Weekly Newsletter – March 6, 2017


New Venture Competition Finalists!!
Congratulations to the Winners of the New Venture Competition Semi-Finals
Chef Box
Sonder Partners
Save the Date: April 4th, for the New Venture Competition Finals
BUZZ Lab Event
The Spring Bootcamp is coming soon!!
Sign up HERE
Applications for the Summer Accelerator are now Officially Open!!!
Nantucket Conference
Whether you’re a young entrepreneur or a seasoned CEO, this is a networking opportunity and learning experience like no other. It’s small, it’s intimate, and you’ll walk away with more than you came with. Everyone from journalists to venture capitalists attend to socialize and stay on the cutting edge.
The BUZZ Lab will sponsor one lucky student or alumni’s registration fees. Please apply to sclorkin@bu.edu to let us know why we should sponsor you!
Apply by March 31st

TechConnect coming to BU

Save the Date:
March 18th Questrom Auditorium 10am to 3pm
Top Startups Wanted: MassChallenge 2017
MassChallenge Application Deadline: March 28th

MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet.
No-equity and not-for-profit, MassChallenge accelerates entrepreneurs across all industries and awards over $2 million in equity-free cash each year. Startups get world-class mentorship, unrivaled corporate access (MassChallenge partners include companies such as Fidelity, Microsoft, PepsiCo, IBM, and VISA), a massive global network, and more.
All early-stage startups can apply to MassChallenge. MassChallenge looks for applicants from any industry, from anywhere in the world, as long as they have not raised more than $500K in outside capital, or generated over $1M in revenue. Since 2010, 1,211 MassChallenge alumni have collectively raised over $1.8B and created 60,000 jobs. The next success story could be you!
Applications are now open for MassChallenge Boston, Israel, and Switzerland programs.
Regular Deadline: March 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM (ET).
2017 Key ApplicationDates


Wed, 2/8- Applications Open- Learn more here
  • Wed, 3/22, 6-9 pm: Entrepalooza at Royale. RSVP Here.
  • Mon, 3/27, 6-8 pm: MC Open House 3 at 21 Drydock, 6th Floor.
  • Tues, 3/28– Applications Close
MassChallenge will be hosting an info session here at Questrom in the week of Mar 20th. Keep an eye on our press for more details!! 
Off-Campus Events
The Conscious Capitalism Student Business Plan Competition

The Conscious Capitalism 

Student Business Plan Competition will take place at the 2017 Spring Conscious Capitalism Conference, in Philadelphia, PA. The purpose of the competition will be to promote awareness of Conscious Capitalism and more broadly purpose-driven approaches to business to young people..

For full details about the competition are available at competition’s webpage. If anyone has questions about the competition, please feel free to email

The App Idea Awards
A competition for anyone with a great idea for an app. It can be anything form something scribbled on a napkin to an actual working app with less than 1,000monthly active users. The six teams/individuals with the six strongest concepts will then pitch their idea and business plan to a group of judges, which consists of VCs and various angel investors from some of the top firms in the country: First Round Capital, Samsung Ventures, Founder Collective, Greyhound Partners.
Entrepreneurs can submit their big ides for a chance to win $70,000 worth of design and development to build their app, without sacrificing any equity or intellectual property rights.
We’re also partnering with General Assembly and Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater NY to bring free classes on mobile education.
The deadline to apply is 11:59 EST on April 24th and finalists will be announced shortly thereafter. The final event will be held in New York on June 7th.
iTunes Audio Podcast

Angel Invest Boston Presents:

Kathryn Roy, Strategic Thinker & Angel
“Knowledge Can Be a Problem” Episode 9

Kathryn Roy is a person from whom I learn every time we speak. Her thoughts on messaging for tech products are prized in companies that range from relatively new enterprises, such as Constant Contact, to highly established ones, such as IBM. If you want to learn more about marketing don’t miss this episode.Here is a quote from the interview: “The hardest thing about marketing and messaging is figuring out what you’re not going to say.” She illustrates her approach with several compelling stories.

Kathryn also brings her deeply-considered advice to the startups in which she invests. I loved her advice to startup founders on hiring marketing people!

Check out our earlier interviews with people such as super angel Michael Mark, Walnut founder Ralph Wagner, angel and advisor Ben Littauer, repeat founder Beth Marcus, VC & angel Fred Bamber, biotech wiz Patrick Rivelli, software pioneer Ed Belove and the inimitable Frank Ferguson. We now provide transcripts for the interviews with subject headings so that you can quickly access particular parts of the conversation.

We are arranging live, in-person events in the spring so please add your name to the list to be notified HERE.