This week, promising founders and experienced investors came together virtually at the New England Venture Capital Association’s annual Unpitch TECH. In its 9th year, Unpitch is a pillar of the New England VC/startup ecosystem and continues to offer meaningful relationships, create valuable opportunities, and open new doors.
After carefully reviewing over 75 applications, a committee of investors selected 21 amazing startups from all around the world, two-thirds of which were started by first-time founders! Following a year that saw the lowest female participation in the workforce since 1988, we are also proud to announce that 40% of our participating investors were female, and 52% of these startups had females on the founding team.
Our participants are innovating in spaces from food waste to financial inclusion, fashion tech to funeral planning. And that’s just to name a few — these founders are helping to change the tech landscape within many industries.
The day kicked off with a pre-event networking session on Rally Video, where everyone had a chance to meet the NEVCA team — including NEVCA President Jody Rose — introduce themselves to one another, and get acquainted with the new virtual setting.
Following that, the format consisted of two rounds of breakout rooms, in which each founder was paired with an investor to get personal, tailored advice and feedback to apply to their company. We were so pleased to hear how much these founders loved this experience — take a look!
We were thrilled to hear from our investors about what they got out of Unpitch TECH 2021 as well!
Love Unpitch TECH as much as we do? Stay tuned: 2021 has two more Unpitch events in store: Unpitch BIO and Unpitch HEALTH! We hope to see you there —for more info, visit www.unpitch.org.