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  • Tuesday, April 06, 2021 3:07 PM | Mark (Administrator)

    We're taking one final look back at The Venture Forum's 2021 Five-Minute Pitch contest on March 9.

    We've talked with winner Tyler Scionti of Centori, which came in first place. And last week, we talked with Yefei Jin of Third Room, which came in second.

    This time, we're discussing the mentorship process, working together to prep for the Five-Minute Pitch contest, and the value of mentorship with third-place finisher Scott Sutter, of Run Buddy, and his TVF mentor, Dan Kihanya. Scott won a $1,000 cash prize, sponsored by the TVF Executive Committee.

  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021 3:46 PM | Mark (Administrator)

    The Venture Forum's 2021 Five-Minute Pitch contest was three weeks ago. But the conversations between contestants, judges, mentors, and attendees continue.

    We're looking back at how the entrepreneurs worked with their mentors. Last week, we talked with the winner, Tyler Scionti of Centori.

    This time, we're discussing the mentorship process, working together to prep for the Five-Minute Pitch contest, and the value of mentorship with second-place finisher Yefei Jin of Third Room and Yefei's TVF mentor, Margaret McEvoy-Ball. Yefei won a $2,500 cash prize, sponsored by Avidia Bank.

    Take a look at this video, which shares a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Yefei and Margaret's mentorship story.

  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021 10:18 AM | Mark (Administrator)

    We're still basking in the afterglow of the TVF Five-Minute Pitch contest from two weeks ago. The winner, Centori, a company aimed at content marketers who are overwhelmed by bloated search engine optimization tools, snagged a $5,000 cash prize, sponsored by Bowditch Attorneys, a legal consultation with Bowditch, and a one-on-one session with Paul Silva of Long River Ventures. 

    One of the most exciting aspects of the 5MP was watching the entrepreneurs work with their mentors. Last week, we sat down with founder and CEO Tyler Scionti and Tyler's TVF mentor Victor Machado (of PW Digital Agency) about the mentorship process, working together to prep for the Five-Minute Pitch contest, and the value of mentorship. 

    Take a look at this video, which shares a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the path to victory and tells Tyler's and Victor's mentorship story.


  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021 3:52 PM | Mark (Administrator)

    The 2021 TVF Five-Minute Pitch Contest wrapped up last night, with seven companies competing in the finals. You can watch a video of the event below. 

    Centori Wins

    Centori, which founder Tyler Scionti says is aimed at content marketers who are overwhelmed by bloated SEO tools, is a simple software platform that provides a proven framework for SEO.

    Tyler took home the first-ever Joseph P. Vignaly Award, a $5,000 cash prize sponsored by Bowditch Attorneys, a one-hour legal consultation with Bowditch, and a one-on-one session with Paul Silva of Long River Ventures.

    Coming in second place was Third Room, a social network platform for curating deep relationships between industry and schools to unlock access and opportunity. Co-founder and CEO Yefei Jin won $2,500, sponsored by Avidia Bank. 

    In third place, and winner of $1,000 sponsored by the TVF Exec Committee, was Run Buddy, which co-founder and CEO Scott Sutter describes as a passion project that started after several murders of female joggers. It privately keeps a runner connected with a friend or loved one. 

    The evening of pitches was punctuated by great questions from judges Rachel Kemp, Kerry Leppo, Vinit Nijhawan, and Dana Ono. While the judges conferred, we had a lively general session discussion with all attendees led by TVF Chair Ron Fraser. Thanks to everyone who participated. 

    Enjoy The Video of The 5MP Finals!

    Thanks to Our Sponsors



  • Tuesday, February 09, 2021 4:40 PM | Mark (Administrator)

    We're getting ready for our second event of the year, when we'll welcome Peter Martino of Align 360 Solutions.

    In this free virtual gathering, Peter will share details of the Entrepreneurial Operating System--a collection of practical tools that is helping thousands of entrepreneurial business owners and their teams clarify, simplify, and achieve goals.

    After Peter's presentation, we'll open up for questions and discussion. And, for the first time, we're going to try some short breakout sessions so you can network in smaller groups. It should be fun. We hope to see you there.

    Register Now To Get More From Your Business

  • Monday, February 01, 2021 1:06 PM | Mark (Administrator)

    Our radio show on WICN started in mid January. Today we're debuting the podcast version. Listen to our chat with Tim Murray, who really needs no introduction. But I’ll do one anyway. Tim Murray was a member of the Worcester City Council from 1998 to 2007, was mayor of Worcester from 2002 to 2007, and was the 71st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2013. Since then, he has served as the president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. TVF and the Chamber have a great partnership and it was wonderful to have Tim as our first guest. 


  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021 2:33 PM | Mark (Administrator)

    We've got another great meeting coming up. On February 16 at 6:00 pm, we’ll be joined by professional EOS Implementer Peter Martino of Align 360 Solutions.

    EOS® is a complete system of practical tools that is helping thousands of entrepreneurial business owners and their teams crystalize their Vision and operate cohesively to achieve it. Peter will provide an overview and then open up for questions.

    Crystallize Your Vision With Us On February 16. Register here.

  • Thursday, January 14, 2021 5:08 PM | Mark (Administrator)

    We had our first event of the year--the dress rehearsal for our long-running Five-Minute Pitch contest--on January 12. Seven fascinating companies pitched and will now partner with mentors to prepare for the finals on March 9.

    If you weren't able to attend or you want to watch it again, you can view the video here. 

    While you're here, register to attend the 5MP finals on March 9.


  • Thursday, January 07, 2021 11:39 AM | Danielle Festa (Administrator)

    Our Five-Minute Pitch Contest is Happening on January 12 at 6:00 pm!

    We have seven wonderful contestants vying for the 5MP title. Next week, we're having a dress rehearsal. The companies pitching will have the opportunity to present their ideas and then partner with a mentor to fine tune their pitches for the finals in March. You won't want to miss! 

    Register to attend this free online event now.


  • Thursday, April 05, 2018 10:00 AM | Danielle Festa (Administrator)

    WORCESTER, Massachusetts (April 5, 2018) –– The Venture Forum (TVF), a not-for-profit community for entrepreneurs, provides a foundation for learning and connecting with resources essential to launching and growing successful businesses. TVF will hold its 12th annual ‘5-Minute Pitch’ contest on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 5:00-8:30 p.m. at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Rubin Campus Center.

    Eight finalists have been chosen from over 30 applicants to compete for the judges’ 1st and 2nd place selections, the ‘Audience Choice’ award, and a ‘Showcase’ winner. Additionally, the eight finalists will be competing for cash prizes, training, and coaching sessions.

    The contest will be judged by four venture capitalists: Jeffrey Arnold, resident of Arnold Strategies, LLC, and Boston Harbor Angels, Charlie Hipwood, Vice President of Mass Ventures, Sheila Narayan, Managing Director and the Leadership Chair for Golden Seeds Boston Chapter, and Vivek Soni, Managing Director at TiE Boston Angels Group.

    "The Pitch Contest has been incredibly powerful in giving startups the outlet that they need to advance their business to the next level," said Ron Fraser, Chair of The Venture Forum.

    Over the past two years, over 225 investors, start-ups and service-providers have attended each of the past two years respectively. In the last four years, two 5-Minute Pitch CEOs have been chosen by Forbes Magazine as their "30 Under 30" award recipients, one of this year’s finalists was also chosen. 

    Presenting sponsors WPI Foisie School of Business and Bowditch Attorneys are hosting the event.  Supporting sponsors include Greenberg, Rosenblatt, Kull & Bitsoli, Strategic Risk Transfers, MassVentures, Fletcher Tilton, Avidia Bank, Davideo, Country Bank, and TVF Jim Fee Memorial Fund. In-kind services will be provided by and Greenberg, Rosenblatt, Kull & Bitsoli, Fletcher Tilton, Boynton Angels, and Worcester Clean Tech Incubator.

    About The Venture Forum

    The Venture Forum, a not-for-profit community for entrepreneurs, provides a foundation for learning and connecting with resources essential to launching and growing successful businesses. The organization builds on more than two decades of success enjoyed by its predecessor organization, the WPI Venture Forum, which had a positive impact on dozens of companies, hundreds of entrepreneurs, and thousands of business people, students, educators and others. The Venture Forum expands on that history of commitment and support with new programs, new partnerships and a wider network for entrepreneurs ready to learn, launch and grow.

    To register for the event please visit www.theventureforum.org/events or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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    Contact:

    Nikki Richard

    The Venture Forum

    innovation@theventureforum.org


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