Weekly Newsletter-March 6th, 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.


Weekly Newsletter-Dec.12th, 2016

The BU Entrepreneurship Club Presents – InnovateEDU

The BU Entrepreneurship Club is leading a new program out of BU. They are launching a collaborative pitch competition between BU, MIT, Northeastern and Emersen this coming semester.
The Club will select 5 elite students to form a team to represent BU.
The team will attend monthly mandatory, intensive meet ups, at which the team will be given information on starting their next venture. Students will be set up to launch their own company, or join one of Boston’s top accelerator programs.
If you are interested please apply here

SXSW PitchTexas 2017

The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business invites BU students to compete in the 4th annual SXSW Startup PitchTexas Competition!

The best student startups from across the US will compete against each other for bragging rights and up to $10K in prizes. On the day of the competition, teams will pitch their startup and field questions from investors and entrepreneurs from the Austin community in front of SXSW Interactive’s global audience.

Applications are due by 5 PM, December 15th, and the top 16 applicants will be notified by 5PM on December 30th. Submissions must be made by a current MBA student who is on the founding or executive team of the startup.

Visit www.PitchTX.com for more information

Harvard Synergy 1/14/16
Harvard Synergy is a social enterprise incubator that challenges students to tackle  the social issues in transformative ways. Join Synergy and learn about the process of building a social enterprise.
Apply now: Harvard Synergy
11th annual New England Venture Summit, 12/07

Want to grow your venture startup? Join the New England Venture Summit to connect with investors, senior executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, incubators and premier service providers.

Don’t miss this opportunity!

Venture Fast Track: Fundraising Bootcamp 12/12
Want to meet investors and learn about the fundraising process from 35+ of Boston’s most active investors? Come to the Fast Track on 12/12: Here is a special discount for you: register with the code Buzzlab and get 30% off entry price.
Students – apply to come for FREE!
A limited number of scholarships are available to full-time students through StayinMA
Apply now: Venture Fast Track
Live or Work in Cambridge? You could be eligible for a grant to attend TCN Programs for FREE!
Find out more about the Cambridge Entrepreneurship Assistance Program HERE!
Launchpad on Demand
Get real time feedback from experienced angel investors, without the pressure of a formal pitch. For companies in the early stages of development December 15 More info


Looking for your next job or internship opportunity? Our entrepreneurship community platform is the way forward. Join our community @  https://bu.edu/thehiveand see all available job and internship positions.
Entrepreneurship Club Internships:
Applications are now open for club interns for Spring ’17 positions.
Are you interested in taking a leadership role within Entrepreneurship Club?
Do you want to learn first-hand from members of BU’s entrepreneurial community?
Apply for a Spring 2017 internship position for the chance to learn new skills in marketing, event planning, program strategy, community outreach and more!
These roles have the potential to lead to positions on the Executive Board.
Apply HERE