Startup activity is emerging as a major trend in Worcester, evidenced by ten24, Bluefin, Bluestream, KBioBox and many others moving into the city. At the same time co-working spaces are popping up all over with IdeaLab, WCTI, RunningStart designed to provide support and provide space for emerging startups. The cities major institutions WPI Tech Advisors Network, Venture Forum, and the Chamber's Startup Worcester among others are actively sponsoring events designed to promote entrepreneurship in Worcester. In recognition of this, a serious online magazine Axios included Worcester in its roundup of the Top 10 emerging start-up hubs in the nation.
Its never been a better time to be an entrepreneur in Worcester.
Startup founders and CEO face unique management and personal challenges that go beyond office space, encouragement, and business coaching. For many entrepreneurs business milestones such as securing outside financing, organizing a board, running offsite meetings, hiring beyond the first ring of founders is both exhilarating and overwhelming.
There is a first time for everything and for founders going through it, this experience is surely hard-won, and therefore highly valuable experience to share with peers who might be faced with a similar challenge for the first time.
I conceived the Worcester Area Founder and CEO Meet Up as a way for startup leaders to meet on regular basis, share experiences, and learn from each other. As a former venture backed CEO, I'll moderate and facilitate the events and try to foster discussion among the group. Each meeting will allow for time to cover a topic important to startup CEO's in depth. Example topics include financing strategy and financial management, sales and marketing, hiring, and so on. We'll use case studies wherever possible and provide room for 1 or more founder/CEO's to share a challenge they are facing and get feedback from the group.