2008-2009

WPI Venture Forum to Focus on Ways Entrepreneurs Can Start and Grow Business Despite Tough Economy

The Jan. 13 WPI Venture Forum will feature three financial experts talking about today's economic outlook for raising capital to start and grow a business, where entrepreneurs can seek funding, and whether start-up companies can raise money without superstar status, given today's down economy. The event will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Campus Center Odeum.

Jan. 13 Event to Feature Three Financial Experts' Take on Challenges

What

The Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Venture Forum will feature three financial experts talking about today’s economic outlook for raising capital to start and grow a business, where entrepreneurs can seek funding, and whether start-up companies can raise money without superstar status, given today’s down economy.

  • Business consultant Jerry Schaufeld, WPI’s professor of entrepreneurship, will address how to find the money for business start-up and growth.
  • Abbott Weiss will talk about turnaround funding and financial challenges facing distressed organizations. Currently an independent consultant and a senior lecturer at MIT, Weiss is also a visiting senior lecturer at Simmons College School of Management.
  • VC screening and due diligence will be the subjects for Paul Tu, principal at Massachusetts Technology Development Corp., a leading edge venture capital firm that invests in the start-up and expansion of early-stage technology companies in Massachusetts.

When

Tuesday, Jan. 13: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for networking; 6:30-9 p.m., program

Where

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Campus Center Odeum Room
100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass.

Note

$15 members; $25 non-members; register/pay online before 3 p.m. to get a pre-printed nametag. Sign up online.

January 8, 2009

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