Summer event

An interactive summer speaker series to inspire you to transform your side hustles, hobbies and interests into a business.

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What do Venmo, WhatsApp, Groupon, and Airbnb have in common? They were all inspired by the problems highlighted by the 2008 economic recession. 

How can you proactively respond to the problems highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic? This is your opportunity to use your skillset to meaningfully solve these problems.

Only you know what you are capable of. We are here to help you identify a viable business idea and bring that to life. In each speaker session, you will have the opportunity to present your idea and receive feedback from startup experts. 

Speakers will share their expertise every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 from May 26th to June 23rd. There is one additional session on June 3rd. There will be a virtual networking event on June 30th.

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Featured Event

Vivekanand Vimal ‘17, PhD - Finding Inspiration

May 26, 2020 - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Learn practical tips on how to find and keep your inspiration from Vivek, a postdoc in the Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Lab. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create storylines, frameworks that weave together the different aspects of your life, to focus your creative output, by exploring a case study on how Vivek applies the storyline concept in his own work. Prepare to come away with practical ideas on how to keep your creative energy up in the midst of competing priorities, and life’s downs and ups.

Feel free to contact him and you can learn more about him from his website: 

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Upcoming Events

Jay Freeman ‘13, BA - Developing your Product

June 2, 2020 - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

In this workshop, learn how to bring ideas to market through product strategy, design, and engineering.

Jay Freeman previously founded Tinker Growth, a venture studio tailored for founders to create digital products and launch companies. Tinker Growth is committed to helping founders drive their mission, create meaningful customer experiences, and build sustainable businesses.

Jay is also the Founder & CEO of, an AI-powered visual commerce platform that lets consumers buy whatever they see. Bourn creates discovery experiences by seamlessly combining visual content with commerce, inspiring everyone to shop anywhere, anytime.

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Christina Inge-Marketing Your Startup: Finding Customers

June 3, 2020 - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

You have a great idea - now you need customers. Learn cost-effective ways to get the word out about your product or service to the right customers. Get an action plan to market your product including:

  1. Creating an eye-catching brand
  2. Building a website that generates sales leads
  3. Promoting your company using social media, advertising, word-of-mouth, and proven sales techniques
  4. Managing the sales process to close more sales

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Bozhanka Vitanova ‘16, MA - Building a Startup Team

June 9, 2020 - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Learn the process of building the people skills you need to transition from a Founder to a CEO. In this workshop, you’ll learn tips on finding the right people and building the skills and cognitive diversity balance for your team.

Bozhanka Vitanova is NSF I-Corps Instructor at Brandeis University and Co-Founder and Managing Director of EML Solutions on a mission to build a collaborative future of work. EML’s solution TeamLift provides a data driven approach to manage collaboration inside large organizations. EML’s solution LiftSME supports the internationalization of SMEs from select developing economies. Vitanova is a Fulbright scholar, Global Shaper with the Boston Hub, and One Young World Ambassador.

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Dan Scheinman ‘84, BA - Fundraising for a Startup

June 16, 2020 - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Dan Sheinman will go over how to raise funding for a startup and what investors look for. 

Scheinman is an angel investor deploying his own capital. Scheinman has invested in over 15 tech companies since 2011, and has been part of well over $50B of value creation. Scheinman has been through 2 IPOs (Arista and Zoom) where he was an early investor and board member, and one near unicorn sale (Treasure Data sold to ARM). Scheinman has also invested in 2 other unicorns (SentinelOne and Prior to launching his investment business, Scheinman was a long time executive at Cisco Systems, where he ran Corporate Development among other roles.

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Derrick Duplessy - Building a Brand

June 23, 2020 - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

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Virtual Networking Event w. Entrepreneurs

June 30, 2020 - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

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