Programs / Events

    • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • WPI Campus Center

    2019 5-Minute Pitch Contest

    Come to the central Mass startup/entrepreneurial event of the year!!! Each of the past 3 years, over 225 investors, start-ups and service-providers have attended this event.

    Why Attend:

    • Watch eight top companies pitch in a "Shark-Tank" style competition
    • Network with investors, service providers and business leaders
    • Learn what investors are looking for from entrepreneurs
    • Talk with many other startups displaying their product/service at the Innovation Showcase

    This is The Venture Forum’s 13th 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. In the last 5 years, three 5-Minute Pitch CEOs have been chosen by Forbes magazine as their "30 Under 30" award recipients.

    Eight (8) companies chosen by our first round judges will have exactly 5 minutes to pitch for the audience and judges, and 5 minutes to answer judges' questions. In addition, the room will have approximately 20 other businesses displaying their ideas in an Innovation Showcase before the event and during networking time.

    Deadline for applications to pitch was February 28th. Applications are being evaluated by first round judging and will receive coaching/mentoring prior to the event.  All applicants are eligible to participate in the Innovation Showcase April 23 during the event. 

    Meet the Finals Judges:

    Paul G. Silva - A lifelong entrepreneur and educator passionate about helping people & teams create economic prosperity through innovation. Through his career he has had the privilege and joy to inspire thousands of people to innovate, help hundreds of startups launch, and see those startups create a tenfold increase in local startup activity.

    David Fogel
    is Managing Director of Swifton CFOs LLC, an outsourced CFO firm that provides emerging businesses with strategic and cost-effective financial leadership.

    David has been an active presenter and panelist with TechStars, MassChallenge, CleanTech Open, The Venture Forum, Greentown Labs, MIT Enterprise Forum Smart Start Program, M2D2 and YouthCities. He is also an active member of the screening and due diligence committees of Beacon Angels, TiE Boston Angels and Mass Medical Angels. David also is an Adjunct Instructor at Northeastern University and WPI.

    Laurie McPhee
    is currently a Managing Director at Golden Seeds, an early stage investment firm with a focus on women leaders. Through Golden Seeds work, she is a Board of Directors Observer with NextShift Robotics. She is also a member of the Big Brother/Big Sister (Lowell, MA) Advisory Board following 10 yr. engagement as a Big Sister. Her prior experience features 30+ years project and program leadership in the hi-tech, defense electronics industry encompassing program execution and growth strategies for aerospace defense electronics and broadband commercial electronics. Her expertise centers on technology development, planning and execution, strategic planning and operational efficiencies. Her industry career, from which she is now retired, included leadership roles in both Raytheon Company and BAE Systems She also led advanced technology development teams through concept development and demonstration supporting next gen programs. Gaining commercial exposure she took a leadership role in a corporate spinout to launch and sell commercial satellite based systems into an international market with foreign partners. She holds a MS from MIT Sloan in the Management of Technology.

    David C. Dlesk
    is an entrepreneurial life sciences senior executive with experience in general management, new business development, sales and marketing, product development and manufacturing and a member of Mass Medical Angels. He is currently Co-founder and Managing Director of Intrepid Life Sciences, where he works with inventors and investors to create valuable medical device, biotech and pharma businesses. He has held key leadership positions as CEO in five start-ups, corporate officer of two public biotech companies, President of a $200 million subsidiary of a multi-billion dollar global medical device company, consultant to a number of life science and technology companies and board member of three companies.

Past events

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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