Kristen Avini, Executive Director of Mass Innovation Nights

Kristen Avini curates the launching companies, sponsoring organizations, and potential investors to create events that maximize visibility for innovative products, corporate partners, and the funding community. She has increased event attendance to several hundred per month over the last five years. An expert in social media powered events, Avini reaches over 17.4 k followers on Twitter through Mass Innovation Nights and keeps in touch with 15,000 weekly newsletter subscribers to promote new products and make new connections to business and funding through the MIN website.

Prior to her role at MIN, Avini was a global HR consultant with Hewlett Packard and Siemens, working and living in Boston, San Francisco, and Germany for 10 years. She came back to the Boston area in 2013 and took up the charge to expand Mass Innovation Nights in support of the Boston area innovation ecosystem. She is delighted and enthusiastic about the positive changes she returned to and continues to advance— a more diverse, progressive, and innovative Boston.

Bobbie Carlton

Bobbie Carlton, Founder of Mass Innovation Nights

Carlton PR & Marketing, and Innovation Women, is an award-winning marketing, PR and social media professional. In 2008, she started her first company, Carlton PR & Marketing. Company #2 is Mass Innovation Nights, a social media powered new product showcase that has launched more than 1200 new products which have received a combined $3.1+ billion in funding.  Company #3 is Innovation Women, an online “visibility bureau” for entrepreneurial, technical and innovative women. She is a Mass High Tech All-star and a Boston Business Journal Woman to Watch.

Intern Army

We have been fortunate to work with some of the brightest and best rising stars at Mass Innovation, who have worked hard and gained invaluable experience in the innovation sphere as well as event planning, social media marketing, and website design.

If you, or someone you know is interested in a paid internship at MIN, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!


Mass Innovation Nights would not be what it is without help from a great deal of enthusiastic volunteers who show up and lend their talents to make the evening go smoothly. We thank you and salute your tireless devotion to tweeting, voting, answering questions, and generally being indispensable.

If you want to join the MIN volunteer corps get in touch.

Carlton PR & Marketing is MIN’s sister company. CPRM’s employees are deeply involved in its success. Carlton PR & Marketing provides PR and marketing services to innovators and startups, and some MIN alumni are on their list of clients.

Click here for more information, or seek out one of our team members at the next event.