Game Changers 2017

­The focus of the 2017 conference is the innovation economy and Worcester as a start-up community. Now in its second year, Game Changers, the business conference and expo will welcome the innovators and disruptors who continue to transform the way we do business including new opportunities in the import/export sector, high tech, biotech, and more.

Worcester has been named one of 10 emerging tech hubs in the nation by TechNet and the Progressive Policy Institute. Game Changers will explore how Worcester has attracted these innovators, how to keep them here, and what opportunities exist for area businesses as Worcester capitalizes on this start-up culture. Topics will include opportunities in the import/export sector, high tech, biotech, research and development, among others.


Friday, October 20, 2017

8 am to 1:30 pm

Mechanics Hall

321 Main Street   |   Worcester, MA



7:30 am…. Registration and Networking

8 am…….. Breakfast, Keynote, Awards

9:45 am…. Panel Session 1

11 am……. Panel Session 2

Noon…….. Lunch and Keynote

1:30 pm…. Conclude

Morning Keynote and Awards: TBD

Panels  |  Workshops

(6 sessions offered in 2 time slots from 9:45 am – 10:45 am and 11 am – Noon)


• Non-Compete Law (reform update, obstacles to start-ups)

• Life Sciences |  Biotech

• Balance Between Big Pharma and Start-ups

• Venture Capital Funding

• Video and Digital Gaming

• Start-Up Businesses (start-up culture, what start-ups look for, and how to tap into opportunities)

• Big Data: How it’s changing information gathering and audience targeting

• The Innovators and Disruptors: How Creating New Products turns an Industry Upside down 

Noon – 1:30      Luncheon and Speaker

1:30      Conclusion


Attendance at the panel discussions is free of charge with a business card.

The cost to attend other portions of the event are as follows:

Breakfast – $35
Lunch – $55
Breakfast & Lunch – $75