BUVA is a student-run organization started at Boston University to help students and alumni build their startups in the best environment possible. From 2012, BUVA has helped tens of startups at BU develop their ideas, and the program pairs them with resources that they need.
The BUVA program runs every semester, for eight weeks and follows a rigorous curriculum covering from the very basics of market validation, to creating a startup’s first business model and financials. The program welcomes 8-10 ventures and assigns project management teams to help achieve their goals.
The capstone event of BUVA is the Demo Day. An opportunity for the ventures to show the audience what they’ve been working on throughout the semester. A lot of people are invited, including fellow students and friends, BU professors and mentors, individuals from the Boston startup ecosystem, entrepreneurs and more. Demo Day serves as a venue for the startups to connect and network, and receive feedback from experts. Each venture presents their startup in a 5-min pitch with a slide presentation and received a short Q&A after.
The most recent Demo Day was hosted at the Terrace Lounge at George Sherman Union of BU and welcomed about 60 guests. The atmosphere was vibrant and everyone was excited to hear the ventures pitch. The 5 finalists of the program, Hobbe, Involved, Ranam, RASE and POP had worked really hard throughout the entire semester to perfect their pitch and be able to answer questions. And they didn’t fail to impress– the pitches were received positively and applauded by many.
A highlight of Demo Day was the guest speaker, Nikolas Onoufriadris, a successful Boston entrepreneur and consultant who shared with the guests his experiences as an immigrant to the US and his persistence to become successful and do what he wants. The guest speaker and the ventures were thanked with a symbolic gift in the end for their contribution to the program.
BUVA is looking forward to a new semester full of activities and yet another rigorous program. They’re currently recruiting for their Spring program, so check out their website for more information: http://buventureaccelerator.org/