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    • Tuesday, February 11, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Gateway Park, 60 Prescott Street, Room 1002

    TVF, The City of Worcester, most progressive businesses ,and communities are reaching out to build new future opportunities. The economy, jobs, and the world in which we live, demand this outreach to accommodate our goals.

    To get there, intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship are critical ingredients for success. In this session, The Venture Forum is bringing together leading, hands-on, company founders and leaders, investors and advisors.

    • They will revisit clear, relevant understandings of intrapreneurship in practice today and demonstrate their practical meanings,
    • Explore the resources needed to execute in today’s world, and
    • Identify the key factors necessary for success – and their value to us!

    Presenters will answer the tough questions: How do you recognize people who are intrapreneurs or entrepreneurs in your company? What are the challenges to nurturing the culture and supporting this culture profitably? Describe men and womae who have found success in these roles? Why can these I+E -preneurships be important in contemporary business success? HOW CAN YOU JOIN IN?


    Michael J. Mulrain - COO & CFO, Polar Beverages, Worcester, MA

    Mike has been the CFO at Polar since 1995 and in 2010 also assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer. Since joining Polar, Mike has been responsible for the completion of over thirty acquisition transactions that resulted in sales growth from $50 million to nearly $600 million and EBITDA growth of more than 500%. The acquisitions included two manufacturing operations and multiple distribution businesses. He also led several major recapitalization transactions comprising over $400 million of debt and equity financing. Mike oversees all finance, legal, operational, insurance and purchasing functions of the Company and leads the strategic planning efforts of the organization as well.

    Mike is a graduate of Bentley University, became a certified public accountant and worked for 10 years at Deloitte in Boston and then worked in investment banking for five years before joining Polar in 1995.

    He serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations in the Worcester area and also on several Polar-affiliated company boards and is the Board Chair of Kayem Foods in Chelsea, MA.

    Robert Morton - President & CEO, bankHometown, Millbury MA

    Banks continue to look to take advantage of size efficiencies to offer efficient technology and services to depositors, all customers.

    Robert J. Morton, President and CEO, is the leader in the merger of two banks - both claim roots dating back to more than a century. Millbury Savings Bank has joined together with bankHometown to create a fresh, new institution – more than one Billion Dollars in assets and 15 branches, throughout Central Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut, as we enter 2020. And, the bank plans a new branch on Grove St., Worcester, this year.

    Mr. Morton is a graduate of Worcester State University, Clark University, and attended Babson College. He serves on the Board of Worcester State University Foundation, where he has prioritized easing education costs.

    George TetlerBowditch & Dewey

    With over 40 years of business and finance law experience, George Tetler has earned a reputation as a highly effective and analytically sharp business lawyer at Bowditch. Financial institutions, investors, boards of directors, business owners and nonprofit organizations throughout New England seek George’s help with mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, capital investments, restructurings and business planning matters.


    Paul W. Wendenger - President and CEO of Greater Good Imperials, Worcester, MA

    Mr. Wendenger brings proven experience supporting startup projects or new ventures. 

    He has a passion for working with great scientists and artists is a leader of dynamic teams in a variety of settings, including craft brewing, and most notably the Contract Research (CRO) interface in Life Sciences.

    Proficient in mapping, communicating and deploying a plan that require many hats: finance, sales/marketing, R&D (laboratory) operations, and managing stakeholders toward shared goals. Proven track record of converting a strategic vision into high ROI endpoints. Broad network of industry professional colleagues.

    More than 20 years of experience bringing people together with positive energy to solve problems, create innovative products, and have fun building a company/community.

    Parking options at Gateway Park:

    Parking on Prescott Street, west side of street only.

    Parking in the WPI visitors lot next to 60 Prescott Street.

    We will email you a parking pass that you can print and leave on your car's dashboard.

    • Tuesday, April 28, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • WPI Campus Center

    More info coming soon!

Past events

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Entrepreneur Toolkit: Employment Law and Labor Taxes Plus Entrepreneur Organization Trade Show
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Cutting Edge Surgical Innovations
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Understanding Private and Public Business Funding
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Summer Networking Event
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 5 Minute Pitch
Saturday, March 09, 2019 Annual Planning Meeting
Monday, February 11, 2019 Business Women & Beer
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Holiday Networking Night
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Entrepreneur Essentials: All the Consulting Services You Need to Grow Your Business
Monday, October 15, 2018 Worcester: The Foodie’s New Paradise
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Changes in the Funding Landscape
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 Blockchain Technology
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 5 Minute Pitch
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 Social Business – Social Entrepreneurship – Social Responsibility
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Breakfast On-Site Expert Series: Charlie Hipwood
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 Volunteer Appreciation and Recruitment
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Commercialization Opportunities from WPI Research
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Craft Brewer Entrepreneurship: Dual concepts and shared spaces
Monday, September 11, 2017 Legal 101 for Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Volunteer Appreciation and Recruitment
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Virtual Companies
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5 Minute Pitch
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Start Up and Commercialization Opportunities From WPI Research
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Exit Planning
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
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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