5 minute Pitch Contest:
For close to a decade, this contest has garnered investment interest for participating entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs contemplating, starting, running or operating early-stage technology ventures are invited to apply. The Pitch Contest is an integral part of the Venture Forum’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and the growth of technology-based businesses and provides resources for entrepreneurs far beyond their exposure to our audiences. They also receive money and mentoring on many levels.
2013 Five Minute Pitch Contest Sponsors:
Mentoring for Pitch Finalists:
Paul Horn is an independent consultant and college instructor specializing in business communication skills -- for rocket pitches, business plan presentations, media presentations, interviews and other events. He works with managers and executives at companies in a variety of industries -- national or international companies like T.J. Maxx, Johnson & Johnson, Fidelity, and Parsons Brinckerhoff, among others. He also devotes pro bono time to a number of small non-profit organizations helping individuals and teams develop more skill and confidence with speeches and other presentations.
In all this work Paul draws on his background as a professional actor and narrator (in film, television, radio and corporate media productions) as well as his earlier career in government and community development. Paul serves on both the local and national boards of SAG-AFTRA, the recently merged union of broadcasters and performance artists, and is an active member of the Massachusetts Production Coalition and the Trainers Roundtable.
2013 Esteemed Judging Team:
Every year an esteemed panel of judges is selected to score the five-minute presentations. This year's panel includes:
Mark A. Lester
Managing General Partner, Provenance Venture Partners, LLC;
Sandra Glucksmann Ph.D.
Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Cerulean Pharma Inc.;
Launchpad Venture Group and V.P., Products at Vuuch;
Jonathan D. Draluck
Partner at Gesmer Updegrove;
Shareholder at Wolf Greenfield.