Programs / Events

    • Tuesday, September 08, 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • WPI, Washburn Hall Rm 229

    The Venture Forum celebrates its 25th Anniversary and kicks off its 2015 program season with the first in a series on Emerging Technologies.

    5:30-6 pm: Pre-program Networking
    6-8 pm: Speaking Program
    8-8:15 pm: Networking Break 
    8:15-8:45 pm: Q&A Panel
    8:45-9 pm: Post-Program Networking 

    See the WPI Campus map for directions. Attendees should park at the Boynton Street Lot, take the stairs past the library and they will be facing the Washburn shops. Elevator or stairs to the second floor for event registration.

    Novel Applications in Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing:
    Ben Arnold,Territory Manager, Stratasys Limited

    Ben has over 25 years of experience  with Technology Based Capital Equipment for  industrial applications.  Products have included industrial controls, Biotech Processing Equipment, Microelectronics and others.  Ben joined the 3D Printing industry way back in 2006 with OBJET GEOMETRIES  which merged with Stratasys in 2013.  He now has nearly a decade of experience in the exciting Additive Manufacturing Industry.   Ben has managed the company’s sales efforts in the Northeast from a one man show to a group of 6 dealers and over 30 salespeople.  This team has helped hundreds of companies implement solutions for both prototyping and production applications and challenges. Ben has a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a graduate of Northeastern University’s High Technology MBA program.

    Inventors’ Spotlight:
    Demetri Maxim, Biotechnology Inventor, Scientist, High School Student

    Demetri is a passionate young innovator and is the Founder and CEO of Nephrogen Inc. whose focus is to develop novel therapeutics for patients suffering from kidney disease. 

    Despite the fact that he is only 17 years old, Demetri has already invented several biomedical technologies and is currently focused on bringing these technologies to market. 

    When he was 15, he invented a simple, rapid, patent-pending device to detect a wide variety of different diseases including ovarian cancer, and then the following year he invented a new method to grow human kidney tissue from skin cells as a new potential treatment for kidney failure. 

    He is currently working on a genetic therapy for polycystic kidney disease (PKD) to cure the disease in its early stages and eliminate the need for treatment altogether. He received the top prize at the Maine State Science Fair in 2014 and 2015 for his work and also won first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest pre-college science competition this past May. He has also presented his work at several scientific conferences including the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week and is currently working to publish his work in a scientific journal.

    Isaac Maze-Rothstein, Program Fellow, Greentown Labs

    Isaac is passionate about connecting entrepreneurs to local manufacturers and other strategic partners. Prior to joining Greentown Labs, he worked on environmental and political campaigns across the country. He is an alumnus of Williams College with a major in Political Science and a concentration in Environmental Studies.

    Greentown Labs launched a partnership with the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) called the Greentown Manufacturing Initiative, thanks to a grant from MassDevelopment in the Fall, 2014. In the Manufacturing Initiative we believe that if you have a great idea in Massachusetts, you should be able to make it in Massachusetts. 

    The Initiative’s objective it to provide education, mentorship, and match-making for start-ups and local manufacturers. In less than a year, the Initiative has provided assistance to 24 startups, including companies from Bolt, MassChallenge, Cambridge Innovation Center and the Chestnut Innovation Center, and led directly to 4 signed contracts between local manufacturers and Boston startups. Learn more about us here


    Daniel Oliver, Cofounder, Business Lead: Voxel8 

    Daniel Oliver is a Cofounder and the Business Lead for Voxel8. Dan is a former systems engineer with Honeywell Aerospace and founder of Intelligent Mobility International, a social enterprise he established to provide long lasting, low cost wheelchairs throughout the world. After earning his MBA from Harvard Business School, Dan was selected as a Blavatnik Fellow, where he spent a year commercializing science from the Lewis Lab. Dan received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Institute of Technology.

    Voxel8 is disrupting the design and manufacturing of electronic devices with 3D printing platforms that enables users to move beyond the prototype printing phase. By utilizing multi-material printing of breakthrough functional materials, Voxel8 is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with 3D printing. Starting with the Voxel8 Developer's Kit engineers will be able to create electronics of arbitrary geometries at the touch of a button.

    Nicholas Bold, Founder, Director, Technocopia; Worker-owner, Neuron Robotics Cooperative

    Nicholas is a Worcester State University alumnus, specializing in non-profit management.  He is the Founder & Director of Technocopia, Worcester's local makerspace, and Worker-owner of Neuron Robotics Cooperative.  

    Technocopia is Worcester's Makerspace specializing in technology and entrepreneurship.  The abundance of resources in makerspaces provide a nourishing environment for innovation to happen.  However, innovation is an unintuitive phenomenon resulting from the inclusion of new ideas from unrelated fields of thought.  At Technocopia, collaborative community entrepreneurship is our central focus.  Emphasizing that makers, first, need to make a living, we have created a culture of entrepreneurship that encourages the creation of new ventures.  Working together our membership have created a cooperative environment that provides a sustainable competitive advantage.  This advantage has been used by several of our in-house entrepreneurs to create successful business models.

    Hanlin Hong, Inventor, Founder, Tech-No-Logic Corp., Founding Member, Technocopia: 

    Hanlin Hong is a WPI alumnus who majored Robotics Engineering. Hanlin came to the US, MA, and WPI to realize his childhood dream to become a robot inventor. Hanlin is now the founder of Tech-No-Logic Corporation, which is a robot company that innovates SmartWok, a smart robotic cookware. His goal is to innovate to create the best robots for ordinary people and families. Technocopia offered Hanlin the best place to start his business after graduation.

    Joe Bush, Scientist, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Executive Director, Institute for Energy and Sustainability: 

    Dr. Joseph Bush is passionate about leveraging technology to improve our standard of living, while bringing our ecological impact in line with regional and global carrying capacities. A Massachusetts native, Dr. Bush holds a B.S. from WPI and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Brown University.  At the same time, Dr. Bush served as a technology consultant for the Brown Technology Transfer Office.

    Most recently, Dr. Bush served as the Associate Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) at the Bronx Community College of CUNY.  There, Dr. Bush developed curricula around energy infrastructure, sustainability science and life cycle assessment, while raising money for and coordinating an IREC accredited solar energy workforce training program. His endeavors at the CSE also included mentoring student research projects–modeling building efficiency and developing and deploying remote sensing of urban microclimates.  During this time he also served as the Entrepreneurial Lead for an NSF I-Corps team, which has subsequently built the company, Illium Technologies, for the commercialization of lignin based ionic liquids. Joe is eager to help fellow entrepreneurs as well as established businesses grow the regional green economy.

    • Tuesday, October 13, 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Location: Clark University, Tilton Hall

    October: Emerging Technology Series #2

    Learn gamification concepts and how these elements are being applied to everything from creating an engaged community to enterprise software. Join gaming experts and 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.

    • Tuesday, November 10, 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 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
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 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
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 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
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 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
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 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
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 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
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • WPI Salisbury Lab Amphitheatre

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

    • Tuesday, June 14, 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 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, 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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