Event Recap: Minute to Pitch It with MassChallenge

Last week — on September 5th — the NEVCA partnered with MassChallenge to deliver their Minute to Pitch It Event where MassChallenge startup founders battled it out — pitch style! MassChallenge founders and NEVCA member investors came together to share pitches, advice, support, and most importantly, compete for more than just bragging rights.

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This non-traditional pitch competition embodied MassChallenge’s unique approach to the startup process by breaking founders into small groups and giving each team *60 seconds* to deliver their most impressive pitch. Timers took their jobs seriously, to the point where a gong may have been involved… Founders came from across the technology landscape, and tested creative metaphors, statistics, and stories to share the purpose — and investability — of their respective companies.

Members of NEVCA firms joined these small groups to provide real-time, valuable feedback to the founders, and ultimately, select the top two pitches from their group that would go on to compete in the finale. This was a great opportunity for our pre-partner investors to connect with each other and founders in a high energy, low-stakes environment.

The enthusiasm rose during the final round of the competition where the top two startups from each group delivered their pitch to a larger community audience to compete for several audience’s choice awards, as well as the final NEVCA judges award.

As we continue to build deeper relationships in the Boston community, its always exciting to mark another successful MassChallenge-partnered event in the books!

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