Twice a year we feature food and food-related products at Mass Innovation Nights. More than just an excuse to stuff our faces (err, sample) with the local bounty, our foodie events have helped to widen the circle of local entrepreneurs we support.
Mass Innovation Nights #70 was our first chance to visit the beautiful IBM Innovation Center in Cambridge! Opened just over a year ago, we've visited a few times but until now had yet to schedule an event there! Big thank you to our truly awesome hosts -- quite the spread so no one went hungry either! Applause for our exhibitors who were all in place and ready to go on time, even with some tough traffic.
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.
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