Programs / Events

    • Tuesday, October 13, 2015
    • Location: Clark University, Tilton Hall

    October: Emerging Technology Series #2

    Learn how the most innovative start-ups and traditional companies are applying best practice gaming techniques for everything from developing an engaged, loyal, and passionate community to enterprise software development, knowledge transfer, team building, and incentivizing the sales team. Join MassDIGI experts and gaming entrepreneurs as they guide us on an interactive game to hone the concepts. By the end of this meeting, you’ll be able to apply gaming elements to your own environment for maximum effectiveness.

    Who should attend: gamers, entrepreneurs, investors, human resources, sales, trainers, customer service, managers, app developers and product managers.


    Ryan Canuel, Co-Founder & CEO of Petricore, Inc. 

    Ryan Canuel is Co-Founder & CEO of Petricore, Inc. a Worcester, Massachusetts based mobile game development company. Ryan officially founded Petricore along with his co-founder Aaron Lin and team in May of 2015, a day before graduating from Becker College with a degree in Game Design. Petricore promptly began working the day after graduation already starting to build their game Mind the Arrow as well as MentorAtHand, a contracted application.

    Petricore recently launched their latest game Mind the Arrow to much critical success, being featured by Apple and Google in over 250 countries as well being named on of the “Best Games of July” by Apple. Ryan is an avid gamer who enjoys strategy and role-playing games, as well as a nature and hiking enthusiast. You can contact Ryan at

    Monty Sharma, Managing Director at MassDigi

    Monty Sharma is the Managing Director at MassDigi an institute developed to foster a strong bond between academia and the games industry.  He leads outreach and the development of innovative programs.  He also currently hosts a podcast on Game Breaker TV on the business of games.

    Sharma was formerly a Founder/General Manager of Vivox, a voice chat service provider in the games industry.  He oversaw product and marketing for a company that servers over 60 million users around the world.  With key relationships with EA, Ubisoft, Sony, Nexon, Big Point and many others, Vivox is the largest games communication provider and the second largest IP voice provider in the world.

    Before joining Vivox, Sharma held various management positions in companies delivering Software as a Service Solutions in enterprise software and telecoms. Sharma earned a BA in History from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He has held numerous positions on corporate and public boards and is the author of several trade press articles.

    Jennifer Streck, Marketing Manager at Attunity

    Jennifer has a dual degree in Theatre Arts and Corporate Communications from Castleton State University in VT. After cutting her teeth in the real world on conference and trade show productions, she has accumulated over 20 years of experience in marketing with a shine for bringing start-up companies out of the shadows and into the limelight of new markets.  Currently Jennifer is Marketing Manager at Attunity, a data management software firm in Burlington, MA. Prior to this role she worked for DynamicOps which was acquired by VMware. 

    Jennifer also worked for Vivox, a pioneer in integrated voice communications for online communities. It was at Vivox that she experienced the sea change of marketing as Twitter, Facebook and Google emerged and changed the way we communicate forever. While working with clients such as Sony Online Entertainment, CCP Studios, and Linden Labs, Jennifer experienced the power of games not only for entertainment but also for marketing to engage communities on a more personal level.

    Jeremy Kauffman, Senior Project Manager at Waters Corp. 

    Jeremy Kauffman is a seasoned IT professional with extensive experience leading global ERP systems implementation and support teams, process and strategy engineering, and customer focused mobile applications. He has a strong background of expertise in areas ranging from manufacturing, supply-chain, CRM, and sales and marketing. He is an MBA, PMP, and certified web designer. 

    As a leader in business innovation he is a Professor of Business at Bryant University (Smithfield, RI), focusing on global management and entrepreneurship. Additionally he serves as the Director of Technology for a global not for profit,, which focuses on STEM education and issues around water purity, conservation, and contamination awareness. In the community you will find Jeremy working at local school charity events or coaching for Shrewsbury Youth Sports. 

    In his "spare time" Jeremy enjoys developing mobile and web applications with great teams of colleagues and friends. Ask him about them, as a few will be market ready fairly soon!

    Chuck Rose, Research Staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory

    Chuck Rose is a research staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Systems group. 

    He began work at Lincoln Laboratory in 2009 researching aircraft collision avoidance algorithms for the Federal Aviation Administration. In 2012 he transitioned to projects in the disaster response domain, focusing on the development of geospatial data sharing architectures as well as decision support tools and alternative training methods for emergency managers. 

    He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a M.S. in engineering sciences from Harvard University.

    • Tuesday, November 10, 2015
    • WPI

    November: Emerging Technology Series #3

    Uses of robotics for space exploration and in manufacturing facilities are commonplace. Learn what our entrepreneur presenters will share with us about the future of robotics, including robots designed specifically for consumer use. Join us for this hands-on meeting where we will touch and see robots in action. By the end of this meeting, you’ll be well versed on where the industry is going and why.

    Who should attend: entrepreneurs, investors, manufacturers, programmers, inventors

    • Tuesday, December 08, 2015
    • TBD

    December: Demo Night

    Calling all inventors and developers! Get your products ready for this fun-filled evening of product demos and contests with participant interaction. Demo space will be limited so sign up today by contacting: 

    Co-hosted with VentureMeets. By the end of this meeting, you’ll know what products are being developed locally to fill the product development pipeline.

    Who should attend: investors, entrepreneurs, inventors, developers

    • Tuesday, January 12, 2016
    • WSU

    Is it possible to be profitable while doing good? Learn from the experts of social entrepreneurship and how these companies are making a positive impact. 

    • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    • WPI

    Pick the topic! We’ll be presenting you with a number of ideas and you’ll select your favorite. Check back for details soon.

    • Tuesday, March 08, 2016
    • WPI Odeum

    March: Innovation Month

    Symposium on Women and Entrepreneurial Leadership: We will learn from these innovative leaders in life sciences. Co-hosted with Massachusetts Biotech Initiative.

    • Tuesday, April 12, 2016
    • WPI Odeum

    April: Pitch Contest!

    Typically the highlight of our year, a number of entrepreneurs will be chosen as finalists to pitch their products to a panel of VC/angel investors with prize money awarded to the best pitches! 

    Check back for details soon.

    • Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    • WPI Salisbury Lab Amphitheatre

    Learn the ins and outs of running a successful crowdfunding campaign to fund your startup.

    • Tuesday, June 14, 2016
    • WPI Salisbury Lab Amphitheatre

    We all have a basic understanding of networking but the networking masters will share their secrets with us while we practice – interactive and fun!

Past events

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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