We are delighted to introduce Jim Stanczak as our newest venture adviser.
Jim currently works in angel investing, due diligence, and strategic planning. He is the founder of Tako Holdings, former partner at Toji Trading, and former VP at Bank of America. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Boston University Questrom School of Business.
Welcome aboard Jim!
Western New England Demo Day Connects Local Startups to Investors.
This is an invite-only event for active & accredited investors to hear pitches from startups with a connection to Western New England. Startups get an optimized way to meet a room full of different investors, many with a strong interest in companies connected to the region. Investors get a first look at the startups, meet the founders, and network with other investors.
We are delighted to introduce Don Kozera as our newest venture adviser.
Don is currently a Senior Consultant at FranchiseWell and President/CEO of Human Resources Unlimited. He is also the former CSO at Viability. He graduated American International College with an Master of Business Administration.
Welcome aboard Don!
We are delighted to introduce Norman Smith as our newest venture adviser.
Norman is an innovative executive adviser to privately held businesses with extensive experience leading and managing complex organizations in sophisticated and challenging environments. He has a hands-on style, working closely with Boards, CEO's and CFO's. He’s also a top notch communicator and insightful educator.
Welcome aboard Norm!
BusinessWest, the premier business publication of Western Massachusetts, kindly made Launch413 their cover story this week. In the story they explain our unique business model that puts entrepreneurs first, interview one of our venture advisors (Meghan Henshon), and go on to interview two of our portfolio company CEOs: Lisa Papademetriou (Bookflow) and Doug Hexter (Wooftrax).
Thirty-five start-ups and lots of their supporters met local investors at the Valley Venture Hub in Springfield June 13th.
All the start-ups had some relation to western Mass: some were born here, some were alumni of Valley Venture Mentors, some attended school here, and some are located here.
The investors were also tied to western Mass and included individuals, angel groups, and investment funds.
The start-ups ranged from enterprises that have already received significant funding to those that are currently bootstrapping and thinking about obtaining outside funds.
The process was somewhat similar to speed-dating. The start-ups pitched their businesses and then the investors were able to meet with them individually.
Investors were able to find companies they may (some day) have an interest in funding, and the start-ups were able to learn what the funders would expect of them.
Western Mass Demo Day was organized by Paul Silva of Launch413 in partnership with the other investor groups in the western Mass entrepreneurship ecosystem.
The event was held at the beautiful Valley Venture Mentors space in downtown Springfield.
Thirty-five pitches and their subsequent break-out sessions made for a long day, but Paul Silva’s unflagging energy, the valuable assistance of his team (Ethan and Will), and all the participants’ good humor and desire to make it work kept spirits high.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the 2020 Western Mass Demo Day!
Your reporter, Rick Plaut, is a co-founder of Launch413, a member of River Valley Investors, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Smith College.
Have you heard? We’re a part of this event. If you are a startup or an investor with a connection to Western or Central MA, check it out!
Western Mass Demo Day Connects Local Startups to Investors.
This is an invite-only event for active & accredited investors to hear pitches from startups with a connection to Western Massachusetts. Startups get an optimized way to meet a room full of different investors, many with a strong interest in companies connected to the region. Investors get a first look at the startups, meet the founders, and network with other investors.
This event is organized by a coalition of the region's startup investors including: Launch413, River Valley Investors, Springfield Venture Fund, Milltown Capital, Alchemy Fund, Golden Seeds, the Maroon Fund, and the event is hosted by our friends at Valley Venture Mentors. For regulatory compliance reasons, representatives of other investment groups & funds who wish to attend need simply request an invitation. Members of the local entrepreneurship ecosystem who wish to observe may also request an invitation.
Value Proposition for Startups
If you want to raise money now or in the near future, Western MA Demo Day puts you in a room full of people with money, who actively invest in companies like you, and who are keen to be helpful. And... there is no fee to apply or participate!
Learn more & apply at: www.westernmademoday.com