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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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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Second Boston TechJam block party set for June 12th

Boston’s tech community block party is getting bigger in its second year. TechJam organizer Mark Lorion tells me that the event, slated for June 12th, could more than double in size from 2013. It’s also moving to a more central location: City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. Last year’s inaugural event was held on a former parking lot on Northern Avenue and District Hall next door.

“Last year’s permit was for 1,200 people, and this year we have approval for 3,000,” says Lorion, who is the chief marketing officer at Apperian, a Boston mobile startup. That number is the maximum number of people that can be at the event at one time, he says, but the overall number of attendees over the course of the event, which runs from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., will be much larger.

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