience in technology, defense and finance organizations in both the private and public sectors.  Mr. Tavares has logged over 20 years working with underwater technology, including AUV, ROV, submarine and torpedo systems development for advanced defense projects and private contractors. His work at the Naval Underwater Warfare Center on submarine technology included several patents in his name.

    While at Fidelity Investments for 10 years, Mr. Tavares was a senior executive responsible for leading new product development for the financial services giant.

    Mr. Tavares earned his BSEE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, graduating first in his class. He has made frequent presentations to technical and motivational forums and is active in mentoring programs.

    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, 151 Martine St, Fall River, MA 02723

    You've heard of the SHARK TANK, welcome to the PIRANHA POND

    What is the Piranha Pond? 

    It is a "pitch party" where a select group of entrepreneurs has up to 5 minutes to convince a panel of investors to meet with them to further discuss their ventures. Using a format similar to the popular television show Shark Tank, our investors provide feedback to the entrepreneurs about their presentations and companies, and information to all about why they decide to be "In" or "Out." If they are "In" they will meet with the Entrepreneur at a later time to discuss their company. If they are "Out" there is no interest at this time. Again, the investor lets us know why s/he will not move forward with the presenter. For more information and Investor Bios, click here

    For this event, we seek companies beyond the idea stage. The ideal company will have raised funds from friends, family, and/or grants such as SBIR's. If the company's product is a software or SAAS product, it should be in beta testing or later.

    NOTE: please read the Entrepreneur Guidelines (PDF file) before applying. There is a $50 application fee required in order to be considered.

    Entrepreneur Guidelines

    A selection committee will choose the top 8 applicants to present. The successful applicants will be deemed to have companies most likely to interest the investment panel. In the past, the successful companies have been beyond the idea stage, with a finished product and/or revenue or significant progress toward commercialization if a pharma, equipment or medical device company.

     This is a public event

    General Admission - $30

    SNEEF Alliances - $25

    SNEEF Members - No Charge

    UMass Dartmouth Students & Faculty- No Charge 

Previous Events

14 Dec 2017 An Entrepreneur's Journey - Startup - Accelerator - Acquisition... Repeat?
16 Nov 2017 Global Entrepreneurship, a case study
18 Oct 2017 Entrepreneurship in Southern New England - Panel Discussion
14 Sep 2017 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
22 Jun 2017 2017 Summer Networking
08 Jun 2017 Investor Ready Boot Camp 2017
13 Apr 2017 Introduction to Angel Investing - rescheduled to April
09 Mar 2017 Branding for Entrepreneurs
10 Nov 2016 The Current and Future State of Marine Renewable Energy
13 Oct 2016 From Startup to Scale
15 Sep 2016 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
09 Jun 2016 Summer Networking
12 May 2016 Investor Ready Boot Camp
14 Apr 2016 Early-Stage Equity Financing
10 Mar 2016 Family Businesses: Adjusting to the Changing Economy
11 Feb 2016 Entrepreneur Launches “Think-Board” from dorm room, selling worldwide
12 Nov 2015 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
08 Oct 2015 October 8, 2015 After the Accelerator (NOTE NEW LOCATION)
10 Sep 2015 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
11 Jun 2015 June 11, 2015 Summer Networking
14 May 2015 May 14, 2014 Supply Chain
09 Apr 2015 April 9, 2015 Bringing Innovation from the Lab to the Marketplace
12 Mar 2015 March 12, 2015 Taking Dad’s Picture Off the Wall, a generational look at business
12 Feb 2015 CANCELLED February 12, 2015 From Idea Stage to Launch: Are You Ready?
11 Dec 2014 December 11, 2014 Holiday Networking
13 Nov 2014 November 13, 2014 Marketing Challenges Penetrating New Markets
09 Oct 2014 October 9, 2014 Overcoming Inertia: Selling Into Traditional Markets
11 Sep 2014 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
12 Jun 2014 Exit Planning for Entrepreneurs
08 May 2014 May 8, 2014 Family Business Association- FREE Admission
10 Apr 2014 April 10, 2014 Private Equity for Entrepreneurs - Lessons Learned
13 Mar 2014 March 13, 2014 Selling in the New Economy- lessons learned
13 Feb 2014 CANCELLED- February 13, 2014 Exit Planning for Entrepreneurs
12 Dec 2013 December 12, 2013 Holiday Networking
14 Nov 2013 November 14, 2013 Crowdfunding
10 Oct 2013 October 10, 2013 Board of Directors / Advisors: creating, managing and living with your boards.
12 Sep 2013 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
13 Jun 2013 June 13, 2013 Summer Networking
09 May 2013 May 9, 2013 Innovation in Education
11 Apr 2013 April 11, 2013 Financing - SBIR
14 Mar 2013 March 14, 2013 Legal & tax strategies for start-ups
07 Feb 2013 February 7, 2013 Exit Planning for Entrepreneurs
13 Dec 2012 December 13, 2012 Holiday Networking
08 Nov 2012 November 8, 2012 Marketing Outside the box
08 Mar 2012 Financing Options for Start-Ups

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Office: +1 (508) 999-8056

UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship 151 Martine St, Fall River, MA 02723

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