On Feb 4th IBM hosted Day 2 of the inaugural IBM Global Entrepreneur week with 44 in-person events around the world. At our newest location in Cambridge, we hosted our next installment in our series we call "Connecting Companies with Capital"
Boy,...what a day it was! There was energy, buzz, mentoring, keynotes, cool startup technologies and so much more!!! If you missed it, you can catch a part of the event which was livestreamed that day here:
We had a packed room with overflow rooms on the 2nd floor showing the livestream content of keynotes and panel discussions.
Chris Lynch from Atlas Ventures kicked off the day with some great lessons for entrepreneurs and insights. Our panel discussion bringing together IBM, American Airlines and Constant Contact and their respective partners was something the audience found very valuable and informative. The startups shared their experiences (good and bad) providing a holistic view of the complete partnership.
Victor Rosansky was able to convey some interesting secrets for entrepreneurs to be successful which piqued their interest to know more. Visit here to get a copy of his presentation and stay connected!
You would think there was loads of information packed into these 2 hours but wait...there's more!!!
We then moved into our key component of the day - "Speed Mentoring". 30 mentors were able to connect with almost 100 startups to provide some advice and get some information to foster some initial connections which they can follow up on. The short time allotted (5 mins) for each pair helped ensure we get most connections made in a short amount of time.
That was by no means the only networking happening...people were able to avail of the all the meeting spaces, rooms and breakout areas to gather for a quick bite to eat or carry on follow up conversations.
The seven breakout sessions were a natural flow from the networking lunch. Each of the sessions was well attended, and the leaders, who were subject matter experts in each of the areas provided the right intros to help get the conversations started.
Jon Prial of Georgian Ventures mentioned on his blog - "A last great takeaway was hammered during a breakout session on Markets was on how a company needs to push away all distractions and focus, focus, focus." - led by Jess McLear and Lauren Celano
Robert Bishop answered targeted questions on "Legal Challenges for Startups"
But wait....there is still more..... :)
Charlie Hill - CTO of IBM Design shared principles of IBM Design Thinking in an interesting afternoon keynote followed by a closing by Joe Perry elaborating on how IBM works with startups through the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program and the Softlayer Catalyst Program.
Kara from MassChallenge shared her thoughts on the day - "It was a great event - high-quality speakers, great networking, excellent startups featured. It was a brilliant idea to incorporate a design thinking piece as well. Some of the ecosystem veterans I spoke to said it was one of the best events in the ecosystem they'd been to in a while."
The startup showcase in the afternoon highlighted some the cool startups from the local universities.
@VocalBee is an easy to use, powerful tool for businesses to promote their products, services or brands using the social phenomenon of smart-phone picture taking, networking, and word of mouth marketing.
VerbalCare is a patient experience platform that improves quality of care, patient engagement and workflow efficiency.
Nick Dougherty - "It was a great event and we really made some great connections. As I look at the business cards in front of me, there are angels, potential customers, potential partners, IBM resources, mentors, and consultants who could all impart significant and positive change into our company. Overall the response was positive for our product and that the general consensus was "you guys are on the right track.""
AppPackTM by @Ubersimple makes keeping information from events and vendors painless and easy using mobile technology and mobile sensors. UberSimple registration process is what we used to register 250+ people for the event and it worked super fast and super simple!
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@Presskit.to builds digital portfolio solutions for creative professionals & the organizations they work with. Capable of delivering curated content to any device with a single URL, Presskit.to makes it easy for artists to pitch a concise message to anyone capable of advancing their careers
Aidan Rush - "As valuable as networking always is, the seminars were more beneficial to me this day. Victor Rosansky's presentation was very insightful, and the opening keynote presenter set a great tone for the rest of the day. I attended the social media breakout, which surprisingly to me provided some new perspective on a field I thought I knew everything about."
CollegePower’s mobile app that helps local businesses attract college students by offering conducive and exclusive discounts
Stay tuned for Entrepreneur Week!
A special thanks to all our speakers, mentors and our ecosystem partners who helped make this event a success!
Very small snapshot of all the twitter buzz that was created :)
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