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Pitches that Worked

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


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In October we're focusing on entrepreneurs that have successfully raised funds and the pitch that got them there. 

Confirmed speakers include:

Sarah Athanas founder of GroundWork in New Bedford. 

Sarah Athanas is the co-founder and current owner of Groundwork, a coworking space in New Bedford. Prior to founding Groundwork, Sarah spent a considerable amount of time in South America, first to produce a documentary in the Patagonia region of Chile, and later as the Marketing Director for a language and travel firm with offices in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sarah returned to the United States as a freelance marketing consultant, and was inspired to create Groundwork after growing tired of working from home and out of coffee shops. Sarah is an avid surfer and serves on the board of Gnome Surf, a surf therapy organization. She is also a member of New Bedford's Regeneration Committee.

Kevin Pelissier former CEO of Mayflower Botanicals

Discussion Panelists 

Dr. Steven Bondonaro

Chief Scientist at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport Northeast Tech Bridge Regional Director

Alf Carroll 

Alf Carroll is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Black Belt at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) where he specializes in new technology program insertion.

Ramprasad Balasubramanian

Vice Provost for Research and Academic Affairs at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Leslie-Ann McGee

Asst. Director for the Consortium of Marine Robotics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 

Jerry Sgobbo

Co-Founder at Dive Technologies, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States 

UMass Dartmouth

Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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