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The Venture Forum SUPPORTERS

Boston, Framingham, Worcester

Corporate, Intellectual Property, & Litigation

George Tetler, gtetler@bowditch.com, 508-926-3437

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.


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.

The MassTech Collaborative is a quasi-public economic development agency that strengthens the competitiveness of the tech and innovation economy by driving strategic investments, partnerships, and insights that harness the talent of Massachusetts.  The Innovation Institute is the division of MassTech that advances its core mission of innovation and cluster growth across the Commonwealth.

Peters and Sowyrda is a full-service law firm which is known for its ability to creatively resolve the most complicated of problems. Our attorneys pride themselves in their ability to think outside the box and apply a pragmatic approach to problem solving. In addition to a wide variety of individuals, we represent several builders and real estate developers, charitable organizations as well as lenders, buyers and sellers in commercial and residential real estate transactions. The firm practices in the areas of business law and estate planning as well as real estate development and conveyancing.

Avidia Bank is a locally controlled and operated mutual community bank providing modern banking and financial services to individuals, families and businesses primarily in our local community. We take pride in delivering highly responsive services and an excellent value to our customers while instilling confidence and trust in Avidia to be their primary financial institution. The Bank invests in developing and supporting our employees and positioning our organization to be highly competitive and being a responsible citizen and strong business partner.


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.

Greater Good Imperial Brewing Co 

If you are looking for a great brewing company in the Worcester, look no further than Greater Good Brewing Company! With a large number of fresh made brews available daily, Greater Good will you keep you coming back time and time again. If it's food your in the mood for, Greater Good has you covered as well. Our restaurant, TOAST: Test Kitchen has famous grilled cheeses, tasty pretzels & weekly specials. You will be sure to find just the right meal to pair with just the right beer!

Yael Schwartz, Ph.D., President & CEO,

Or-Genix Therapeutics, Inc. is a therapeutics company focused on the research and development of topical, locally-acting, rapidly bio-degradable prescription and non-prescription products for the professional and cosmetic skincare and woman's health markets. The Company’s vast portfolio of proprietary molecular compounds are innovative new chemical entities that address multiple dermatological and cosmetic indications, including skin and mucous membrane dysbiosis, acne, excess skin oiliness, androgenic alopecia, vulvar and vaginal atrophy, hormonally-deficient skin, fragile skin and post-surgical tissue necrosis. The company is led by successful serial entrepreneurs and veterans of the pharmaceutical industry.

John M. Brisbois, CPCU, LIA, Principal/VP
Tel: (508) 471-9007, jbrisbois@sullivangroup.com

Since its’ founding in 1957, Sullivan Group has been a leader in the insurance industry, working independently to serve the insurance and risk management needs of our personal and commercial clients.  We are skilled and experienced in providing the right coverage for both the traditional industries and those on the cutting edge such as life science, bio tech, and medical device manufacturing.  Over the years, Sullivan Group has evolved into a modern-day regional insurance and risk management firm with a unique business model that ensures a Principal is responsible and involved in every account. 

We are committed to providing exceptional service, living by the values of honesty, integrity, and respect.  We deliver the very best to our customers without compromise and have been voted the Best Business Insurance Agency for the last five years by the readers of the Worcester Business Journal.  

For more information on, visit www.sullivangroup.com and follow us on Social Media (LinkedIn and Facebook).

Boston, Massachusetts

Charlie Hipwood, President, Main Office: 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.


Timothy Grinham, VP - Business Banking, (508) 797-6865, tgrinham@berkshirebank.com

Berkshire Bank, America's Most Exciting Bank®, is recognized for its entrepreneurial approach, relationship customer experience and distinctive culture. With $11.9 billion in assets, Berkshire provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management, investment and insurance services through 115 full service branch offices throughout New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

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.

When you hire a Masis Team member, you are hiring more than a faceless resume. You’re hiring someone who has been chosen to be part of the Masis team because they are committed to serving our clients, who are excited to deliver their very best, and are not just looking for a paycheck. You can expect the same work ethic, experience and responsibility you would seek from your own employee. But because you’ve found them through Masis, you don’t have to deal with the hassle and paperwork of a new hire. We’re the HR partner that you didn’t know you had.

Arnold’s Office Furniture is the leading supplier of the revolutionary Sunline Sliding Cubicle System. Sunline’s sliding panel workstations allow for complete workspace flexibility, functionality, and customization – from cubicle wall height, to accent color, and even custom panel printing. With the ability to be assembled, disassembled, and then reconfigured within hours, our workstations are the absolute best in flexible office systems.

Media Partner

The Worcester Business Journal is the region's definitive source for business news. Every two weeks, we deliver news and opinion in print for the Central Massachusetts business community. Every day we deliver the news business leaders need through our website, WBJournal.com and our email newsletter, The Daily Report. Smart, informed, engaging, irreverent — that's why more and more readers are turning to Worcester Business Journal to find out what makes the region's business scene tick. At Worcester Business Journal, we're ALL business all the time — in print, online and in person.

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. 


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