MATTO seminars


Dear MATTO members,

You are invited to a MATTO seminar on Wednesday, November 15, 2017:

“Engaging Alumni in University Entrepreneurship”

Please note that our seminar will be in a slightly different location just a short walk from our usual meeting room: Cloud City Room, 14th floor, CIC, 101 Main Street, Cambridge.

Alumni are an excellent resource to help evaluate intellectual property and start up efforts coming out of the university.  The panelists will discuss different efforts that show how to engage alumni in a positive way without asking them for money!   Using their commercial experience to help evaluate new ideas can assist in the intelligent use of patent dollars.  Another aspect of the panel will be how alumni are used to coach and mentor not only spin-outs from the university, but alumni to alumni assistance with spin outs.  Finally, there will be a discussion of the emerging creation of separate, for profit, venture funds created by alumni to focus on this ecosystem around the University.


  • Todd Keiller, Director, Intellectual Property and Innovation, WPI
  • Robert MacWright, Director, Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property, UMass Amherst
  • Nancy Saucier, Director, New Venture Development, UMass Lowell

Seminar Organizer: Robert Benson, Principal, South Shaker Associates


The seminar is free but you have to register on this link 

Refreshments and Networking at 3:30 – 4:00 PM.