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.
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.
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. Here are some key takeaway stats:
- Total startups engaged: 88
- Total VC firm participants: 50
- Founding team makeup: 47% had at least one female founder and 63% featured a non-US born founder
- Investor makeup: 32% female investors
A huge thank you to Fidelity Investments for hosting our in-person Unpitch TECH, and to AWS for their returning support for all three Unpitch events. In 2020, we were able to engage nearly 50% of NEVCA member firms — shoutout to these VCs for their participation:
.406 Ventures, AbbVie Ventures, Accomplice, AmFam Ventures, Atlas Venture, Bain Capital Ventures, Battery Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, CI Ventures, Converge, Echo Health Ventures, F-Prime Capital, Fidelity Investments, First Star Ventures, Flare Capital Partners, Flybridge Capital Partners, Fontinalis Partners, Founder Collective, G20 Ventures, Glasswing Ventures, Golden Seeds Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, Jane VC, Joe Caruso, J&J Innovation — JJDC, LRV Health, MassDevelopment, MassVentures, Material Impact, Mission BioCapital, MRL Ventures, NextView Ventures, Northpond Ventures, Pillar VC, PJC, RallyCry Ventures, Romulus Capital, Schooner Capital, Stanley Ventures, Tectonic Ventures
Missed out on Unpitch events for 2020? Don’t worry, there are more in store for 2021!