Past Event Video Recaps

  • Tuesday, September 09, 2014 5:00 PM | Danielle Festa (Administrator)
    Learning from the past to help build the future was the focus of discussion at The Venture Forum’s September meeting, the first of the 2014-15 season. With a combination of slides and dramatic interpretation, the kick-off keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Krim, examined five key drivers of innovation over the past 400 years of Boston-area history. Three panelists followed Krim’s presentation with their entrepreneurial “war stories.”


    Read the recap.


  • Tuesday, April 08, 2014 5:00 PM | Danielle Festa (Administrator)
    Clark University hosted The Venture Forum’s April meeting on Medical Innovation. A wide range of
    presenters discussed how information-sharing and consumer-friendly technology are key factors in the battle against major health issues such as obesity and diabetes. The evening’s moderator was Roberta Brien, Vice President of Projects at the Worcester Business Development Corporation.

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:47 PM | Danielle Festa (Administrator)

    March 12, 2014 – A company producing a new diagnostic tool to enable physicians to better understand and therefore treat chronic wounds with more efficacy won The Venture Forum’s 2014 Five-Minute Pitch Contest last night. Bringing a lab process to the bedside, Wellesley-based Sano LLC has developed WounDx, a diagnostic swab resembling a pregnancy test kit that indicates in three minutes the concentration of certain enzymes in a non-healing wound.  With this information, doctors can determine whether skin grafts will succeed or if other measures need to be taken earlier, avoiding more costly treatments and needless patient discomfort. As co-founder and president Paul Hayre noted in his presentation, the device can reduce the cost of treating these wounds by 30 percent and save $8 billion for the 6.5 million patients in the U.S. and 34 million worldwide who suffer from them. The winning prize is for $2,500. 

    Read the recap.

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014 5:00 PM | Danielle Festa (Administrator)
    The Venture Forum February meeting held at Worcester State University focused on how to combine
    entrepreneurship with social activism. Four CEOs with four different approaches provided personal
    insights into how they were able to give back to the community while building corporate success. Read the recap.
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014 5:00 PM | Danielle Festa (Administrator)
    The innovation fair held at The Venture Forum’s January 14 meeting was a festive and informative affair. More than a dozen companies displayed prototypes, models or already-launched products. Two of the exhibitors addressed the group, describing their journeys to date, followed by two panelists with years of experience financing early stage companies. Read the recap.


  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:30 PM | Danielle Festa (Administrator)
    The audience was informed about the state of Personalized Medicine today and how it will increasingly impact our lives. Read the recap.
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2013 5:30 PM | Danielle Festa (Administrator)
    A biotech company offering a novel approach to osteoarthritis treatment has won The Venture Forum’s 2013 Business Plan Contest. A panel of four judges selected the start up for the $10,000 prize offered by The Venture Forum, with additional in-kind support.  The event was held November 12th on the WPI campus.

  • Tuesday, October 08, 2013 5:00 PM | Danielle Festa (Administrator)
    Three area entrepreneurs shared their experiences about how to start a new venture using the strategy outlined by author Eric Ries in his 2011 book, The Lean Startup.

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:00 PM | Danielle Festa (Administrator)

    The Venture Forum kicked off its new season in high gear, with former Lt. Governor and Worcester Chamber president Tim Murray delivering a rousing address on Worcester’s current growth trajectory. The case study was presented by Jordan Fliegel, founder and CEO of Coachup.com.


    September 2013 meeting recap.pdf

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