Take a look at this article profiling one of our signature events that appeared in the New London Day this past weekend.
New London – No pressure: Just three minutes to tell a little something about yourself and see whether you and a potential partner might find a little chemistry together.
Only this isn’t a speed-dating service; it’s a new way of business networking called PowerMatch and it was held late last month at Tony D’s restaurant, where 14 entrepreneurs took the time to describe their companies and find out more about others in the region.
“You never know where this will lead – but it always leads to something,” said Peter Walsh, who attended as business development director at Astor Place Inc., the digital media firm on State Street.
CTC holds PowerMatch events around the state nearly every month, according to Scricca, but hadn’t held one in southeastern Connecticut for about two years. Scricca said the events here might not be as well attended as in entrepreneurial hotspots such as New Haven and Stamford, but he is committed to bringing one networking event a year to the region so that technology leaders can become educated about what other like-minded businesses in the region are up to.
“There’s a lot of cool stuff going on,” Scricca said.
He said the speed-dating approach taken by PowerMatch is an efficient way to meet as many people as possible without investing large amounts of time on companies without partnership potential.
Traditionally, the event includes no more than 21 pre-screened senior executives, with seven tables set up to rotate in 10-minute increments. Each person at a table gets three minutes to summarize his or her company’s business model before a bell rings and everyone switches seats.
With only 14 people attending last month’s PowerMatch,executives had more time to swap information and were provided more opportunities for interaction than at similar events elsewhere. There also was time to connect during a cocktail hour and dinner held earlier in the eventing.
“It’s a fun event,” Scricca said. “It’s guaranteed you’re going to meet the people that are in the room.”
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