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5 Minute Pitch

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • WPI Campus Center


  • Advance registration is required
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    There will be a $5.00 registration fee for student walk-ins
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Application deadline: February 28 

5-Minute Pitch

Silver Sponsor:
Bronze Sponsors:

In-kind Sponsors:

Winners Get:

1 year free space at Worcester Clean Tech Incubator (WCTI) 

Boynton Angels 1-on-1

Cherrystone Angels 1-on-1

4 hrs. Accounting services from Greenberg, Rosenblatt, Kull & Bitsoli

Coaching session

Cash: $2500 Judges Choice 1st place; $1500 Judges Choice 2nd place; $1000 Audience Choice

Judges: Jay Farber, Jean HammondDaniel Hullah and Travis A. McCready.

This is The Venture Forum’s 11th 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.

Eight (8) of New England’s finest companies will pitch for the audience and judges. In addition, the room will have approximately 20 other businesses displaying their ideas in a poster contest before the event and during networking time. With food, wine, coffee, and dessert, the atmosphere couldn’t be better.

In the last 3 years, two 5-Minute Pitch CEOs have been chosen by Forbes magazine as their "30 Under 30" award recipients. See tomorrow's leaders!!

Poster contest participant setup will begin at 4:30. 

Networking and food begin at 5:00. 

Presentations will start at 6:00. Each will have five minutes to tell their story, and five minutes to answer judges questions. Audience and judges will select their winners and awards will be announced.

Start-up Worcester finalists will be displaying their ideas and winners will be announced by Worcester Chamber of Commerce president, Tim Murray.

STUDENTS MUST REGISTER 24 hours in advance.

See the WPI Campus map for directions.

PARKING: Best parking is the lot on Park Ave. under the rooftop field


Jay Farber
Jay Farber is an Associate at F-Prime Capital, where he focuses on early-stage investments in Financial Technology and Enterprise Software startups. Prior to joining F-Prime Capital, he was a Senior Consulting Analyst with Fidelity Business Consulting, the internal strategy team of Fidelity Investments, working on engagements in retail investing, workplace investing, and capital markets. Jay graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University, where he studied philosophy, economics, and entrepreneurial leadership. - See more here.

Marlene Boyaner is a member of Golden Seeds, one of the nation’s most active angel investment firms that provides early-stage and growth capital to women-led businesses across all industry sectors.  Marlene is a seasoned executive with 30 years experience in Marketing, Operations and Technology.  Past roles include Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer with Capital One, and Vice President and Divisional CIO for CIBC’s credit card business. Marlene is also experienced in consumer marketing and business strategy.  More recent consulting has focused on the transformation to value-based healthcare with large payers.  Marlene has served on corporate and non-profit boards, and holds a B.S. in Management from Syracuse University.

Daniel Hullah
Daniel has been investing in clean technology for the last 12 years, initially at RockPort Capital, and now as Managing Director of GE Ventures Energy practice. He has also held roles at National Grid, where he led venture capital activities and Solar Universe, a RockPort portfolio company, where he was VP Marketing Strategy and interim CFO. He holds a BA in Chemistry and a D.Phil in Physical Chemistry from Oxford and an MBA (with distinction) from INSEAD.

Travis A. McCready
Travis McCready is the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a $1 billion public–private partnership with the mission of advancing the life sciences sector in Massachusetts. He directs and oversees the center’s investment strategy, along with the agency’s operations, programs, and partnerships. Previously, Mr. McCready served as the Vice President for Programs at The Boston Foundation, directing the Foundation’s grants and community investment strategy to benefit the people of Greater Boston. Prior to that, he was the first Executive Director of the Kendall Square Association, responsible for growing the innovation economy of Kendall Square, one of the Commonwealth’s most economically robust districts. He has also held the Chief Operating Officer and CFO positions at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, overseeing the operations and finances for the three convention centers in Massachusetts.

Mr. McCready serves on the Boards of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Conservation Law Foundation, Life Science Cares, and WBUR. He has served on the Economic Development Planning Council under two governors, including co-chairing the subcommittee on innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2009, he was named one of Boston’s top “40 under 40” young business leaders by the Boston Business Journal. Mr. McCready is a frequent speaker on economic development strategy as it relates to the convergence of private, public, and not-for-profit interests, and his blog, Life Sciences Discourses, has been recognized by The Boston Globe.

Mr. McCready received his B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from the University of Iowa, and began his law career as a corporate attorney in Minneapolis, MN.

Previous Winners

10 Pitches
5 Minutes
$2500 Cash Prize

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The Venture Forum -- 306 Main Street, #400 -- Worcester, MA 01608 innovation@theventureforum.org

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