Thu, Feb 03|
Meet The Massachusetts Innovation Ecosystem #101
Join us to hear how the Massachusetts ecosystem has evolved and what type of support opportunities it provides to innovative startups from the region and abroad. Our seasoned professionals will share insights and answer your questions.
Time & Location
Feb 03, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST
About the event
We are starting our 2022 Meet the Ecosystem series with seasoned leaders that have been actively supporting innovation in the area, for many years.
Dr. Val Livada has been active in the innovation/entrepreneurship ecosystem for over 35 wars. He has advised Global 300 type companies, research universities, regional organizations and startups on commercializing technology. Presently Val leads the Boston Center of the EU Enrich program, connecting European ventures to the US, and is working with MIT's Materials Research and Deshpande Centers to better connect. academia and industry. He is founder of the Corporate Entrepreneurship Network, sits on the Board of Directors of Aphios Corporation, The Built Environment Coalition, AutoHarvest Foundation and Monarch Antenna. He is also advisory board member for Greentown Labs, Mass Robotics, NU's Advanced Manufacturing Group, and Portugal's. BGI Incubator. Dr. Livada holds degrees from MIT and Tufts' Fletcher School and has taught at the Sloan School of Management at MIT and the Questrom School at BU.
Ms. Joan Popolo serves as Executive Director of ACTION Innovation Network, a New England-based network of technology business incubators and other entrepreneur support organizations, focused on the sectors of cleantech, life science, robotics, marine/maritime, advanced materials and aerospace. The organization hosts programs for international growth-stage companies as they explore US market entry opportunities in the Northeast. Ms. Popolo has also worked with the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge and Northeast Cleantech Open accelerator programs in supporting early-stage ventures. Joan began her career as a research scientist in the Agricultural Biotechology Group at BioTechnica International, working to increase disease resistance and nutritional qualities of crop plants. She holds a B.S in Plant Science and Horticulture from Cornell University, and an M.S in Plant Science from Michigan State University.
Mr. Thomas Ryden is the Executive Director of MassRobotics. MassRobotics is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help grow the next generation of robotics companies. Prior to joining MassRobotics Thomas was the founder and CEO/COO of VGo Communications, Inc. While at VGo Mr. Ryden oversaw the development and launch of the VGo telepresence robot. The VGo is used by hospitals, eldercare facilities, schools and other organizations to help people stay better connected, allowing users to essentially be in two places at once. Previously, Thomas was the Director of Sales & Marketing at iRobot Corporation. Under his leadership iRobot secured over $300M in contracts and revenue from its government and industrial products increased from $2M to over $80M annually. In addition Thomas held roles in program management, overseeing the development of some of iRobot’s most successful products. Mr. Ryden serves as the co-chairman of the robotics cluster of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and is on the board of directors of AUVSI New England and the Robotics Technology Advisory Panel for ASME. Mr. Ryden has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Bentley University.