The Mass Innovation Nights community is just that - a community. And there are all kinds of awesome people in our community. As we all struggle with our new COVID-19 shaped reality there are some people and organizations we want to call your attention to. Maybe we can ignite enough interest in their products and services to help support them in this weirdest of times. We're calling this series The Featured MINovators.
Over the past 11 years, Mass Innovation Nights has helped to launch more than 1500 new products that have received more than $4B in collective funding, all on a shoestring budget. The tactics and techniques we use (and those used by our partners and exhibitors) can be used by anyone. During this COVID-19 crisis, it is the perfect time to host the first ever Mass Innovation Nights webinar series. We're keeping up the tradition of helping local entrepreneurs and boosting the local economy for the benefit of all.
MIN #131 took place on Wednesday, February 13, 2020 and was a huge success! It was the second event hosted and sponsored by Jobcase, and we were so glad to be back! A variety of products with a social impact focus were featured. Some of the products that showcased included the sector’s only complete solution for measuring and optimizing corporate philanthropy, a charitable platform that makes giving back easy, and the first and only simplified and multi-language, global cancer non-profit.
We kicked off the new decade with a new event format, something we will be doing occasionally throughout the year – mixing it up a bit, just to keep things interesting! MIN #130 was in partnership with Innovation Women and took place on Wednesday, January 16th at Workbar’s new location on School Street in Downtown Boston.
MIN #126 took place on September 18th at UMass Lowell’s Innovation Hub in Haverhill. This was the second Mass Innovation Nights event at this location, and we were so glad to have the opportunity to return to the excellent facilities at UMass Lowell iHub Haverhill and see all resources available.
MIN #124 took place on July 17th and was hosted by Formlabs and sponsored by SolidWorks and Dassault Systèmes. The event featured a variety of new, innovative products. Some of the products showcased included a mobile orthodontic office, magnetic coatings technology for plastic packaging, and indoor farming innovations. Our experts for the night were Dan Kirchgessner from Formlabs, Jillian Friot from SolidWorks, and Rain Wang from Skelmet. These three experts all had interesting stories and insights to share that were relevant to the entrepreneurial spirit of the event. Kirchgessner pointed out that, like many of the companies showcasing, Formlabs, too, began as a small startup. Its size and success today surely served as an inspiration to the companies showcasing.