Founders and Funders, Co-Sponsored by IEEE TEMS

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Startup engineering enterprises come into existence with founders and funders and then afterwards thrive with customers help. However engineering entrepreneurs with big ideas, face difficult with funding, when they decide to be on their own. This meeting would throw light on  where does an engineering entrepreneur  go to ask capital/see money, how do you approach someone, and what may be most effective?

In this program, you’ll hear from pros on both sides of the table.

A large segment of the engineers struggles to secure the funds to be successful: people of color and women. Panelists will talk about the obstacles and how to get around them.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 07 May 2024
  • Time: 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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  • 1844 Commonwealth Ave
  • Newton, Massachusetts
  • United States 02466
  • Building: Lasell University

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  • Co-sponsored by Boston Entrepreneurs Network (Boston ENET)
  • Starts 06 May 2024 12:00 AM
  • Ends 07 May 2024 12:00 AM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge


Dr. Cvic of Frankenbuild Ventures


Funding Enterprises

  • companies building hardtech to function in extreme environments.
  • Instrument development of deeptech.
  • prototype-development.


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Dr. Cassandravictoria (Cvic)  Innocent

Cvic is the General Partner of Frankenbuild Ventures — or F(v) — a MA-based VC firm investing in companies building hardtech to function in extreme environments. Her professional background blends experiences of being an investment director with her experiences in instrument development of deeptech. As such, she is very well-networked in the prototype-development communities, and the startup ecosystem in Boston and beyond. Having previously worked for NASA (2007-2009), in 2023 she was invited to give a six-seminar series of videos explaining and promoting NASA’s SBIR efforts with engineering founders and in 2024 she was listed as a Woman to Watch in VC by Amplify.

Dr. Ahmed Fazly of CEO of Modicure Therapeutics



  • Biological Engineering
  • STTR funding from the NIH
  • Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program of the Department of Defense.



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Ahmed Fazly

Co-founder / CEO of Modicure Therapeutics

Ahmed Fazly earned his doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN. He began his postdoctoral journey at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, where his research produced promising antifungal drug candidates. After teaching high school chemistry and biology at a Boston charter school, he returned to research as a postdoctoral associate in Biological Engineering at MIT, specializing in RNA modifications. His work at MIT secured STTR funding from the NIH and the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program of the Department of Defense.

Transitioning into finance, Ahmed became a wall street sell-side analyst specializing in the rare disease therapeutics sector. His entrepreneurial drive was fostered through the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania’s VIP program  After contributing to commercial strategy at a biotech company in Cambridge and completing his MBA, he once again embraced entrepreneurship as the co-founder of a startup dedicated to pioneering gene editing therapies for severe genetic diseases lacking effective treatments.


Event Schedule

May 7, 2024

6:00 pm ET Registration

On-Site Check-in and Networking 7:00 pm ET


ENET Chairperson's announcements 7:10 pm ET

eMinute Pitch up to 3 startups give a 90-second elevator pitch 7:25 pm ET

Expert Panel expert speakers on the night’s topic 8:15 pm ET

Q & A

Moderator and Audience Q & A with the speakers 8:30 pm ET


Final Networking, including the night's speakers