Network

Need mentoring, funding, or business connections?

Our long-standing relationships with entrepreneurial organizations, professional service providers and sources of capital will help you start, scale and sustain!  

 

[Locally engaged, nationally connected]

 

Angel Capital Association (ACA)

  • Nationwide association of 240+ professional angel groups and 13,000+ angel investors
  • Helps improve returns and promote effective public policies for angels and startups

B Lab

  • B Corporation rating system for for-profit entities that consider society and environment in addition to profit in their mission
  • Rating system tests rigorous standards verified by a comprehensive, independent and transparent third-party

Burlington Business Association (BBA)

  • Alliance of 260+ businesses serving Burlington’s cultural, social, political, educational and economic vitality.
  • The BBA advocates on issues that directly impact local businesses.

Champlain College’s BYOBiz

  • Program provides student entrepreneurs mentorship opportunities
  • Network of expert mentors and other strategic, financial, legal, technical, operational and managerial resources

Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN)

  • Network of over 45,000 people and 14 chapter cities
  • Helps students build entrepreneurial skills through strategic advice, mentoring, networking, and workshops

Investors’ Circle

  • Oldest, largest and most successful early-stage impact investing network
  • Supports hundreds of angels, venture capitalists, foundations and family offices
  • Ken Merritt is a member of the Board of Directors

LaunchVT

  • $75K business pitch competition ran by the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce
  • Provides startups with mentorship, exposure and education

MassChallenge

  • World’s largest startup accelerator and competition supporting early-stage entrepreneurs
  • Non-profit organization selects 128 companies annually to compete for $1 million granted to top companies

MiddCORE

  • Middlebury’s 4-week summer program building students’ tools for success
  • Provides expert mentorships and hands-on challenges, developing leadership and communications skills

MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF)

  • Global non-profit network of dedicated professionals with local chapters
  • Seeks to bolster the entrepreneurial ecosystem by educating, connecting, and coaching technology entrepreneurs

North Country Angels (NCA)

  • Vermont’s only angel capital group
  • Ken Merritt is the Managing Director

Peak Pitch

  • Skiing, networking and pitch event for entrepreneurs and investors by FreshTracks Capital L.P.
  • M&M is a founding sponsor

Road Pitch

  • Motorcycle trip around Vermont by FreshTracks Capital L.P., matching investors, entrepreneurs and advisors with startups
  • Hosts pitch competitions for entrepreneurs seeking advice and capital
  • M&M is a founding sponsor

Slow Money Alliance

  • Non-profit that facilitates the flow and impact of investor capital to local food enterprises
  • Ken Merritt is a founding member

Vermont Biosciences Alliance

  • Strengthens the position of medicine and bio-science as a leading industries in the Vermont
  • Encourages careers in scientific businesses and research by building innovative programs, mentorships and legislation

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR)

  • Non-profit business trade organization hosting 750+ business members with a mission to advance business ethics
  • Values economic, social, and environmental bottom lines while continuing profitability
  • M&M is a founding member

Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET)

  • Non-profit corporation with a leading-edge technology incubator program
  • Mission to increase technology startups and accelerate next generation job creation for Vermont

Vermont Employee Ownership Center (VEOC)

  • Non-profit promoting employee ownership to deepen employee participation, retain jobs, increase living standards

Vermont Farm to Plate

  • With a mission to improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters, this statewide initiative increases economic development and jobs in Vermont’s farm and food sector
  • M&M is a proud sponsor

Vermont Specialty Food Association (VSFA)

  • Nation’s oldest and most highly regarded specialty food association
  • Helps support farms and agri-tourism, providing healthy, wholesome and natural food products

Vermont Technology Alliance (vtTa)

  • Non-profit association strengthening the voice of Vermont’s technology industry
  • Advocates on policies that expand technology jobs and businesses

Vermont Venture Network (VVN)

  • Event calendar featuring local venture-related activities for entrepreneurs, investors, and interested parties
  • At the heart of the Vermont entrepreneurial community for more than 25 years
  • M&M is a founding sponsor

Women Business Owners Network (WBON)

  • Platform enabling members’ personal and professional growth
  • Provides networking, peer-to-peer support, and educational opportunities