Western Massachusetts Venture Forum

“Where Ideas Meet Money” ™


AIC School of Business
1000 State Street,
Springfield, MA 01109
(800) 242-3142

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The editorial in the August 2001 edition of BusinessWest,

recognized the contribution of the Venture Forum
when it said:

Another positive step in the Valley’s efforts to create and foster
entrepreneurial energy was the formation last year of the Western Mass
Venture Forum Series. Staged every other month at American International
College, the forums were blueprinted with a specific mission: To link
entrepreneurs with capital.

In its first year, the program certainly did that, but it also went several
steps beyond that initial goal. While some ventures managed to receive money
from Angel investors and venture capitalists, dozens of others gained needed
attention. This exposure often translated into something that entrepreneurs
needed as much as capital – connections.

In addition, the forums featured presentations from some of the regions most
noted and successful entrepreneurs, including the principals from Concourse
Communications, BusinessWest’s Top Entrepreneurs For 2000.

What the speakers impart to their audiences is wisdom, in the form of
experience from having been down that dangerous road described earlier. But
they provide another important service – inspiration to those who might be
thinking that the road to entrepreneurship has a few too many potholes.

Is too early to say that there is another Milton Bradley or S. Prestley
Blake presenting ideas at these forums. But suffice it to say that the
venture series and other programs are creating an environment in which those
who have ideas stand a better chance of beating the odds.

The venture forum series, which will begin its second season in September,
has proven that the Valley has a number of talented young men and women
looking to turn their ideas into centers of profit – and employment. By
giving such ventures the resources they need, the Valley’s many
entrepreneurial programs are securing a better future for the entire region.

Directions to American International College

Directions to American International College


Interstate 91 South to Exit 7 (Columbus Avenue/Springfield
Center). Take a left at second traffic light onto State Street. Follow State
Street approximately two miles. When the road divides, bear left and continue
on State Street.


Interstate 91 North to Exit 4 (Broad Street). Proceed straight from the exit
approximately 1/2 mile to State Street. Take right onto State Street and
follow previous directions.


Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Exit 6 (Springfield). Take left from exit
onto Interstate 291. Take Exit 5 (East Springfield/20A). Take left at first
light onto Roosevelt Avenue. Follow Roosevelt Avenue for approximately two
miles, passing the AIC Athletic Complex on the right. After the overpass, take
second right onto Wilbraham Road. Follow Wilbraham Road approximately one mile
to the AIC campus on right.

The Karen Sprague Cultural Art Center is on the corner of State and Homer Streets. Parking is available in the lot at State and
Maynard Streets, next to City Cleaners.

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Jan 23 WMVF Meeting

“Getting The Money”

Tuesday,January 23
6:00 -9:00 p.m.
American International College
Karen Sprague Cultural Arts Center
Western Massachusetts Venture Forum
Where Ideas Meet Money

Featured Speakers

Matt Harris, CEO, Village Ventures, Inc.
David Townsend – Angel Investor

Business Plan Presentation:
Safety Tech Industries, Inc.

6:00 p.m. Registration/Networking
6:30 p.m. Featured Speaker -Your Questions
7:20 p.m. Open Mic for one minute pitches by entrepreneurs
7:30 p.m. Networking
8:00 p.m. Plan Presentation -Team Talk Firefighter System –Safety Tech
8:20 p.m. Panel Plan Review -Panelist:
Richard Feldman,President,Corporation For
Public Technologies;
Matt Harris & David Townsend
8:45 p.m. Your Questions

Upcoming Forums: March 27 & May 29

$5 members
$10 non-members

Press References

Information Systems group – http://www.infosysgrp.com/news.htm
Knowledge Technologies International – http://www.ktiworld.com/latest_news/index.shtml
Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts –
Yankee Environmental – http://www.yesinc.com/news/news.html
For calendars:  UMass Computer Science
Department – http://macdb.cs.umass.edu/cal/