ACCELERATOR AWARDS DAY FOR FINALISTS 

This is the big day, one where we shine a spotlight
on all 35 of our awesome startups!

This is listed in a detailed step-by-step fashion. Please be sure to review all portions of this page:
AWARDS REGISTRATION | SHOWCASE CONFIRMATION | AGENDA | JUDGESFAQs

AWARDS REGISTRATION

Every team member who has participated at least one full day of any Accelerator Bootcamp weekend is eligible for a free, non-transferable ticket.

To redeem your free, non-transferable ticket:

  1. Please use this link to go to our ImpactFlow page.
  2. Click “Register”
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page
  4. Above the “Next” Button, in light grey text click on “Have an access key?”
  5. Enter the text     2018Accelerator!

What about friends and family you ask?  Email Dorota for discounted tickets!

SHOWCASE CONFIRMATION

You'll get the same option you got at the practice showcase, unless you let us know otherwise.

Need ideas or space requirements? Check out the Showcase page. New photos to give you an idea of HOW BUSY it will be with 500+ people! 

AGENDA

7:30 AM - Arrive at MassMutual Center to set up your showcase booth.

8:30 AM - All slides due at this time. Check-in at VVM HQAll 12 presenters check their slides IN THIS FOLDER.

9:00 AM - Presentations begin at VVM HQ stage. (See FAQs.)

9:00 AM - Aclarity
9:15 AM - aligrace
9:30 AM - ACEA
9:45 AM - WeThrive
10:00 AM - BREAK
10:15 AM - adopets
10:30 AM - MedKairos
10:45 AM - OmPractice
11:00 AM - Connect2nicu
11:15 AM - BREAK
11:30 AM - SolarFi
11:45 AM - Heroes, Horses and Hounds
12:00 PM - Zimora Studio
12:15 PM - Smoothie Pro

12:30 PM - Lunch is provided. Finalists will have the upstairs to eat and unwind.  Judges will lunch downstairs.

1:15 PM - Prep for Due Diligence at MassMutual Center. (See FAQs.)

1:45 PM - Due Diligence at showcase area, MassMutual Center.  

3:00 PM - Judges meet to awards funds. Startups relax.

4:00 PM - VIP Reception - judges, special guests, and sponsors, will enjoy an exclusive reception with all startups. 

5:00 PM - General Reception / Showcase - staff your showcase booths and meet the 500+ guests 

6:20 PM - Dinner. Speakers. Big Foam checks. Fun!

8:15 PM - Dessert & Networking at showcase. Go back to your booths!

9:00 PM - Breakdown showcase displays.

9:15 PM - After party at Tower Square Grill (formerly Champions) (optional).

JUDGES

  Laurie Nuzzo McPhee  Managing Director at Golden Seeds

Laurie Nuzzo McPhee
Managing Director at Golden Seeds

  Rodney Sampson  Chairman & CEO, The Opportunity Hub

Rodney Sampson
Chairman & CEO, The Opportunity Hub

  Kate Putnam  Golden Seeds, WIT fund, Angel office hours

Kate Putnam
Golden Seeds, WIT fund,
Angel office hours

  Janine Elliott  Program Officer, VentureWell

Janine Elliott
Program Officer, VentureWell

  Manny Fernandez  DreamFunded, CEO & Co-Founder

Manny Fernandez
DreamFunded, CEO & Co-Founder

  Chris Sims  Partner, The Alchemy Fund

Chris Sims
Partner, The Alchemy Fund

  John Brown  Springfield Venture Fund, co-head

John Brown
Springfield Venture Fund, co-head

  Diane Henry  Angel Investor, Business Strategist

Diane Henry
Angel Investor, Business Strategist

  Julianne Zimmerman  Reinventure Capital Managing Director

Julianne Zimmerman
Reinventure Capital
Managing Director

  John Kole  Venture Investor, LRVHealth

John Kole
Venture Investor, LRVHealth

  Barry Schwimmer  Managing Partner, Petros CT Fund

Barry Schwimmer
Managing Partner, Petros CT Fund

  Dianne Fuller Doherty  River Valley Investors, Philanthropist

Dianne Fuller Doherty
River Valley Investors, Philanthropist

FAQs

  • Judging -
    • Criteria given to the judges: "If it were your money, and you had to invest/donate all of it...how would you do it?"
    • There is NO scoresheet for the judges
    • Each judge has an equal amount of the $150,000 to allocate, usually in 3-4 increments
    • No startup can receive more than $50,000
    • Judges cannot fund a startup they've seen a term sheet or grant app from
  • Presenting -  Each team has 8 minutes to present. Judges have a few minutes for Q&A.  There is 1 minute for transition. Presentation order was randomly assigned. 
  • Cheering/watching you peers is optional -  you can head to the conference suite upstairs to wait your turn. 
  • Due Diligence - Each judge gets to pick a team to meet with. They get 10 minutes to Q&A with you.  Then they are asked to either stay for another 10 minutes or to move on to another team.  This repeats every 10 minutes until the due diligence phase is over.
  • If you're not sure how to dress, go with business formal.
  • Your free access to the VVM space has been extended until we bring in the next accelerator cohort.  And even then, if we have room, we're happy to provide you free space and conference rooms.
  • Once you graduate, you are still part of the family!  Feel free to ask for help anytime.  A great way is to come join us for office hours over lunch.  Bring your lunch and your questions.  Just email us a request!