Between Summer@HIGHLAND, Startup Summer, the Boston Tech Talent Fair and the newly announced Boston Startup School, it’s been a great month to be a student entrepreneur here in the hub. The beauty is, there are dozens of students who’ve been itching to get involved and want to help grow the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
For all those who attended RubyRiot, you might have noticed a swarm of students roll up in a Boston Nightlife Express Bus. They set that up themselves, hoping to provide a way for students interested in startups to attend and show that they’re ready and willing to contribute to the city’s up-and-coming companies.
They’ve even created a Facebook page — the Student Tech Startup Group — and while that’s not their official name, they hope to have one soon. Currently at 50 members and counting, there’s a core team of dedicated students who are willing to take the time they’re not in class and devote it to creating events and bringing together students from across the Greater Boston area.
Looking to get involved? Then start following these nine students, because they’re some of the key players paving the way in both leadership and entrepreneurship. Tweet at them once, and we can 99.9 percent guarantee they’ll answer within 30 minutes or less.
Cory Bolotsky — @bolotsky— Formerly the Startup Concierge at MassChallenge, Bolotsky is now the Director of Startup Massachusetts and Startup Summer, all while being a student at Northeastern. “Students, parents and universities need to shift their paradigm from thinking of starting a company as an alternative career to a well-respected career,” Bolotsky says, responding to why more students should get involved in startups. “This country was built on innovators and creators, and graduating college and then starting a company is the American dream more students should pursue.”
Peter Boyce — @badboyboyce — While at Harvard, Boyce has helped launch Harvard College Venture Partners and Hack Harvard. He’s also a community and business director for SkillShare, which is an open community marketplace that allows visitors to learn anything from anyone.
Paul Hlatky — @paulhlatky — A Boston University student, Hlatky is filling Jason Evanish’s role at Greenhorn Connect. He was instrumental in coordinating the Boston Tech Talent Fair, and says he thinks that while there’s “so much cool stuff going on at every university,” it’s the “communication channel that’s fragmented.” He’s now hoping to help solve that problem.
Maurice Rahmey — @mrahmey — You may have read Rahmey’s guest post “Brain Drain: Losing the War for Student Talent in Boston” that was a direct response to Mayor Menino. The Boston University student has strong opinions on what needs to be done to retain the young talent here in Boston, and is currently the social media consultant for Crisp on Wheels.
Ryan Dawidjan — @ryandawidjan — Co-founder of Startup Babson, Dawidjan’s been working to not only bridge the gap between his College’s undergraduates, MBAs and alumni, but also the entrepreneurs in the Greater Boston community. He’s helped define the word “hustle,” and says “students should get more involved in the startup community so that they can work with awesome, smart people, acquire explicit skills through action and have a fun time doing it.”
Greg Skloot — @GregSkloot — Although Skloot might be the self-described “passionate president of the Northeastern Entrepreneurs Club,” after seeing him interact with students in and around the University, there couldn’t be a better word to describe him. Unless you count “motivated,” “determined” and “hardworking.”
Alden Sampson — @aldenks — Sampson’s helped pave the way for entrepreneurship at Tufts University, a school that appears to be largely underrepresented in the startup world here. Hlatky says Sampson was the one who gathered everyone together for RubyRiot from Tufts, and helped coordinate the bus with Hlatky to get students there.
Max Veggeberg — @maxveg — President of Boston University’s Entrepreneurship Club, Veggeberg also works on his own startup called OrigiArt, an online marketplace for student artwork. Veggeberg says he “wasn’t introduced to the startup community until maybe late last year and learned a lot of lessons that could’ve been easily circumvented had [he] been interacting with more veteran members of the community.” Through his efforts, he hopes he can now help other students looking to get connected in the city.
Todd Kirkland — @ToddLKirkland — Kirkland’s majoring in computer science at Brandeis University and has his own Software Entrepreneurship Blog. So many people say those outside of Boston are in a “bubble,” but Kirkland’s trying to pop that, and get more students involved in what’s going on in the hub.
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