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Basecamp Boston

Forging solid connections for business growth

What is Basecamp Boston?

Basecamp Boston is an exciting new initiative developed by Catalyst with support from the Department for the Economy, which has been designed to forge solid connections between Northern Ireland businesses and the US to accelerate growth.

The programme connects NI companies with established experts and experienced executives in the US market – providing the insights they need to scale their business.


20-23 September 2022

Mosaic Room in Cambridge Innovation Centre, 245 Main Street, Cambridge (unless otherwise stated)

Tuesday 20th September

  • Travel

    Travel and check-in at Le Meridien Hotel, Cambridge

  • 16:30-17:30 | Kendall Square Walking Tour

    Optional tour for anyone who would like to familiarize themselves with the surrounding area. Meet in hotel lobby at 16:15.

  • 17:30-19:00 | Evening Drinks Reception at UK Consulate

    The walking tour will finish with an informal drinks reception at the UK Consulate, One Broadway, Cambridge.

Wednesday 21st September

  • 08:30-09:30 | Registration

    Tea, coffee, registration, & networking activities.

  • 09:00-09:10 | Welcome from Catalyst

    Hear from Catalyst CEO Steve Orr for a brief introduction to the background of Basecamp Boston and an overview of the programme from Project Manager Tomas Bamford.

  • 09:10-09:40 | Exploring the Boston Ecosystem

    Cambridge Innovation Partners will start the programme by giving an overview of the Boston Ecosystem. Exploring how the networks of different business clusters come together to accomplish something beyond the effective scope and capacity of any independent company and showing how Boston can address the common requirements of the Cohort.

  • 09:40-10:10 | What would I do differently?

    This panel discussion will cover first hand accounts of non-US based companies who used Boston as their first point of entry in the US. We’ll be exploring ‘Why Boston?’, what worked well, the pit falls to avoid, and how make sure your land and expand strategy has the best chance of success.



    Simon Glass, CEO of discuss.io

    Romy Benninga, Head of Medical Affairs at Abionic

    Nelson Dumas, US Director at Abionic

  • 10:10-10:30 | BREAK


  • 10:30-12:00 | Setting up in the US

    This session will focus on the significant amount of legal and tax issues that every company will need to consider.


    Speaker: Mark Fitzgerald, corporate and securities partner in the Boston office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.


    Mark’s practice focuses on the representation of public and private growth companies in the life sciences, technology, and national defense sectors at every stage of their development. He has counselled clients on a wide variety of matters, including private placements and public offerings of equity, debt, and convertible securities; mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; angel, bridge, and seed financings; venture capital and private equity transactions; joint ventures and strategic alliances; corporate governance and fiduciary duties; regulatory compliance; complex cross-border transactions; and other general corporate and securities law issues.

  • 12:00-12:30 | Headhunting: Recruiting the world's top talent

    With over 20 years’ experience in finding the right senior executive for the right company within Life Science and over 10 years’ experience in Business Development, Chris Palatucci from Coulter Partners will talk you through how to find the staff you need to make your journey to the US a success.

  • 12:30-13:30 | LUNCH

    Lunch and networking

  • 13:30-15:00 | Company Presentations Session 1

    Allowing for 18 companies to have a maximum of 10 mins each, we have allotted 5mins per presentation with 4mins for Q&A and allowing a 1min turnaround between pitches. As many of the mentors will only be relevant to certain companies, we have broken this into two sessions, and staggered the presentations by cluster area.


    This first session will be a series of pitches from the GreenTech cluster companies followed by FinTech cluster companies to an audience of relevant mentors.


    FinTech / CyberTech / Big Data / RegTech

    • – Anaeko Ltd
    • – ANGOKA
    • – ESTHER Ltd
    • – Lightyear Corporation Ltd
    • – SureCert


    GreenTech / AgriTech / Advanced Manufacturing / Renewables

    • – CATAGEN
    • – MOF Technologies Limited
    • – Senergy Innovations Limited


    While this first group of presentations is taking place the Life Science companies can be setting user defined meetings and networking in the designated area outside the Mosaic Room in CIC.  

  • 15:00-15:20 | BREAK

    Break for an audience change

  • 15:20-17:00 | Company Presentations Session 2

    The second session will be a series of pitches from the Life Science cluster companies to an audience of relevant mentors.


    Life Sciences / MedTech / BioTech / Pharma

    • Axial3D
    • B-Secur Ltd
    • Cirdan Ltd
    • Cumulus Neuroscience Limited
    • Locate a Locum
    • Neurovalens
    • pHion Therapeutics Ltd
    • ProAxsis Limited
    • Re-Vana Therapeutics
    • TriMedika Ltd


    While this second group of presentations is taking place the GreenTech and FinTech cluster companies can be setting user defined meetings and networking in the designated area outside the Mosaic Room in CIC.  

  • 17:00-18:00 | TRAVEL

    Break and travel to restaurant (on foot, 10-miute walk)

  • 18:00-21:00 | Dinner

    Networking Dinner at Catalyst Restaurant

    300 Technology Square, Cambridge

  • 21:00 | END

    End of day

Thursday 22nd September

  • 08:30-09:00 | Registration

    Tea, coffee, registration, networking activities & welcome from Catalyst.


    Each company will have a designated calendar itemizing their full day of one-on-one meetings with identified mentors. The purpose is to explore synergy and opportunities for cooperation. Each company will also have a designated area to host their meetings and Catalyst staff will be on hand to help direct mentors to the correct company.

  • 09:00-12:00 | Mentor Sessions

    Meetings should last 50 mins with followed by 10 min comfort break

  • 12:00-13:00 | Lunch & Networking

    Lunch & Networking

  • 13:00-17:00 | Mentor Sessions

    Meetings should last 50 mins with followed by 10 min comfort break

  • 17:00-17:15 | Wrap up & close

    Review of the connections forged

  • 17:30-18:00 | BREAK

    Break and travel to Venture Cafe (on foot – 5min walk)

  • 18:00-19:30 | Venture Cafe

    This evening networking event will take place at The Venture Café located at One Broadway Cambridge. The Venture Café connects a community of innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses through free, high-impact programming and events.

  • 19:30 | END

    End of day

Friday 23rd September

  • 08:30-09:15 | DIT Breakfast

    The Department for International Trade are providing breakfast and guests will have the opportunity to hear from Tim Rowe, Founder & CEO of Cambridge Innovation Centre, along with Dr Peter Abbott OBE, British Consul General to New England, and Paolo DiFabio, Head of Politics, Press, & Public Affairs for the British Consulate-General Boston.

  • 09:15-09:30 | Overview of the Day

    Due to the specific and differing needs of each business cluster, the final day of the programme has been separated into concurrent tracks. This opening session will review the different session taking place giving the specifics of where each company needs to be and when.

  • 09:30-11:00 | Concurrent Track 1: FDA – Devices, Drugs & Diagnoses & 2: Go To Market Strategies

    Concurrent Track 1: FDA – Devices, Drugs & Diagnoses

    Halloran Consulting Group is a life science consulting firm that provides strategic regulatory, quality, clinical, and organizational support to industry leaders and startup visionaries in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device sectors. In this track, Halloran Consulting will share their knowledge of the development and commercialization considerations for life Science companies setting the US. Together we’ll explore all things regulatory with the opportunity for our Life Science companies to ask specific questions and get the insights they need from leading consultants.


    Concurrent Track 2: Go To Market Strategies

    Defining your U.S. Centric Goals and Timelines with Go-to-Market Pros.


    Michael Phelan is a Principal & Founder at Go-to-Market Pros. He was formerly a marketing executive at Staples & Reebok. He founded his company eight years ago to help companies make significant inroads into new markets & product categories. Michael specializes in market entry and expansion, launching new products & services and growing revenue through innovative sales and marketing programs. He has worked with NI companies on the Way 2 Scale programme for the past 3 years.

  • 11:00-11:15 | BREAK


  • 11:15-12:00 | Service Provision

    During the Needs Analyses conducted by Catalyst and Cambridge Innovation Partners, it was identified the participating companies all required US based expertise in Recruitment, Legal, Finance, Insurance, and Banking. This Round Robin session offers access to recommended service providers who can help with these needs.


    Below companies are TBC and under consideration for inclusion in the service provision session:

    • Lawyers – Sean Moynihan, Founding Attorney at The Moynihan Group, Mike Burke, Attorney from AGG, and Dan Blanchard, Attorney at Morse Law
    • Recruiters – TriNet employee services
    • Accounting – Dan Jones, Director of Business Development at BDO, and Alice Sloan from Sloan Growth Strategies will be available for HIPAA compliance queries and to set meetings with companies not participating in the afternoon Tours.
    • Banks – Representatives from First Republic Bank
    • Insurance – TriNet and Steven Kantor, Executive Vice President, KEH Insurance
  • 12:00-13:00 | LUNCH

    Lunch & Networking with Service Providers

  • 13:00-14:30 | Concurrent Track 3: US Healthcare Insurance Reimbursement

    Concurrent Track 3: US Healthcare Insurance Reimbursement

    Hear from Desiree Otenti from Point32Health as she covers policy development and decision-making frameworks enabling the Life Science companies from the NI cohort to successfully expand product coverage in the US healthcare system. Avoid pitfalls and improve market access through lessons learned and collaborate on solutions during Q&A.

  • 13:30-15:00 | Concurrent Track 4: CleanTech Breakout

    Concurrent Track 4: CleanTech Breakout


    Timing and location for this session has changed. This will now take place at Greentown labs, 444 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143. Participants will need to take an Uber at 13.30 to ensure they arrive for a 14:00 start time.

    The session will explore policy, commercial business development, and financing for CleanTech in the US with Jeremy McDairmid.


    As Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs, Jeremy McDiarmid leads Northeast Clean Energy Council’s policy and government affairs team. Prior to joining NECEC, he served as Commercial Business Development Manager at SunBug Solar. Before joining SunBug, Jeremy advised Acadia Center on organizational and operational priorities, having previously spent six years there as a Staff Attorney and then Massachusetts Director. He also served three years as Senior Director for Innovation and Industry Support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, where he led and executed programs to advance clean energy development within the Commonwealth.

  • 13:00-14:30 | Concurrent Track 5: Selling to Prospects & Managing a Sales Force in the US

    Concurrent Track 5: Selling to Prospects & Managing a Sales Force in the US

    This session was previously listed as ‘Growth Strategies’ with Alice Sloan. Due to changes in the timing of the Tours, this session will likely be meetings with interested companies who are available to attend. Please ensure you have spoken with Alice Sloan during the Service Provision session to book a meeting time. Speaker Alice Sloan specializes in professional and financial services, technology, consumer and industrial products, healthcare and life sciences.

  • 13:00-17:00 | Optional Tours

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, some of the original times of the tours have had to change. The below lists the available tours and their new start times.


    These will run as the penultimate session of the programme. If any of the NI Companies do not feel these tours would be of benefit they are free to set meetings or pursue other areas of interest e.g. meeting with potential/existing clients, follow up meetings with mentors/service providers, investors etc…

    • – Tour 1: LabCentral – is now starting at 16:00 at LabCentral, 700 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139– 15 min walk from 245 Main St
    • – Tour 2: CIC Tour – Starting from 14:30
    • – Tour 3: Greentown Labs – This tour will now take place immediately after the CleanTech Breakout session with Jeremy McDairmid (concurrent Track 4) and starts at 15:00
    • – Tour 4: MIT Senseable City – This tour starts at 2pm and it’s a 15 min walk from 245 Main St. Participants should leave at 13.30 to allow enough time to get to 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
  • 17:00-17:30 | Wrap Up

    Review of the day and opportunity for the cohort to feedback their thoughts on connections forged / key takeaways in the Mosaic Room. Process for identifying mentors to Belfast.

  • 17:00 | END

    End – Travel to airport

Meet Your Project Manager

Tomas Bamford

Tomas Bamford

Project Manager

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