Programs / Events

    • Tuesday, May 10, 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • WPI Salisbury Lab Amphitheatre
    Join us for a special one-on-one discussion and moderated Q&A with successful serial entrepreneur Jay Cahill, Partner and co-Founder of Bluefin Technology Partners located at the Idea Lab, 20 Franklin Street in Worcester. Learn what it takes to develop a Consumer IoT- Connected Device Product and Ecosystem from ideation to commercialization, while exceeding customer expectations. A behind the scenes look at all the components to launch minimally viable products (MVP) from Hardware, Software, Electronics, Mechanical, Packaging through eCommerce and Delivery. The second half of the program will include extended networking. This program will be most helpful for anyone who wants to learn about the latest in technology and the Internet of Things. See the WPI Salisbury Lab map here.

    Jay Cahill
    Partner, Co-founder



    Jay is a co-founder at Bluefin Technology Partners and leads Customer Strategy and Delivery.
     A seasoned Technology Professional with over 15 years of experience, much of Jay's career has been focused on elevating early stage technology companies into main stream businesses. Jay's technical and business leadership has helped companies raise millions of dollars and create exits with some of the world's largest technology companies domestically and globally. Bluefin delivers next generation web, mobile and IoT applications.


    • Tuesday, June 14, 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • WPI/MBI: 60 Prescott St., Worcester, MA

    Join TVF and MBI for a rare opportunity for a one-on-one discussion with VC Nick Pappas, VP at MassVentures. Nick will share what entrepreneurs need to know and how to prepare before pitching to investors. Learn the best strategies to fund your start-up regardless of stage.

    Nick Pappas, Vice President, MassVentures

    Nick has served as a Vice President at MassVentures since joining in 2009. Nick has been working with early-stage technology companies for over 15 years as an investor and as an investment banker. He represents MassVentures in the community as a frequent speaker, panelist, judge and mentor for various technology focused organizations. Nick sits on the board of BoardOnTrack and Content Raven and is a board observer at Energid, Jebbit , Metamagnetics and OwnerIQ. Previously Nick was a senior technology investment banker with Oppenheimer & Co., SVB Alliant, and Canaccord Genuity (formerly Adams Harkness) both in Silicon Valley and Boston. He holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School and is a graduate of The University of Richmond.

    MassVentures is a venture capital firm focused on fueling the Massachusetts innovation economy by funding early-stage, high-growth Massachusetts startups as they move from concept to commercialization. MassVentures focuses on Series A investments and considers occasional and opportunistic seed rounds. They provide capital for first-time CEOs and/or founders and consider industry segments not adequately served by the venture community. Their track record of success combined with our expertise, contacts and support for entrepreneurs makes MassVentures an attractive venture partner for early-stage companies in Massachusetts.

Past events

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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