Startups Will Showcase Their Inventions During the ‘Pitch Heard ‘Round the World’

A music, tech, and innovation festival this week will give six area startups looking to grow their business a chance to stand before some of the top venture capitalists in the city and pitch their ideas.

On June 12, the second annual Boston TechJam, which bills itself as a networking opportunity void of the stodgy practices usually seen at tradeshows, will feature 75 booths where companies will set up shop under small tents and showcase their businesses to the public, as bands play in the background.

“Networking is a major motivator of people attending and people exhibiting. For some it means a job search, for others it means selling their product,” said Mark Lorion, co-founder of Boston TechJam.

 

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Boston TechJam on the plaza

Last year, a group of startup folks, including Apperian’s chief marketing officer, Mark Lorion, and MassTLC director Christine Nolan, got together to organize the first Boston TechJam. Thanks to last year’s success, TechJam, taking place this year on Thursday, is moving to City Hall Plaza for what should be a bigger celebration of the tech scene.

The event will feature a “Shark Tank”-esque pitch contest, the “Startup Pitch Heard ‘Round the World,’” where six early-stage companies will present to a panel of venture capitalists. This year’s panel features Chip Hazard, general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners; James Geshwiler of CommonAngels; Project 11’s Katie Rae; and Peter Boyce II of General Catalyst and Rough Draft Ventures.

 

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More details emerge for the Shark Tank-like contest at next week’s TechJam

Last year, a group of local startup folks, including Apperian’s chief marketing officer Mark Lorion and MassTLC director Christine Nolan, got together to organize the first Boston TechJam.

With the success of last year’s event, this year’s TechJam, taking place next Thursday June 12, is moving to City Hall Plaza for what should be a bigger celebration of the Boston tech scene.

Like last year, the event will feature a Shark Tank-esque pitch contest, the“Startup Pitch Heard ‘Round the World,’” where six early-stage companies will present their ideas to a panel of local venture capitalists. This year’s panel features Chip Hazard, general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners; James Geshwiler of CommonAngels; Project 11′s Katie Rae; and Peter Boyce II of General Catalyst and Rough Draft Ventures.

 

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Six startups to compete in Boston TechJam this month

Six local startups will compete for a slew of prizes including free workspace at the Boston TechJam event to be held on June 12.

The startups will kick off the event by pitching their business plans to a panel of high-profile local venture capitalists including James Geshwiler, managing director of CommonAngels, Chip Hazard, general partner of Flybridge Capital Partners, and Peter Boyce II, co-founder of Rough Draft Ventures.

The winner will receive a package of prizes including a session with SHIFT Communications to help with their messaging and elevator pitch, a free month of co-working space, $250 towards a General Assembly class and personal training with George Foreman III, according to a TechJam spokeswoman.

 

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Boston’s giant block party for tech start ups

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Boston’s City Hall Plaza is set to turn into a massive techie start up celebration soon.

Boston TechJam 2014, a kind of giant block party for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, legal, PR and marketing experts – starts June 12.

Mark Lorion of TechJam says organizers expect 3,000 people to show up.

“Seventy-five companies and start ups will be exhibiting, and they’ll be showcasing some of their innovations and hosting fun festival-style games that makes networking fun and easy,” he said.

 

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Seven Bands to Rock Boston TechJam; Join Artists, Food Trucks and Tech Companies in Innovation Ecosystem Festival

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to Address Crowd As City Hall Plaza Hosts Region’s Only Outdoor Tech Block Party

Boston – May 29, 2014 – Boston TechJam, an event that uniquely combines a tech block party, live concert and innovation showcase, has released its 2014 band lineup. On Thursday, June 12, seven bands and performers, all with members who work in the local technology industry, will entertain 3,000 Boston TechJam attendees who have gathered to celebrate and accelerate the region’s innovation ecosystem. In addition, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh will announce the winner of the “Pitch Heard ‘Round the World” startup pitch contest on stage between 4:30-5:00 p.m. ET and visit with attendees.

“Boston has been a leader in supporting technology and innovation across our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “We’ve taken creative steps to encourage global companies and startups to call Boston home, from exploring opportunities to keep Boston open later to supporting public wifi access citywide. Events like Boston TechJam showcase all that we have to offer, and there is no better place for a celebration of our technology ecosystem than right here at the heart of Boston.”

Representing local companies Apperian, Harpoon Brewery, High Output Inc., Localytics, NaviNet, Presskit.to, REZ-1 Software, Riverview Studios, SONiVOX, Sun Life Financial, thoughtbot, Virtual Inc. and others, the following bands will take the stage from 4:00-9:00 p.m. ET to help transform City Hall Plaza into the largest and most diverse innovation event in the region:

  • Unclaimed Freight
  • Scrum of the Earth
  • Comanchero
  • Downtown Crossing Barbershop Quartet
  • ALAKAZAM: The Human Knot – world-famous comedic contortionist
  • HERRA TERRA
  • Greenline Inbound

“Boston TechJam brings rockin’ entertainment by the tech community to the tech community,” said Ben Maitland-Lewis, CEO of Presskit.to and Music Director and member of founding team for Boston TechJam. “The sheer number of bands that submitted this year shows a tremendous amount of hidden musical talent in our innovation economy. When this year’s performers take the stage, get ready to rock!”

While the bands are rocking, entrepreneurs, startups, established tech and tech-enabled companies, venture capitalists, non-profit groups, students and artists will be checking out local innovations and enjoying fun, festival-style activities and games hosted under each exhibitor tent that make networking enjoyable and easy.  Attendees will stay fueled for the festival by enjoying beer from Harpoon Brewery and munching on eats from an eclectic collection of food trucks, including: Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Mei Mei, The Cod Squad, Taco Party and Cupcake City.

Along with an impressive mix of networking opportunities, entertainment and food and drink, attendees will enjoy participatory art activities sponsored by Constant Contact, HP and others through a partnership with FPAC (Fort Point Art Community).

“Art and technology are inherently intertwined – user interface design, creative design and even coding are art forms that bring technology to life,” said David Polcaro, principal, East Coast Catalyst, and Creative Director and member of founding team for Boston TechJam. “Artists established the foundation for creativity and innovation in the region. It’s fantastic to see local businesses support and collaborate with FPAC and local artists at Boston TechJam.”

What to Expect

  • Historic Faneuil Hall adjacent to the Faneuil Hall Marketplace from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Watch startups test their pitches and ideas in front of a panel of leading local venture capitalists in the “Pitch Heard ‘Round the World” and listen to local entrepreneurs share secrets behind their successes in a new series of TechTalks. More details to follow. Open to all ages. Tickets $10.
  • Boston City Hall Plaza from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. – Network, explore tech innovations, enjoy “street festival”-type games and activities hosted by more than 75 area tech companies, listen to live bands from the tech industry and enjoy local art, craft beer from Harpoon Brewery and local food trucks. Tickets $10 for the 21+ crowd only.

To register for the event and get the most up-to-date information regarding the event including timing, logistics, sponsors and partners please visit www.bostontechjam.org and follow updates at @bostontechjam. 100 percent of admissions will support computing education in Massachusetts through the MassTLC Education Foundation.

Boston TechJam is supported by Constant Contact, Continuum Managed IT Services, Dyn, EnerNOC, HP, LogMeIn, Monster, Carbonite’s women in tech initiative SaaSy and Wayfair and collaborators include Apperian, City of Boston, East Coast Catalyst, Greenhorn Connect, Idea Week Boston, Launch Academy, MassChallenge, MassTLC, MITX, New England Venture Capital Association, Presskit.to, SHIFT Communications, and TUGG.

About Boston TechJam

Boston TechJam is a showcase and accelerator for new ideas and world-class innovations coming out of the Boston region. The event brings together early stage companies, entrepreneurs, students, established enterprises, venture capitalists and artists to celebrate the region’s technology, entrepreneurship and culture. Equal parts idea exchange and celebration, Boston TechJam is an unconventional meeting ground for local innovators, visionaries and up-and-comers. The 21+ event will take place June 12, 2014 in Boston City Hall Plaza.

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5 reasons to celebrate the Boston tech scene at TechJam

When it comes to tech hubs, the spotlight usually shines on Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley in New York City. Despite our own rich history in technology and innovation, Boston, to be quite blunt, has lost top billing. In the last few years, there’s been a perception, both internally and nationally, that the city had flat lined, or as PandoDaily put it, was “in a rut” and had “lost its mojo.”

But guess what? We’re back, and there is a renewed energy pouring throughout the city and the Greater Boston area.

 

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Meet the 6 Bands – and 1 Contortionist – Billed To Rock Boston TechJam This Year

June 12th marks the date of the second-ever annual Boston TechJam. Held in Faneuil and City Hall Plaza, the festival-style event is expected to entertain 3,000 attendees, eager to celebrate the strides of the local innovation scene with an evening of mingling and a top-notch pitch competition.

But let’s not forget the “jamming” part of the party.

Six bands from local companies will be rocking out on stage this year. And for added fun, there will also be a world-renowned comedic contortionist, aptly named The Human Knot, taking the stage. Yup, you heard that right. A contortionist.

 

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Boston’s 2014 Tech Jam Promises an Innovation Celebration

It goes without saying that Boston is a thriving community that fosters and supports forward thinking in the areas of technology and innovation. With one of the world’s highest concentration of entrepreneurs, emerging tech start-ups and with the support of top-tier academic institutions, it’s no surprise the Boston TechJam was conceived in efforts to fuel this increasingly popular trend.

Whether you’re a tech novice or an entrepreneur hopeful, the second annual Boston TechJam promises to provide interested locals with an event to celebrate and accelerate our leading innovation hub. Along with the support of local tech companies, leading industry groups and the City of Boston, the event is considered an ‘unconventional meeting ground’ for local, up-and-coming innovators.

 

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Boston TechJam – An Innovation Block Party

Last year over 2,000 startupers took to the inaugural Boston TechJam, a block party for all things innovation.

Created by Mark Lorion (CMO, Apperian) and Christine Nolan (Dir. of Communities, MassTLC) the event was built to help accelerate connections and celebrate the success of the tech ecosystem in the Boston region. If you’re an entrepreneur, an investor, a student, an employee at a startup or just love innovation this is a party you’ll want to be at.

 

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