Mass. Housing and Economic Development Chief to Kick off WPI Venture Forum's 20th Anniversary

Secretary Bialecki to Address State's Leadership in Innovation, Entrepreneurship

What
The Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Venture Forum kicks off a year-long celebration of two decades of helping new business ventures in central Massachusetts with a program that features keynote speaker Greg Bialecki, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development. Bialecki will deliver a keynote address about prospects for the growth of the state's vital tech and biotech economy, providing a unique perspective on Massachusetts' national leadership throughout the economic recovery. As Gov. Deval Patrick's chief housing and economic development advisor, Bialecki oversees the administration’s efforts in business growth, entrepreneurship, and furthering innovation throughout the Commonwealth.

The event will also feature several past entrepreneurial presenters, who will discuss their experiences since starting their ventures, including Bruce Ginsberg, CEO of ice cream technology developer MooBella; Cheryl Zimmerman, president and CEO of marine electronics firm, FarSounder Inc.; and Mitch Sanders, CEO and founder of protein sensor developer, ECI Biotech.

When
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Where
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Campus Center, Odeum (upstairs), Worcester, Mass.

About the WPI Venture Forum

The WPI Venture Forum is the only non-profit organization in central Massachusetts serving businesspeople that develop new technologies and servicing new technological ventures. The Venture Forum offers programs, workshops, and networking opportunities relevant to technology entrepreneurship, created by a corps of business, legal, and academic volunteers. For more information about the program and registration, go to: www.wpiventureforum.org/

September 14, 2010

Contact: Lorraine U. Martinelle, Public Relations Specialist, +1-508-831-6425, lurbans@wpi.edu Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu