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Start-up Resources Panel (BIEN #26)

Wondering whether an accelerator is right for you and your start-up? Come hear first hand from program leaders of prominent accelerators.

Thank you to our sponsor, Foley & Lardner LLP.


Moderator: Pat Hubbell, SM 1991, is Co-founder, Candorful, which matches experienced interviewers with transitioning military personnel to help them prep for job interviews.

Steve Bayle is a Mentor, coach, and advisor to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. Currently a mentor at the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, The MIT Sandbox, and the MIT Post-Doctoral Association. His blog about mentoring entrepreneurs is

Gabor Garai is co-chair of Foley & Lardner’s TransactionalPractice Group.  His practice encompasses all legal and business aspects of structuring, financing and managing various types of investment funds; negotiating mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of portfolio companies; structuring investments in emerging companies; andparticipating in strategic decisions of funds and fund-owned companies.  Mr. Garai graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1976, and earned a B.A. from Harvard College in 1973.

Hannah Perry is Program Director at MassChallenge's flagship accelerator in Boston. In this role, she is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and supporting top early-stage startups across industries. Prior to this, she served as Marketing Director for the program and had previously worked in the public relations field at prominent agencies throughout Boston.  

Steven Zapolskiy is part of EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) practice in the Boston office, focusing on the financial services industry and FinTechs. He is a member of EY’s New England FinTech working group, and the founding organizer of EY’s New England FinTech Breakfast Clubs. Today, he is a regular speaker on topics such as scaling the finance function, IPO / transaction readiness, as well as a number of other key areas. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts and New York and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • 6:00pm: Registration
  • 6:30pm: Resources panel
  • 7:30pm: Networking reception with dessert

Venue: MIT Sloan School, Building E62, Room 262, 100 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 

On-Campus Free Parking:  Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only accessable via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and directly under the Sloan library. Another option is the Amherst Street/E51 lot. These parking lots are free after 5pm. The closest public parking is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is 90 Broadway Street. For other public parking suggesions, click here.

Registration: Alumni may bring one guest for free.Given the limited spots available and that we are ordering food and beverages, please email Tina Kruczynski at (, if you need to canel your registration. This will allow us to take a fellow alumni off the waitlist. 

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