Boston Idea Week 2013 Promises New Businesses, Innovative Ideas & Rock and Roll

Tuesday, October 1, will mark the beginning of the second annual Boston Idea Week. Hot on the heels of the Tech Tax repeal, and the announcement that MassChallenge will be moving to the Innovation and Design Center, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Boston Redevelopment Authority present a joint venture to celebrate the Innovation District, startup culture and booming Boston ecosystem.

Idea Week actually lasts for nine days, and all over the city there will be events of all types, at all hours, for all ages. You can get the full schedule of events here, but we have provided an overview and some highlights.

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Boston TechJam Announces Finalists for “Startup Pitch Heard ‘Round the World” Contest and Live Music Lineup

Boston TechJam Announces Finalists for “Startup Pitch Heard ‘Round the World” Contest and Live Music Lineup

See Boston’s Aspiring Entrepreneurs Pitch Their Ideas Live to an All-Star Panel of VCs; Bands Get Ready to Hit the Stage in Inaugural Celebration of Boston’s Innovation Community

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – Sep 25, 2013) – Boston TechJam, the block party for Boston-area companies, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and students taking place on Thursday, October 3, today announced finalists for its live “Startup Pitch Heard ‘Round the World” contest for startups, entrepreneurs, and student teams to test their company pitches and ideas. The “Shark Tank”-like event, featuring a panel of the area’s leading venture capitalists and experienced entrepreneurs, will showcase finalists as they vie for exposure, expert coaching and even potential investors. Boston Tech Jam is a signature event happening during the first inaugural Boston Idea Week.

The Boston Tech Jam, founded by Apperian’s CMO, Mark Lorion and Christine Nolan, director, MassTLC has pulled together an A-list VC panel which includes Katie Rae, managing director, Tech Stars (Boston); Maia Heymann, senior managing director, CommonAngels; Ryan Moore, partner, Atlas Venture; and Scott Bailey, senior director of partnerships, Mass Challenge. The panel will be moderated by Michael Skok, partner, North Bridge Venture Partners.

After reviewing the company pitches and ideas from teams vying for a spot, Boston TechJam has narrowed down submissions to the following finalists:

  • DataCrowd
  • Furnesh
  • Mino by ParaWare
  • Pixtr
  • Shareist.com
  • ShopHop (Northeastern University / Hong Kong University)
  • SitterCycle
  • Sol Power LLC
  • Splashscore
  • SputnikBot
  • Telix Networks
  • Uji Showerhead (Tufts University)

In preparation for their presentations, finalists have taken a free Startup Secrets class two weeks prior to Boston TechJam where Michael Skok shared tips for crafting the “Perfect Pitch.” Finalist teams are also paired up with local venture mentors, including Jeffrey Beir, partner, seed2A; Joe Chung, managing director, Redstar Ventures; Julia Austin, principal, AustinFish; and Annette Reynolds, executive director, 128 Innovation Group.

“We’re looking at a great field of innovators who are all bringing some amazing ideas to the competition,” said Michael Skok, Boston Tech Jam “Pitch Heard ‘Round the World” contest moderator and General Partner with North Bridge Venture Partners. “I believe the crowd watching these pitches will be delighted and engaged by the entrepreneurs. The ideas are creative and significant, their teams — even the youngest — are impressive and everyone here represents well the local innovation culture that makes Boston so great.”

Along with an impressive mix of entertainment, food and drink and networking opportunities, Boston TechJam today announced its band lineup:

4:30-6:00pm Pitch Contest (inside)
5:00-5:30pm Didn’t Planet
5:50-6:20pm NEMES
6:40-7:10pm Unclaimed Freight
7:30-8:00pm The Field Effect
8:20-8:50pm Lansdowne 

Keeping in theme with the event, all bands include members who are also employees of local tech companies, including Ipswitch, Apperian, Berklee Online, Vernade/Next Step Living and Exxalt.

“The bands picked for the first annual Boston TechJam are tight, diverse and are going to rock the Innovation District like never before. The level of musical talent working within the innovation economy here in Boston is unparalleled and I’m honored to be a part of showcasing it to the greater Boston community. All the bands performing have at least one member working at a local tech company,” said Ben Maitland-Lewis, CEO, Presskit.to and Music Director for the Boston TechJam. “Narrowing the selection to just five live acts was extremely difficult based on the amount of submissions we got, but it illustrated how rockin’ the Boston tech scene really is and I look forward to many more TechJams to come!”

When: Thursday, October 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Located at and around District Hall in Boston’s “Innovation District”

What else: Boston TechJam will feature live music, local craft beer producers, food trucks and inspiring local artists to help make this first party one to remember.

“Boston’s innovation community has completely embraced Boston TechJam and we’re excited for a successful inaugural run,” said Christine Nolan, director, MassTLC and Boston TechJam co-founder. “We want to thank everyone who is participating, has made donations of their time or materials and otherwise gone out of their way to help quickly stitch this first celebration of Boston’s innovation culture together. We’re out to show the rest of the country and the world that Boston is hands-down the best place to launch and grow a technology business.”

“The worlds of art and technology are never very far apart, particularly in Boston where there is an abundance of artistic talent working in digital,” said David Polcaro, principal, East Coast Catalyst, and Creative Director for Boston TechJam. “We’re really excited to be participating in an event that recognizes the importance of artistic contributions within the innovation community. We firmly believe in that balance plays a significant role in keeping Boston the destination location for leading companies and those with the ideas who start them.”

To register for the event and get the most up-to-date information regarding the event including timing, logistics, sponsors and partners please visit www.bostontechjam.org and follow updates at @bostontechjam. 100% of attendee registration contributions will used to support computing education in Massachusetts.

About Boston TechJam
Boston TechJam gives early stage companies, entrepreneurs, students, established enterprises and venture capitalists the perfect setting to connect and celebrate with the Boston technology innovation community. The block party style event celebrates, accelerates and connects local tech companies, leading industry groups, the City of Boston and you to the world’s brightest tech innovators in one casual environment for networking and harmony. The event will take place October 3, 2013 in Boston’s District Hall, the new public innovation and entrepreneurship center in the Innovation District.

Boston TechJam is sponsored by Constant Contact, EnerNOC, LogMeIn, SmartBear, TripAdvisor and Zipcar and Pretty Instant. World class partners include Apperian, East Coast Catalyst, Greenhorn Connect, MassChallenge, MassTLC, MIT Enterprise Forum, MITX, NEVCA, SHIFT Communications and more.

Magicians, Margaritas & Live Music: MassTLC Hosts Boston TechJam Block Party to Celebrate Tech Community

Thursday October 3rd from 4 P.M. to 9 P.M., MassTLC will host its inaugural Boston TechJam to celebrate–and accelerate–the accomplishments of the city’s business and tech scene.

Entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors and students alike will head down to the newly opened District Hall to partake in the block party’s networking and festivities, fueled by margaritas, sangria and craft beer and set to the tunes of a list of impressive bands with local tech ties. But the fun doesn’t stop there: magicians and treasure chest giveaways will also be involved, Boston TechJam cofounder Christine Nolan told BostInno.

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Boston Tech Community Celebrates Area’s Innovation Culture at Inaugural TechJam Block Party

Boston Tech Community Celebrates Area’s Innovation Culture at Inaugural TechJam Block Party

Students, Startups, Tech Enterprises, Emerging Stars, Venture Capitalists Celebrate Boston’s Tech Ecosystem and Global Prominence as Center of Innovation

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – Aug 15, 2013) – On October 3rd, 2013, Boston-area companies, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, students and industry associations will come together for the inaugural Boston TechJam, a block party celebrating Boston’s tech industry leadership and status as a cradle of innovation. Billed as a showcase for 21st century business development and growth, Boston TechJam will connect students from our world-class higher learning institutions, entrepreneurs, business leaders, venture capitalists and incubators in a fun, supportive environment that celebrates everything about starting and building thriving businesses in the State of Massachusetts.

“I’m delighted to welcome Boston TechJam to District Hall in the Innovation District,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Events like these that bring area entrepreneurs together strengthen Boston’s vibrant tech and innovation economies by building social infrastructure and creating new partnerships.”

Located at and around District Hall in Boston’s “Innovation District” from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Boston TechJam invites the innovation community out to rub elbows, network in a whole new way, check out new startups and tech products, and develop new business relationships in a street party atmosphere unique to Boston. Boston TechJam will feature live music, local craft beer producers, food trucks and inspiring local artists to help make this first party one to remember.

The event will also feature a panel of leading Boston venture capitalists and experienced entrepreneurs in a “Shark Tank”-like event where startups and entrepreneurs are invited to test their company pitches and ideas and get exposed to potential investors.

Boston’s tight-knit startup community and the region’s support of and allegiance to its innovators, make Boston one of the best places in the world to start and build a business, such as local mobile software company Apperian. “Boston and its greater innovation community offer the richest ecosystem for repeatedly launching and scaling successful businesses from ideas that change the world,” said Mark Lorion, co-founder of TechJam and chief marketing officer at Apperian. “TechJam will be the connective tissue that brings together the world’s greatest concentration of top-tier academic institutions, our variety of industries, emerging and global companies, and angels, startup advisors and venture capitalists to nurture and accelerate new business ideas.”

“Our strength in Massachusetts comes from our rich diversity of world-class industries and the incredible ecosystem of students, entrepreneurs, investors, seasoned executives, academic researchers, and policy leaders,” said Tom Hopcroft, president and CEO of the Mass Technology Leadership Council. “Boston TechJam is a place for bumping innovative ideas together across industries and functions, and celebrating all that makes Massachusetts the innovation capital of the world.”

“Boston’s Innovation scene is more exciting than ever, we think it’s important to celebrate and showcase what’s happening here,” said Debi Kleiman, president of Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange. “Boston TechJam is a great way to do just that, bringing our community together for some fun of course, but to also further the sense collaboration and inspiration that’s a hallmark of Boston companies.” Any local area live bands with at least one member of the band who currently works in the Boston area tech community interested in performing at the event, or local artists interested in exhibiting should go to [email protected].

Companies interested in exhibiting or being considered for the investor pitch panel can contact the event at [email protected] to learn more about securing a spot today. The event already has fantastic support from lead sponsors including Constant Contact, EnerNOC, LogMeIn, SmartBear, TripAdvisor and Zipcar. Boston TechJam has also joined forces with several notable partners including Apperian, Boston Redevelopment Authority, East Coast Catalyst, Greenhorn Connect, MassChallenge, MassTLC, MIT Enterprise Forum, MITX, NEVCA, presskit.to, SHIFT Communications and more.

To register for the event and get the most up-to-date information regarding the event including timing, logistics, sponsors and partners please visit www.bostontechjam.org and follow updates at @bostontechjam. 100% of attendee registration contributions will used to support computing education in Massachusetts.

About Boston TechJam

Boston TechJam gives early stage companies, entrepreneurs, students, established enterprises and venture capitalists the perfect setting to connect and celebrate with the Boston technology innovation community. The block party style event celebrates, accelerates and connects local tech companies, leading industry groups, the City of Boston and you to the world’s brightest tech innovators in one casual environment for networking and harmony. The event will take place October 3, 2013 in Boston’s District Hall, the new public innovation and entrepreneurship center in the Innovation District. Boston TechJam is sponsored by Constant Contact, EnerNOC, LogMeIn, SmartBear, TripAdvisor and Zipcar. World class partners include Apperian, East Coast Catalyst, Greenhorn Connect, MassChallenge, MassTLC, MIT Enterprise Forum, MITX, NEVCA, SHIFT Communications and presskit.to.

Inaugural Boston TechJam block party slated for October 3rd

Mark Lorion started circulating the idea back in March: what if someone threw a block party in Boston’s Innovation District to highlight the energy of the city’s tech scene? Initially, he hoped to close off a couple blocks of Summer Street in Fort Point Channel, right near where Lorian’s employer, a mobile startup calledApperian, is based.

That didn’t fly. But city officials countered by suggesting that Lorion hold the event at District Hall, the new Innovation District gathering place on Northern Avenue, and an adjacent parking lot.

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