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Mass Innovation Nights March 2024 / Innovation Women

March 11, 2024

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COMING TO YOU LIVE FROM AUSTIN

Dear Innovator,


I'm on the road, coming to you live from Austin, Texas and SXSW. As some of you may know, I've been on the board for SXSW Pitch for many years, representing the Boston area. When the call for startups goes out (with early deadlines usually in September), I'll be shouting it out and encouraging you all to apply.


But I digress, I'm in Texas for the Pitch finals but I'm also here soaking up the insights, technology advances and new products/ideas/concepts from around the world. It's an annual trip that helps refresh and inspire me. Plus, tacos for every meal. A+


I have to say that the clocks changing mid-conference is a blast. Ha. Nothing like losing a precious hour when you are already super-tired, trying to cram in a ton of great sessions, events and experiences. Good times.


Bobbie & the MIN Team

LIONESS MAGAZINE: GREAT ARTICLES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Lioness gives entrepreneurs the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. Here are just a few of this week's features:


Get ready to kick off April with Lioness networking!

📅 Date: April 2nd

🕒 Time: Noon – 1:00 ET


Looking to expand your business network? Lioness Networking is your monthly opportunity to connect with ambitious women like you! Join us for enriching conversations, invaluable advice, and camaraderie. Through a series of engaging breakout rooms and guided discussions, we’re here to provide valuable support for female entrepreneurs. Ready for more inspiration, meaningful interactions and actionable strategies? Register here!

MIN COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Are you running events of interest to startups and entrepreneurs in the Boston area? Submit your events to the Mass Innovation Nights community calendar! For years we have been promoting local events to the community and now we have a better way to collect the information from you! Just fill out the form on our website, and we'll add your event to the community calendar on our website, and in our weekly newsletter!

FEATURED COMMUNITY EVENTS

Golden Seeds Office Hours - March 14


Golden Seeds holds monthly Office Hours and information sessions give entrepreneurs who may or may not yet be ready to apply for funding an opportunity to meet and speak with experienced early-stage investors. One of the Golden Seeds chapter leads will provide a one-hour overview about funding and the Golden Seeds process, followed by 30 minute one-on-one sessions with investors. This event is limited to 16 entrepreneurs, so register early. More information here. 

FEATURED EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

THIS WEEK - all times in Eastern unless otherwise noted

 

Monday March 11


Tuesday March 12


Wednesday March 13


Thursday March 14


Friday March 15


FOR THE FULL LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT OUR BLOG!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

The Clean Green Challenge is now accepting applications from innovators, students, entrepreneurs, researchers, and startups who are developing solutions in one of two areas. The first is Recycled Materials where applicants will need to address one of the multiple issues surrounding this topic. The second category will be Safer Chemicals where applicants will be focused on topics such as PFAS, pollution, and forever chemical projects. Application deadline is March 13. More information here

Looking for more featured accelerator information, pitch contests, design contests, funding sources, or other resources for local entrepreneurs? Head over to our blog page for an updated listing of the latest events and resources from organizations like:


  • MassVentures Catalyst/DICES
  • LearnLaunch Fund Accelerator
  • The New England Venture Capital Association Unpitch

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December 18, 2023

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This will be the last MIN newsletter for 2023. We'll resume on January 9, 2024. (OMG, can you believe it's almost 2024?)


This week is the last one before we enter what I think of as the entrepreneurial "Lost Week".


This is the last week of the year, when some companies shut down and others are running on skeleton staffs.


Even if a company is shut down, many entrepreneurs are still busy.


Whether it's putting a final touch on plans for the new year, attempting to close that last big deal or finishing up various paperwork, an entrepreneur's work is never done.


Or is it?


The Lost Week can also be a time for entrepreneurs to catch their breath, take a little time to recover or just rest up in order to most effectively lead the charge in the new year.


Remember that rest and time off are just as valuable as that last deal. Take care of you!


A happy holiday to all our community.


Bobbie & the MIN Team

LIONESS MAGAZINE: GREAT ARTICLES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Lioness gives entrepreneurs the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. Here are just a few of this week's features:


MIN COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Are you running events of interest to startups and entrepreneurs in the Boston area? Submit your events to the Mass Innovation Nights community calendar! For years we have been promoting local events to the community and now we have a better way to collect the information from you! Just fill out the form on our website, and we'll add your event to the community calendar on our website, and in our weekly newsletter!

FEATURED COMMUNITY EVENTS

The Entrepreneur Forum Mentor Smart Program


The Mentor Smart Program is embodiment of collaborative innovation and entrepreneurial mentorship, serving as an invaluable platform for aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs alike. In a world where the journey to startup success can be challenging and uncertain, this program is a guiding light, facilitating the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and inspiration within a vibrant community of seasoned entrepreneurs. More information here. 

FEATURED EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

THIS WEEK - all times in Eastern unless otherwise noted


THIS WEEK

 

Monday December 18

·        Educate and Motivate - Small Business Series 5:00 – 6:30 pm

·        North Shore Women Connect Monthly Monday Mixer 5:30 – 7:30 pm

 

Tuesday December 19

·        SBA 8(a) BDP Annual Review Preview 9:00 – 10:00 am

·        Climate Critical Training, Equipment, and Infrastructure Grants Webinar 1:00 pm

·        Fundraising and Cap Table Workshop presented by Fidelity 2:00 - 3:00 pm

·        Accounting for Non-Accountants 5:30 - 7:00 pm

 

Wednesday December 20

·        Learning the Lean Business Model Canvas 12:00 – 1:30 pm

·        THE LINK: Business Networking Lunch 12:30 pm

·        Revolve Nation Boston Entrepreneurs: Networking & Discussion Group 6:00 – 7:00 pm

 

Thursday December 21

·        SBA 8(a) Business Development Program 10:00 – 11:00 am

·        How to Come Up With a Great Business Idea 7:00 pm

·        Technocopia Open Hack! 7:00 – 9:30 pm

 

Friday December 22

·        Coffee & Connections - South Shore Hive - In Person Networking 8:30 – 9:30 am


FOR THE FULL LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT OUR BLOG!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Venture Lane Studio helps B2B software startups find real traction and repeatable success. They transform early stage B2B software companies with outstanding potential into growth stage ventures through a bespoke 3.5 month program and up to $100k investment; using a proven methodology from experienced entrepreneurs, and a world class support network of peer founders and mentors. Applications for the Spring cohort are due by January 18. More information here. 

Looking for more featured accelerator information, pitch contests, design contests, funding sources, or other resources for local entrepreneurs? Head over to our blog page for an updated listing of the latest events and resources from organizations like:


  • ACCEL – Advancing Climatech & Clean Energy Leaders
  • Export Expo
  • The Local Food Trade Show

MASS INNOVATION NIGHTS SOLUTION PARTNERS  

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JOIN OUR SOCIAL MEDIA AMPLIFICATION PROGRAM TODAY

Have you joined our "gaggle" yet? MIN alum GaggleAMP helps us manage our social media amplification program. We send members content to share about startups, events and the innovation community. You choose what to share through your social networks. Join us! It's a great way to support the local community and get great content to share. Become a MINion too!
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December 11, 2023

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The Facebook post asked for "recommendations for learning about entrepreneurship and getting a start up launched."


This week's offerings (see below) include "Simple Steps for Starting Your Business" and "How to Open a Business in Massachusetts", among other "basics" events. Once the basics have been covered, there's everything from building a founding team to accelerating growth strategies.


If your dream involves starting a company or growing your existing company, the Boston community is there for you.


Don't wait to tap into the plethora of resources available to you. Check out this week's event, webinars, and educational offerings below.


Bobbie & the MIN Team

LIONESS MAGAZINE: GREAT ARTICLES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Lioness gives entrepreneurs the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. Here are just a few of this week's features:


MIN COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Are you running events of interest to startups and entrepreneurs in the Boston area? Submit your events to the Mass Innovation Nights community calendar! For years we have been promoting local events to the community and now we have a better way to collect the information from you! Just fill out the form on our website, and we'll add your event to the community calendar on our website, and in our weekly newsletter!

FEATURED COMMUNITY EVENTS

Own Your Numbers: Understanding 409A Valuation and Avoiding Pitfalls - January 24


If you are a CEO or a CFO of a high growth startup, it is vital to understand how to value your company correctly. An IRS Section 409A valuation is an independent appraisal of the fair market value (FMV) of a private company’s common stock that determines the “strike price” for equity. If your company is planning to offer options, you’ll need a 409A valuation. More information here. 

FEATURED EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

THIS WEEK - all times in Eastern unless otherwise noted


Monday December 11


Tuesday December 12


Wednesday December 13


Thursday December 14


Friday December 15


Saturday December 16


FOR THE FULL LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT OUR BLOG!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

ACCEL – Advancing Climatech & Clean Energy Leaders

BIPOC entrepreneurs: your climatetech solutions can change the world. ACCEL is here to bolster you as you develop critical climatetech solutions by offering access to funding, networking connections, resources, and opportunities that structural inequities put out of reach. This year-long program combines acceleration with a curated curriculum, incubation through a Greentown Labs membership, and extensive mentorship from Greentown and Browning the Green Space (BGS)’s networks of industry experts. Apply by January 5. More information here. 

Looking for more featured accelerator information, pitch contests, design contests, funding sources, or other resources for local entrepreneurs? Head over to our blog page for an updated listing of the latest events and resources from organizations like:


  • The Atomic Grant program
  • Export Expo
  • The Local Food Trade Show

MASS INNOVATION NIGHTS SOLUTION PARTNERS  

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JOIN OUR SOCIAL MEDIA AMPLIFICATION PROGRAM TODAY

Have you joined our "gaggle" yet? MIN alum GaggleAMP helps us manage our social media amplification program. We send members content to share about startups, events and the innovation community. You choose what to share through your social networks. Join us! It's a great way to support the local community and get great content to share. Become a MINion too!
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September 25, 2023

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LIONESS MAGAZINE: GREAT ARTICLES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Lioness gives entrepreneurs the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. Here are just a few of this week's features:


MIN COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Are you running events of interest to startups and entrepreneurs in the Boston area? Submit your events to the Mass Innovation Nights community calendar! For years we have been promoting local events to the community and now we have a better way to collect the information from you! Just fill out the form on our website, and we'll add your event to the community calendar on our website, and in our weekly newsletter!

FEATURED COMMUNITY EVENTS

Women in Tech Boston - October 2-3


Join Women in Tech Boston to explore the most essential technologies in today’s rapidly changing world and learn about the new revolutionary concepts that are radically changing our future in The New Frontier. Celebrate the power of diversity with 1000+ leading women in tech and diversity champions, from global leaders to disruptive startups, to shine a spotlight on the technology, people, and businesses that are driving change. More information here.

FEATURED EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

THIS WEEK - all times in Eastern unless otherwise noted


Monday September 25


Tuesday September 26


Wednesday September 27


Thursday September 28


Friday September 29


FOR THE FULL LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT OUR BLOG!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Rhode Island Startup Week, September 29 – October 6

Come celebrate the Rhode Island’s entrepreneurs who are shaping our world. Rhode Island Startup Week is bringing together entrepreneurs, local leaders, students, corporations, investors and friends to connect, collaborate and grow through entrepreneurial events. Across the state, Rhode Island’s Innovation Community has come together to showcase their events during this week. Join us to learn, network, and play. More information here.

Looking for more featured accelerator information, pitch contests, design contests, funding sources, or other resources for local entrepreneurs? Head over to our blog page for an updated listing of the latest events and resources from organizations like:


  • TiE ScaleUp
  • Women In Tech Boston
  • Boston Fintech Week

MASS INNOVATION NIGHTS SOLUTION PARTNERS  

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JOIN OUR SOCIAL MEDIA AMPLIFICATION PROGRAM TODAY

Have you joined our "gaggle" yet? MIN alum GaggleAMP helps us manage our social media amplification program. We send members content to share about startups, events and the innovation community. You choose what to share through your social networks. Join us! It's a great way to support the local community and get great content to share. Become a MINion too!
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December 5, 2022
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It's the last month of 2022. You've completed 11 out of 12 months. You're in the homestretch. 2023 is just around the corner!

December 2022 also comes with a mega dose of reality and apprehension. Lots of nervousness about markets, inflation and a possible recession. We've watched as several tech firms have done rounds of layoffs (most, if not all, of them managing it better than Twitter, who could not have possibly handled it worse.)

Nervous? You're not alone. (Although numerous experts have said that tech layoffs like we are currently seeing are more of a reaction to previous overzealous hiring.)

Let's look on the bright side:

  • Hiring just got easier. If you've been trying to hire over the last two years, your time is now. Post those awesome jobs.
  • Times of adversity is when Boston shines. 2008 is when I started my first company. Entrepreneurs filed a whopping 5.4 million new business applications in 2021, surpassing the record set in 2020 of 4.4 million. Tough times often bring out the latent entrepreneurs.
  • The Boston startup and entrepreneurial community is here to help you. (That picture above is from the Venture Café at the CIC and shows off all the great things to come from meeting in 2023.)

Bobbie & the MIN Team
MIN ALUMNI NEWS
LIONESS MAGAZINE: GREAT ARTICLES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Lioness gives entrepreneurs the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. Here are just a few of this week's features:

MIN COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Are you running events of interest to startups and entrepreneurs in the Boston area? Submit your events to the Mass Innovation Nights community calendar! For years we have been promoting local events to the community and now we have a better way to collect the information from you! Just fill out the form on our website, and we'll add your event to the community calendar on our website, and in our weekly newsletter!
FEATURED COMMUNITY EVENT
Critical Elements for Trademark Success - December 6

This area of IP law is actually fraught with many pitfalls and misunderstandings. For each field in the trademark application form, there are pages and pages of rules, much of which are not intuitive. This session will give entrepreneurs and founders the information they need to create, use, and protect strong trademarks by discussing the concepts of distinctiveness, proper trademark use, and enforcement of trademark rights. More information here.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Monday December 5

Tuesday December 6

Wednesday December 7

Thursday December 8

Friday December 9

FOR THE FULL LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT OUR BLOG!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Driving 2043 is an early-stage startup accelerator designed to advance electric vehicle adoption in the U.S. Through this program early-stage startups will have a unique opportunity to advance the development of their product, hone their business model and demonstrate product market fit through training and 1-2-1 advising from leading automotive, EV, cleantech and startup leaders. Applications are due December 7. More information here. 
Looking for more featured accelerator information, pitch contests, design contests, funding sources, or other resources for local entrepreneurs? Head over to our blog page for an updated listing of the latest events and resources from organizations like:

  • The MASS AWIS Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Impact (IEI) Program
  • Advancing Climatetech and Clean Energy Leaders (ACCEL)
  • MassCEC Accelerator Funding Program
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU
We're hiring! Our group (5 companies - Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation Nights, Innovation Women, My Speaker Leads and Lioness Magazines) has several positions open. Check out our careers page.

  • Media relations

Learn more or send us a resume. Let's talk! (We are a flexible operation with a combination of full and part-time remote positions.)
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HARD TRUTHS FROM THE MASS CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN


This week our team visited the Mass Conference for Women. It was the first time in three years that the event was back in person (albeit with a limit on tickets to keep the crowds at bay. They only had 6000 attendees versus the usual 12,000.)

The speakers have always been the strength of this annual mega conference. The next day, no one is spending any time talking about the exhibits, the box lunch, the resume review, or even the networking (usually a mainstay of conferences and events).

It's "OMG, Viola Davis; she's amazing. You know she grew up around here, right?" It's, "Did you hear Misty Copeland reading from her book and talking about her mentor?" It's sharing the finer points of speeches and conversations with Jameela Jamil, Tabitha Brown, Reese Witherspoon, and more.

But celebrities aside, when it comes down to bringing all the real feels, it will be hard to beat this year's fireside chat with Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett, PhD, Lead Scientist in COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Development, TIME Hero of the Year & an advocate for Diversity in STEM. When you hear arguably the most accomplished scientist of our time talking Imposter Syndrome, it hits hard.

Then she says IT: “It’s very hard to achieve something if you’ve never seen someone like you achieve it.”

If we ever doubt the importance of what we are doing here - all of us, collectively -- this is it. Every time we get a woman on a stage to share her story, we are helping others see what she has achieved. And when they see what she achieved, they too can achieve it, and more.
Bobbie and the Innovation Women team
SPEAKER FRIENDS FRIDAY STARTS SOON
Join us on Zoom - today at 8:45 am EST for introductions

Join us today (and every Friday) our Speaker Friend Fridays on Zoom. With so many awesome speakers, authors, event managers, podcasters and others joining us lately, we needed a bit more time.

We do as many introductions as we can and then jump into discussion at 9:00 am. Bring your questions, topics and victories to share. Event managers always welcome too!

Too early for you? Doesn't work with your schedule? Join us TODAY for First Friday Speaker Friends noon Eastern/9:00 am Pacific. It's the first Friday of every month.
UPCOMING WEBINAR
Niche Marketing to Build Your Business
Featuring Pamela Sams
December 14th, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET
How can one distinguish themselves in a competitive marketplace? Pamela Sams believes one way is to cultivate a niche, or specialty, in a market unoccupied by others. Niche marketing is the combination of both your strengths and your passions and sharing them with others. Studies have shown that developing a niche helps increase referrals and boosts overall productivity and profitability. The saying goes: “There is riches in niches.” Register here!
LIONESS MAGAZINE FEATURES
Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Get the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. This week you can read great articles like:

THIS WEEK'S FEATURED BOOK
If you are a recent college grad or a young professional, “The Graduate’s Guide to Money” is the complete guide to help you dive into the real world with the knowledge to be financially smart now and in the future. This practical guide is essentially “money talk made easy.” As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and CPA, Tana Ackerly Gildea knows the money pitfalls, problems and priorities to consider when starting out. Read the feature on Lioness!
SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES
Every week our speakers get brand new opportunities and there are even more on our website - more than 60 this week! Below are some of the NEW opportunities:

  1. Balkan's Biggest Startup Conference 2023 October 27 2023 Kamchia Bulgaria Deadline 7/27/2023 - Startup
  2. World Class Digital Transformation & Innovation in Corporate America 2023 March 20-21, 2023 Portland, OR Deadline 12/20/2022 - Business Leadership
  3. 2023 ASHHRA Annual Conference and Exposition April 23 - 25, 2023 Charlotte, NC Deadline 1/23/2023 - Human Resources
  4. 65th Annual Western Association of Graduate Schools Conference March 26-29, 2023 Portland, OR Deadline 12/15/2022 - Higher Education
  5. International Congress of Plant Pathology 2023 August 20-25, 2023 Lyon, France Deadline 2/15/2023 - Environmental Services

Become a Speaker - get opportunities like these, a profile on our site and more for only $120/year!
EVENTS & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
FEATURED EVENTS
ESG For Marketing & Communications - December 6-7
ESG Can Be A Daunting Prospect For Internal Communicators. This 2-day conference is designed from the Marketing & Internal Communications point of view. The essential takeaways provide an informed roadmap to shape your communication strategy in 2022 & beyond. More information here.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Chloe Capital Founder Fellowship New York 2023
Chloe Capital will host a four-month accelerator for tech founders of early-stage companies from diverse, underrepresented, and historically marginalized backgrounds located in New York City. They are specifically seeking companies building tech products and services in Climate, Education, and Health. Applicants should be Seed or Series A stage and ready for investment. Deadline to apply: December 16. More information here.
IFundWomen • Johnnie Walker First Strides Grant Program
As part of the First Women campaign, Jane Walker and IFundWomen have teamed up to help create more opportunities for women to achieve their goals. Jane Walker will be funding a total of 30 groundbreaking women-owned businesses through the end of the year. Businesses will be selected across the Entertainment & Film, Music, Sports, STEM, Journalism and Hospitality industries to receive a $10K grant plus one year of premium coaching service through IFundWomen. Deadline to apply: December 31. More information here.
Springboard Enterprises Life Sciences Innovation Program
Springboard’s Life Sciences Innovation Program is for women-led companies seeking funding, networking opportunities, and strategic partners in the life sciences and healthcare industries. Deadline to apply: January 20. More information here.
MENTOR OPPORTUNITIES




October 3, 2022
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Dear Innovator,

I spent the second half of last week in Austin, Texas. (I was a speaker at the North America Forrester Technology & Innovation summit.) It's the first time I have been in Austin in person since the 2019 SXSW.

I am on the advisory board for SXSW Pitch, the annual SXSW startup contest. South by Southwest, abbreviated as SXSW and colloquially referred to as "South By", is an annual conglomeration of music, film, and interactive media festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin. SXSW Pitch is part of the "interactive" portion of the event.

Since 2009, SXSW Pitch participants have received $14.5 billion in funding. Before the pandemic it was not unusual for me to meet up with Boston area startups at the Austin airport. They would be coming home with big checks under their arms. Literally. They hand out these giant checks and who doesn't want to take the giant check home to share with their team, family and friends.

Apply now to showcase your #startup in front of industry experts, high-profile media professionals, and investors in Austin next March! 2023 SXSW Pitch will feature 40 Interactive technology companies from eight different categories: Artificial Intelligence, Voice, & Robotics; Enterprise & Smart Data; Entertainment, Media & Content; Food, Nutrition, & Health; Future of Work; Innovative World Technologies; Metaverse & Web3; and Smart Cities, Transportation & Sustainability.

Boston has a great track record at SXSW Pitch - let's keep it going!

Bobbie & the MIN Team
LIONESS MAGAZINE: GREAT ARTICLES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Lioness gives entrepreneurs the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. Here are just a few of this week's features:

MIN COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Are you running events of interest to startups and entrepreneurs in the Boston area? Submit your events to the Mass Innovation Nights community calendar! For years we have been promoting local events to the community and now we have a better way to collect the information from you! Just fill out the form on our website, and we'll add your event to the community calendar on our website, and in our weekly newsletter!
FEATURED COMMUNITY EVENT
The Ins and Outs of Scaling a Food Business - October 6

Join Branchfood and a panel of experts to learn about the key components of scaling a food business. We will talk about identifying and partnering with co-manufacturers, what to look for when evaluating and working with distributors, and the importance of legal agreements that govern your relationships with partners, retailers and others. More information here.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Monday October 3
·        Basics of Starting a Business 1:00 – 4:00 pm
·        Barracuda Bowl 3:30 – 8:00 pm
 
Tuesday October 4
·        Steps to Start a Business 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
·        Why & How to Certify Your Business as "Women-Owned" 12:00 – 1:00 pm
·        Structuring Your Company 7:00 – 8:30 pm
 
Wednesday October 5
·        Starting a Business 12:00 – 1:00 pm
·        Bookkeeping Tips for Tax Season 3:30 – 5:00 pm
 
Thursday October 6
·        GET READY- For Government Contracting 9:00 – 10:00 am
·        The Ins and Outs of Scaling a Food Business 10:00 - 11:00 am
·        Business Foundation: Financing a Business 12:00 pm
·        How Can Small Businesses Win the War on Talent? 12:00 – 1:30 pm
·        Latino Small Business Summit 1:00 – 8:30 pm
·        EnergyBar: Go Make 2022 Kickoff 5:00 – 8:00 pm
·        The 2022 Eddies Innovation Showcase 5:00 - 7:00 pm
·        Go Make 2022 Kickoff Event 5:00 – 8:00 pm
·        Chilean Startup Showcase 6:00 – 7:00 pm
·        Innovation and Investment Landscape in Latin America 7:00 – 7:30 pm
 
Friday October 7
·        Planning for Growth: Taking Your Business to the Next Level 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

FOR THE FULL LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT OUR BLOG!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
The latest edition of the FORGE Product Development Grant program will award non-dilutive grants up to $25,000 in partnership with the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2). The winning startups will be able to use the FORGE Product Development Grants to address a specific product development challenge critical to the company’s ability to scale and reach the marketplace. The application deadline is October 28, 2022Learn more here.
Science Clubs for Girls - Call For Mentors
Science Clubs for Girls is looking for additional Volunteer Mentors for their in-person Science Clubs at Mother Caroline Academy! If you or someone you know is studying or working in a STEM field and interested in becoming a role model for young scientists and developing the next generation of diverse leaders, apply today! More information here.
Looking for more featured accelerator information, pitch contests, design contests, funding sources, or other resources for local entrepreneurs? Head over to our blog page for an updated listing of the latest events and resources from organizations like:

  • The WICxTop100 spotlight campaign
  • Women in Tech World Series
  • EmPower Massachusetts
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU
We're hiring! Our group (5 companies - Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation Nights, Innovation Women, My Speaker Leads and Lioness Magazines) has several positions open. Check out our careers page.

  • Media relations

Learn more or send us a resume. Let's talk! (We are a flexible operation with a combination of full and part-time remote positions.)
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July 5, 2022
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According to the JPMorgan Chase’s 2022 Business Leaders Outlook Pulse survey released last week, business leaders are feeling less than optimistic.

The organization surveyed more than 1500 business leaders in late May and early June and only about 1 in 5 business leaders (19 percent) say they are optimistic about the national economy for the year ahead. This is down from 75 percent a year ago and represents the lowest percentage recorded in the 12 years of the survey. The global economic outlook is even worse with only 9 percent expressing optimism.

This undoubtedly reflects pricing pressures, boosted interest rates, supply chain and hiring issues. The cost of doing business is on the rise. 

Last week I attended a small group discussion in Boston where various entrepreneurs, investors and local media discussed the local business status quo. What will draw business here? Or retain workers from the plethora of local colleges and universities - around 100 if you look regionally.

It was the usual range of topics: housing costs, transportation, nightlife, and weather. (Another recent study said you need to earn more than $180,000/year to afford to own an average house in Boston.) That was enough to give optimism a kick in the teeth.

So where is the enthusiasm and optimism? According to the JPM Chase survey, business leaders continue to feel optimistic about their own companies and their chances for growth and (less so) profitability.

It's all about control. What are things you can do something about? Where can you shift your strategies? Expand into a new market? Introduce a new product? Make a new connection or partnership?

What's YOUR plan for the second half of the year?

Bobbie & the MIN Team
LIONESS MAGAZINE: GREAT ARTICLES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Lioness gives entrepreneurs the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. Here are just a few of this week's features:

MIN COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Are you running events of interest to startups and entrepreneurs in the Boston area? Submit your events to the Mass Innovation Nights community calendar! For years we have been promoting local events to the community and now we have a better way to collect the information from you! Just fill out the form on our website, and we'll add your event to the community calendar on our website, and in our weekly newsletter!
FEATURED COMMUNITY EVENT
Own Your Numbers: Create Financial Projections & Show Traction for Funding - July 12, 10:00 am

We get it. Numbers are not everyone’s fave. As much as you may not want to hear this, it’s crucial for you, the founder, to have a good understanding of your financials and be able to tell an enticing story of your business to get investors onboard. Join our ‘Own Your Numbers’ interactive bootcamp to create your financial projections for investment, and to learn about how to gain & show traction of your (pre-revenue) startup. Find out more and register here.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Tuesday July 5
·        How to Find Product Market Fit Quickly 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
·        SMS Marketing 101- For Local Businesses 5:00 – 6:00 pm
 
Wednesday July 6
·        How to Outsource Development of Your App 5:00 – 6:00 pm
 
Thursday July 7
·        Branchfood's July 2022 Community Table 12:00 pm
·        BE+ Building Tech Forum 2022 5:00 – 9:00 pm
·        Meet the Makers: Any Given Day 7:00 pm
 
Friday July 8

FOR THE FULL LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT OUR BLOG!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
TiE Boston Women Pitch Competition
TiE Boston Women are calling for Female Founders in the New England Area to apply for the TiE Boston Women Pitch Competition. Finalists will receive high-touch training in key areas of pitch readiness, prize money, and more. Applications are due TODAY, July 5. More information here.
Northstar Campus Grants and Pitch Day Competition
UMLRI’s Northstar Campus Pitch Day returns for its 3d year to showcase some of the Boston startup ecosystem's most exciting, innovative and cutting-edge technology. This year’s first of two Pitch Day events will be taking place August 11th, 2022 at the Northstar Campus.  The Northstar Campus goal is to remove barriers to engagement and accelerate defense innovation, serving as the center of gravity for the New England startup and venture communities, academia, and local and federal partners, to support the Department of Defense. Application deadline is August 4. More information here.
Looking for more featured accelerator information, pitch contests, design contests, funding sources, or other resources for local entrepreneurs? Head over to our blog page for an updated listing of the latest events and resources from organizations like:

  • Techstars Boston Accelerator
  • Techstars Crypto Boston
  • The SCORE Northeast MA Women’s Business Summit
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU
We're hiring! Our group (5 companies - Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation NightsInnovation Women, My Speaker Leads and Lioness Magazines) has several positions open. Check out our careers page.

  • Media relations
  • Sales

Learn more or send us a resume. Let's talk! (We are a flexible operation with a combination of full and part-time remote positions.)
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JOIN OUR SOCIAL MEDIA AMPLIFICATION PROGRAM TODAY
Have you joined our "gaggle" yet? MIN alum GaggleAMP helps us manage our social media amplification program. We send members content to share about startups, events and the innovation community. You choose what to share through your social networks. Join us! It's a great way to support the local community and get great content to share. Become a MINion too!
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MASS INNOVATION NIGHTS
June is
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION MONTH
This month, we're sharing a series of tips to hone your communication skills.
Keep Your Message
PRACTICAL
There are four basic aspects of effective communication. The first is to keep your message practical.

Two things to consider when assessing your public speaking skills and presentations: 

  • Do you provide tangible takeaways that include realistic, timely goals? 
  • Are you offering advice/messaging that fits the audience? (Including expert vs. novice)
Innovation Women offers practical first steps to take if you are interested in pursuing a career in public speaking.

This article reviews "Seven Questions to Ask Yourself" before you begin public speaking. This article provides insight for those just getting started. (Public speaking is for everyone, not just C-level executives.)

Beyond free articles like this, we offer a wide array of classes, small group sessions, and recorded material (asynchronous learning). Our members have access to even more.
Effective Communication Also Involves Being:
FACTUAL
CLEAR & CONCISE
PERSUASIVE
OUR SPEAKERS GET ACCESS TO EVEN MORE EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL
By joining Innovation Women, you get access to resources beyond what you see on the external site. Our (new) Green Room keeps Knowledge Session recordings and articles in one convenient location on the platform. There are even more in-depth materials for choosing presentation format and getting started with public speaking.
The Innovation Women platform was designed to archive all of your speaker materials, from your speaker biography to the abstracts of your signature talks, and attract event managers who invite you to speak. In addition, you can also browse our exclusive database of speakers yourself. Who do you want to share the stage with?
Our Kickstart Cohort Program is a four-hour program spread out over a month. This program offers you a place to test your message, hone your brand and get feedback on your signature talk. Make sure your message makes sense in a room full of speaker friends. Next class starts September 7.
Visibility = Opportunity
Visibility Bureau for Technical, Entrepreneurial & Professional Women.

Innovation Women Newsletter #356
May 27, 2022
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THE GREEN ROOM IS OPEN - WELCOME SPEAKERS
Ta-da! Welcome to our new Green Room - a special place just for speakers! We've stocked it liberally with comfy sofas, hot tea with lemon and honey, and a 24-hour concierge who will cater to your every whim.

Not really.

The Innovation Women Green Room IS stocked with useful and educational content. We have articles. We have videos. We're sharing videos and articles like these:

  • How to get started with public speaking
  • How to build your signature talk
  • How to build your speaker toolkit
  • Exclusive content - backstage Q&A with event managers
  • Getting paid to speak and How much should I charge

And we'll be adding more every week.

If you want to up your speaking game, or are just getting starting, we're here for you. Join us today! (We'll be hanging out in the Green Room during our weekly Zoom call. Join us for a tour.)

Join us today at 9:00 am Eastern for our weekly Friday Zoom. And, then join us on Clubhouse, today and every Friday at 3:00 pm Eastern.

Bobbie and the Innovation Women team

P.S. No one really knows why the backstage waiting room for speakers is called a "green room". (Although I have read all kinds of wild theories.)
NOW BOOKING JUNE KICKSTART COHORTS
Want to make the most of your Innovation Women membership and turbo-charge your speaking career? Join one of our Kickstart Cohorts! These 4-week programs are a great way to get started. You get:

  • Live, small group guidance on maximizing your IW membership.
  • Help increasing your speaker presence to gain more visibility and clinch speaking gigs.
  • Recorded tutorials and bonus information in an email after every meeting.
  • Book now for June. Our next cohorts for individuals will start in September.