Programs / Events

    • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • WPI Campus Center

    Application deadline: February 28 

    5-Minute Pitch

    Silver Sponsor:
    Bronze Sponsors:

    In-kind Sponsors:

    Winners Get:

    1 year free space at Worcester Clean Tech Incubator (WCTI) 

    Boynton Angels 1-on-1

    Cherrystone Angels 1-on-1

    4 hrs. Accounting services from Greenberg, Rosenblatt, Kull & Bitsoli

    Coaching session

    Cash: $2500 Judges Choice 1st place; $1500 Judges Choice 2nd place; $1000 Audience Choice

    Judges: Jay Farber, Jean HammondDaniel Hullah and Travis A. McCready.

    This is The Venture Forum’s 11th Annual 5-Minute Pitch Contest. It has been incredibly powerful in getting startups the outlet that they need to advance their business to the next level.

    Eight (8) of New England’s finest companies will pitch for the audience and judges. In addition, the room will have approximately 20 other businesses displaying their ideas in a poster contest before the event and during networking time. With food, wine, coffee, and dessert, the atmosphere couldn’t be better.

    In the last 3 years, two 5-Minute Pitch CEOs have been chosen by Forbes magazine as their "30 Under 30" award recipients. See tomorrow's leaders!!

    Poster contest participant setup will begin at 4:30. 

    Networking and food begin at 5:00. 

    Presentations will start at 6:00. Each will have five minutes to tell their story, and five minutes to answer judges questions. Audience and judges will select their winners and awards will be announced.

    Start-up Worcester finalists will be displaying their ideas and winners will be announced by Worcester Chamber of Commerce president, Tim Murray.

    STUDENTS MUST REGISTER 24 hours in advance.

    See the WPI Campus map for directions.

    PARKING: Best parking is the lot on Park Ave. under the rooftop field


    Jay Farber
    Jay Farber is an Associate at F-Prime Capital, where he focuses on early-stage investments in Financial Technology and Enterprise Software startups. Prior to joining F-Prime Capital, he was a Senior Consulting Analyst with Fidelity Business Consulting, the internal strategy team of Fidelity Investments, working on engagements in retail investing, workplace investing, and capital markets. Jay graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University, where he studied philosophy, economics, and entrepreneurial leadership. - See more here.

    Jean Hammond
    Jean Hammond is currently a Co-Founder and Partner at LearnLaunch supporting the edtech community with an accelerator, co-working space and community engagement with startup and educator support at LearnLaunch Institute. Jean is an active angel investor and member Launchpad, Hub and Golden Seeds angel groups. Jean was the 2014 recipient of the Hans Severiens Award, honoring angel investors, by the Angel Capital Association. Jean is an active mentor at TCN, TechStars, and MassChallenge along with other organizations and was a co-founder of two technology startups in the Boston area.

    Daniel Hullah
    Daniel has been investing in clean technology for the last 12 years, initially at RockPort Capital, and now as Managing Director of GE Ventures Energy practice. He has also held roles at National Grid, where he led venture capital activities and Solar Universe, a RockPort portfolio company, where he was VP Marketing Strategy and interim CFO. He holds a BA in Chemistry and a D.Phil in Physical Chemistry from Oxford and an MBA (with distinction) from INSEAD.

    Travis A. McCready
    Travis McCready is the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a $1 billion public–private partnership with the mission of advancing the life sciences sector in Massachusetts. He directs and oversees the center’s investment strategy, along with the agency’s operations, programs, and partnerships. Previously, Mr. McCready served as the Vice President for Programs at The Boston Foundation, directing the Foundation’s grants and community investment strategy to benefit the people of Greater Boston. Prior to that, he was the first Executive Director of the Kendall Square Association, responsible for growing the innovation economy of Kendall Square, one of the Commonwealth’s most economically robust districts. He has also held the Chief Operating Officer and CFO positions at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, overseeing the operations and finances for the three convention centers in Massachusetts.

    Mr. McCready serves on the Boards of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Conservation Law Foundation, Life Science Cares, and WBUR. He has served on the Economic Development Planning Council under two governors, including co-chairing the subcommittee on innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2009, he was named one of Boston’s top “40 under 40” young business leaders by the Boston Business Journal. Mr. McCready is a frequent speaker on economic development strategy as it relates to the convergence of private, public, and not-for-profit interests, and his blog, Life Sciences Discourses, has been recognized by The Boston Globe.

    Mr. McCready received his B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from the University of Iowa, and began his law career as a corporate attorney in Minneapolis, MN.

    Previous Winners

    10 Pitches
    5 Minutes
    $2500 Cash Prize

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Past events

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 What’s Brewing With Craft Beer Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Conversations With a Corporate American Entrepreneur
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Conversations with a Venture Capitalist co-hosted by The Venture Forum (TVF) and Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI)
Monday, May 23, 2016 The Venture Forum Volunteer Appreciation and Recruitment Night
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Entrepreneur’s Lounge: What’s It Take to Develop a Consumer IoT (Internet of Things) Product and Ecosystem?
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 5-Minute Pitch Contest
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 Innovation Month Symposium on Women and Entrepreneurial Leadership co-sponsored by TVF/Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 Emerging Technology Series #4 -- Optics, Lasers and Photonics
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Entrepreneur’s Lounge: What’s It Really Like to Start a Tech Firm?
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 Entrepreneurs Demo Night with VentureMeets
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Robotics: What’s Next?
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Bringing the Passion and Loyalty of Gaming to your Product or Enterprise: What Games Teach Us About Engagement
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Grant Funding 101 – Gain funding without giving away the store
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Network with a New Crowd
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Tuesday, December 09, 2014 Attract Investor Attention in Innovative Ways
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Choosing Your Target Market…Let It Choose You
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Build Your Team to Create Together
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 War Stories from Successful Entrepreneurs
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Manufacturing How-tos for Startups
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 Battling Diabetes and Obesity with Technology and Exercise
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Five-Minute Pitch Contest
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Stages of Social Innovation Growth
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Innovation Fair
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Personalized Medicine
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Business Plan Contest
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 Lean Startups
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 "Visions of Growth" with Tim Murray and Michael O'Brien.
Saturday, September 07, 2013 Jim Fee Start-up Clinic
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Ask the Experts
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Go To Market: Market, Sell or Perish - The Most Critical Phase of a Fledgling Business
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