Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Entrepreneurial Leaders Tackle Structural Issues in Funding Environment

Members of MassTLC's Entrepreneurial Cluster Advisory Board gathered to plan the future direction of the group. Participants at the meeting included James Geshwiler, CommonAngels; Lee Hower, Point Judith Capital; Brad Johnson, YouCastr; Tom Hopcroft, MassTLC; Christine Nolan, MassTLC ; Simeon Simeonov, Fast Ignite; Jeff Stoler, McCarter & English; Reid Sturtevant, Microsoft. Special thanks to Comerica and McCarter & English for their support of this cluster.

Building on the mission of the Cluster -- to facilitate meaningful dialog and action among the region's entrepreneurial leaders to support successful new venture creation -- the group decided to create forum for "high potential" entrepreneurs to connect, share, learn, build relationships and get advice from each other and from seasoned entrepreneurs in the community. These groups will also work on systemic issues related to entrepreneur funding and innovation in the region and strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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