You've heard of Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the crowdfunding craze. Now MIN is getting involved! We're holding a special event on Wednesday September 19th, "Crowdfunding Innovation". Crowdfunding Innovation is designed to help you make sense of what's happening right now in the crowdfunding space. With the passage of the JOBS act, we've seen a surge in crowdfunding -- not yet equity-based (expected next year) but focused on rewards.
On what could be called the best date for a food event ("ate, ate" or August eighth), hundreds of innovation supporters crowded the CummingsTradeCenter 128 Atrium to sip, snack and savor local innovation. The Annual Mass Innovation Nights Foodie event, hosted by Cummings Properties and sponsored by Roche Brothers and Hyperion Law, was a big draw, both for new friends and old. More than our usual visibility event, MIN41 was notable not just for the food innovation surrounding our hundreds of guests but for the real connections and impact it provided for local businesses.
Here's the moment you've all been waiting for -- our team of Crowdfunders for Crowdfunding Innovation. We have an incredible assortment of projects to support (with your dollars, or your network, Mass Innovation Nights-style.) Our SPECIAL live event will be at the Microsoft NERD Center on September 19, the week AFTER our regular monthly event, Mass Innovation Nights #42! (Tickets and separate registration required -- go here!)
Have to start off this round-up/follow-up blog post with a big shout out to the Intrepid Labs team and the residents of this cool loft/co-working space. Entrepreneurship isn't a 9-5 gig but at 5:00 pm everyone put away their work and helped transform the space into Mass Innovation Nights #42. Thank you, thank you, thank you, from all the participants. Without great partners like you, Mass Innovation Nights couldn't exist.
A light rain misted the Verizon Innovation Center but didn't dampen spirits for a stand-out event. One of our more spectular locations (you felt innovative just stepping over the threshold, and the ohs and ahs were audible), we had a terrific night courtesy the team at the Verizon Innovation Center, the SaaS University (returning to Boston October 24-26, use our coupon code MASSNIGHTSAVE50%), our dedicated experts and a group of terrific innovators.
Thanks to VMware for hosting Mass Innovation Nights 44 (#MIN44) at their fun space in Kendall Square, and putting out such a nice spread, and validating parking, etc.! (You know they are hiring, right?)
What a fabulous night for the Boston Innovation Economy! Mass Innovation Nights #45 was a terrific partnership with Boston.com's The Hive and was held at The Boston Globe's offices...with a rockin' after-party in the Media Lab hosted by Radio BDC! The Boston.com team really rolled out the red carpet and feted us in grand style -- there were even table cloths. Really.
Our first Mass Innovation Nights event of 2013 was pretty darned awesome and also the third anniversary of the first nomadic Mass Innovation Nights. The first year of our monthly product launch parties had all been at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation and in January of 2010, we "roamed" out to the IBM Innovation Center. It started something. We now roam pretty much all the time. (Our schedule for 2013 makes us look like a ping pong ball! Fun stuff.)
Our second Crowdfunding Innovation event was held January 23, 2013 at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge and once again, we supported crowdfunding projects (go fund them or just tell your friends!) from an incredibly wide variety of organizations:
One of the best things about Mass Innovation Nights is the opportunity to make new friends. And everywhere we go, we make new friends. When we move our nomadic event to a new place, the percentage of new friends is even higher!