With the NEVYs right around the corner (December 1st @ 6:30PM) what better time to get to know the teams behind the selection process. Every year, the NEVCA assembles an esteemed group of investors from firms around Boston: the NEVYs Academy. The broader group is broken down by industry into 5 subgroups: Tech, Life Science, Healthcare, Medtech, and Cleantech. These subgroups set about the task of creating categories for recognition, culling through a wide universe of eligible companies, selecting an exceptional group of nominees for each category, and elevating one (or sometimes two) overall winner.

In 2020, the full Academy consisted of 47 venture capitalists — of which 48% were female — who convened both in person and virtually, as circumstances dictated. …


On October 21st, the NEVCA convened investors, experts, and industry veterans — involved in many interesting aspects of the technology-led kidney care revolution — for the final VC Briefing of the year.

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The event gathered 90+ attendees and featured six speakers who touched on topics ranging from impacts of Covid-19 to areas of innovation in the Kidney Care space.


The NEVYs 2Oz0: There’s No Place Like Home - Celebrating the Brains, Heart and Courage Unique to New England’s Entrepreneurs and Investors.

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BOSTON — November 9, 2020 — The New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) revealed the nominees for its eighth annual NEVY Awards, which recognize and celebrate the top innovators, investors and companies in the region. This year’s theme, “2Oz0 NEVYs: There’s No Place Like Home,” pays homage to the twists and turns and wicked witches of this “alternate reality” of a year and the unique challenges of 2020 that these organizations have overcome. Presented again this year by Dell Technologies, winners will be announced during a live broadcast ceremony on December 1st. …


Despite the craziness of 2020, Unpitch persevered. In all, the NEVCA hosted three Unpitch events — HEALTH, TECH, and BIO — pivoting to the ubiquitous virtual framework with little to no friction.

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As it has for almost a decade, the Unpitch model brought together venture capitalists and entrepreneurs for informal, low-pressure, relationship-building meetings. Startups were able to meet one-on-one to pick the brains of established investors, and NEVCA member VCs got to connect with their peers and meet a few high-quality early-stage companies.

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At its core, Unpitch is about access. At the NEVCA, we always work to ensure our events reach a diverse audience, and we are especially proud of the 2020 Unpitch series in that regard. …


On June 16th, the NEVCA hosted the 2nd Annual Unpitch HEALTH , this year in an unprecedented virtual format. This event gathered 20 founders and 10 investors in a low-pressure environment to foster long-term relationships and share advice on their businesses, many of which directly solve healthcare issues related to COVID-19.

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NEVCA president Jody Rose kicked off the event before investors and founders split off for one-on-one conversations. Investors Nancy Brown from Oak HC/FT and Yumin Choi from Bain Capital Ventures also discussed the current state of the industry and post-COVID projections. …


The NEVCA sees what is happening in this country. The pain and injustice is inexcusable. We stand with those suffering in the Black community. Your lives matter to us.

Racial and socioeconomic disparity in the impact and prevalence of COVID-19 was already forcing the United States’ massive, inequality to the forefront of national conversation (again). And then an unarmed Black man’s death at the hands of law enforcement was captured on video (again).

On the backdrop of near-20% unemployment, and a pandemic levying a disproportionate economic and physical toll on minority communities, George Floyds death — and less gruesome but more insidious incidents like Amy Cooper’s 911 call and blatant racial profiling of young Black entrepreneurs at a private gym — has ignited widespread protest across the country. …


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On March 25th, the NEVCA and MassChallenge partnered to host the Digital Health Investor Summit, featuring the current MassChallenge HealthTech cohort and NEVCA member investors. This event, hosted virtually, brought together startup founders from all over the world, ranging from Israel to London.

Nick Dougherty from the MassChallenge HealthTech team kicked off the event with a fireside chat with Nancy Brown, General Partner at Oak HC/FT. She began by addressing the venture community’s attitude related to COVID-19, highlighting the importance of startups directly addressing the affects of the pandemic on their businesses. The community is innovating around valuable solutions, and venture capitals are putting an emphasis on virtual care solutions. Beyond Coronavirus concerns, Nancy delved into do’s and don’ts of pitching, stressing the importance of knowing your market clearly. …


On February 13th, the NEVCA hosted the 8th Annual Unpitch TECH, gathering an enthusiastic group of investors and founders for a day of relationship building and connection.

Founders from across North America (CA, FL, Montreal, and more) gathered at Fidelity Investments to sit down with Boston’s top tech investors to discuss their businesses and get feedback and advice. The unique Unpitch format (2 entrepreneurs in conversation with one investor) allows for low-pressure interactions that foster long term relationships.

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Participating Tech Investors

Out of the 200+ applications reviewed by our committee of investors, Unpitch saw 60 founders and 30 investors, with a groundbreaking representation of 50% female-founded companies and 33% female investors. …


This year, the NEVCA is deepening our commitment to supporting and engaging the young VC community. We are expanding our series of content-rich events for partner-track investors by adding monthly, agenda-free gatherings to create space for discussion, relationship building, and learning at the peer level.

We’re asking VC firms across Boston to host these monthly networking sessions, and personally recognize these top firms for their support of partner-track investor development, as well as more broadly for their outstanding work in the industry. …


With a commitment to gender diversity, Board composition exceeds 50 percent women

BOSTON — February 5, 2020 — The New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA), the leading advocate for the region’s venture-backed tech, healthcare, and life science startup community, appointed five new members to its Board of Directors. The new board members bolster the NEVCA’s deep bench of industry experts and further the organization’s commitment to gender diversity. With three new female board members, NEVCA’s board composition exceeds 50 percent women. …

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