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Guest Blog Post: The Allied MindStorm Innovation Challenge

Guest blogger:  David Park is the Project Leader for Allied MindStorm.
What would you do with paper-thin plastic batteries or silver ink pens that conduct electricity?
The formula is well understood: Invention plus capital can equal high-value innovation. Yet most advances at research institutions never attract the venture support needed to make it beyond the campus.

Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation

The Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation is having their annual fundraiser on Thursday, April 26, 2012, and celebrating their 33rd Anniversary by honoring Thomas M. Menino, Marty Jones, President and CEO of MassDevelopment, and the Bornstein Family.
Showcase Startup / Innovative Products and Services for their Silent Auction Table: 
Get great exposure and do good at the same time.

Coming to Lowell, MA: Mass Innovation Nights Product Launch Party

Event showcasing new, innovative products from Massachusetts-based companies
Lowell, MA and Woburn, MA (March  26, 2012) - Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 from 6:00-8:30 p.m., Appleton Mills in Lowell will be hosting Mass Innovation Nights, one of a series of grassroots events designed to leverage the local social media community.  Every month the event showcases a wide range of new and innovative products from local companies.  Mass Innovation Nights is marking its third anniversary and the first event in the Merrimack Valley.

Lowell Innovation Nights Follow up

New location.  New friends. And a whole bunch of cool new products!  (And cake.)  Our third anniversary was stellar, a beautiful night courtesy of the Merrimack Valley Sandbox and the City of Lowell, hosted by the gorgeous Appleton Mills with wifi courtesy of Comcast -- talk about a collaboration made in...Lowell! (So much thanks due to Theresa Park -- extraordinary partner.)

Why We Support Product Launches

While Mass Innovation Nights is often chock full of startups launching new products, our mission is not exclusively startup focused.  IBM has launched six products with us, Intuit launched a product with us, Acquia, Brainshark, Continuum, LogMeIn, Percussion, VideoLink, and the Company formerly known as Novell launched two products with us.  These companies are far from startups. 
This is confusing to some people.  ("Hey, that isn't a startup!")

Welcome to Innovation Nights

Over the past two years, Mass Innovation Nights has helped to support the launch of more than 250 new products in the Boston region.  Everything from gourmet dog food to iPhone apps to enterprise software to medical devices and inventions has gone through the "MIN" process -- crowd sourced promotion of a single night event where local social media mavens help generate visibility for new products.  Collectively we've generated hundreds of tweets, blog posts, posted videos, pictures and status updates. 

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