Terrific to see so many microfluidics people mingling with entrepreneurs and VCs at yesterday’s FluidicMEMS event at the Venture Cafe, which generously hosted our group for the evening. Over 30 FluidicMEMS folks attended from MIT, Harvard, MGH, Boston University, and Tufts as well as RainDance Technologies, Claros Diagnostics, Seventh Sense Biosystems, Schlumberger, and more. Thanks to collaborating host Carrie Stalder of the Venture Cafe, as well as co-organizers Joost Bonsen and John Mills of MIT for helping bring this together.
The concept of the Venture Cafe is to provide a physical space for the entrepreneurial and innovation communities to interact, creating “fresh and useful conversations.” The plans are to eventually open a street-level cafe; for now the cafe is being prototyped at Tim Rowe’sCambridge Innovation Center in Kendall Square. As an example of the serendipitous connections that the Venture Cafe is all about, the FluidicMEMS group overlapped with Bain Capital Ventures and editors from Xconomy to make for an especially fascinating evening. The cafe is open Thursdays from 3-8 pm — check out their blog to see who will be in the cafe each week!