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5 Minute Pitch * POSTPONED

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • WPI Campus Center


  • Advance registration is required
    College/University ID required at check-in
    There will be a $5.00 registration fee for student walk-ins
  • Please pre-register by noon Monday prior to the event. You must be logged in to register as a member.

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We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community very seriously. Like you, we are closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Venture Forum’s upcoming 5-Minute Pitch contest is scheduled for April 29, 2020. The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance to us. So out of an abundance of caution, TVF is canceling the event. 

As news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing quickly, TVF Executive Committee and Advisory Board will continue to monitor the situation and will target a future date for the 5-Minute Pitch contest. We will provide better information in the coming weeks. 

TVF has always been about invention, innovation, and hope. Entrepreneurs of all kinds are the modern pioneers of this generation. In the current climate of change, entrepreneurs and organizations like ours will reinvent new ways of doing things and adapt to the future, but... invention, innovation, and hope will still be at the forefront of our mission.

COVID-19 will go down as a catastrophic time in history, but this is one of those times where the story is still being written.

The real story will be how we all pulled together against tremendous odds and made our world a better place for all and will have an incredibly positive impact on future generations to come.

On behalf of TVF’s Executive Committee, Advisory Board, and Volunteers, we urge everyone to be safe and practice social distancing amid this crisis. We are all in this together.

For more information about COVID-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov or your local health department's website.

2020 5-Minute Pitch Contest

Come to the central Mass startup/entrepreneurial event of the year!!! Each of the past 4 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 14th 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.

Applications are still being accepted.


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

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