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WooTank Intercollegiate Showdown

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm

BrickBox Theater at the JMAC

Get ready for an electrifying evening of talent and entertainment at the WooTank Intercollegiate Showdown! Venture Forum is proud to host this inaugural event in partnership with the participating colleges and WorcLab.

Over the course of the evening, eight student run companies will pitch their opportunity to a panel of sharks to try to get one or more of them to allocate real money into their venture. Negotiations will take place in real time on the stage.

Whether you're a student looking to support your peers and school or simply love a good show, this event promises to be an unforgettable evening. So mark your calendars and be prepared to be blown away by the WooTank Intercollegiate Showdown!

This event is open all to the public to attend. Pre-registration will be required. This can be found on our event registration form.


Participating Colleges


How to Participate: Undergraduate Students

If you are a undergraduate student currently enrolled at a participating college or university, please reach out to your respective contact:

  • Clark UniversityTeresa Quinn, Program Manager, Clark University Entrepreneurship & Innovation

  • Holy Cross Rob Murner, Director & EIR, Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics and Society

  • Nichols CollegeTimothy Liptrap, Chair, Entrepreneurship

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)Ardian Preci, Director, The Business Development Lab​​

Ground Rules for Students:

  • To participate your team must be presented by a participating college

  • The team must consist of all undergraduate students

  • Pre-revenue and revenue generating businesses can participate

  • You must have all the documentation to include a pitch, business plan, financial forms and other related materials submitted one-week prior to the pitch contested on April 2, 2024.

Event Details

The 2024 Inaugural event will be held on April 2, 2024 from 5:00 - 8:00 at the BrickBox Theater at the JMAC


  • 5:00 pm - Doors Open and Networking

  • 5:45 pm - Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • 6:15 pm - College Teams Present

  • 8:15 pm - Closing Remarks


The BrickBox is a performance venue where professional artists are empowered to have their music, dance, films, plays, installations, cabarets, and other performance events presented to audiences eager for a wide range of creative experiences.


Learn more at

JMAC  | Jean McDonough Arts Center
20B Franklin Street
Worcester, MA 01608

Meet Your Host


A familiar face to the crowd at Hanover Insurance Park, Dave was hired to lead the Bravehearts in October, 2013. He previously served as VP of Sales & Marketing for the Worcester Tornadoes and handled emcee responsibilities for on-field promotions from 2005 - 2010. His 20-year marketing career began as a Promotions Director for 104.5 WXLO in Worcester, and he also worked three years in the advertising industry as an Account Manager for Idea Agency in Sturbridge. He is a 2011 recipient of the Worcester Business Journal's "40 Under Forty" award and was named FCBL Executive of the Year in 2014, 2019, and 2022. You may also find "Peterman" performing his patented "rally dance" when the team is behind in the late innings. [Photo by Jeff Baker]

Meet the Sharks


Brian Geisel

CEO, Geisel Software


Mark Wingertzahn

Senior Vice President R&D - Head of Translational Medicine, Program Strategy and Regulatory Affairs

Thank you to our Sponsors




Venture Forum is a startup community sparking economic growth and job creation by helping entrepreneurs launch and scale their businesses in Central Massachusetts, is proud to host the inaugural WooTank – Intercollegiate Showdown event. Over the course of the evening, 8 students run companies will pitch their business opportunity to a panel of investors to try to get one or more them to invest real money into their venture. Negotiations will take place in real time on the stage.

Venture Forum’s vision is for Worcester will be among the next generations of globally competitive startup hubs where tech entrepreneurs can access mentorship, capital, and talent at every stage of entrepreneurial growth.

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