Laura Teicher, Executive Director
Laura leads Greentown Learn to ensure delivery on mission, and impact of programs to the growing cleantech and hardware startups that we serve. She is responsible for the health and sustainability of the organization overseeing all operational, financial, and program management, and setting forward-looking strategy.
Prior to working with Greentown Learn, Laura served as Executive Director at the Boston chapter of TiE, the largest global not-for-profit network dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship. Previously, Laura managed business operations at a small, rapidly scaling financial firm, designing the systems to support the growth and evolution of the firm and the team. At the same time, Laura served as President of the Boston Professional Chapter of Net Impact, a worldwide network that connects and empowers young professionals seeking to use business as a force for positive environmental and social impact. Laura remains on the Advisory Council there, underscoring her commitment to driving impactful, transformational change.
Laura’s analytical and creative approach to identifying and tackling organizational opportunities stems from a unique background that includes work experience in innovation, operations, and policy, and degrees in business, studio art, and English. Laura earned her M.B.A. from Boston University in 2012. With a focus on building cross-cultural teams and creating shared value, she completed portions of her studies in China and Brazil. Prior to completing her graduate degree, Laura worked for three years with the Massachusetts Senate.
Matt Sweitzer, Program Manager
Matt is a strategic sourcing specialist for hardware based technology startups. He helps companies scale by providing engineering and manufacturing resources and education. He has supported over 100 hardware startups across the Commonwealth and has sourced manufacturing and engineering for over 30 products. He manages a network of 200 Massachusetts based manufacturing, engineering, and other essential firm necessary to a hardware startups growth. Matt hosts supply chain and product development office hours, tours of manufacturing facilities, monthly manufacturing meetups, and other related educational workshops.
Prior to working with Greentown Learn, Matt graduated from Endicott College with a major in Entrepreneurship. He facilitated Endicott’s business accelerator program, FUEL (Future Unique Entrepreneurial Leaders). Through hosting networking events and enacting their marketing plan, Matt grew the program from 10 active members to 30 and increased FUEL’s number of businesses served by 600% in one year.
He is passionate about product and business development and is an avid musician.
Timothy Ewing, Associate
Timothy is the Manufacturing Initiative Associate for Greentown Learn. He is a second-year student and first time Co-op at Northeastern University, studying Entrepreneurship and Finance. As the manufacturing initiative associate he aims to assist start-ups with their product development and connect start-ups with manufacturing in the area. This includes coordinating factory tours, hosting lunch and learns, and introducing start-ups to the right manufacturers.
Outside of Greentown, Tim also works with several University accelerators, including Northeastern’s IDEA and and Wentworth’s Accelerate, as both a venture and mentor. He is very passionate about both the engineering and business sides of start-ups, and would love to hear about what Greentown members are working on.
In his free time, he can be found watching and making movies, hiking, traveling and generally exploring.