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.