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Five-Minute Pitch Contest

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • WPI Campus Center, Odeum PARKING: Best parking is the lot on Park Ave. under the rooftop field


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5-Minute Pitch

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This is The Venture Forum’s 9
th Annual 5 Minute Pitch Contest that has been so incredibly powerful in getting startups the outlet that they need to launch their business to the next level.

On April 14
th we will have 10 of New England’s finest pitching for you, the audience, and our team of 5 keen judges. In addition, the room will have approximately 20 other businesses presenting their ideas. With food, wine, coffee, and dessert, the atmosphere couldn’t be better.

Setup for the evening will begin around 4:30 with networking and food available beginning at 5 PM. At 6 PM the fun will start and our pitchers will get under way. They will have five minutes to tell their story and three minutes to answer judge questions, all in an effort to convince you and the judges why their idea is the next great business. 

See the WPI Campus map for directions.
PARKING: Best parking is the lot on Park Ave. under the rooftop field

Previous Winners

Meet the Five-Minute Pitch Contest Judges

Lisa Kirby Gibbs chairs the Boynton Angels, a network of private equity investors which she joined in 2007. They meet monthly to evaluate and consider investing in early-stage companies in New England, with a preference for companies in Worcester County. She is also CEO of Highland-March Office Business Center in Westborough and OfficePerks Virtual Offices. In addition, Lisa is a family process consultant to family-owned businesses and foundations and a career management consultant. A graduate of Colorado College, she earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Lesley University.

Bill Hilton is a partner and patent attorney at the firm of Gesmer Updegrove, which is a technology law firm in Boston that focuses on representing early-stage, fast-growing tech companies. Bill has a BS in electrical engineering and BA in computer science from Tufts University, and has been practicing patent and trademark law for 23 years since graduating from University of New Hampshire Law School. He concentrates his practice in prosecuting electronic, electrical system, computer-related and general physics-related patent applications, along with technology licensing and providing trademark and branding strategies. Bill is a valuable resource in identifying and protecting intellectual property in early stage and established companies and institutions. He also provides litigation services to enforce and protect the intellectual property rights of his clients and resolve their disputes.

David Kessler is a serial entrepreneur, investor with Boston Harbor Angels, digital artist and photographer who worked in the computer software industry for more than 35 years. During that time, he founded or co-founded a number of for-profit companies and one nonprofit. He started and ran VieAbility for 14 years where he created and brought to market a number of products including FAST! and CD Speedway. VieAbility also provided software consulting services and worked on such prominent products as Quicken and Lotus 1-2-3.

David operated a business consultancy and executive coaching practice for a number of years. After 9/11, he taught TSA baggage screeners at airports how to find bombs in suitcases. In 2012, he entered the world of angel investing in 2012 and continues to take pictures and create digital art for display and sale. He holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

Bill McCullen, Chief Investment Officer of Launch Capital, is an experienced private investor, with more than seven years backing companies in the networking, semiconductor, clean energy and online markets. Bill has been a participant in the Boston startup scene for close to 15 years, previously holding senior level roles at companies such as Sycamore Networks. Bill received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Andy Miller is Chief Innovation Architect at Constant Contact, where he manages the Small Business Innovation Program, InnoLoft, an accelerator program designed to support entrepreneurs developing solutions for small businesses. Prior to joining the company, he was CEO of CardStar where he was responsible for overall business development and strategic direction for the company. Prior to CardStar, Andy founded Lumifi LLC, Quece LLC, RetirementSuite.com, and StockCar Stocks Mutual Fund where he served on the Board of Directors. In addition, Andy has held various positions at PFPC, T. Rowe Price, Putnam Investments and Bank of America.
Andy holds a BA in Economics from SUNY Oswego, a MS in Entrepreneurial Studies from Suffolk University and serves as a member of the Entrepreneur Leadership Council at Suffolk University.

10 Pitches
5 Minutes
$2500 Cash Prize

Where will you be?


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

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