What is the WPI Venture Forum?
Venture Forum is the only non-profit organization in central Massachusetts serving those developing and servicing new technologies and/or technology ventures.
The organization runs a Business Plan Contest and a Pitch contest. And yes, it is for money, of course.
The first round pitch this year is October 16, 2010. See you there.
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We are (mostly) moved in.
See, it goes like this: it's an incubator space, close to WPI. So we have all manner of furniture in a space that provides lighting, power, HVAC and a lock on the door. And, that's about it.
And that's fine. It is, as they say, a start.
We have whiteboards. There is a big conference table. We have chairs that are decent, ergonomically speaking. And we have a soldering station and our stuff (screws, robotic arms, electrical tape and whatnot) is fairly well sorted. There is a coffee maker and a small fridge.
Little touches are appearing, like my Wegman calendar, and Bob's photographs. Plus there's Kevin's remote controlled helicopter.
Yes, we have a company helicopter. It can only transport a few amoebae (or a really small mouse), but we still have one. Kevin flew it around the office on Friday after we had put the furniture in, and it is a fun little toy. If you come over, and someone yells, "Duck!", well, now you know why they might be doing that.
At some point, we will have an Open House, when things are more together. But not only was it fun to get the stuff in and fairly well arranged, there was a while there where we were all sitting and working. I was typing a blog draft, Kevin was coding, Bob was looking at email and Alex was putting stuff into drawers (Greg is in Baltimore right now, but he was there in spirit). It felt, for lack of a better term, real.
We are getting there. And that is definitely a good half of the fun.
Just don't forget to duck on occasion.
If you were in the Worcester area, we hope that you got a chance to swing by our booth at the WPI RICC. We were there in full force with some of our modules and the demo face. I gave a talk about "Agile Robotics" and shared some of the experiences that we had while working on NR. It was a pretty good presentation and fit nicely with our "Most Elegant Solution" award that we gave to the team from Harvey Mudd's spatial reasoning and mapping robot.Continue reading
Tonight at the WPI Venture Forum we were presented with the Kalenian Award's First Honorable Mention! The award is intended to give "seed funds to support and advance the ideas and inventiveness of WPI students, faculty and alumni(ae)." We were given a $5000 cash prize along with $5000 in legal services in kind by the Wolf Greenfield, a law firm that specializes in IP law.Continue reading
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