Programs / Events

    • Tuesday, September 13, 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WPI Campus, Rubin Campus Center, 3rd floor, PARKING: Best parking is the lot on Park Ave. under the rooftop field

    The Venture Forum kicks off its 2016-2017 program season with a Fireside Chat with Harold Mateo, a real estate entrepreneur, corporate intrapreneur, and advocate for community growth.

    5:30-6 pm: Pre-program Networking
    6-7 pm: Fireside Chat, moderated by Tanya Dumrongmanee, EMC
    7-7:30 pm: Questions and Answers 
    7:30-8 pm: Post-Program Networking 

    See the WPI Campus map for directions. 

    Harold Mateo,VP Change Management & Strategic Initiatives, Santander US

    Harold currently serves as a VP in Change Management & Strategic Initiatives for Santander US. Prior to that, he was the VP of Strategy and Business Development at Clearwater Real Estate Investment Group. Harold served as Senior Business Manager and Assistant to the CEO & Founder of Brightstar Corp, now CEO of Sprint Corporation.

    Harold has 14 years leading transformational projects in Strategy, Innovation, Process Improvement, Business Development, Risk Management, and the Tech space. Harold has worked throughout different parts of the world, including: the U.K, Latin America, Mexico, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and China. Harold has enjoyed Management Consulting, Business Development, and being an Anti-Money Laundering investigator at some of the world's largest financial institutions. Harold is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

    Harold received his MBA from Babson College and a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a Minor in Law from Bentley University. Additionally, Harold attended the Summer Venture Management Program (SVMP) at Harvard Business School, and Summer Sessions at Phillips Exeter Academy and Cushing Academy. 

    In 2011, Harold was selected as a “Global Shaper” by the World Economic Forum for the Santo Domingo Hub in the Dominican Republic and is now a member of the Boston Hub.

    Harold enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, fishing, boating, real estate ventures, entrepreneurship, and giving back to the community. Harold was the former President of the Board of Directors for TeenAIDS-PeerCorps, which provides AIDS education to teens in over 86 countries around the world. (

    • Tuesday, October 18, 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WPI Campus, Rubin Campus Center, 3rd floor, PARKING: Best parking is the lot on Park Ave. under the rooftop field

    It's clear that craft brewers are going to play a significant role in the marketplace. Come see and hear about the entrepreneurial journey of one successful local craft brewer.

    Sponsored By: Bowditch & Dewey

    • Tuesday, November 08, 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, 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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