Gemr and Adored to headline NH High Tech Council’s May 20 Entrepreneur Forum

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Next NHHTC Entrepreneur Forum is May 20.

MANCHESTER, NH – Gemr Inc. of Portsmouth and Adored Inc. of Manchester have been selected to present the challenges of their respective businesses to a panel of expert advisers in front of a  live audience May 20 at the next NH High Tech Council Entrepreneur Forum.

It’s sort of like the popular TV show “Shark Tank,” but with a focus on solutions, mentoring and opportunity. The forum  begins at 5:20 p.m. at FIRST Headquarters, 200 Bedford St., Manchester.

“Adored and Gemr both leverage new technology to create outreach and engagement opportunities for business owners and consumers,” said Matt Cookson, the Council’s executive director. “The Entrepreneur Forum is a great opportunity for Adored and Gemr to gain exposure and hear valuable advice to help them with marketing, operations and other challenges common to growing technology companies, and for BevNow to be introduced to the audience.”

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 9.13.42 PMGemr is a social community for collectors that allows them to discover, share, buy, sell, trade, and show off collectibles and unique items. Its online platform lets users browse and collectors learn valuation feedback through their desktop or via Gemr’s mobile app. The company’s founder and CEO Terry Anderson will look to the Entrepreneur Forum’s expert panel to help hone Gemr’s concept and approach for presenting it while validating its user experience.

Adored is a loyalty experience company that increases customer lifetime value by Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 9.15.58 PMcreating strong relationships and incentives for repeat customers. It uses Apple Beacon and mobile app technology with behavioral analytical data to allow businesses to tailor campaigns to their customers. Its CEO, Cory von Wallenstein, will share Adored’s story and go-to-market strategy with Entrepreneur Forum experts and its audience for valuable feedback and conversation.

BevNow, Inc. of Manchester was selected for the event’s brief “Sky Dive” presentation.

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 9.17.22 PMBevNow is a mobile app that connects golf course beverage cart vendors to thirsty golfers. Golfers indicate on the app when they would like service, and the app relays the request and manages payments. BevNow’s CEO and co-founder Jeff Kelley will briefly present the concept at the Entrepreneur Forum and be available to meet with attendees during the networking portions of the event.

Gemr and Adored will each receive 15 minutes to present their business plans and receive feedback from the panel of experts and the audience. The panel acts as venture advisors for an evening and provides potential solutions to challenges faced by entrepreneurial companies based on their own professional experiences and expertise.

Between the two presentations BevNow will lead the event’s two-minute Sky Dive portion, similar to an elevator pitch, which is tailored to helping an early-stage company or nonprofit with a specific challenge or opportunity the company is facing.

Presenting companies are matched with a member of the Council’s Entrepreneur Forum committee for help preparing their presentations, mentorship and a public speaking “boot camp” prior to the event. Presenters also typically receive significant media exposure in the promotion leading up to and during the event.

The Council is currently matching each presenting company with advisory panels best aligned with the presenters’ company and goals. To learn more about applying to be a panelist, please visit nhhtc.org or contact Matt Benson, Entrepreneur Forum Presenter Committee Chair at Cook, Little, Rosenblatt and Manson at m.benson@clrm.com.

To register for the event, visit nhhtc.org. Tickets are $15 for Council members, $30 for not-yet-members, and $10 for students.

The Council’s Entrepreneur Forum sponsors are: Autodesk; Baker Newman Noyes; Checkmate Workforce Management Solutions, Cook Little Rosenblatt & Manson, Dyn and NHBR.


Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 9.24.50 PMAbout the NH High Tech Council

The High Tech Council engages, connects, and supports member companies throughout New Hampshire. Since 1983, the Council has supported education, research, innovation, and economic development efforts that have helped New Hampshire become a national leader in entrepreneurship and business. For more information nhhtc.org or email info@NHHTC.org.


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