Closing out the 2014 Mass Innovation Nights at District Hall with Autodesk as our sponsor just felt right. One of our favorite spaces, it's awesome to have a separate presentation area and exhibit area, plenty of room to spread out. Autodesk sponsored their second event of the year -- the first one held in their Waltham location. (It's always a good sign when a customer comes back, right?) And speaking of coming back, thanks to our experts, Rich and Dan. (This was the second Experts slot for Rich Hegarty -- he's found it to be a great way to connect with new clients and give back.)
Huge shoutout to the awesome team at Constant Contact's Small Business InnoLoft for their hosting and sponsoring of Mass Innovation Nights #68. They throw quite a party and we had some amazingly cool startups to celebrate. We also got to hear about the AMAZING opportunity, the Small Business Innovation Program, a first-of-its-kind accelerator. Apply now to be one of the chosen -- free workspace, mentoring, $10,000 to spend on marketing. You don't have to give up any equity in your company; you just have to be able to help small businesses.
If there is one thing Mass Innovation Nights is good at, it's diversity. Diversity of product (organic whoopie pies, underwater dog treadmills, iPhone apps, enterprise software, etc.); diversity of location (everywhere from Quincy to Westborough, Beverly to Boston, Cambridge to Newton); and diversity of people (all different ages, roles and more.) So "theme" events are a little different for us -- not the norm. MIN67 was just such a departure. Working with the Babson Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership, we lined up products from women-founded companies. (Sadly, we had a full
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When you want to show off Boston's Home for Innovation, District Hall, what better way to do it than "Gather" a bunch of food entrepreneurs?
Our baker's dozen of food entrepreneurs showed off everything from Veggie Fries to Pizza the app, from a way to close up a soda can (The Cappy) to CogniTea (a way of life and tea), from Haitian relish (SPICY Craic and Blonde) to beautiful salts from Afar. We had Chef Set Meals and Undiscovered Kitchens, EnerChi Bites and Mohka Origin coffee. DrinkMaple and Phfeast.
Congrats to our winners! These products were your favorites:
Every week we send out an email newsletter (thanks Constant Contact!) to thousands of subscribers (mostly in the Boston region). We also send out a "day of" event newsletter.
More than 650 new products have launched with Mass Innovation Nights -- and it's time to get everyone back together again! Do you support innovation? Have you launched a product with us? Are you a regular MIN attendee or one of our VIPs? We want you there! This will be an exciting, open-to-all opportunity to catch up with your "classmates" and past MIN alumni as well as the many Mass Innovation Nights supporters.
WOW. WOW. WOW.
Usually I tell people to turn to the Mass Innovation Nights blog if they missed an event but it's going to be really hard to capture the super-cool goings on at MIN 64 in The Arsenal in Watertown in athenahealth's glorious space here. But I'll give it a try!