Opportunities for Startups and Supporters
Boston Tech Comes Together to Help Conquer COVID-19 (Virtual Summit)
BNT is planning this virtual summit for the last week of April, for our 50k members, across 14 meetup groups. Do you have an inspiring story about helping others during this crisis and/or how the crisis has changed your business? Or, can you offer information, advice and resources to help the community and businesses conquer their current challenges? There is no fee to participate. You will have 10 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions. Apply to present virtually at this event here and send us an email to let us know you've done so.
MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge: Startup Spotlight 2020
No in-person events? No prob, we'll pivot. We're giving startups a virtual platform to share their demos and a chance to win prizes that support restaurants. For 40+ years, we’ve given startups and the tech community a platform to share what they’re working on, learn from each other and grow their networks and businesses. The Startup Spotlight, usually held in June, has traditionally been a time for us to gather together for a cocktail networking reception, peruse tables of startup demos….and vote for our favorites. While we don’t know what life will be like in June, or even next week, we do know this: Startups and small businesses are everything for our economy and they need our support and encouragement now more than ever! So, this year, instead of hosting a one-night, in-person affair, we’re adapting to our new reality and changing things up. Apply Today
Startup Founders and Tech/Startup Experts Needed for Virtual Events
Can you give a virtual demonstration of your tech product or speak on a tech, health or business topic at one of BNT's upcoming virtual events? There is no fee to participate and you'll receive publicity with BNT's 27k members/subscribers. Sign Up to Speak Virtually
DCU Fintech Innovation Center
Applications for the DCU FinTech Innovation Center’s Summer 2020 cohort (Class Eight) are now open! Now more than ever, the world needs FinTech to solve systemic problems, and the Center is here to support you. They’ve worked with over sixty of startups and recently expanded globally supporting world class entrepreneurs in Boston, Toronto, Chicago, and San Francisco. They’re committed to each of their companies, providing access to countless C-Suite level mentors, personal time with all DCU executives, over $250,000 in FinTech specific partnerships focused on growth, one year of free office space in the heart of Downtown Boston, and access to a FinTech network for no equity or fees. Apply by 5/1
Present Your Tech Startup Live at Boston New Technology
Want Free Publicity for Your Events?
BNT is building a new events calendar to offer members more online events and more local live events. If you are running or participating in any free and/or not-for-profit startup, tech, health or business events, virtual or live, please submit the website or registration URL and we will add it to BNT's events calendar and email newsletters to 27k. Submit Your Event(s)
Helpful Engineering Challenge: COVID-19 / Coronavirus - Treatments and Therapeutics
HelpfulEngineers is an open source group of 3,000+ members who have congregated to develop solutions for the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. Developers and medical professionals are needed to help design innovative ways to fight the virus. We are quickly trying to design and arrange the production of pragmatic devices to move life-saving air, extend existing tools, or organize volunteers on the ground to bolster medical workers. Free. Join Today
Pitch Your Startup at GSVLabs' Pitch Madness University Tour: Battle of Boston
Pitch Madness is launching their first university tournament in Boston Mass. The top schools in the world will have students representing in startup debates! Pitch Madness organizes debate competitions where we match up Startups founders in head to head tournament and have them debate each other around the different approaches and strategies they implement for growing their company. This particular tournament will be for founders associated with some of the top universities in Boston. We will select 8 graduate or undergraduate students to compete in front of top VC's and executives within the Boston tech community. Apply by 3/26
Pepperdine University Most Fundable Competition
MIT: 2020 Water Innovation Prize
Have a big idea related to water? Apply for this startup competition that awards up to $35K in innovation grants annually to student-led teams from across the country and internationally. Participants will be paired with mentors as they prepare a business plan and final presentation, culminating in a Final Pitch Night to a panel of judges on April 22. Apply Today
Greentown Labs Bold Ideas 2020
Want to work with Schneider Electric? Bold Ideas 2020, a program run out of Greentown Labs, will give a handful of startups unparalleled access to the mentoring, connections, insights, and business and technical resources they need to drive partnerships with Schneider Electric. Bold Ideas 2020 is for pre-Seed to Series B stage entrepreneurs who can enable the swift deployment, integration, and operation of energy storage assets at scale. The structured program is rooted in driving partnership traction. Apply by 5/01
Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge V (#CPCathome)
Identify new concepts in Digital Health that can prevent health crises and better managing chronic conditions. More broadly, the Connected Patient Challenge is designed to foster a digital health innovation community where discussion with input from many sources can build strong, robust challenge submissions leading to successful, life-changing diagnostics, devices, therapies and patient management programs. Learn more and Submit your Ideas
The Capital Network Fellowship
Calling Female Founders! Application for The Capital Network Fellowship for Female Entrepreneurs is open through February 28th! It provides a FREE six-month membership and unlimited access to all the educational fundraising programs and resources TCN has to offer! Apply to get the education, mentorship, network and support you need to grow your business. More Information Here
Be a BUILD Mentor
Boston high school students are launching their own businesses and they need you! Invest in the next leaders of Boston by signing up to be a mentor. Mentors work with their BUILD team to develop and strengthen skills like communication, collaboration, innovation and grit as well as empowering BUILD students to take charge of their education, careers, and life. Mentoring takes place weekly at our partner schools during the early afternoon. Use your lunch hour to make a difference in a young person’s life while connecting with other like-minded professionals in Boston. Learn More and Sign Up
The Capital Network: Launchpad on Demand Office hours from your computer
First Thursday of every month. A great opportunity for entrepreneurs! Get real time feedback from experienced angel investors, without the pressure of a formal pitch session. You’ve got questions and we have answers! Entrepreneur participation is capped to allow for a 3-3 ratio of angels to entrepreneurs giving you the best one on one discussion, all from the comfort of your computer or mobile device. Launchpad members are ready to answer your most burning questions and give you practical advice on what steps to take next. Learn More and Sign Up
If you are a Boston-area women-led startup or small business, apply now to be a part of iFundWomen Boston, in partnership with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Women Entrepreneurs Boston (WE BOS). iFundWomen is a platform designed to help the city's female entrepreneurs raise the capital needed to get their ideas off the ground. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply Today
SOLIDWORKS for Entrepreneurs
For early-stage hardware startups that meet the eligibility criteria, the SOLIDWORKS for Entrepreneurs program offers software, training, and co-marketing resources, at no cost, to help you succeed! Learn More and Apply here. SOLIDWORKS offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SOLIDWORKS products are easy to learn and use, and help you design products better.
Submit Your Product to Mass Innovation Nights
Our mission is to help local entrepreneurs get more visibility for their new products. We want to connect members of the local innovation community. It all started in April 2009 as Mass Innovation Nights (MIN) with a website and a monthly event designed to help local innovators increase the buzz around new products and companies. Every month ten companies bring new products to the event and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, post pictures and video, add product mentions to LinkedIn and Facebook statuses, and otherwise help spread the word. Startup founders can sign up for free to exhibit and present at a monthly event. Learn more and submit your product
Boston ENET's eMinute Pitch
This program is a great way for founders to build experience pitching their companies in front of a large, friendly audience. Up to 2 founders are selected to present at the start of each Boston ENET meeting. Founders get 90 seconds to introduce their company, talk about the problem they're solving, the traction they've gotten, and what their next step is. Each pitch is followed by several minutes of feedback and suggestions from the panelists that are presenting during the main portion of the meeting. With attendance ranging from 50 to 90 people an eMinute can provide substantial free exposure for a company and founder. Apply Today
Join the LOT Network for Free!
LOT Network is a non-profit community of companies committed to protecting its members from costly patent troll litigation. Network members include market leaders such as Facebook, Tesla and Amazon, as well as startups across industries. By protecting early stage companies from frivolous litigation, we’re helping them to focus their resources on the commercialization of great ideas. If you have less than $25M in annual revenues, you can join LOT Network for free AND get free patents! Learn More and Sign Up
Join Innovation Women for Great Public Speaking Opportunities!
Innovation Women is an online speakers bureau for entrepreneurial and technical women. WHY? Innovation Women is a visibility bureau for entrepreneurial, technical and innovative women. Innovation Women helps connect event managers to women who are potential speakers. No more “token woman”. Our goal is gender-balanced panels and equal visibility opportunities for women. Members receive:
- Direct invitations to speak through our platform
- A weekly email with 100 opportunities they can apply for (sample list here)
- Promotion of their speaking engagements, books, awards, etc.
- The opportunity to participate in our IW webinar series, pop-up events and more!
HubSpot's 2019 Sales Guides and Templates Kit for Startups and Entrepreneurs
Be ready to hit the ground running in 2019 with free guides and templates including email templates, sales call checklists, prospecting guides, sales forecasting templates, and more. Download Kit
Free eBook: Ship it - Silicon Valley Product Managers Reveal All!
Know Your Users - Specific direction on conducting user research and applying metrics that actually matter. Learn How to Measure - You’re not psychic. You need to gather data and measure. We tell you which one is the only metric that matters. Secrets from top PM leaders - Practical advice and thought leadership from PM's at companies like Facebook, Reddit and Dropbox. 46 pages on Product Management. Download eBook
MassVentures: Massachusetts Innovation Economy Survey Results
The MA innovation economy is improving, but funding gaps still exist. MassVentures, a leading seed and early stage tech-focused VC firm, conducted a survey of the Massachusetts innovation economy. The goal of the survey is to gain a broad perspective on the innovation economy for early stage technology companies in Massachusetts - what is working and where are the gaps. Respondents included entrepreneurs, investors and service providers. The 2018 Innovation Economy Survey shows:
• The innovation economy is improving
• Access to capital is getting better
• But there is still a shortage of equity capital for startups
• The biggest gap in funding is $0-3 million
• Funding for first time entrepreneurs and underserved markets is still a challenge
• Fewer entrepreneurs are leaving Massachusetts
• But when entrepreneurs leave it is for access to capital
New England Venture Capital Association’s newly-released guide encompasses players in the Tech, Healthcare, and Life Science communities, as the city's comprehensive front door to the innovation ecosystem; a jumping off point for educational, business development, and career opportunities alike.
Working on a startup, supporting startups, or interested? Join this well-moderated group for members to discuss technology, seek help, and build their startups. Hosted by MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge in partnership with Boston New Technology and 35+ organizations that support Boston’s startup ecosystem. Introduce yourself and start conversations!
The VentureFizz Podcast
Features interviews with the top entrepreneurs, CEO's, and investors across the Boston tech scene. Click here to check all the episodes.
Free Social Entrepreneurship 101 Course
Discover Your Passion and Path to Change the World! Understand the concept of social entrepreneurship and be inspired to find new ways to tackle the world’s greatest challenges. Appreciate that social entrepreneurship is a mindset to tackle problems across different sectors (public, private, non-profit). Discover a pathway for how you can make change whether this is founding an enterprise, serving on a board, or supporting social entrepreneurs in other creative ways. Enroll Now
CB Insights: The Top 20 Reasons Startups Fail (Free 25-page report)
We analyzed 101 startup failures to bring you the reasons why startups don’t make it. Despite their efforts, 70% of upstart tech companies fail — usually around 20 months after first raising financing. And it's not just the companies with relatively few resources that bite the dust. Every year, all types of firms go out of business — even after raising hundreds of millions in funding and achieving billion-dollar valuations. Blood testing startup Theranos, for example, raised $500M in total financing and reached a valuation of nearly $10B before falling to its death. Download Report
How To Pick Startup Winners?
Yes — an algorithm to find unicorns is here. In 2015, we worked with The New York Times to predict 50 future unicorns using CB Insights’ Mosaic algorithm. 48% went on to become unicorns. At the risk of sounding immodest, that’s pretty darn good. See our predictions, which ones made it, and how we did it. Download the whitepaper.
JLL's 2019 Boston Tech Landscape & Outlook Report
The technology sector is the driving force behind Metro Boston's economy. In the past ten years, high-tech employment has doubled in Boston, and has continued to grow in the suburbs even as urbanization has taken hold. When measured against its peers, Boston is a true tech tour-de-force. Out of the top US metros, it has the second highest concentration of both millennials and STEM talent within 10 miles of its core. Tech heavyweights Google, Facebook, and Salesforce all have a presence here. And homegrown unicorns including the likes of Wayfair, DraftKings, Toast, and CarGurus continue to flourish. Access the Full Report
PwC and CB Insights' Q4 2018 MoneyTree report
Highlights the latest trends in venture capital funding globally. Download Report
CB Insights: 14 Trends Shaping Tech in 2019 (Free 57-page report)
Technology is now central to every industry — from building construction to healthcare administration to food production. We look at the top tech trends poised to reshape industries in 2019. Download Report
CB Insights: 7th annual Tech IPO Pipeline 2019 (Free 38-page report)
Features 286 of the most promising and highly valued private venture and private equity-backed technology companies in the United States. Download Report
CB Insights: Global Corporate Venture Capital (Free 51-page report)
A comprehensive, data-driven look at global corporate venture capital activity in 2018. Download Report
CB Insights: AI Trends In 2019 (Free 84-page report)
An analysis of emerging AI trends using the CB Insights NExTT framework. What’s next for AI? CB Insights examined 25 of the biggest AI trends, covering everything from next-gen prosthetics to crop monitoring. Using the NExTT framework, we looked at the industry adoption and market strength of these trends, categorizing them as necessary, experimental, threatening, or transitory (NExTT). The framework educates businesses about emerging trends and guides their decisions in accordance with their comfort with risk. Download Report
CB Insights: What’s Next In AI? (Free 63-page briefing)
With AI already taking the world by storm, what are the biggest trends in the space? We discuss trends across the AI value chain from disruptions in healthcare to applications in agriculture. Download Report
CB Insights: What Is Blockchain Technology? (Free 31-page eBook)
Learn about Blockchain, Initial Coin Offerings, Bitcoin, Ethereum and other Cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin was built using blockchain to create a global, distributed ledger of transactions. This ledger or digital history is stored on hundreds of thousands of computers. So, it can’t be spoofed or changed. It’s controlled by no one and secured by cryptography. Download eBook
IBM: Blockchain for Dummies (Free 51-page eBook)
Read use cases describing real blockchain networks, the latest from the IBM Blockchain Platform and more. Blockchain can do for business what the internet did for communication. Every second of every day, businesses exchange value with suppliers, partners, customers and others. By value, we mean goods, services, money, data and more. Each exchange of value is a transaction. Successful transactions need to be fast, precise and easily agreed on by parties participating in the transaction. Blockchain for business provides a way to execute many more of these transactions — a much better way. Download eBook
CB Insights: Blockchain Trends In 2019 (Free 47-page report)
What’s next for blockchain technology? CB Insights examined 18 of the biggest blockchain trends, covering everything from bitcoin mining to security tokens to smart contract platforms. Download Report
CB Insights: How Blockchain Technology Could Disrupt Healthcare (Free 27-page report)
From managing patient data to tracking drugs through the supply chain, blockchain could solve some of the healthcare industry’s biggest problems. The healthcare industry is plagued by inefficiencies, errors, bureaucracy, and high administrative costs. Could blockchain technology help solve some of these challenges? For all the hype, there’s no question that blockchain’s distributed ledger technology can offer real value for the healthcare industry. Blockchain could help solve some of the industry’s most pressing compliance, interoperability, and data security issues, as well as enable new patient-centric business models. But unlocking blockchain’s potential for healthcare will be a slow process, and change is unlikely to come fast. Download Report
CB Insights: What Is Quantum Computing? (Free 31-page report)
Quantum computing is poised to upend entire industries from telecommunications and cybersecurity to advanced manufacturing, finance, medicine, and beyond — but few understand how quantum computers actually work. Download Report
The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Employee Engagement App
To truly empower employees and optimize productivity, you need more than a communications tool. This guide frames the app platform planning process and how to create the work environment your organization needs. Learn more and request your free eBook here. For discounted pricing on hubEngage employee apps, contact Co-founder, Chris Requena at Chris "at" hubEngage.com.
Vettery: Boston Tech Salary Report 2019
Want a more competitive recruiting strategy and a more robust candidate pipeline. Download Report
Vettery: How to Hire, A Founder's Guide to Recruiting (Free 71-page eBook)
A comprehensive guide to recruiting from start to finish. With insight from top recruiters and best practices for maximizing every step of the hiring journey, How to Hire provides a framework for the best way to build your team. Download eBook