What’s Buzzing Week of Feb. 26: Talking Blockchain, TiE’s Investor Outlook, MIT Energy Conference and More


With such a vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem all over Massachusetts, there are scores of great events, pitch competitions, grants and other opportunities nearly everyday. Check out what is going on this week:

Feb. 26

Start Smart Classes for Entrepreneurs – The MIT Enterprise Forum is holding classes to coach and mentor entrepreneurs and showcase emerging tech to inspire innovation. No MIT affiliation needed to join as a member. The class starts at 6 p.m. at the MIT Tang Center.

Talking Blockchain with Sharon Goldberg – Sharon Goldberg is the CEO/Co-Founder of Commonwealth Crypto, a Boston blockchain startup that is making cryptocurrency trading faster and more secure. She is also an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Boston University, where her research focuses on securing the protocols that provide many of the global internet’s core functions. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at Pillar.

Let’s Talk: Brand Management – How is a brand built? How is it maintained? Join Innovate@BU for a fireside chat on brand management with Lisa Tanzer, president of Life is Good. The event begins at 4 p.m. at BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center.

Feb. 27

Content Classification AI 2 Ways – Text classification is usually treated as a supervised learning problem: given a set of labeled texts, train a classifier such that it can accurately predict the classes of unseen texts. But many businesses have large amounts of text data where few or no texts have been classified. This talk will introduce a way of classifying an entire set of unlabeled texts using a human-in-the-loop approach, where the content owner manually classifies just one or two items per category and the rest can be automatically classified. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at Google in Cambridge.

2018 Investor Outlook Forum – TiE Boston’s Annual Investor Outlook Forum brings together business leaders and entrepreneurs to hear investors discuss industry outlooks in the year ahead. The event starts at 5 p.m. at the Cambridge Innovation Center on Milk Street in Boston.

Boston Seed Female Founder Office Hours – Sign up for a 30 minute session with a female venture capital partner. The event starts at 8 a.m. in Cambridge.

Feb. 28

Ideation 2018 – Interested in learning about how to navigate resources for student biotech startups? Looking to work on a startup but don’t yet have an idea you’re passionate about? Want to hear and potentially join some of this year’s exciting early stage biotech teams out of Harvard and MIT? The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Stata Center.

Pitch Deck Workshop – You’ll leave with an outline for creating a 10 to 12 page deck for angels groups and venture capital firms, which will include a clear understanding of how your deck should be structured and flow; step-by-step guidelines for the information that should be covered on each slide of your deck; an interactive environment where the entrepreneurs in attendance can discuss the structure and content of their pitches with the instructor and with each other. The event starts at 2 p.m. at Boston University’s BUild Lab.

Taking the Mystery Out of Start-ups and Venture Capital Funding – Medical innovation often enters the market via start-ups supported by venture capital investors. Attendees will hear first-hand from a well-known investor the criteria used when making investment decisions. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at MGH Simches Research Center.

An Evening with Female Entrepreneurs – Join us for an evening good conversation with a panel of female entrepreneurs spanning across different industries. These creative and inspirational women will share their stories on how they got to where they are today and share their insights into being a woman in business. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at General Assembly Boston.

March 1

Wentworth Faculty Hot Seat Event – Accelerate 2018 Spring Startup Challenge teams will bring forth their latest ideas, projects and businesses. Students, faculty, alumni and the Boston innovation ecosystem at large are invited to attend! Join us to help stress test their ideas to help them get to the next level. The event begins at 5 p.m. at Wentworth.

eSports: Opportunities and Challenges in an Emerging Industry – Experts estimate that eSports revenue could reach $1.5 billion by 2020 – securing its stature as a force in sports, technology and media. This event features a panel discussion on the current landscape of the eSports industry, a view of where it is heading and the challenges and opportunities entrepreneurs face as they start new ventures in this field. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at Babson College.

March 2

2018 MIT Energy Conference – The conference brings together leaders and visionaries from industry, government, the scientific community, and the private sector that are looking at the entire value chain in a holistic way and can speak about and debate the development of these complex changes, which are redefining the future of energy worldwide. The event is at the Boston Marriot Cambridge.

WeCode Conference – WECode (Women Engineers Code) is the largest, student-run Women in Computer Science conference held at Harvard University each winter. The conference is dedicated to expanding the skills, network and community of technical women worldwide, bringing together engineers over the course of two amazing days to share ideas and conversations on technology and innovation. The conference is held at Harvard.


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