The Massachusetts Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
The Massachusetts Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship will
hold its annual celebration of Young Entrepreneurs honoring exceptional
Massachusetts companies on February 25th from 6-8 at the UMass Boston
Venture Development Center and in partnership Cambridge Innovation
Center will launch their Entrepreneur Speaker Tour Series to state and
community colleges, a program to introduce more college graduates in
massachusetts to the idea of pursuing entrepreneurship as a career path.
Mass Technology Leadership Council, Inc.
Formed by the powerful combination of Mass Software Council
and New England Business and Technology Association, Inc., the
organization is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and promoting
the success of companies that develop and deploy technology across
Looking to locate or expand your business here? Mass Econ is the
Commonwealth's central source of available property information in
Massachusetts. Mass Econ's Site Finder Service paired with its Research
and Information Service and Ambassadors program, ensure their ability to
provide decision-support to companies evaluating Massachusetts as a
location for their business
SPECIFIC INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS AND INITIATIVES
Click on one of the links below to discover support, associations and opportunities in each industry.
Ongoing Venture Capital Support:
In addition to the upcoming open office hours, several local venture-captial companies have programs to help young entrepreneurs: Spark Capital's start@Spark, and Polaris' Dogpatch Labs. For more information on Dogpatch Labs click here.
Great news outlets/blogs to find out what’s going on in Massachusetts’ IT Cluster
Regional organizations that provide resources and information to
businesses operating in or entering various area of the Commonwealth by
aiding in expansion, relocation and networking.
Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council
Berkshire Economic Development Corporation
Cape Cod Economic Development Council
North Shore Alliance for Economic Development
SouthCoast Development Partnership
North Central Economic Development Council
Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts
Startup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of developers,
business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists
and more to a 54 hour event that builds communities, companies and
projects.The participants that attend a Startup Weekend decide what they
want to tackle over the weekend and come out at the end with several
developed companies or projects. Attendees are responsible for bringing
the same desire and passion to the project and walk out of the room with
the task at hand, in a short 54 hours. Sound intense? It is.
OPEN HOUSE SERIES
A number of innovative entrepreneurial massachusetts companies will
host open house receptions for the innovation industry state
legislators, students and more all over the state. These receptions will
include representatives from the extended company teams such as venture
capitalists, counsel, accountants, universities and corporate
Women and Entrepreneurship
Do women think, plan and grow companies differently?
Is Massachusetts a friendly environment for women CEOs?
We're assembling a great panel of successful women who will give you their take on
women and entrepreneurship featuring Sheila Marcelo, Founder and CEO of
Care.com and the evening's host Ellen Rubin, Founder & VP of
Products, Cloudswitch. For date and time click HERE.
HubSpot transforms a relatively
static website into a modern marketing machine that produces the right
leads and helps convert a higher percentage of them into qualified
opportunities. For date and time click HERE.
Vivox is the leading provider of voice
chat services for online games and virtual worlds. Supporting over 15
million users in more than 180 countries and delivering over 2 billion
minutes of voice chat a month, the Vivox Network is the world’s largest
voice network for gamers. The Vivox voice chat solution is available on
multiple platforms – PC, web based and for the PlayStation3® console.
For date and time click HERE
Founded in 2006, RatePoint, Inc., provides small to medium-sized
businesses with an easy and affordable web-based communication solution
to build successful, lasting customer relationships, increase consumer
confidence and manage their online reputation. With RatePoint,
businesses can harness the power of credible customer feedback and
automatically promote it online to leverage customer reviews into a
sales, marketing and customer service asset. For date and time click HERE.
HELP FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
MedTech IGNITE, an initiative of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC),
provides free mentoring to medical device entrepreneurs at the early
stages of their company's conceptualization, formation and development
Web Innovators Group
The Web Innovators Group (WebInno) is comprised of people engaged in
internet and mobile innovation in the Boston area. They aim to support
entrepreneurs, visionaries, and creative thinkers in the field by
holding events which foster community interaction.
The OpenCoffee Club was started to encourage entrepreneurs, developers
and investors to organize real-world informal meetups to chat, network
and grow. They gather every Wednesday morning in Central Square,
Check out these past DartBoston events:
Mass Innovation Nights
Mass Innovation Nights connect Massachusetts-based innovators with the
marketplace using social media. Held at the Charles River Museum of
Industry & Innovation, the monthly Launch Parties are free for
everyone — companies and guests alike.
The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge is
a volunteer, non-profit organization based at MIT whose mission is to
promote and strengthen the process of starting and growing innovative
and technology-oriented companies by providing services and programs
that educate, inform, and support the entrepreneurial community.
Silver Lining is a
technology-focused group in New England that gathers to discuss issues
and opportunities which include innovation, standardization, security,
privacy, cloud computing, tech investment and other trends that arise.
They currently focus on cloud computing.
The Social Media Breakfast was founded
as an event where social media experts and newbies alike come together
to eat, meet, share, and learn. Marketers, PR pros, entrepreneurs,
bloggers, podcasters, new-media fanatics, and online social networkers
are all welcome to attend.
Greenhorn Connect is a Web portal Boston
region entrepreneurs, connecting them with the most comprehensive
resource listing and events calendar in the region, as well as other
relevant and original content. Greenhorn Connect is focused on fostering
community, as anyone can add a resource or an event to their calendar
and regularly invites guest bloggers from the region to share their
knowledge and experience.
The Capital Network is a community for
entrepreneurs seeking between $50k and $4M who are building fundable
businesses towards an exit strategy.
TiE-Boston is a comprehensive eco-system
for entrepreneurs with vital resources for every stage of the
entrepreneurial process. TiE-Boston runs several vibrant programs to
educate, mentor, network and inspire entrepreneurs in the community. TiE
connects entrepreneurs with each other and other stakeholders in the
entrepreneurial world including other serial entrepreneurs, Angel
Investors, Venture Capitalists, Vendors and Service Providers. MORE.
Entrepreneur's Organization is a
dynamic, global network of more than 7,000 business owners in 38
countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the
catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other,
leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life.