Laura Teicher, Executive Director
For the past two years, 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, while simultaneously serving as President of the Boston Professional Chapter of Net Impact. Her commitment to driving impactful, transformational change is underscored by her leadership over the past several years within 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’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. Her prior work experience includes 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.
Elizabeth Toner, Program Manager
Elizabeth Toner is Greentown Learn’s Program Manager in the Springfield office at the Springfield Technology Park. In this role, Elizabeth identifies and manages opportunities for hardware startups to collaborate and utilize the rich network of manufacturing resources offered in western Massachusetts. In an effort to bridge the gap between east and west, startups and manufacturing, she provides resources such as facilitating factory tours, manufacturing workshops, networking events, and open office hours.
A native of the Pioneer Valley, Elizabeth earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and German from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. After graduating, she worked in the Massachusetts State Senate, most recently as Chief of Staff for State Senator Jim Welch of West Springfield. In this role, she managed the Senator’s offices in Springfield and at the State House and worked closely with local organizations to advocate for their needs in Boston. Elizabeth is excited to continue making east-west connections and to help foster innovation and economic development in western Massachusetts in her position at Greentown.
Elizabeth is an avid reader and a novice runner. She volunteers as an English tutor at the Gray House in Springfield and especially enjoys spending time on Cape Cod with her husband, Jack.
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.