Crowdfunding, Investing, or Both? How to Get Creative to Fund Your Startup


UMass Lowell Innovation Hub
2 Merrimack st, 3rd Floor
Haverhill, MA 01830
United States

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 5:30pm

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Funding your business means being creative, innovative and willing to do the work. Join us as we bring together experts in investing and crowdfunding to learn what’s best for your startup and the tips and tricks to secure the funding you need.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and networking; workshop begins at 6 p.m.

This program will feature experts with wealth of experience in fundraising, investing and crowdfunding. The program will be moderated by Michael Ciuchta, Associate Professor at the UMass Lowell Manning School of Business.

This series is sponsored by MTM Insurance and the Better Business Bureau.

Featured speakers:

Will Brierly, Founder of Snowrunner Productions

For the past 17 years, Will Brierly has run Snowrunner Productions. He has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists, Emmy Award-winning TV shows, NY Times best-selling authors, international government agencies, video games and more... In the past three years he has helped his clients raise over 13 million dollars on various crowdfunding platforms. He is also known for creating the first FPS (first-person Soda drinking simulation) Soda Drinker Pro which has been featured on CNN, CNBC, Mashable, Game Informer, Kotaku, Wall Street Journal and hundreds of other media outlets and has is enjoyed by millions of soda simulation enthusiasts worldwide.

Nicholas Mathews , CEO of MainVest

Coming off of nearly seven years of experience at Uber, Nicholas is an expert in GoToMarket Strategy and business operations for marketplaces. He played various roles at Uber: launching Uber’s marketing presence in New England, scaling its marketing team, going to market with every Uber core product—from UberBLACK to UberPOOL—and more. Nicholas co-founded Mainvest in 2018. MainVest is a social investment platform and Regulation Crowdfunding portal that empowers communities and small business entrepreneurs by allowing everyday Americans to invest in the local businesses they care most about and share in their wealth and success. Through MainVest, individual community members invest as little as $100 in businesses with revenue sharing notes.

Lucy Steinert , Investor at Golden Seeds

Lucy has been an angel investor all her life. Her parents would talk about investing in start-up companies at the dinner table and amazingly sometimes listened to her. She made her first Angel investment the year she graduated from business school though she wouldn't have called it that then, she would have told you she invested in a friend's startup.

Professionally, she started life at Fidelity around mutual fund management, equity and portfolio analysis, then after business school went into management consulting where she worked at AT Kearney, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, IBM and CapGemini. She has also attempted to start several companies, only one of which still exists. In spite of her accent, she has spent most of her life in Europe, and has spent the last few years learning about the peculiarities of startup investing in the US.

Today, Lucy is on Golden Seeds Leadership Team here in Boston, and mentors startups at MassChallenge and MIT. She is also the Chief Strategy Officer of Trend Community, a company that uses AI to analyze social media data to better understand Rare Disease.




What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

UMass Lowell Innovation Hub Haverhill is a 10 minute walk from the MBTA Commuter Rail station in Haverhill. Public Parking is available at the Goecke Parking Deck (86 Merrimack Street, Haverhill)

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Stephanie Guyotte at 978-934-5560 or