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    • 13 Nov 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE)

    PIRANHA POND 2019!

    DATE CHANGE! November 13, 2019


    Piranha Pond, modeled after the popular television show “Shark Tank”, is a pitch contest for early stage companies.  This year, for the first time, the best pitch will win over $10,000 in cash and in-kind services.  Entrepreneurs will pitch for 5 minutes, and a panel of angel investors will determine the most compelling pitch.  There will also be an audience favorite award. 

    The ideal company will be technology oriented, beyond the idea stage, have the potential to be a scale company, and will have raised funds from friends/family or grants such as SBIR’s or from state agencies.

    Key Dates

    October 25, 2019: Pitch Applications Due

    November 1, 2019: Applicants Notified

    November 6, 2019: Mandatory Pitch Practice

    You must RSVP in advance (before November 8), so that we can properly set up the facility and order enough food for everyone.

    Judges Include:

    Paul Edelman: Angel Investor

    Seasoned organization development consultant, executive coach, and facilitator; 18 years’ angel investing experience. Has also been a start-up executive, board chair, and advisory-board member. Rapid-growth experience includes helping scale a new AT&T subsidiary from planning team to 2,400 employees, and a VC-backed startup from seven to 75 employees and $6M in revenue prior to acquisition for $55M. 

    Bert Lederer: Executive Director: Cherrystone Angel Group

    Edward Melia: Managing Director: Evolution Global Growth Partners

    Edward Melia has more than 25 years experience spanning global business management, strategy consulting, entrepreneurship, venture capital, private equity and mergers & acquisitions. In his career, Edward has focused on disruptive innovation with specific sector proficiency in life sciences and technology. Edward currently serves as Managing Director of Evolution Global Growth Partners. He and his associates provide advisory services to improve the health, growth and profitability of private and public life science companies. The Evolution team helps client companies expand revenues, increase profit, and enhance enterprise value via new product development and launch, expansion into new global markets, and strategic mergers and acquisitions.

    Gregory Murdoch: Saunders Murdoch

    Katherine Putnam: Angel investor, Golden Seeds

    Kate Putnam is a Managing Director at Golden Seeds, an angel group that invests in team with diverse founders. She is also a mentor at MIT, MassChallenge, Valley Venture Mentors and Vineyard Mentors among others. She has judged pitches all over New England. She sits on the advisory boards of Pixm and UMass College of Information and Computer Science and the board of the Connecticut River Conservancy. She spent 11 years on the board of a major healthcare delivery system. Her past experience includes money center corporate banking, consulting and 20 years running a custom machinery manufacturer. She has lived in metropolitan New York, western MA and now southeastern MA.

    Thorne Sparkman: Managing Director, Slater Technology Fund

    • 12 Dec 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE)

    Join us on December 12th for an extraordinary evening with Dolores Hirschmann.  

    Dolores is an experienced entrepreneur, coach, speaker and organizer of TedX talks. Dolores will be sharing a talk entitled:

    18 MINUTES OF IMPACT: Moving from delivering information to engaging your audience.

    This topic is designed for decision-makers, C-level executives, sales teams, and entrepreneurs. Participants will learn a step-by-step framework that will help them create presentations that engage and move their audiences to action. They will understand that every time they are in front of an audience they are responsible for an EMOTIONAL experience, and they will learn how to craft the message AND the experience into a seamless talk that uses both relevant storytelling, data, and case studies. 

    WHY THIS TOPIC? We live in a world where information is available and can be delivered in an efficient and productive way. Leaders DO NOT NEED to deliver ALL the information in each presentation. Their job is to trigger their audience emotionally so that they can embrace the topic intellectually.


    1) Participants will craft a talk they can present to the world

    2) Participants will learn how to put presentations together easily and the best practices in effective presentations including the use of stories and how to integrate data and statistics while keeping the engagement

    3) Participants will discover that the first 60 seconds of a presentation are the most important to ensure the audience is engaged and invested in what they have to say

    About Dolores

    Dolores is an internationally recognized STRATEGIST & COACH. She helps clients clarify their “idea worth sharing”, design their communication strategies, and implement business growth systems. Her clients become speakers and authors and take their message to larger audiences like TEDx and beyond. She works through group coaching, workshops, one on one coaching, as well as public speaking. Dolores is a writer, TEDx Organizer, and participant in TED conferences. She is a CTI certified and ICF accredited coach and has a business degree from the Universidad de San Andres, Argentina. Originally from Buenos Aires, Dolores speaks fluent Spanish, English, and French and lives in Dartmouth, MA with her husband and four children.

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