Scott Bailey is the Director of Partnerships at MassChallenge. Scott is in charge of annual fundraising, building new partnerships and helping the CEO to investigate new expansion initiatives. Scott plays a critical role in the day-to-day operations of the accelerator program and competition. He connects finalists with top-tier stakeholders, partners and sponsors.
After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2009 with a degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship, he served as the Director of Client Programs at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET), a non-profit technology business incubator. During his time at VCET, Scott prospected early stage companies for the $5 Million Seed Capital Fund, founded the Entrepreneurship Club, and joined a student run startup, BlirpIt, as Director of Sales & Marketing.
Q: How/why did you become involved with Lovin’ Spoonfuls?
My connection with Lovin’ Spoonfuls first began when Ashley entered MassChallenge, a program that I help run. After learning more about her story and the impact that she was having I realized that we had a great opportunity to help connect her with our mentors and partners. I think Ashley and her team have a big vision and are well positioned to grow and support an even broader group of people.
Q: Why does Boston need Lovin’ Spoonfuls?
Boston needs Lovin’ Spoonfuls because it is an efficient and leveraged model for preventing food waste and impacting the lives of communities all over Massachusetts. I think Lovin’ Spoonfuls is true to its name because they care so much about this issue and will do whatever it takes to help improve the lives of people in need of their service.
Q: What is your favorite recipe/way to use up leftovers?
Old bananas for banana bread.
Q: What resonated with you about Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ mission? Why do you think they became such a successful MassChallenge finalist?
Although Lovin’ Spoonfuls is only serving the Boston community Ashley was focused on an impact well beyond a single city or state. Lovin’ Spoonfuls also demonstrated significant traction and ability to execute on their plan. At MassChallenge we see thousands of entrepreneurs every year and we often say that everyone has an idea, but there are few that are able to execute on them.
Q: How did MassChallenge start? What are you most proud of in the work MassChallenge has done?
MassChallenge started in 2009 at the depth of the recession and since then has been focused on inspiring society to focus on creating value rather than capturing it. We help connect top entrepreneurs from all over the world with the resources that they need to grow and succeed.
I’m personally proud to be a part of a team that has had a huge impact on the startup community in Boston and increasingly the global community as well. I also have an immense amount of respect for entrepreneurs like Ashely that go out of their way to put others in front of themselves and inspire change for people in their communities.