“Our 2018 portfolio is all about building our innovation economy for the future; newer members may be surprised by the depth and breadth of the association’s efforts,” said Jody Rose, whose role has been elevated from executive director to President of the NEVCA. “In addition to our slate of curated events, we’re building large-scale workforce development programs and looking at long-term social and legislative issues.”
The association kicks off its programming on Thursday, January 18 with its annual Unpitch event, facilitating relationships between entrepreneurs and premier investors. Unlike most pitch events, Unpitch is a pressure-free lunch with an angel investor or VC; all about meaningful feedback and important connections. Participation is by application only, and those interested may apply before the extended deadline on December 24. A key highlight of this year’s Unpitch is the male / female investor ratio, which is nearly 50/50 in 2018.
Other highlights in the NEVCA’s 2018 program include:
· Hack.Diversity: NEVCA launched Hack.Diversity to tackle the underrepresentation of high-skilled Black and Latino workers in the innovation economy — recruiting, vetting and placing minority computer science and engineering students into Boston’s fastest growing companies. In its second year, the program has more than doubled its cohort to 37 Fellows, and added DraftKings, Liberty Mutual, and WordStream to a roster of Host Companies that already included Vertex, Rapid7, Carbonite, Wayfair, and HubSpot. Invite-only events occur throughout the year.
· The NEVYs: Scheduled for May 10 at the House of Blues, The NEVYs are Boston’s premier celebration of the venture ecosystem, and the only one truly uniting the tech and life science communities. Back for its sixth consecutive year, the “anti-awards show” spurns white tablecloths and boring speeches, and instead embraces the vibe of Boston’s innovation economy: fast-paced, eccentric, colorful and unapologetic.
· TechGen: The bridge connecting New England’s best students with top healthcare and technology companies, TechGen is an online internship marketplace augmented by offline social and educational events like We Gather. The program aims to strengthen the bonds between the region’s “intellectual capital of the future” and its “companies of tomorrow.”
· Syndicate Sessions: Now in its second year, this series combines social and value-adding content to provide career building networking opportunities for pre-partner investors. In 2018, the series looks to convene six sessions, covering topics ranging from cloud computing to IPO readiness.
· VC Briefings: A growing series of subject-matter specific, expert-driven lunch discussions provides a vehicle for the connections and relationships critical to a vibrant venture ecosystem. The invitation-only briefings offer in-depth, interactive discussions between investors, operators and academics on the topics at the cutting edge of the venture landscape. With past topics ranging from manufacturing to cybersecurity, the first briefing for 2018 is scheduled for February, and will dive into the microbiome startup landscape.
To learn more about the NEVCA’s 2018 portfolio, please visit the association’s new website: newenglandvc.org.
About the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA)
The NEVCA’s mission is to make New England the best place in the world to start and grow companies.
Guided by the principle that venture capital returns are a function of talent, networks, ideas, infrastructure, and political climate, the NEVCA serves its membership by championing the entrepreneurial ecosystem: Building relationships among VCs and founders, positioning the region as a destination for new companies and capital, building student-engagement and talent retention programs, promoting diversity and inclusion within the startup and venture community, and advocating for innovation-friendly public policy.
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