SmartCamp Boston: A summer intern's perspective
Michelle Purvis 270005C46M Visits (1985)
In a few hours, I’ll be sitting in a room with six startup tech companies as they pitch their businesses to a room full of experienced mentors, from industry experts to academic thought leaders. I am at the IBM Innovation Center in Waltham, Massachusetts where SmartCamp Boston will kick off. This is my first experience at a SmartCamp, but it’s incredible to be a fly on the wall at an event like this. A SmartCamp is a mentoring and networking event aimed at identifying early stage technology entrepreneurs developing technologies that tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues – healthcare, water management, efficient energy resources, etc.
The excitement is building as the mentors begin to arrive. They are founders of companies, experienced venture capitalists, professors from prestigious universities – a very experienced and insightful group of people. I’m eager to sit in on the mentoring sessions to hear the coaching, advice and criticism. The opportunity for entrepreneurs to get instant feedback on their business plans, pitches, and marketability from a group of industry experts is unique to say the least. As an MBA, I always appreciate a candid assessment of my ideas, and I know these startups are eager for the same experience. I will be blogging throughout the day and will certainly keep you posted on the business advice from the mentors.
Not a bad summer internship, right?
Michelle Purvis is an MBA intern working with the Global Entrepreneur Program this summer.