Our Innovation Fair promises to be an exciting night of presentations, speakers, and demonstrations. Our panel of experts leads off with Nicholas Belsito, Chairman and CEO of BEELINE, Inc. Nicholas recently took BEELINE to public beta in September 2013 which it was immediately named one of Startup Plays “Top 5 Startup in Tech.” Prior to BEELINE, Nicholas spent five years working in strategic finance with the Raytheon Company as a trusted intermediary to C-Suite constituents.
The second entrepreneur speaking is Dr. George "Buzz" Kenney, ScD, President of medical device company EntraTympanic. George has over 30 years of experience in building technology development teams in advanced materials and devices at MIT and at various startups. The device created by EntraTympanic is the EToscope, an innovative device that provides instant pain relief, eliminating the use of systemic antibiotics by draining the fluid from, and delivering medication to, the middle ear. EntraTympanic says it will deliver "a new standard of care for the treatment of 25 million annual middle ear infections in the U.S.".
Our expert panel will also include Annette Reynolds, Executive Director of the 128 Innovation Capital Group, a networking group for entrepreneurs and investors, and Jerry Bird, President of MassVentures, a venture capital firm focused on fueling the Massachusetts innovation economy by funding early-stage, high-growth Massachusetts startups as they move from concept to commercialization.
There will also be a variety of early-stage company demonstrations, including several companies from MassDiGi, the statewide center, designated by the Commonwealth, for academic cooperation, entrepreneurship and economic development across the Massachusetts digital and video games ecosystem.
This promises to be a high-energy, exciting night not to be missed.
Location: Rubin Campus Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
5:30 - 6:00 reception to review exhibits
6:00 - 7:00 Panel discussion focusing on entrepreneurship
7:00 - 8:15 Review exhibits and voting
8:15 - 8:30 Tabulate votes and announce winner
|Nicholas Belsito is Chairman and CEO of BEELINE, Inc. He recently took BEELINE to public beta in September 2013 which it was immediately named one of Startup Plays “Top 5 Startup in Tech.” Prior to BEELINE, Nicholas spent five years working in strategic finance with the Raytheon Company as a trusted intermediary to C-Suite constituents. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, as he has visited more than thirty countries and has lived in 5 cities. Nicholas graduated magna cum laude from Bentley University in May 2008.
George B. Kenney, ScD, SM, SB
President and Co-Founder of EntraTympanic, LLC (2010-Date)
President and Co-Founder of Tympanix, Inc (2011-Date)
President, CEO and Co-Founder of LumenZ, Inc (2009-2010)
Associate Director of MIT’s Microphotonics Center (1998-2008) Director of MIT’s Materials Processing Center Industry Collegium (1982-2008)
Associate Director of MIT’s Materials Processing Center
George B. Kenney received his university education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor’s in 1974, Master’s in 1975 and Doctor of Science in 1978 in materials science and engineering while minoring in both economics and law. Upon graduation, Dr. Kenney remained at MIT as the co-founder of the interdisciplinary Materials Processing Center (MPC) where he became its Associate Director as well as the Director of both the MPC’s international Industry Collegium, and Summer Internship Program. Dr. Kenney was also the co-founder of MIT’s Microphotonics Center and served as its Associate Director. He participated in his first start-up before graduating from MIT and has been involved in numerous startups since as a co-founder, officer, advisor or director.
||Jerry Bird is the president of MassVentures. MassVentures is a venture capital firm focused on stimulating the Massachusetts innovation economy by funding early-stage, high-growth Massachusetts startups as they move from concept to commercialization. Jerry has over 25 years experience advising and financing entrepreneurial-driven companies, the past 15 in venture capital. He earned his MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business.
Annette Reynolds has been the Executive Director of the 128 Innovation Capital Group for 9 years. The group provides networking opportunities for Entrepreneurs and Investors. The speaker at each meeting is always an investor. Several years ago she introduced the Piranha Pond Pitch Parties where entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pitch their companies directly to an investor panel.
Mrs. Reynolds has an M.S. in Biochemistry and has spent most of her professional career in sales. Once desktop computers became business necessities, she was seduced by the dark side of IT and he efforts have focused on software sales, implementation and training. When the founder of the 128 Venture Capital Group decided to retire in 2004, Mrs. Reynolds took over the operation of the group, rebranding it as the 128 Innovation Capital Group.
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