What’s the difference between Catalyst Network Membership and Corporate Membership?


Members of the Catalyst Expert Network are investors, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives in technology and the life sciences. This membership is right for people who meet our membership criteria and are committed to contributing to our organization through at least one of CENE’s programs:

  • Mentorship - Participate in short-term mentoring sessions

  • Investment Strategy - Vet Canadian companies and connect them to investors

  • Networking - Meet and open doors for Canadians who want to do business in New England

  • Thought Leadership - Share industry expertise at educational events


Corporate Membership is the right option for professional service providers such as lawyers, marketing professionals, consultants, etc. Corporate members are interested in being part of the CENE community but don’t meet the criteria above. Corporate Membership allows for businesses or institutions to send designated representatives to attend CENE events for an annual contribution.


If you’re not sure which type of membership is right for you, we’re happy to talk directly to answer your questions. Please contact Executive Director Lia O’Donnell at connect@thecene.org.


I don’t live in New England, am I still eligible for membership?


Our community's energy comes through our face-to-face events, so CENE membership is best suited to those who can actively participate. For those who live outside of New England, CENE membership is a great option if you regularly travel to the Boston area or are looking to gain a foothold in the area.


I’m not Canadian, am I still eligible to join?


Yes! Many CENE members may not be Canadian but have lived, studied, or done business in Canada. We share a passion for developing Canadian entrepreneurship abroad.  


How much does a CENE membership cost?


The Catalyst Expert Network Membership costs $95 dollars annually. Corporate Membership fees range from $495 to $995 dollars annually.


How long does membership last?


CENE membership is for a 12-month period from the time your membership begins. Memberships renew automatically and you’ll receive a reminder 1 month prior to renewal. If you’d like to opt out of auto-renewal, please email connect@thecene.org.


If I volunteer my time through CENE's programs, why are membership fees necessary?  


We aim to create high-value experiences for our members, and that incurs administration and event costs. Since our founding in 2013 our membership has grown organically, and we've reached a stage where in order to scale we are diversifying our sources of support. Membership fees make up a small but important part of a diversified revenue stream to offset these costs, ensuring that we can continue to support Canadian entrepreneurs and offer the best experience to our members. Sponsors also provide an important source of support to our community, and we’d love to hear from you if your firm is interested in working with CENE.


What is the relationship between CENE and the Consulate General of Canada in Boston?


CENE (Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England) is an independent nonprofit membership organization managed by a Board of Directors and staff. We collaborate closely with the Consulate General of Canada in Boston and we share the common goal of accelerating Canadian entrepreneurship, but we are separate organizations.

What is the difference between the CMS, CTA and the CENE?


In 2014, the CMS (Canadian Mentoring Service) was launched by CENE and the Consulate General of Canada in Boston. This program engages volunteer mentors to support the companies that participate in the CTA (Canadian Technology Accelerator), which is operated by the Consulate. Now, CENE also offers more mentoring opportunities through our other True North partnerships with organizations such as BDC in support of Canadian entrepreneurs. While CMS’s approach requires an ongoing commitment over a period of months, the CENE’s mentorship opportunities are short-term commitments. Many people participate in both programs.


Can members access a membership directory?


We've heard from our members they are most interested in outreach that comes through relationships they’ve cultivated at CENE events, so we currently do not publish a membership directory. The best way to connect to the CENE network once you join is to come regularly to our events and participate in our programs.


How can I cancel my membership?


Please email connect@thecene.org to cancel your membership.

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