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Barbara Finer

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July 1, 2013: Our seventeenth feature to promote businesses of DEC Connection members is about Barb Finer, who has recently founded and leads TechSandBox, Inc., an innovative business promoting and nurturing start-up technology companies.



August 2014 Update:
Special Offer from Barb Finer for DEC Connection members to try out TechSandBox programs: During the rest of 2014, DEC Connection members or anyone showing an old Digital badge when they register at the door will get $20 off (which is free for more than half the programs). Go to www.techsandbox.org/calendar.html for dates of programs, SIGs, etc. Lots of Digital alums are already taking advantage of these terrific resources for networking and learning. Be sure to check out "Office Hours with Experts" - currently pro bono! Help celebrate TechSandBox' 1-year anniversary and new 501c3 status! Questions? barb@techsandbox.org or 508-485-7263. TechSandBox™ Inc., 105B South Street Hopkinton, MA 01748

Barbara was with Digital for 5 years, having started as an applications programmer in operations (aka IT) as a co-op student at Northeastern University. After a stint in Large Systems Engineering working on compilers and operating systems, Barbara left to go to her first start up. As the product manager and chief evangelist, she helped lead that company to develop a medical system for analyzing and sharing radiology information which was then acquired by Analogic. The entrepreneurship bug bit her.


After joining or starting several tech companies, typically as their business development or marketing lead, Barbara started teaching both marketing and entrepreneurship at local colleges. Barbara has been on several Boards, for profit and non, advises and mentors other young companies, and still keeps a few toes in theater and dance.


After a year of thinking about the entrepreneurial eco-system in Boston and how this region needs to ‘get its groove back’, Barbara opened a sci-tech innovation center/ incubator, TechSandBox, in Southborough.


Barbara and Senator Spilka at the Launch of TechSandBox.

Crowd at launch event for TechSandBox™, Inc. May 15

Attendees at program with speaker Kartik Shah.



The Mission of TechSandBox is to establish an innovation center to mentor, educate and support science and technology entrepreneurs with their product or service development so they are able to get their products to market faster.


As a physical destination, the goal of TechSandBox is to facilitate access to information, education, expertise and support, and inspire the sense of community and collaboration necessary to attract, grow and retain exciting sci-tech businesses in this exurb (25 miles from Boston). TechSandBox is built on models of other incubators, professional associations, and centers of innovation, taking the best-practices needed in our region.


Extensive research in 2012 confirmed the need for a catalyzing point and center of innovation to support the large number of sci-tech entrepreneurs in MetroWest. Currently, these entrepreneurs are burdened with a 2+ hour commute to Boston or Cambridge, several times a month just to have access to the resources they need.

The initial formula consists of providing mentors and advisors, co-working collaboration space, and frequent panels, lectures, seminars and workshops. Relationships have already been formed with dozens of experts and with professional associations to support this mission.

To create a vital innovation economy and community in an underserved and fragmented region of Massachusetts, focused on science and technology based startup businesses

• To provide the resources, information and training that assist in launching science and technology startups

• To support the diverse community of stakeholders who both serve and benefit from the success of these companies

Later stages of TechSandBox will include a lab incubator and support for STEM high school programs.

Barb welcomes Sponsors who believe in helping companies grow in MetroWest. People are welcome to become annual Members, and most of the programs are open to the public. See the calendar http://www.techsandbox.org/calendar.html


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