The Venture Forum Sponsors


Sponsorships with The Venture Forum come in many forms, from broad support of and collaboration with our ongoing activities and mission, to co-marketing events or sponsoring a monthly meeting. 

Bowditch & Dewey LLP

http://www.bowditch.com/
Boston, Framingham, Peterborough, Worcester

Corporate, Intellectual Property, & Litigation

Charles E. Yon, Esquire, 508-926-3455 

At Bowditch & Dewey, we do not dwell on the obstacles. We work through them, identifying and implementing solutions that help our clients achieve their business goals. Our partners work closely with our clients, supported by experienced associates – not layers of junior staff. Our partners’ experience is matched by their commitment to understanding the unique needs of each client. So our clients can count on getting the answers they need to moving in the right direction: forward.

The law firm at a glance: Over 90 years of service to clients and Massachusetts communities; Largest law firm in Massachusetts outside the City of Boston: 64 attorneys; Offices spanning the Massachusetts business corridor in Boston, Framingham and Worcester; Industry practice groups serving Financial Institutions, Education, Non-Profit Organizations and Healthcare.

 


Greenberg, Rosenblatt, Kull & Bitsoli

http://www.grkb.com

Certified Public Accountants

Richard F. Powell, CPA,  508-791-0901
David J. Mayotte, CPA/ABV, CVA, CFE,  508-791-0901

From our beginning as a small local practice, Greenberg, Rosenblatt, Kull & Bitsoli (GRKB) has expanded to become a full-service public accounting firm with a staff of more than 50 people serving publicly owned and closely held businesses, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. GRKB offers a full range of accounting, income tax, estate and financial planning, forensic and litigation, and management advisory services to businesses and individuals. Our affiliation with JHI provides access to a worldwide network of over 150 business advisors and accountants in more than 50 countries, enabling us to address our clients' expanding business and regulatory compliance needs.

 

 




Fletcher Tilton PC Attorneys at Law


Before Worcester resident Charles Thurber patented the first practical typewriter, the firm now known as Fletcher Tilton PC was practicing law. In the nearly 200 years since its founding in 1822, the firm and its partners have influenced and shaped the region through distinguished service to the community and the nation. With an unmatched perspective on history, trends, and change, Fletcher Tilton has thrived, its integrity, leadership and excellence forming the rock solid law firm it is today. Now, with 50 attorneys and offices in Worcester, Framingham and Cape Cod, the firm keeps growing.

Fletcher Tilton administers the region’s largest and most respected Trust and Estate department. Its Special Needs practice group is recognized nationally. And its exceptional Corporate, Immigration, Real Estate, Litigation, Commercial Lending, and Family Law practices serve clients from its three Massachusetts locations.



Davideo Company

http://www.davideocompany.com

Corporate Video Production Specialists

Davideo Company provides full-service video production. We specialize in producing compelling visual tools that help our clients communicate more effectively. Product demos, training videos, customer testimonials, and more. We can handle everything you need, from script development and the acquisition of raw footage at any location, right through the editing process and on to final duplication and distribution on DVD or over the Internet.

 




Strategic Risk Transfers

http://www.srtins.com

Worcester, MA

Insurers of Intellectual Property and Products Liability

Scott H. Sutter, President, 508-304-6106

The Strategic Risk Transfers motto is “Business insurance, customized. Not commoditized.” , because we understand that every business is different. Their individual needs are ever evolving. We listen to our clients and utilize our specific industry experience, coupled with trends in policy language and risk control, to author tailor-made insurance solutions for each situation.

 



Mass Ventures

http://www.mass-ventures.com
Boston, Massachusetts

Jerry Bird, President, 617-723-4920
Nicholas A. Pappas, Vice President, 617-723-4920

MassVentures meets critical capital needs in the Massachusetts innovation economy, providing seed and early-stage venture funding to high growth startups as they move from concept to commercialization. The firm was formed in 1978 as a quasi-public corporation by the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, governed by an independent Board of Directors, and managed by experienced venture capitalists. Leveraging the entrepreneurial spirit, educated workforce, and centers of innovation in Massachusetts, MassVentures has a track record of success with early-stage ventures.

 



Boynton Angels

http://boyntonangels.com/

Boynton Angels is a group of Angel investors focused on investing in seed and expansion stage companies with a particular focus on endeavors located within a two-hour radius of Worcester, Massachusetts. We believe that Central Massachusetts is rich in opportunities for economic growth, yet it is financially underserved.

Membership meetings are held each month (from September through June) where we hear from one or two pre-screened investment opportunities. We rely on our fellow members for common sense questions as well as business expertise and due diligence, but each member makes an individual investment decision. Boynton Angels believe that on-going education is critical to making good investments. Occasionally, we invite speakers or panels to membership meetings to present topics pertinent to Angel investing.

Boynton Angels fills an important and ever-growing gap in the funding needs of emerging companies. Deals in the $500K to $2MM range that were once the dominion of venture capitalists are now funded by Angel groups.

For entrepreneurial teams, Boynton Angels can be a resource of investor capital to help bring your company to the next stage of its growth.

For Angel investors, Boynton Angels serves as a community to share ideas and learn other's approaches to investing. Investors hear of a higher proportion of qualified opportunities, and spend less time listening to unqualified capital seekers. Boynton Angels members are able to participate in the due diligence process, evaluate the results of due diligence, and make their own personal investment decisions.

 


WPI School of Business

business.wpi.edu

508-831-4665

The WPI Venture Forum was founded by WPI alumni in the early 1990s and enjoyed tremendous support from the Department of Management and the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, now housed in the School of Business. As a Founding Partner, WPI continues to collaborate and cooperate with The Venture Forum on developing and growing the greater Worcester and MetroWest entrepreneurial ecosystem.


United Bank

bankatunited.com

866-959-BANK

At United Bank, our vision is to pursue excellence in all things with respect to our customers, employees, shareholders and the communities we serve. But the ‘pursuit of excellence’ is more than just words for the United Bank Team. It’s the highest bar we’ve set for ourselves and what we vigorously strive to achieve every day inside the Bank and out in the community.

United Bank has become the place where new and existing customers will benefit from local, highly-responsive decision-making. It’s one of the many reasons why United is a great alternative to the mega banks. In fact, customer service and loyalty is so important to us that we constantly measure our customers’ banking experience so we can identify what we’re doing well and what areas where we need to improve. We also want to make sure you receive access to the type of personalized banking you deserve.




BNY Mellon Wealth Management

bnymellonwealthmanagement.com

BNY Mellon Wealth Management is a leading wealth manager, and was named in 2016 by Family Wealth Report as the top U.S. Private Bank. Barron’s ranked it the 7th largest U.S. wealth manager in 2015. The firm has more than two centuries of experience in providing services to clients who today include financially successful individuals and families, their family offices and business enterprises, planned giving programs, and endowments and foundations. It has $191.2 billion in total private client assets, as of March 31, 2016, and an extensive network of offices in the U.S. and internationally. BNY Mellon Wealth Management, which provides investment management, custody, wealth and estate planning and private banking services, conducts business through various operating subsidiaries of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. For more information go to bnymellonwealthmanagement.com or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellonWealth.




Niche Hospitality

www.nichehospitality.com

Niche Hospitality operates multiple eateries in Worcester and the surrounding area. We launched Bocado, Worcester's first authentic Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar. Soon after we opened Mezcal, Southwestern-Mexican-Tequila. Next came The Citizen at One Exchange Place to add to Worcester's changing downtown landscape. Growth at Exchange Place led to the opening of The People's Kitchen above The Citizen with a "home cooked meal" approach We round out the concepts at the "NicheXchange" property with Still&Stir, a professional cocktail bar showcasing our passion for quality spirits and the art of bartending. What started out as a dream has become a surreal reality!



Commonwealth Consulting Group, LLC.

www.commonwealthcgllc.com

Commonwealth Consulting Group, LLC. is an electronic payments business consulting company. We work with all of our clients on an individual customized basis. We do this because every business's accounts receivable operations and requirements are different and should get specific applications and processes to be as efficient and cost effective as possible.



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