Get ready, Boston biz. No matter what industry you work in, this week holds a handful of events that you won’t want to miss. From tech and advertising to entrepreneurship, you won’t be left missing intriguing conversation and meetups over the next few days.
Monday 11/11 Veterans Day
Take a moment to remember our veterans, enjoy your day off and rest up for the rest of the week!
The Capital Network: Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps – TCN has put together a panel of experts to teach you how to navigate the sometimes socially awkward waters of bootstrapping your startup. Growing lean is an essential part of the business lifecycle, as is learning to ask for help – and funding – from trusted friends and family. Head to MassChallenge at 8:30 a.m. and pay $30 to hear the best dollar-stretching tips from area entrepreneurs and investors.
Master Slam: Hire or Fire Your PR Agency – Springpad, Grasshopper and Workbar have banded together to host a battle between Boston’s PR and marketing professionals. Representatives will lay down their sauciest three-minute wit in hopes of winning a part-time pass to Workbar and free beer from Harpoon Brewery for a year.
The Ad Club: Hatch Awards – The city’s most creative advertising minds will head to the House of Blues Wednesday night for the 53rd annual Hatch Awards, an event designed to commemorate the Boston ad community’s brilliance over the past year. The evening’s festivities kick off at 6 p.m., so arrive on time and in style to this memorable awards show.
TechCrunch: Boston TC Meetup + Pitchoff – The famed tech news site TechCrunch will roll into the Hub this week to crack some brews and start some conversation. The main event, however, will be the pitchoff, in which entrepreneurs will throw down their best 60-second pitches for their respective startups in stealth mode or private beta. The bounty is big: First place gets a table in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, second-place receives two tickets to the event and a single ticket goes to the third.
NEVCA: Beers with Three New Firms in Town – Dying to get to know some of our city’s latest VCs? Moderator Mike Troiano, CMO of Actifio, will invite Shereen Shermak of Launch Angels, Scott Savitz of Data Point Capital and Bob Hower of G20 Ventures to share more about their new projects in town and the future of Boston venture capital. The conversation starts at 6 p.m. at KPMG at One Broadway in Cambridge.
Greentown Labs: DEMO Day – At 3 p.m., Somerville’s cleantech accelerator will open its doors to members of the startup and investor community for its DEMO Day. More than 45 startups within the sector will mingle with some of the city’s top investors, strategic partners and entrepreneurs, as well as special guests, Joseph Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville, and Geoff Chapin, CEO and Founder of Next Step Living.
2013 Twestival Boston – Tweet, give and meet this Thursday at Game On! for Boston’s version of the largest grassroots social media fundraising initiative in the world. All benefits go toward the Greater Boston Food Bank. They’ve rounded up an impressive list of raffle items from Craigie on Main, Myers+Chang, b.good, Bully Boy Distillers, Mei Mei Boston and others this year, so pitch in for the cause.
Babson Entrepreneurship Forum – Students, faculty and entrepreneurs from all over Boston will converge on the school’s campus to talk trends, tools and thought leadership within the innovation space, starting at 8 a.m.
NEVCA: Coffee Connect with a VC – Bootstrapping vs. Crowdfunding – Jeremy Hitchcock, CEO of Dyn, and Rob Go, partner of NextView Ventures, will break down the factors that play into the decision to raise or not to raise financing. Hitchcock bootstrapped Dyn for a decade before raising a Series A round worth $38 million. Register online and show up around 10 a.m. at the Cambridge Innovation Center to learn how to make the right decision for your company.
Boston Startup Weekend at Boston University – Startup Weekend will come back to Beantown this weekend with a themed event centered around the Creative Industries at Boston University’s School of Management.