Increase Your Odds! Scaling your Tech Business in the Worcester Region

by MVStaff


Thursday, October 23, 2014, 9:30am-3:00pm


 WPI, Rubin Campus Center, Worcester, MA

Growing and scaling a business is never easy. It comes with risks in which even the best founders face challenges, make mistakes and face doubt and uncertainty.  The ability to monetize your ideas and take them to a broader audience requires skills, surrounding yourself with the right team and the ability to navigate and take advantage of the resources available to you.

Join us for this multi-dimensional program to navigate the opportunities and resources available in the Worcester region to increase your odds of scaling upwards.  Also included in the day is a “Pitch it to Win it” program where 10 of Worcester’s top entrepreneurs will pitch in front of a panel of expert judges for feedback and a chance at the crown!

What You’ll Come Away With:

  • An overview of the Worcester region tech ecosystem and the ups and downs of scaling well
  • A full understanding of the resources available to help grow your business in the region
  • Tips for perfecting the pitch
  • Networking with legislators including Secretary Greg Bialecki and U.S. Representative Jim McGovern


Program Agenda:

9:30-10:00am  Networking and Registration

10:00-10:10am Welcome by Jerry Bird, President, MassVentures

10:10-11:10am Siezing Opportunities, Overcoming Obstacles

As the second largest city in New England, Worcester and it’s expanding suburbs provide a tremendous opportunity for people to grow their idea into a thriving business.  But what is it that may be holding you back?  During this hour, let’s discuss what the ecosystem looks like and the opportunities and challenges that exist.


  Jerry Bird, President, MassVentures


Ryan Leary, Co-founder, RunningStart

Art Martin, Senior Business Advisor, MSBDC, Clark University

Kevin O’Sullivan, President and CEO, MassBiomedical Initiative

Paul Varadian, CEO, AlumniBridge

11:30-12:30pm Navigating the Resources to Scale

With Boston and Cambridge only an hour from Worcester, the resources available around the State for entrepreneurs to scale their business are abundant. However, determinng what those resources are and how to take full advantage of them can be a puzzle.  Let’s discuss these resources – from financing, to mentorship, advisors, partners and potential customers – to help early stage entrepreneurs win in the Worcester region.


Mark Rice, Vice Provost for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, WPI


Jerry Bird, President, MassVentures

John Harthorne, Founder and CEO, MassChallenge

Pamela Norton, VP for Industry Relations and Programs, Mass Life Science Center

Tripp Peake, General Partner, Long River Ventures

Jim Kenney, Vice President, MassDevelopment

12:30-1:30pm Lunch 

Over lunch we will hear from three special guests:

Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, State of MA

Laurie Leshin, President, WPI

Jim McGovern, U.S. Representative, 2nd District of MA

1:30-3:00 Pitch it to Win it!

For the next 90 minutes, ten entrepreneurs will be given 3 minutes to pitch their business to a panel of expert judges.  Following the pitch, each team will receive real-time feedback from our experts. Following the pitch, a winner will be announced with special prizes awarded.

Our judges:

John Harthorne, Founder and CEO, MassChallenge

Jennifer Jordan, MassVentures

Kevin O’Sullivan, President and CEO, MassBiomedical Initiatives

Nick Pappas, Vice President, MassVentures

Tripp Peake, General Partner, Long River Ventures

Joel Schwartz, Sr. VP and GM, Global New Business Development, EMC Corporation


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