NH High Tech Council wants you to take a dip in a kinder, gentler ‘Shark Tank’

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MANCHESTER, NH  – Are you ready for a dip in NH’s kinder, gentler, “Shark Tank”?

NH High Tech Council, which organizes the event, is putting the call out for presenters to participate in the first Entrepreneur Forum of 2015 , which will take place at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11 at FIRST headquarters, 200 Bedford St., in Manchester.

Likened to the popular television show Shark Tank, but “without the fins” the Entrepreneur Forum is a chance for companies – both startups and established businesses – to gain insight and advice about a business opportunity or issue from a panel of handpicked experts in front of a live audience. Presenters have 15 minutes to provide an overview of their company and subject matter – which can range from marketing advice to product viability and anything in between – to a panel of three experts and the attendees. The panel acts as venture advisors for an evening and provides potential solutions based on their own professional experiences and expertise.

“After each forum, we hear tremendous feedback from presenters about the many valuable takeaways they get from the presenting experience,” said Matt Cookson, the Council’s executive director. “Not only is the business advice from the panelists and the audience invaluable, but the networking, connections to New Hampshire’s smartest tech minds and publicity make applying to be an Entrepreneur Forum presenter a clear value-add.”

Between the two presentations, a 90-second “Sky Dive” is held during which a start-up or

Matt Lally of iGlobe makes his pitch during an Entrepreneurial Forum May 2013.
Matt Lally of iGlobe makes his pitch during an Entrepreneurial Forum May 2013.

nonprofit organization will look for feedback on a specific challenge or opportunity that it is facing.

To apply to be a presenter, please complete the application form and direct any questions to Matthew Benson, presenter committee chair via email or phone at mbenson@clrm.com or 603-621-7115.

Entrepreneur Forums happen three times a year and are held at FIRST headquarters The cost for the event is $15 for Council members, $30 for not-yet members, and $10 for students. Refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

Entrepreneur Forum sponsors are: Autodesk; Baker Newman Noyes; Dyn; Capital Regional Development Council (CRDC); and Ziftr. The New Hampshire Business Review is the media sponsor.

About 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, or to sponsor a software cluster event, please visit the NHHTC website at nhhtc.org or email the Council at info@NHHTC.org.

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