Thursday October 3rd from 4 P.M. to 9 P.M., MassTLC will host its inaugural Boston TechJam to celebrate–and accelerate–the accomplishments of the city’s business and tech scene.
Entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors and students alike will head down to the newly opened District Hall to partake in the block party’s networking and festivities, fueled by margaritas, sangria and craft beer and set to the tunes of a list of impressive bands with local tech ties. But the fun doesn’t stop there: magicians and treasure chest giveaways will also be involved, Boston TechJam cofounder Christine Nolan told BostInno.
Before the bands (and maybe magicians…) hit the stage, however, MassTLC will hold the “Startup Pitch Heard ‘Round the World,'” a contest that allows hand-selected twenty local startups to take their pitches for a spin in front of an impressive panel of leading venture capitalists and experienced entrepreneurs. To get the startups warmed up for their pitches, the finalist companies will be paired up with local venture mentors, including Jeffrey Beir of seed2A, Joe Chung of Redstar Ventures, Julia Austin of AustinFish and Annette Reynolds of 128 Innovation Group, in addition to hearing pitch tips from Northbridge Venture Partners’ Michael Skok.
MassTLC announced today the finalists that made the cut and will be competing at the event from 4:30 to 6:00 P.M.:
- Mino by ParaWare
- ShopHop (Northeastern University / Hong Kong University)
- Sol Power LLC
- Telix Networks
- Uji Showerhead (Tufts University)
Judging the presentations will be Katie Rae, the managing director at Tech Stars Boston, Maia Heymann a senior managing director of CommonAngels, Ryan Moore of Atlas Venture and Scott Bailey, the senior director of partnerships at Mass Challenge, all of whom will provide feedback–moderated by Michael Skok–to the hopeful entrepreneurs.
If you don’t make the pitches, you’ll be able to catch a few other tech folks on stage later on during the band performances. Keeping to the theme, all bands at the event will have at least one member who is a part of Boston’s tech community. According to Nolan, 45 bands tried out for the five spot line-up. Here are the bands that made the cut:
5:00-5:30 P.M. Didn’t Planet
5:50-6:20 P.M. NEMES
6:40-7:10 P.M. Unclaimed Freight
7:30-8:00 P.M. The Field Effect
8:20-8:50 P.M. Lansdowne
While the bands are rocking, startups and entrepreneurs from various university accelerators and incubators around the city will be chatting with guests among the crowd. “It’s not your typical tech showcase,” Nolan told BostInno. “It’s showing what type of company you are and what type of culture you have.”
When it comes to the Boston TechJam, MassTLC plans on leaving no company behind. “For us to really create something unique here, we have to break down the silos across the tech community,” Nolan said.
Tickets to the event cost $10 [for students it’s free!], but rest assured that the money is going to a good cause; 100 percent of registration fees will be used to support computer education in Massachusetts through MassTLC’s charitable 501(c)(3) Education Foundation, a lead partner in MassCAN, a coalition of organizations working together to expand computing education in Mass.