Boston’s Start Up Playground
For those of you interested in connecting with Start Ups, Boston is your playground! While there is plenty of start up activity here on campus, not taking advantage of Boston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is a mistake you don’t want to make if you are truly interested in innovation. Selfishly, I want to start by promoting CCD’s Boston Start Up Trek on November 7th. Open to juniors and seniors with a passion for startups and strong business/professional skills, CCD will select a group of students to visit MassChallenge‘s new seaport location for a tour and a chance to meet with a handful of startups, including Campus Tap, CrowdComfort, HigherMe, Jess Meet Ken, Voxel8, Trill, and ZOOS Greek Iced Tea. Following a simple lunch at MassChallenge, we’ll head over to LearnLaunch in Back Bay for a tour, meeting with Learn Launch Staff and at least one partner, and an opportunity to connect with their startups, including Hstry, ListenCurrent, SchoolYourself, Testive, and UConnect.. The application can be found in Career Connections (accessed through the HUB); search “start up trek” on the Career Connections Home page. Application deadline is 10/28 at midnight.
More start up news — Babson’s partnership with Greenhorn Connect is paying off in spades this semester! Pictured to the left, you’ll see the our Partnership Kick Off Meeting with myself, Suzanne Alcott from Olin, Cary Weil Lytle of Brandeis, Josh Haimsom of MIT, Molly Fohn & Meredith Sandiford of The Capital Network, and Eric Pasinski of Greenhorn Connect. The inaugural Student Start Up Dinner with HubSpot on Oct. 7th was a great success. Hosted by HubSpot’s John Nagro (Director of Engineering) and Maggie Georgieva (Product Manager), students were able to soak up start up advice and connections. 80% of student surveys received rated the dinner a 10 on a scale of 1 -10 . . . meaning they strongly recommend the dinner as worthwhile for other students to attend! The next Start Up Dinner is scheduled for the first week of November — stay tuned for more details — apply here.
Greenhorn’s Summit scheduled for this Saturday (10/25) is known for being the premier conference for students interested in startups. The day is really shaping up! Highlights of the day include:
- Mock interviews throughout the day with Yesware.
- Start Up Skills Workshops in Marketing, Sales, Technical & Product Management conducted by Startup Institute.
- Keynote Speaker: Aaron Feuer, CEO of Panorama Education (Zuckerberg’s 1st EdTech investment). He will be sharing his advice on how to best transition from college to startup life.
Students can apply for a limited amount of free tickets here. If supply has run out, Babson students can register here and use the code “BEAVERS” for a $10 discount off the $15 ticket price. Other events in the next couple of weeks to highlight are:
- October 22nd, How to Build a WINing StartUp Team, Work Bar, Central Square
- October 24th, Boston Start Up Job Fair, Microsoft NERD Center, Cambridge
- October 29th, MassChallenge Awards Ceremony, 21 Dry Dock Ave, 6th Floor, Boston
See you around the Innovation HUB!