Making sure your employees have the best tools is extremely important in going virtual with your company. To succeed you need to ask the right questions. How much of a physical location is needed for your company? What apps can help your productivity? How can you leverage leading small business tools such as Slack, Fuze, Wave, Gusto Evernote or Trello? What's the best way to use Dropbox, MailChimp, Skype and Square?
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Congratulations to all the contestants and to the first place winner of the 5-Minute Pitch Contest Azure 8, a developer of a transdermal patch technology platform that administers medicine to desired efficacy levels to prevent addiction/abuse.
The Venture Forum owes the night’s success to gold sponsors Bowditch & Dewey and WPI Foisie School of Business for hosting the event and contributing to the prize money. Also, thanks to judges Marlene Boyaner from Golden Seeds, Jay Farber from F-Prime Capital, Daniel Hullah from GE Ventures and Travis McCready from Massachusetts Life Sciences Center for their time and expertise.
Are you an entrepreneur or investor looking for an innovative idea to develop into a business? Are you a company that is looking for innovative technology to move your business forward?
It may seem strange to consider exiting when you're just starting your business and you are preoccupied with assembling a team and getting funded. But planning for and working toward an eventual exit is something every entrepreneur needs to do. Why? Your exit goal affects everything you do, from how you run your business, to the partnerships you pursue, to how you choose to fund your startup.
The Venture Forum and Bowditch & Dewey present a program on craft brewer entrepreneurship. This program provides guests with a brief overview of the craft beer industry and a panel discussion of craft brewers at different lifecycle stages - startup, ramp-up, and expansion.
The Venture Forum and Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives hosted a rare opportunity for a one-on-one discussion with VC Nick Pappas, VP at MassVentures. Nick shares what entrepreneurs need to know and how to prepare before pitching to investors. Learn the best strategies to fund your start-up regardless of stage.
For the video recap, watch below and visit The Venture Forum Youtube Channel for this and many other videos of our events.
A special one-on-one discussion and moderated Q&A with successful serial entrepreneur Jay Cahill, Partner and co-Founder of Bluefin Technology Partners located at the Idea Lab, 20 Franklin Street in Worcester. Learn what it takes to develop a Consumer IoT- Connected Device Product and Ecosystem from ideation to commercialization, while exceeding customer expectations. A behind the scenes look at all the components to launch minimally viable products (MVP) from Hardware, Software, Electronics, Mechanical, Packaging through eCommerce and Delivery. The second half of the program will include extended networking. This program will be most helpful for anyone who wants to learn about the latest in technology and the Internet of Things.
The Venture Forum held its annual 5-Minute Pitch Contest at the WPI Campus Center in Worcester. The contest gave eight local startups significant exposure and the opportunity to pitch their business to a friendly audience and panel of venture capitalist judges.
The first place winner of the 5-Minute Pitch Contest was AMProtection, a developer of anti-microbial coatings for urinary catheters. AMProtection presenters Lindsay Lozeau and Todd Alexander received $2500 cash, plus another $500 as the Poster Contest winners.
Xperii, a platform that connects people looking for paid studies and clinical trials near them with experimenters recruiting subjects to participate in their research, won the judge’s second place prize, as well as the audience’s choice award. Xperii presenter and CEO, Evan Ehrenberg collected $2500 in cash for the company.
In December 2015, attendees to The Venture Forum's Entrepreneurs Demo Night with VentureMeets were able to present their start-up ideas to different audiences and how to best convey their companies, inventions, and ideas. Leading the forum was Rebecca Liebman, co-founder of LearnLux. Watch the video below for a glimpse into the night.
During the November 2015 Emerging Technology Series, The Venture Forum welcomed Nick Pappas, John Kawola, Dr. Holly Yanco, Bill Spellane and Kevin Harrington to speak about the next generation of robots that are changing our world.
Below are the links to video recaps of each speaker's presentation.
Kalenian Award Presentation
Nick Pappas, MassVentures
Dr. Holly Yanco
Questions and Answers Session
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