Programs / Events

    • Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 3cross Brewing Company, 26 Cambridge St., Worcester
    • 110

    The Venture Forum and Bowditch & Dewey invite you to a program on craft brewer entrepreneurship. The program will provide guests with a brief overview of the craft beer industry and a panel discussion of craft brewers at different lifecycle stages - startup, ramp-up, and expansion. 

    Featured speakers include...


    Dani Babineau

    Redemption Rock Brewery
    Dani is a Babson College MBA graduate and Certified Cicerone®. She's spent the last 3+ years navigating a career change from architecture to brewery owner, working at Craft Beer Cellar, Brewbound and Exhibit A Brewing along the way. 


    David M. Fields

    Wormtown Brewery

    As managing partner of Wormtown Brewery, David brings a diverse background to his role at the craft brewery.  In addition to his current position with the brewery, he is a former employee/owner at a beer distributor in addition to serving as the President of the Beer Distributors of MA and as a State Director for the National Beer Wholesaler Associations of DC.


    Brandon Heisler

    Cold Harbor Brewing

    Brandon discovered his love for brewing and beer in 2003 when he was living in London studying Literature at Regent’s College. Born and raised in the foot hills of the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, London life was eye opening and English beer was new, flavorful, and rich. Returning home from England, he couldn’t find many of the beers he grew to love, so he decided to make them himself. Eleven years of home brewing and a passion for all things beer led him to a chance meeting with his future business partner in a craft bar at lunch. They talked and Brandon offered tastes of his homebrew. That was 2014, and two years later Brandon and Will Oliveira opened Cold Harbor Brewing.


    Robert Young

    Bowditch & Dewey

    Bob, an employment lawyer and craft beer enthusiast, founded and leads the firm’s craft brewery group and serves as editor of the firm’s blog “At the Bar With Bowditch” ( The group offers the full suite of legal services to the industry, representing brewers in labor & employment issues, partnership agreements, financing, solar power, real estate leases and permitting, intellectual property, non-compete litigation, and representation before the ABCC, and more. 

    • Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI)

    It may seem strange to consider exiting when you're just starting your business and you are preoccupied with assembling a team and getting funded. But planning for and working toward an eventual exit is something every entrepreneur needs to do. Why? Your exit goal affects everything you do, from how you run your business, to the partnerships you pursue, to how you choose to fund your startup.

    Sponsored By: WPI and MBI

    • Tuesday, February 14, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WPI Campus Center
    As big data continues to grow exponentially, entrepreneurs and investors alike are looking for the top trends that will change how we do business in 2016 and beyond. Where is big data headed, and how can you leverage its enormous potential.

    Sponsored By: WPI

    • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WPI Campus Center
    The Venture Forum’s enormously popular annual Pitch Contest. A showcase of exciting ideas and emerging companies that you don’t want to miss!

    Sponsored By: WPI

    • Tuesday, May 09, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WPI Campus Center
    Is VR ready to go Mainstream? What will be its compelling uses? Where’s the market, and who will make their fortune from this nascent technology?

    Sponsored By: WPI

Past events

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
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 Making the Digital Physical: Industrial, Biomedical, Consumer: What's New in 3D Printing
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 Your First Five Sales
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Reinvent Your Market Strategy and Your Company Too
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Five-Minute Pitch Contest
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Grant Funding 101 – Gain funding without giving away the store
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Network with a New Crowd
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Your IP Plan – from Idea to Execution
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
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Guy Kawasaki on Getting Your First Investment
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
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 Building the Team - The Most Critical Part of a Nascent Business
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Networking Event at Metso Automation
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 5 Minute Pitch Contest

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